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Sixteen year-old Cheyenne Wilder is sleeping in the back of a car while her mom fills her prescription at the pharmacy. Before Cheyenne realizes what's happening, their car is being stolen--with her inside! Griffin hadn’t meant to kidnap Cheyenne, all he needed to do was steal a car for the others. But once Griffin's dad finds out that Cheyenne’s father is the president of a powerful corporation, everything changes—now there’s a reason to keep her. What Griffin doesn’t know is that Cheyenne is not only sick with ...
Sixteen year-old Cheyenne Wilder is sleeping in the back of a car while her mom fills her prescription at the pharmacy. Before Cheyenne realizes what's happening, their car is being stolen--with her inside! Griffin hadn’t meant to kidnap Cheyenne, all he needed to do was steal a car for the others. But once Griffin's dad finds out that Cheyenne’s father is the president of a powerful corporation, everything changes—now there’s a reason to keep her. What Griffin doesn’t know is that Cheyenne is not only sick with pneumonia, she is blind. How will Cheyenne survive this nightmare, and if she does, at what price?
"Be ready to be startled and inspired as the story reaches its climax. Readers will race to the end." --The Strand Magazine
“The pace is impeccable, becoming rapidly more frantic as Cheyenne realizes her chances for success are dwindling. In addition, the premise itself is powerfully realistic and compelling, with one small incident (Griffin’s jumping into a car that had the keys in the ignition) snowballing into a nightmare series of events that will change everyone.” --BCCB
“Henry (Torched) spins a captivating tale that shifts between Cheyenne's and Griffin's thoughts. Both are well-built, complex characters, trapped in their own ways by life's circumstances, which--paired with a relentlessly fast pace--ensures a tense read.”--Publishers Weekly
“Readers will be hard-pressed to put this one down before its heart-pounding conclusion.”--School Library Journal
“Spine-tingling…Reminiscent of Gail Giles’ thrillers and tension-filled to the last sentence, Girl, Stolen will resonate with readers long after the cover is closed. With a thoughtful and eye-opening look at disabilities, it highlights Cheyenne and Griffin’s resourcefulness and resiliency as they save themselves—and possibly each other.” --BookPage
“Thoroughly exciting.” --Booklist
“Grabs your attention with the first page you read...Each page holds new questions that are answered in the most unexpected ways.” --VOYA, 5Q review
“Constantly interesting and suspenseful.” --Kirkus Reviews
“Quick-paced tension makes this a great choice for young adults seeking a riveting mystery.” --Eugene Register Guard
“A page-turner” --The Oregonian
"I finished Girl, Stolen in a day...It is a very suspenseful book, obviously. What held my interest beyond that was the way the author wrote the victim's character--Cheyenne's blindness was tragic but rather than focus on that, the reader is going to concentrate on her persistence and ability to adapt. The most controversial part of the story becomes Cheyenne's relationship with Griffin--an unwilling captor to begin with, he finds in Cheyenne everything he lacks in the people around him: someone who is smart and is sympathetic to his situation despite his responsibility for her kidnapping...The biggest mystery is left unanswered, pushing the reader to come to his/her own conclusions – I liked the challenge." --Rebecca Waesch, Joseph-Beth, Cincinnati, OH
This can't-put-it-down crime thriller unfolds through the viewpoints of both victim and criminal. Sixteen-year-old Cheyenne, blinded in an accident that killed her mother three years earlier, has pneumonia. As she sleeps in the back of her stepmother's car, Griffin steals it, inadvertently kidnapping her. Once Griffin's car-thief father learns she's wealthy, he decides to demand ransom. When the hapless Griffin realizes his dad and cronies will kill the girl to protect their identities, he tries to protect her. Clearly, the author did extensive research on blindness and its challenges. Her realistic depiction of the coping strategies and the strengths developed by the blind greatly enhances the novel, lifting it above the level of a mere escapist thriller. Characterizations make an impact, with both Cheyenne and Griffin becoming quite appealing; much suspense revolves around Griffin's divided loyalties. The slightly ambiguous ending highlights Cheyenne's ambivalent feelings toward Griffin. Although Cheyenne's multiple problems might feel overdone in less skilled hands, Henry handles them deftly and makes her choices work. Constantly interesting and suspenseful. (Thriller. 12 & up)
A Thousand Things Wrong
Cheyenne heard the car door open. She didn’t move from where she lay curled on the backseat, her head resting on her bent arm. Despite the blanket that covered her, Cheyenne was shivering.
She had begged her stepmom to leave the keys in the car so she could turn on the heat if she got cold. After some back-and-forthing, Danielle had agreed. That had only been five minutes ago, and here she was, already back. Maybe the doctor had phoned in the prescription and Danielle hadn’t had to wait for it to be filled.
