Kidnappers

Kidnappers

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by Willo Davis Roberts
     
 

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When Joey saw Willie--his worst enemy--kidnapped, he had to tell someone. Unfortunately for Joey, his penchant for stretching the truth prevented people from believing him at first. Joey and his friend Pink, two memorable detectives, set out on an adventure that makes a friend of Willie and readers everywhere. 144 pp. Ages 8-12. Pub: 3/98. See more details below

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When Joey saw Willie--his worst enemy--kidnapped, he had to tell someone. Unfortunately for Joey, his penchant for stretching the truth prevented people from believing him at first. Joey and his friend Pink, two memorable detectives, set out on an adventure that makes a friend of Willie and readers everywhere. 144 pp. Ages 8-12. Pub: 3/98.

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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:
288,191
Product dimensions:
5.20(w) x 7.60(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

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