Abduction!

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Matt is missing. Bonnie's brother left his classroom to use the bathroom —and disappeared. A police dog traces his scent to the curb, where he apparently got into a vehicle. But why would Matt go anywhere with a stranger? Overwhelmed with fear, Bonnie discovers that her dog is gone, too. Was Pookie used as a lure for Matt? Bonnie makes one big mistake in her attempt to find her brother. In a chilling climax on a Washington State ferry, Bonnie and Matt must outsmart their ...

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Overview

Matt is missing. Bonnie's brother left his classroom to use the bathroom —and disappeared. A police dog traces his scent to the curb, where he apparently got into a vehicle. But why would Matt go anywhere with a stranger? Overwhelmed with fear, Bonnie discovers that her dog is gone, too. Was Pookie used as a lure for Matt? Bonnie makes one big mistake in her attempt to find her brother. In a chilling climax on a Washington State ferry, Bonnie and Matt must outsmart their abductor or pay with their lives.

Thirteen-year-old Bonnie has a feeling of foreboding on the very day that her six-year-old brother Matt and their dog Pookie are abducted, and she becomes involved in a major search effort as well as a frightening adventure.

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Editorial Reviews

VOYA
Thirteen-year-old Bonnie's younger brother, Matt, and his dog, Pookie, are missing, and none of the clues are adding up at first. Denny, Matt's father, has never actually seen his son after the divorce from Matt's mother, Anita, but Denny recognizes Matt when he is with his sister. Donning a wig, false mustache, and fake UPS uniform, Denny pretends to deliver a package at the school where Matt attends. Matt walks out of his classroom and right into the path of Denny, who puts on the act of coaxing him into his car. Denny tells Matt that Pookie is injured and needs to be taken to the vet quickly. Bonnie's unsettling dream on the day before Matt is kidnapped fortunately allows her to follow her instincts to help find him. Although this mostly fast-paced read involves some heart-stopping moments, especially when Denny reveals a gun, some aspects slow the story, such as the couple who finds Pookie in the park and decide to keep him as their pet. Savvy teens will appreciate that even in a post-September 11 world, the school abduction scene is realistic. Matt, a sharp kindergartener who realizes that he is in a bad situation, will tug on the heartstrings of teens who have younger siblings. Bonnie plays a strong role as an intelligent and caring sister who eventually foils Denny's plan to kill her when all three are together on a ferry. Tough issues such as divorce, nightmares, domestic violence, safety, and awareness are well balanced and provide material for thoughtful discussion. VOYA CODES: 4Q 4P M (Better than most, marred only by occasional lapses; Broad general YA appeal; Middle School, defined as grades 6 to 8). 2004, Dutton, 224p., Ages 11 to 14.
—Kelly Czarnecki
KLIATT
Bonnie is a pretty typical seventh grade student. She is responsible for her six-year-old brother after school and so she leaves the middle school directly to join her brother in the bus line and get him home. But on this Friday her brother isn't standing in the line waiting for her. In fact, he has disappeared from the elementary school. The school is searched, the teachers are brought in, and finally the police arrive, but Matt Stolter is still missing, abducted by his father. Denny Thurman is a desperate man and intends to use Matt to get money to pay off gambling debts. He disguises himself to cover his tracks and uses a pet dog to lure Matt away. While Bonnie and her mother talk to news media, hang posters, and wait for news, Denny hides Matt in an apartment and tells him that his mother and sister have died. After a week, Matt is bored and Denny needs more money—fast. Matt, Bonnie and Denny end up at a Mariners game in Safeco Field where the situation goes from coincidence to climax. The novel follows the situation at home and at Denny's as the sense of loss and missed clues mount up. Coincidence provides much of the suspense. There is little violence and the story is happily resolved. KLIATT Codes: J—Recommended for junior high school students. 2004, Penguin, Dutton, 224p., Ages 12 to 15.
—Janis Flint-Ferguson
Children's Literature