Now the door slammed closed, the SUV rocking a little as weight settled into the driver’s seat. The engine started. The emergency brake clunked as it was released. The car jerked into reverse.
It was a thousand little things that told Cheyenne something was wrong. Even the way the door closed hadn’t sounded right. Too fast and too hard for Danielle. The breathing was all wrong too, speeded up and harsh. Cheyenne sniffed. The smell of cigarettes. But Danielle didn’t smoke and, as a nurse, couldn’t stand anyone who did.
There was no way the person driving the car was her stepmom.
But why would someone else have gotten in the car? It was a Cadillac Escalade, so it wasn’t likely someone had just gotten confused and thought it was their car.
Then she remembered the keys. Somebody was stealing the car!
And Cheyenne was pretty sure they didn’t know she was in it.
She froze, wondering how much the blanket covered her. She couldn’t feel it on the top of her head.
Cheyenne felt like a mouse she had seen in the kitchen one time when she turned on the light before school. Caught in the middle of the floor, it had stood stock-still. Like maybe she wouldn’t notice it if it didn’t move.
But it hadn’t worked for the mouse, and now it didn’t work for Cheyenne. She must have made some small sound. Or maybe the thief had looked back to see if someone was following and then realized what the shape was underneath the blanket.
A swear word. A guy’s voice. She had already halfway known that it was a guy, the way she sometimes just knew things now.
“Who the hell are you?” His voice broke in surprise.
“What are you doing in Danielle’s car?”
Their words collided and tangled. Both of them speaking too fast, almost yelling.
Sitting up, she scrambled back against the door, the one farthest from him. “Stop our car and get out!”
“No!” he shouted back. The engine surged as he drove faster.
Cheyenne realized she was being kidnapped.
But she couldn’t see the guy who was kidnapping her or where they were going.
Because for the last three years, Cheyenne had been blind.
Excerpted from Girl, Stolen by April Henry.
Copyright © 2010 by April Henry.
Published in 2010 by Henry Holt and Company.
All rights reserved. This work is protected under copyright laws and reproduction is strictly prohibited. Permission to reproduce the material in any manner or medium must be secured from the Publisher.
1) Describe at least one thing you liked and one thing you disliked about the book.
2) Discuss some of Cheyenne's strengths. She is a survivor. What does this mean on a deeper level?
3) Griffin struggles with doing the right thing. Since he doesn't have any positive role models, this becomes challenging for him. Discuss this point.
4) Cheyenne is physically blind. Are there ways that Griffin is also blind?
5) Do you think Cheyenne trusts Griffin? Does she use him in some ways? How so?
6) Is there something else that you would have done to help yourself escape besides attack Griffin?
7) Would you have left the house in the middle of the night, blind, in the snow, with no coat, and tried to escape?
8) Why do you think Griffin cares about helping Cheyenne, especially after she harms him?
9) In many ways, Griffin and Cheyenne are both alone and need each other. Please discuss how this is so.
10) Would you consider Griffin a hero given his circumstances and how he tried to help Cheyenne? Explain.
11) What do you think Cheyenne said to Griffin at the end of the story? And why did she say yes - or no? If yes, could Cheyenne and Griffin realistically have a healthy relationship?
12) What would you have said if you were Cheyenne?
13) Why did the author leave the ending somewhat ambiguous?
Posted October 27, 2010
I really adored Girl, Stolen. This is the first book that I've read from April Henry and I had been looking forward to reading it for a while and it did not disappoint. The story is well thought out, smart, fast-paced, with suspense and action, and a twist towards the end. And with the added strain of a teenage girl's blindness and pneumonia, this accidental kidnapping is unlike any other I've read, so it definitely peaked my interest. It is fresh and original. The characters are believable, with Cheyenne being my favorite. I liked how despite her handicap of being blind and sick, she is not portrayed as weak and helpless. The author focuses more on Cheyenne's strengths than her weaknesses and utilizes them to the fullest extent. Don't underestimate her. In fact, she is quite an extraordinary, remarkable, and brave young girl. The amount of strength and fight in her to try to survive this ordeal is just incredible and inspiring. Even though this is just a work of fiction, it still gives you a testament of what a blind person is capable of overcoming when faced with obstacles. Cheyenne never gives up hope. Her intelligence as well as her methodical planning and strategic ingenuity make up for her blindness. Cheyenne finds the strongest weapon in the most unlikely place - through communication - which I thought was interesting. But she also uses her handicap to her advantage, trying to evoke sympathy, in hopes of gaining some leverage in her situation. So she really leaves no stone unturned. Griffin, the teenage boy who accidentally kidnaps Cheyenne when he steals her stepmom's car, is another character who, while I shouldn't like him because he is one of the bad guys, kind of grew on me once I got to learn more about him, as his damaged layers were slowly peeled back as you read through the book. He is torn between doing what's right and doing what his father expects of him, so his vulnerability is easily visible. The book does a great job of detailing the internal conflicts and thoughts of the kidnappers. For me the story was just as much about Griffin as it was about Cheyenne. I felt that it was just as important to try to "free" Griffin as it was to free Cheyenne. There are certain parallels in their lives that allow for them to relate - or seemingly so - which you have to decide, is it a genuine connection or a strategic one? You'll have to make up your own mind about this if you read this book. I found myself caring about what happened to the characters. And I was rooting for Cheyenne the whole time. The exciting part about reading this book is that it's unpredictable - to me at least - because it could go either way, good or bad. I didn't know what was going to happen next, which made the journey more thrilling and suspenseful. Money is such a powerful incentive for some of the captors that they are willing to selfishly hold Cheyenne for ransom despite never being kidnappers before. Even though Cheyenne is literally the blind one, for me it felt like her captors were also "blind," being blinded by money. You get to see the extent to which some people will go for money and how greed can affect some people in a negative way by clouding and overpowering rational reasoning and good judgement in the weak-minded. The book has a lot of underlying depth, dealing with themes and issues of peer pressure, morality, trust, the handicapped, overcoming obstacles, courage, and hope. I highly recommend reading this book!
