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Ransom by Lois Duncan

Ransom (1966)

by Lois Duncan

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1966 Doubleday library binding - I'm pretty sure it's the first edition.

This is a good suspenseful study for a middle grade story. I've seen it listed as YA. It's not. Unless one gets into the personality study the story isn't going to be exciting for anyone over maybe 15. And the personality/psychological study is on a younger level. I debated whether it should get the fourth star as, even for me, it didn't have an ageless appeal. ( )
  Yona | May 2, 2013 |
Ok, but boring ( )
  mhaire1 | Oct 27, 2010 |
Ransom tells the story of five high school students kidnapped on their bus ride home from school and held for ransom because they live in a wealthy neighborhood and their captors feel they can get money from their families.
The book is extremely effective both because it is exciting and because of the glimpses it provides into five unique high school students. Though the characters in many ways can be considered stock characters, the book serves as an effective morality tale for how high schoolers may react and relate to their fellow students and to frightening situations. High school students can relate to at least one of the characters, while learning the importance of having true relationships with others.
  bloftis | Apr 24, 2010 |
it is suspence/thriller that takes place in new Mexico. It is about these kids that all are different have different personalites. They dident know that the substitute is the kidnapper. they figure out that he has a gun and he only wants the last couple of kids to kidnapp because Most of the kids famlly has alot of money. It is a great book for people who like suspence or thriller's ( )
  missouriisbeast | Sep 24, 2009 |
I'm far from young adult but every now and then I'll read books geared to them (for example, the hilarious series,'My Teacher is an Alien').

Ransom had good suspense, an unexpected turn (at least, for me), and well defined characters with interesting interplay between them, especially between Dexter, Bruce, and Jesse. ( )
  atdCross | Aug 25, 2009 |
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The lives of five captives hang in the balance while their families gather the ransom.

Two brothers, their family frantic to find their sons. A loner whose uncle doesn’t even know he’s missing. An Army brat whose family will never be able to raise enough money. And a cheerleader who can’t count on her stepdad, but knows her father will come through.

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Five teenaged students are kidnapped from their school bus and held for ransom by two men who have already killed old Mr. Godfrey, their regular bus driver.

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