With the innocent assistance of his dog Pookie, six-year-old Matt is spirited away from his school by his ne'er-do-well lost father. Thus begins a tight scenario that lays out all the dos and don'ts of capture, police/Amber Alert searches, and pursuit in a modern-day kidnapping. The suspense is heightened by scenes cutting between the abducted boy and his older sister, Bonnie—not to mention the elderly couple who blithely adopt Pookie after discovering him apparently abandoned in a park. Kehret is obviously writing a cautionary tale for younger readers (witness the book's Junior Library Guild Selection), so keeps the dramatics and the villain's perfidy at a reasonable level while still making her point. While it is a pity that we live in a society in which such a theme should be necessary, Kehret's theme does fill a gap. Fortunately, it also works as straight suspense. 2004, Dutton, Ages 8 to 12.
—Kathleen Karr
School Library Journal
Gr 4-7-Matt, a kindergartener, meets his 13-year-old half sister every day after school for the ride home. When he fails to show up, Bonnie immediately notifies his teacher and principal, and a full-scale search ensues. Even though Matt has been taught "stranger danger," he is lured into the kidnapper's car with his own dog, stolen from his house. The kidnapper is the boy's father, whom he has never met, and who tells Matt that his mother and sister are dead. So even though the boy knows his phone number, he doesn't try to call. The story portrays a kidnapper's determination and the ease with which a child can be swayed by a stranger despite years of teaching. The novel also does a good job of incorporating modern-day search techniques, such as an Amber Alert, and explaining their use. The plot stretches a bit when Bonnie spots her brother at a Seattle Mariners game, but it does make for a suspenseful ending as she also becomes a victim. The story is resolved happily but with a twist showing the remorse of the people who could have helped along the way but didn't for various reasons. This novel has enough suspense to keep children interested, and it will also appeal to reluctant readers.-Diana Pierce, Running Brushy Middle School, Cedar Park, TX Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
In a highly suspenseful but simply written kidnapping story, 13-year-old Bonnie tries to find her five-year-old brother, Matt, when the boy is taken by his sociopath father, whom he's never met. Kehret tells the story from many different perspectives, including those of Bonnie, Matt and the kidnapper, Denny. She dramatizes the police and community efforts to find the boy, and highlights Denny's twisted personality as well as little Matt's responses to his predicament and the missed opportunities of others who inadvertently come into contact with the case. When Bonnie decides to pursue Denny on her own, her efforts lead to a dramatic climax that may put her own life in danger. Kehret writes these stories over and over again, but she always demonstrates a deft touch in maintaining suspense while keeping her narrative light enough for the age of her intended audience. It's entertaining and enlightening for older children as well as some reluctant adolescent readers. (Fiction. 9-14)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780142406175
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 4/20/2006
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 55,756
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.04 (w) x 7.74 (h) x 0.67 (d)

Meet the Author

Peg Kehret was born in Wisconsin, grew up in Minnesota, spent fourteen years in California, and now lives with her husband in Washington State. They have two grown children, four grandchildren, one dog, and one cat.

Peg's novels for children are regularly recommended by the American Library Association, the International Reading Association, and the Children's Book Council. She has won many state "young reader" or "children's choice" awards. Peg's characters are ordinary kids who find themselves in exciting situations and who use their wits to solve their problems. There is usually humor as well as suspense in her books. A long-time volunteer at The Humane Society, she often uses animals in her stories.

Before she began writing books for children, Peg published plays, short stories, articles, and two books for adults. She is a frequent speaker at conferences for librarians and teachers.

At the age of twelve, Peg had polio and was paralyzed from the neck down. Because she can remember that experience and her year of recovery so vividly, she finds it easy to write in the viewpoint of a twelve or thirteen year old. Most of her main characters are that age. Her autobiography, Small Steps: The Year I Got Polio, won the Golden Kite Award from the Society of Children's Book Writers & Illustrators, and the PEN Center USA West Award for Children's Literature.