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Posted December 25, 2011
I cant stress to you enough that you HAVE to read this book!!!!! Even if u hate books so much that u rather die than read a book, i swear that you deffinatly can not put this book down! You will get mad when u have to stop reading this book! So please if you want to read something u have to read this!!!!!
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Posted December 22, 2010
As you can read from the synopsis, the protagonist Cheyenne is sick and blind. But her bad luck doesn't end there. When her stepmother, Danielle drives her to a pharmacy to get medicine supplies, she asks her to leave the key in the ignition to keep her warm. Then, when someone enters the car, she realizes from the person's micro-behaviours that he/she is definitely not Danielle. That's when reality hits - her car is stolen, and worse, she's inside it!
This book is different from other books which I've read before. I think the best thing about this book is that the author has successfully portrayed Cheyenne's character. Having a blind protagonist is not easy, and I'm sure April has done quite a lot of researching and reading on this part. She also narrates Cheyenne's story skillfully, telling us what she feels at a particular moment, how she reacts to perilous events, and how she learns to trust one of her captors who promises to let her go.
Griffin steals a Cadillac Escalade on a whim, without realizing that there's a girl in the backseat. When he discovers her, it is too late to let her go. So he brings her back to his dad's place, along with the car. He promises her that he will let her go once it is dark. But his dad declares that they will keep her as a captive after listening to the news broadcast reporting about the missing Cheyenne Wilder, for her father is Nike's president, and she is their one-way-ticket to wealth.
The friendship between Cheyenne and Griffin is honest and unfeigned, although it seems out of place because of their different roles - one captive and the other the captor. But still, Cheyenne doesn't trust Griffin entirely, despite the fact that he's the only one who's kind towards her. She even tries to knock him unconscious on the day his father and his sidekicks go to get the ransom which they demanded earlier from Cheyenne's father. I don't blame her for this, because this only proves that her survival instincts are functional. I really admire Cheyenne's extraordinary spirit and strength. You would probably think that being blind, she will just give up and surrender. But this tough teenage girl will absolutely prove you wrong. She faces the problem calmly, and even tries to escape without the help of her cane. Her courage and determination to keep herself alive is indeed commendable. I couldn't imagine myself going through everything that Cheyenne has gone through - it was a really scary experience. And what's worse is that she's blind.
Girl, Stolen is really amazing! I devoured the book in one-sitting. The story is fast-paced thrilling and heart-gripping. Even though I constantly feared for Cheyenne's safety, I remained hopeful for her survival. The climax of this novel left me in awe with the author's creativity and brilliance. The twist she inserted made my insides churn with fear for Cheyenne's fate. I went Oh, no! when her ticket to safety is suddenly ripped into pieces. I'll stop here so that I don't accidentally spill anything. If you want to know whether Cheyenne escapes efficaciously, you'll have to read this book to find out.
Note: This book is a clean read. I highly recommend this book to everyone who enjoys a great, thrilling story.
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I absolutely LOVED this book!!!! I would get in so much trouble for not putting it down but I hope ther is another book so I know what Chyanne will do next and how Griffen is and if they ever meet in person again.
