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Vanishing Act: Mystery at the U. S. Open

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 2, 2012


    Very good book, with a good plot, but it lacked a lot of feeling. It wasn't very descriptive, and I found it hard to trudge through the less exciting parts. I was very impressed with how he took a sport that isn't very interesting, and put more of a mystery spin on it.

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  • Posted July 9, 2010

    Good Book

    This was a great read that i really enjoyed. Another class act book by feinstien. Great buy.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 17, 2013

    vanishing act

    I would totally read this if you like books about sports. It is also for the mystery reader - an genuinely well written book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 22, 2008

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    How do you kidnap someone against their will in front of thousands of witnesses? That¿s what Stevie was wondering when the next big star in tennis, Nadia Symanova, disappears o the way to her first-round match in the U.S. Open. Apparently her bodyguards were jostled and lost her in a crowd. After the kidnapping, Stevie saw Mr. Norwood, Symanova¿s agent and her father talking to a movie director in a club. Then when Stevie and his friend, Susan Carol, disguised themselves as players siblings and met Mr. and Mrs. Symanova and Mr. Norwood, Mr. Symanova and Mr. Norwood were both much too calm and seemed like they were keeping something from the mother, who was crying hysterically. Two days later, Symanova returned, apparently released without a scratch. All of this including the fact that the Symanova¿s and Mr. Norwood were trying to pin the whole thing on the SVR 'the Russian CIA' led Stevie to believe the entire thing was fake. Later, it turned out that Nadia had been kept in an office belonging to SMG, the agency Norwood worked for, the whole time. The characters are very interesting. Stevie Thomas is a 13-year-old future sportswriter from Philadelphia. He and Susan Carol met when they both won tickets and press credentials in a writing contest to the Final Four basketball game. Susan Carol Anderson is a 13-year-old girl from Goldsboro, North Carolina and writes for her school¿s newspaper. Her uncle, Brendan Gibson, is who she and Stevie are staying with during the Open. When Uncle Brendan fakes his own kidnapping, she runs into the apartment he is in and gets herself kidnapped too so the police can come in without a search warrant. Bobby Kelleher is the reason Stevie is at the Open. Bobby was the person that got him a press credential. He is a sportswriter for the Washington Herald and is friends with the director of the Open. The book is very surprising. Susan Carol¿s uncle is not home when she and Stevie come back from the Open on the day of the kidnapping. Susan Carol goes to bed but Stevie stays up a little longer. As he is walking to bed he heard the door unlock and Uncle Brendan and Mr. and Mrs. Makarova walk in. Elena Makarova is another tennis player in the Open. They were talking about Gibson becoming Makarova¿s agent and also about the kidnapping but they were talking about how they wanted her to be found so Stevie guessed they didn¿t kidnap her. When Stevie is going to the tennis center on a full subway, he gets shoved out the door a few stops early by two cops and is pushed and pulled up the stairs and into an alley. Once there, the two ¿cops¿ punch him twice and tell him not to interfere anymore with the kidnapping. Then Stevie gets back on the subway, goes to the tennis center, finds Kelleher, and passes out in front of him. When Uncle Brendan is kidnapped, Stevie and Susan Carol get the police to help them, but when they burst into the apartment where he is being held they see the two people who beat Stevie up on the subway. Later, the find out that the apartment is actually owned by Brendan¿s agency. Almost all of the characters have something to do with the kidnapping. The whole kidnapping was a money-making scheme set up by Mr. Norwood, Symanova¿s agent. After the kidnapping every news station in the country was paying them to put the story on TV or in the paper and they were making plans to make a movie. Brendan Gibson is Evelyn Rubin¿s agent. He was the first to find out the kidnapping was fake and promised not to tell if he got a cut of the movie that was going to be made. Even Elena Makorova, another tennis player, is involved. They told her that they would pay her to throw the game she had against Symanova so their movie would have a happy ending. This is a great mystery book. It is hard to guess who kidnapped Nadia Symanova , but when they meet with the movie director it is obvious they already know she is safe. Vanishing Act is a great book for middle schoolers.

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