When she is not writing, Peg likes to watch baseball, bake cookies, and pump her old player piano.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 31, 2007

    Awesome book! Love it!

    Have you been kidnapped? If not you¿re going to be kidnapped in this book! Abduction, By Peg Kehret. A man named Denny Thurman has abducted six year old Matt and his dog Pookie. Will Matt and Pookie get home? To find out read this book. My favorite part was when Matt threw the baseball at Denny¿s neck because it was funny and an edge of the seat moment. I recommend this book for kids in 3rd-6th grade because kids under 9 might have nightmares! This book was also the 2007 Mark Twain award winner! I would give this book 5 stars because it¿s funny and it teaches kids not to talk to strangers. Peg Kehret is an author of many books like Terror at the Zoo, Small Steps, and many more! Read Abduction, and you will get kidnapped in this book!

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 7, 2014

    Really intruiging!

    Close to the end if the book, it kept me on edge.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 14, 2014

    Realy good!

    Scared me most at the end of chpt. 19 and the last chpt too!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 1, 2014

    Gripping

    This story is a gripping page turner.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 16, 2014

    Awsome!!!!!!

    Awsome book if u havent read it u should! Its a good mystery!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 23, 2014

    Awesome

    This book was great!!! It is kind or boring in the first three chapters but it is great at the middle and end. It switches from different perspectives so you have to be careful you know what you are reading. Over all it is a great book!!!!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 21, 2014

    Loved the book I recomend it to the world

    It was a great book We liked how you would think they are saved but then the they are back to normal

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 9, 2013

    THIS BOOK IS AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Its like so cool!!!!!!!

    THIS BOOK IS AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Its like so cool!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I want to be just like her! ( NOT ABOUT THE ABDUCTION THOUGH)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 28, 2013

    ECELLENT!!!

    This book is so awesome! I read it in like 4th or 3rd grade firs. And every time that i read it, I am so hapy :). I RECCOMEND IT :) BYEE!!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 15, 2011

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    This book teaches valuable lessons

    The book Abduction teaches us a lot of lessons. What I learned from reading this book was that you have to be careful when somebody calls you and tells you to get in the car with them. This book is about Matt a elementary kid that is abducted by his father. He knew he had a father but he never visited and his mother spoke negative about him. What I learned from this part was that some people cannot live together and one speaks negative about the other. Another important lesson I learned from this book came from Bonnie his sister. Bonnie had nightmares that bad things were happening to her family and herself. I learned that sometimes dreams can come true and they can be bad dreams that happen. Overall, I learned that you have to be careful in life and when someone calls you and tells you that something happened to your pet or sibling, you have to be careful and trusting the person in order to do what they say. Pookie the family dog was taken from there house in order to use it to get Matt to go in the car with his former dad Denny. Sometimes people that used to be in our lives, go out and then come back being a bad person and then do bad things to their relatives and friends. This book has a lot of lessons and I would recommend it to anyone that loves books that teach valuable lessons.

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  • Posted October 21, 2011

    this book is awesome

    i really recommend this book because it is about something that can really truly actually happen i think young teen readers would especially like this book because it would make them mored cautious about the things that happen in our everyday lives and its really good!!!!!

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  • Posted October 20, 2011

    Highly recommended

    This book is about a little boy named matt who was kidnapped at school by his dad, which he never met and was gone for about a week or so, his sister spots them at a baseball game and approaches them she sees that its matts dad they notice each other and he takes her too but her threatens her with a gun. this book was very interesting and it kept me interested throughout the entire book

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 27, 2011

    the best book ever!

    Everyone knows who it starts boring and then goood.... not this book! its intresting i finshed it in 2 in a half days! ummm.. it helps you think more about not talking to strangers...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 13, 2011

    Best Book Ever!