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I really enjoyed reading Girl, Stolen. This was a novel that had quite an interesting plot compared to other stories similar to it due to the fact that Cheyenne is blind and sick with pneumonia. The pace of the book is fairly fast, although I must say, some parts of the story when Cheyenne is in captivity can get a little bit slow, and where I got stuck. Once you get past those couple of chapters, the ending is AWESOME! It has a lot of twists and turns that keep you right on the edge of your seat, not sure if Cheyenne will ever be safe again. The story also adds in another dynamic in that it switches off from Griffin, the accidental kidnapper, and Cheyenne's point of view. It is also really cool seeing how Griffin and Cheyenne's relationship develops which is quite unique. The ending will also keep you wondering what happens to the characters, still on the edge of your seat. Girl, Stolen is a great book that I would reccomend to readers who enjoy thrillers or realistic fiction.
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Posted May 14, 2012
While Cheyenne is resting in the back of her step mom’s escalade; Griffin (thief) steals the car without knowing that Cheyenne is resting there. As Griffin continues stealing the car with a screaming Cheyenne in the back seat, he comes to find out that she’s blind and has pneumonia. Griffin decides that he could use her as ransom for is dad. But what they come to find out, is that Cheyenne’s dad is the president of Nike. As Cheyenne manipulates Griffin into sympathizing with her, she hopes that he’ll eventually let her go. Cheyenne and Griffin have a very strange, cool relationship as the story unfolds.
Cheyenne is still blind, and despite her handicap, she still kicks butt. Her senses are ten times stronger than normal people. As she realizes it’s her time to escape after ransom is discussed, she goes for it. I cannot tell you what happens, you’ll just have to read for yourself.
The characters in this book are very vivid, and I can imagine myself being right there with Cheyenne. Hoping that I can jump in and help her, but sadly, I cannot.
There are many twists and turns in this book, but if you’re not one for creepy things, I wouldn’t read this book. If you love action, suspense, or not being able to keep your nose out of a book; this book is for you.
April Henry opened a new world for me in not only books, but life. The book titled Girl, stolen is one of my top five favorite books of all time. I’ve gained a new perspective on life, and trust. I love this book, and I will read it over and over again.
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The book waa vry tjriller like and action packed on evry page. At the end i was ahppy things tured out well...in a way. But when i read the last sentece i felt like asking "is tere another chapter? Did someone rip out the pages if my book?" I was so sad to reliZe that this isnt a srres. I trully love this book.
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Posted November 5, 2010
Cheyenne feels awful. She and her step-mother have just left the doctor's office where x-rays revealed that Cheyenne has pneumonia. Her step-mother leaves her resting in the running car while she heads into the store to pick up a prescription. It all seems simple, until a stranger slips into the front seat and steals the car. As the car thief speeds out of the parking lot, a glance in the rear view mirror reveals he has a passenger, but by now it's too late. When Cheyenne realizes what is happening, she begs her captor to release her, promising not to tell anyone. When her promises are ignored, Cheyenne reveals the real truth - she is blind. Griffin, the young car thief, is in a panic. His actual target in the shopping center parking lot was to steal packages from unlocked vehicles. Stealing a car was not part of the plan, but when he saw the classy SUV was just sitting there with its engine running, he reacted. Now he will be delivering a really cool car to his father, but the added surprise of a kidnapped girl is definitely going to complicate matters. Cheyenne tries to use her remaining senses to follow the route Griffin takes into the country. She knows she isn't far from home, but she has no idea how to figure out exactly where she is. When her kidnappers find out she is the daughter of the company president of Nike, they are determined to demand a sizeable reward. As they plot and plan their next step, Cheyenne listens carefully for clues revealing their names and the location of the house where she is being held. Author April Henry has created quite a thriller guaranteed to keep readers on the edge of their seats. GIRL, STOLEN is filled with plenty of excitement and suspense. There is the obvious complication of Cheyenne's blindness and the added difficulty of her physical illness and her immediate need for antibiotics. Those problems alone would be enough for most authors, but Henry adds other creative plot twists that will keep readers on their toes. GIRL, STOLEN is a must-read for action and adventure fans.
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Posted April 6, 2013
This book was ABSOLUTLY AMAZING!!!!!!!! YOU HAVE TO READ THIS BOOK!!!!! It is for a little bit older kids or teens, because of some inaproproite parts. It was a real page turner and i read it in two days!!! I can't even put in to words how I feal about this book!!!!! A MUST read book, i recommend it to everyone!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : )
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I loved the book. The characters were very well thought out. The relationship between her and Griffen was cute, although it could have been much stronger. All the events leading up to the ending were good and engaging, but the ending sucked, to be honest.
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I just bought this book at a book fair last wednsday and i wish i wouldve bought it on my nc!!!!!ive read the first few pages witch were already action packed and wonderous!!i cant wait for me to notbe able to put it down, but i dont want to get in truble (mom) byreading late (hunger games) lol cant wait till i gave nothing else to so but read!!!!!
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