The Girl in the Box

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To Anybody Out There

My name is Jackie McGee. I am the girl who disappeared. Listen to the news. See if other pieces of paper are scattered nearby. Maybe if you yell really loud I can hear you and yell back. I am not making this up. Please help!

Left in an underground cement room by an unknown captor, Jackie has food and water but no light or human contact. She does not know when—or if—her abductor will retum....

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Overview

To Anybody Out There

My name is Jackie McGee. I am the girl who disappeared. Listen to the news. See if other pieces of paper are scattered nearby. Maybe if you yell really loud I can hear you and yell back. I am not making this up. Please help!

Left in an underground cement room by an unknown captor, Jackie has food and water but no light or human contact. She does not know when—or if—her abductor will retum.

As her desperation mounts, Jackie touch-types to focus her mind: letters to her family, a story for her English class, and reflections on her life in the past few months. In her isolation and fear, Jackie is forced to test her emotional boundaries, and in doing so she finds new meaning in her past as well as rich reserves of strength and courage within herself.

Kidnapped and left in an underground room, Jackie explores her psychological strengths and limitations as she tries to make contact with the outside world by writing messages and sending them through a slit in the door.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780440228738
  • Publisher: Random House Children's Books
  • Publication date: 10/20/1999
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: REPRINT
  • Pages: 192
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 4.22 (w) x 6.86 (h) x 0.72 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 6, 2005

    Forget-Me-Not

    This book has haunted me ever since 5th grade when I first read it. It's an amazing story of a highschool girl, Jackie, who gets kidnapped and but in a cement cellar-type place with only a typewriter, paper, and some doughnuts. I've been trying to track down this book for a long time now but haven't been able to. You'll never want to get rid of it, it's inspirational to the highest level.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 17, 2003

    Unforgetable

    I read this book for the first time almost 10 years ago, I forgot the name and such, but have never been able to forget the story. I am so happy that my sister found out the name for me because I haven't been able to forget this story for all these years! I think a writer has done their job when their work haunts a reader to this extent...I love this book! I am going to be an English teacher, and I plan on this being one of my reads.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 24, 2003

    Sitting in a Corner...

    That's how this book left me, "Sitting in a corner thinking deep thoughts." What would I have if all that I had was gone? You should not read this book to get a heart-warming tale of being rescued from the badguys. This book is written to make you think.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 28, 2003

    A 'What would you do' book...Great

    I thought this book was awesome. At first I thought that it would be sort of weird because of how it is written, but after I read it I thought, "Man, if I was in that situation, what would I do?" I found myself feeling like I was Jackie because I love to write and I know if I had a typewriter in a situation like that I would do the same thing. I agree with some people on this though, I didn't like the way it left you hanging in the end, but other then that it was great!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 30, 2002

    Touching....Almost too Real

    I first got this book a couple of years ago, but never was able to read it all the way through. But now that I have read it, it goes down as one of my favorites. Jackie seems so real, as does her situation. When she revealed what did happen at the lake -- I was in a similar situation -- I was instantly in tears. Her good-bye letters and her 'will' just made you think what you would do if you were in that situation. I know that I will look at life a little differently after reading this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 18, 2002

    Interesting Book

    I thought the book was okay. It wasn't really all that great because it left you hanging at the end. At first it was exciting because it acted like it was building up to a climax ... but then you will realize that the book doesn't really have a climax which is rather dissapointing. So, I wouldn't really recommend this book to anyone, but if you just want to read it for your own sake then be my guest.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 25, 2001

    This book is not good

    To me the book was ok, you know I really thought I would like it. But I really dont and I had to read it for school and I had to write 30 different facts about the book and in this book its hard to pick 30 different facts when there is a girl in a cellar writing letters and writing a diary, thats it! i dont think it is interesting I mean when I read it I got board of it so I read the last page and I wanted to know what it was about. I would say the best part of the book was the ending.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 14, 2001

    Good or Bad, It Will Get You Thinking

    I read this book about 5 years ago and I've just always remembered it. If you have an imagination at all this book will fascinate you. If you ever wondered 'What if...' then 'The girl in the Box' will get you thinking that way again beyond the mundane, ordinary, safety of life. When I read this book it seemed so absured, and frustrating that I kept reminding myself that it's only a story. The intrigue of this story though, is that it IS possible. Either way this book won't leave you untouched.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 21, 2000

    THE GIRL IN THE BOX: Entertaining yet Disapponting

    Ouida Sebestyen's tale of a girl who is suddenly faced with the trial of a lifetime-- days on end of utter darkness, days filled with uncertainty and confusion-- touches a place in your heart. At the same time, though, it is disappointingly unrealistic in many parts. The relationship that we see unfolded by Jackie McGee between herself and her best friends, Zack and April, is truly believable, and hits home on all accounts. But this part of Jackie's story only takes up a relatively small section of the book. The rest, entries about her experiences in her prison, and various letters to teachers, her parents, and others, are interesting, yet harder (for me) to relate to and stay focused on. This isn't only because I have never been kidnapped and put in a sunless room for days on end-- it's because they are not quite as attention-grabbing. For me, personally, I thought the sections about Jackie's relationships with her friends were much more interesting to read than any other part. Overall, THE GIRL IN THE BOX has its entertaining parts, but is also a bit slow and disappointing. I myself was not terribly impressed-- but, based on the type of story it is, I can see why others might have an entirely different outlook on the book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 21, 2000

    Trapped Between the Pages

    It is hard to give a review for this book for one reason; it was both good and bad. There were parts where you could not stop reading, and then there were parts where you were just saying 'Enough already'. This is a good book to pick up when you have nothing else to read. Don't let me give you the wrong idea, the author, Ouida Sebestyen, touched on some very interesting topics in The Girl in the Box, but it feels like there was something missing. I give this book a 73 out of 100.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 21, 2000

    Part Good, Part bad, but overly formulaic

    This book was a decent (if not atypical), girl-gets-kidnapped-and-keeps-diary story. The first half of the book moved very slowly, and there was not much action or anything to grab your attention. To me, the most interesting part of the book was the story within the story, or Jackie's fictitiously styled autobiography. The author did manage to capture successfully the rappaport and lifestyle of the teenagers in the book, but the kidnapping aspect of the story was dissapointing. Jackie's narrative of her life in 'the box' lacked the desperation and hope that one might expect to find in this type of story. Not a bad read, but nothing to write home about either.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 21, 2000

    A Life Changing Story

    'The Girl in the Box' is an inspirational story about a young girl who gets kidnapped and left in a tiny room with food and water. After reading this book, I can honestly say that I'm a 'changed' person. I used to take the little things in life for granted; such as food, clothes, a smile from a stranger, and even my little sister. I even took my family, house, school, friends, and teachers for granted. Now, I look at what I have in life and thank God for everything. This book has definitely changed my perspective of life. It not only opened up my eyes to 'reality' but it also made me think twice about the friends that I make. 'Are they someone I can trust?' or 'Will they hurt me and play with my emotions?' These thoughts circulated around my head while reading this book. Though this book is very uplifting, I have to admit that the ending was bad. 'Why?' you may be asking. Well, because of the lack of closure in the book. You would have to read it to find out. So although I disliked how the story ended, I guess I have to give credit to Ouida Sebestyen for keeping me in suspense. Overall, the book was inspirational. I loved it!

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