    A typical trip to the bathroom normally doesn't include being kidnapped and taken by a stranger in an unfamiliar car. When this happens to a kindergartener named Matt he has no idea what to do. I read the book Abduction by Peg Kehret. In Abduction a kindergartener named Matt was just going to the bathroom when he is kidnapped and taken in an unfamiliar car. It ends up being his father whom he had never seen before. His sister Bonnie realized Matt was gone when the bell rang and she couldn't find him. Bonnie was frantic and it wasn't until a while later when Bonnie saw Matt far off at a baseball game and followed him. What she didn't think about was the danger she had gotten herself into and she was kidnapped too. This book was amazing and very suspenseful. I was always wanting to read more because I was scared for Matt and later on Bonnie. Also it was scary when at the end Matt's father pulled out a gun and threatened to shoot them. This book always kept me wanting more. It was also a great book because when I was reading I put myself in Matt and Bonnie's shoes and played the scene out in my life. This is definitely going to help me in the future if I am ever stuck in a situation like this.
    This book was very suspenseful because you always wanted Matt and Bonnie to be safe since they were little. On page 132 it states, "Denny's anger flared easily, and Matt knew Denny always carried the small handgun he'd shown Matt in the car. The gun made Matt uneasy even though Denny never mentioned it. Another example of suspense is on page 160 when Denny said to Bonnie, "I have a gun. Say one word to anyone and your brother will be dead."
    You should also read this book because it teaches you how to deal with bad situations. For example on page 160, when Bonnie can't decide what to do and in her head she is saying, "What would Denny do if I ran? I can't leave Matt alone. Bonnie turned back , felling trapped as the escalator carried her closer to Denny and Matt." If you read this story and later in life you are faced with this situation you have probably already made up in your mind what you would do because when you were reading Abduction you put yourself in Bonnie's shoes. Another example is on page 202 when Denny was about to shoot Bonnie, "She dropped to her knees and ducked her head, making herself into a smaller target. Hurry, Matt, she pleaded silently. Hurry!"
    This book is very suspenseful and it keeps your eyes glued to the book. I would highly recommend this book to any middle school student who loves mystery. If you are easily scared this is probably not the book for you, but I loved it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 3, 2010

    you must read this book!!

    i had never heard of peg kehret before.so my teacher read this book to us.best book ever!! i loved it! i really think you should read it!its a mystery. it so exciting.i didnt want my teacher to stop reading and i dont like books.but i loved this one!!its my favorite book ever! :)

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  • Posted May 15, 2010

    i enjoyed it

    I really enjoyed this book It really is intresting I never had loved a book as much as this one I learned alot from this book I love it I think you would too It made me scared and mysterias when I finshed reading this book I felt like reading it over again this book I will always keep and i will read more books by peg ketret

    sammy joe staden island

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  • Posted July 11, 2009

    I really recommend this book

    This book is a thriller if that is what you are looking for. It also has a lesson on teaching you not to go with a stranger even if you know them. The story was very exciting and I wanted to keep reading more and more. I kept turning the pages even though it was time to go to bed. I recommend this book even to adults.

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  • Posted March 27, 2009

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    Thrilling Book

    There is a great book out there called Abduction. I love this book because in the story, Matt gets kidnapped. He did nothing about it. That reminds me of my cat Rocky. She does nothing about being taken! Matt and Kate are brother and sister. Kate loved her brother so much; she followed a boy with the same habit as Matt! It was GREAT! Nothing was wrong! I would recommend this book to 4th graders to 6th graders. There is one part with some violence. This book is scarce, magical, lovely, mysterious and "2 thumbs up worthy"!! Thanks for reading this article

    This review is By: Claire Granger of English Landing Elementary

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  • Posted March 11, 2009

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    SO absorbing

    This book is about a kidnapping and the children using their wits to escape. It is a real pageturner and I couldn't put it down. I couldnt wait to find out what happens next! Peg Kehret is my favorite author and I think this is one of her best. Great for kids 10-13!

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  • Posted November 20, 2008

    My review on Abduction

    This book was really funny but serious too.It could happen to any little kid. I liked how towards the end it had suspense.

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