Kidnappers

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"I didn't like Willie Groves, but I didn't hate him enough to want someone to kidnap him."
Famous last words. Joey Bishop soon finds himself face-to-face with the kidnappers himself (as well as his archenemy) in this fast-paced, urban story that will leave you panting for your next breath.

No one believes eleven-year-old Joey, who has a reputation for telling tall tales, when he claims to have ...

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Overview

"I didn't like Willie Groves, but I didn't hate him enough to want someone to kidnap him."
Famous last words. Joey Bishop soon finds himself face-to-face with the kidnappers himself (as well as his archenemy) in this fast-paced, urban story that will leave you panting for your next breath.

No one believes eleven-year-old Joey, who has a reputation for telling tall tales, when he claims to have witnessed the kidnapping of the class bully outside their expensive New York City private school.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Joey Bishop witnesses a kidnapping and comes to regret his reputation for making up stories. Later, when he is kidnapped himself, Joey must rely on his own wits to escape the culprits. Ages 8-12. (Dec.) Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
Children's Literature - Bruce Adelson
Joey Bishop enjoys the good life, son of a wealthy family, student at an exclusive private school to which he is driven each day by Ernie, the family chauffeur. But after accidentally tangling with Willie Groves, the school's tough guy, Joey fears for his life. Knowing Willie is looking to clobber him after school one day, Joey hides, only to witness something terrible, what seems to be Groves's kidnaping. But when Joey sounds the alarm, his reputation as a fibber comes back to haunt him. Virtually no one believes him ! Although Joey questions what he saw, Willie really was kidnaped. It is Joey's mission to rescue his mortal enemy and convince everyone of his veracity. The author weaves a suspenseful, entertaining tale which grabs and holds the reader's attention throughout the story. There is much drama here and also a mildly surprising twist at the end where Joey is betrayed by someone he has grown to respect and trust. This will be an excellent addition to libraries' mystery sections.
School Library Journal
Gr 4-6In a new twist on the old "The Boy Who Cried Wolf" story, 11-year-old Joey Bishop's well-deserved reputation as a liar and teller of tall tales gets in the way of helping to solve a crime. When Joey accidentally hits the class bully in the nose, he knows it's only a matter of time before Willie seeks revenge. Hiding outside of his expensive New York City private school after most of the chauffeurs have come and gone, Joey witnesses the abduction of his worst enemy. By the time he convinces others of the veracity of his story, he realizes that having seen the kidnapping is nearly as dangerous as being kidnapped. The fast-paced mystery unfolds with suspense and excitement, as Joey is nearly run down and then abducted himself. A double-crossing by an old friend and the making of a new one conclude this first-person narrative. Joey's frustrations with his schoolmates and family add humor to the mystery. While the subplots tend to dilute the tension, this remains a quick, satisfying read.Connie Tyrrell Burns, Mahoney Middle School, South Portland, ME
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780689813931
  • Publisher: Aladdin
  • Publication date: 12/28/1999
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 144
  • Sales rank: 668,346
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 7.60 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Willo Davis Roberts wrote many mystery and suspense novels for children during her long and illustrious career, including The Girl with the Silver Eyes, The View from the Cherry Tree, Twisted Summer, Megan’s Island, Baby-Sitting Is a Dangerous Job, Hostage, Scared Stiff, The Kidnappers, and Caught!. Three of her children’s books won Edgar Awards, while others received great reviews and other accolades, including the Sunshine State Young Reader's Award, the California Young Reader’s Medal, and the Georgia Children’s Book Award.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 21, 2007

    Elementary Reading Specialist

    I read this story with a group of reluctant reading 5th graders. They went from nonreaders to students who begged to read extra chapters for homework! The book is very fast paced and is able to grab the reader and keep them hooked. It was a great book to help teach drawing conclusions, inferencing, and connections.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 20, 2007

    girl who hates reading

    I love this book because it's a mystery story. It's a fast moving book and it inspired me. Joey and Willie were enemies but at the end of story they become great friends!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 20, 2007

    fith grader doesn't like to read

    I think somone should read it because it has a great ending. At the beginning it is slow moving,but while you're reading it gets better. Every night I read this book. My favorite character is Joey because he gets picked on like me. This book is the best book ever.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 20, 2007

    5th grader that likes to read a little

    It was a good book because it makes you want to read more and never stop. Also I liked that the main characters thought they did not like each other in the beginning.I also liked that they were really good friends at the end.This book was so good, it makes me want to get more of this author's books.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 14, 2007

    A Little Predictible...

    When Joey accidentally elbows the school bully Willy in the face, Willy wants revenge. But when Joey hides from Willy, he's the only one who sees him get kidnapped. And no one seems to believe him. Joey will have to save Willy or who knows what could happen. The kidnappers wasn't a page turning book that will keep you on the edge of your seat kind of thing. It had many flaws, but it picked up a bit at the end. One thing that I would have to complain about is that it is a bit slow. The whole beginning Joey is trying to convince everybody about what happened. And no one thinks that he's telling the truth except his sister Sophie and his friend Pink. Even when he called the police, they assumed right away that it was a prank, which seemed a bit unrealistic to me. This book is also rather predictable. Besides one twist towards the end, I could've guessed what was going to happen and be correct. You can tell that when Joey gets mixed up with it and also gets held hostage that he will escape. You can tell that in the beginning that they were going to catch the kidnappers. The whole time you can keep guessing what will happen and be right every time. Plus, a suspense story should have lots of twists and turns. This book really only had one that I can remember. One of the only good qualities of this book is the ending. It is very ironic. One of the main characters that seems like a very nice person and you wouldn't expect at all to be evil is really with the kidnappers the whole time. If you were to know that one person is betraying everyone, you would never guess that it would be this one. Willo Davis Roberts put so much character development into this guy to being just a friendly chafer that you would never guess it would be him. Every time he picked up Joey from school, he'd say, 'Hey sport! How was school?' You'd never expect this surprise ending. Kidnappers has some decent parts and a good ending, but it's not the best suspense book I've ever read. If you're looking for something that will keep you up all night turning pages until a spectacular ending appears, then this isn't your book. If you're looking for a short and pretty good mystery then you might be interested. Overall, it was ok.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 14, 2005

    The kidnappers

    This was very interesting because no one had believed this child even though he was telling the truth and the bully was the one that was kidnapped so he was bullyin others but may not have liked it when he got kidnapped and bullied

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 18, 2005

    The Kidnappers from my opinion

    The Kidnappers was an awesome book because it showed the different perspectives of different people. It was also kind of saying that you shouldn't judge a book by its cover because you never know what might be happening to that person. It is an excellent book that will keep you flipping the pages one after another. This book will fill you with an exciting story that shouldn't be overlooked. This bone-chilling mystery should always be a favorite, just like it was to me!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 12, 2002

    it's good

    it was good. it's a page turing type thing, but if u dont like adventure books then don't read it. it's a great story and an unexpected ending

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 30, 2001

    SUPER EXCITING STORY!

    This was a thrilling story. I would recommend it to all 4-6 graders.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 24, 2000

    Very Good Book

    This book left me reading. I couldnt stop. this is a real mystery.

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