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Kidnapped by amateur thieves and taken to a remote shed, Suzie Quinn makes a brave effort to escape.

Kidnapped by amateur thieves and taken to a remote shed, Suzie Quinn makes a brave effort to escape.

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Kidnapped by amateur thieves and taken to a remote shed, Suzie Quinn makes a brave effort to escape.

Kidnapped by amateur thieves and taken to a remote shed, Suzie Quinn makes a brave effort to escape.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
A familiar plot about kidnapping is blended with a dollop of irony here: because Northern Ireland is so dangerous, police don't know whether Suzie Quinn has been kidnapped or whether it's a trap by the Irish Republican Army. In reality, Suzie is simply in the wrong place at the wrong time. Instead of paying a cashier for birthday candles at Semple's Supermarket, she's suddenly caught in a stick-up, taken hostage and imprisoned in a quarry. But her three captors are novices at their violent game, and if she uses all her wits she might escape: "They were total incompetents, amateurs," Suzie observes, shrewdly concluding, "It made them more dangerous, not less." Waddell's (Tango's Baby) first-person story sounds just as though a savvy 15-year-old girl had written it from her heart. Much of the suspense is liquidated by the format; Suzie has obviously lived to tell the tale. Still, the smart, breezy writing, jaunty heroine and tense setting should keep readers on the hook. Ages 14-17. (June)
Children's Literature - Uma Krishnaswami
A quick trip to the supermarket turns into a nightmare for young Suzie Quinn. She is kidnapped - completely in error, as it turns out - and quickly realizes that the clumsy ineptness of her abductors places her at even greater risk than would otherwise have been the case. How Suzie manages to escape makes for a quick-paced young adult novel, set against the backdrop of "the troubles" in Northern Ireland.
School Library Journal
Gr 6-9-This story set in Northern Ireland has all the elements that make for a suspenseful thriller, but it falls short of the mark. Looking back at the strange turn of events that led to her kidnapping, Suzie Quinn describes the entire ordeal-her foolish and dangerous young captors, her desperate thoughts of escape, and her mother's attempts to find her. The characters lack the emotion and energy necessary to draw readers to the edge of their seats. The action flips back and forth from what was happening to Susie in captivity to police efforts to locate her, causing loss of momentum and splitting the tense mood. A disappointing effort.-Jana R. Fine, Clearwater Public Library System, FL
Frances Bradburn
Headed into the grocery store with her mother to pick up last-minute items for her brother's birthday party, Suzi Quinn is taken hostage when the store is robbed by three masked bandits. Convinced that she has seen and recognized him, the trio's leader refuses to release her, so all four escape, with Suzi bound, blindfolded, and gagged in the back of the van. Thus begins a harrowing experience for Suzi and her terrified family as they wait for, at least from Suzi's perspective, a bumbling police force to rescue her. As a matter of fact, everyone--robbers, police, and Suzi--seems inept: the robbers gradually reveal their identities to their captive, the police drop a variety of balls throughout the case, and Suzi makes several ill-fated escape attempts, all designed, apparently, to either increase or defuse tension. Although it is difficult to muster much concern for Suzi simply because of the book's flippant tone, the startling jacket illustration and the story's reading ease will entice even the most reluctant reader.
Kirkus Reviews
A taut, realistic thriller from Waddell (Tango's Baby, 1995, etc.) featuring a feisty, thoughtful heroine. Suzie is kidnapped in a botched supermarket hold-up in rural Northern Ireland. Kept by the three young criminals—Gerard, Dodie, and Leo—because Leo, the leader, mistakenly believes she can identify him, she is imprisoned in a freezing stone hut near an abandoned quarry while her keepers try to figure out what to do with her. She details her ordeal while also depicting her family's harrowing days and nights trying to avoid the media and pry information out of the patronizing police.

Considerably more intelligent than her captors, Suzie not only relates the events, but keeps up a running commentary on her own actions and motives, as well as those of the kidnappers, police, and everyone else involved. The terrifying events, the incisive and dispassionate analysis provided by the victim/narrator, the alternating structure, and the recognition of the darkly humorous absurdities involved combine to keep the suspense high, the action gritty, and the novel as realistic as tomorrow's headlines.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781564025302
  • Publisher: Candlewick Press
  • Publication date: 5/8/1996
  • Edition description: 1st U.S. Edition
  • Pages: 176
  • Age range: 14 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.77 (w) x 8.61 (h) x 0.71 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 19, 2004


    I thought the book was pretty good. It had a lot of action in it, and it really kept you in suspense.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 12, 1999

    Great Book

    I thought the book 'The Kidnapping of Suzie Q' was one of the best books I've ever read. It was so good I read it in 1 day!! I couldn't put it down. I recomend this book highly to suspense and action lovers!!

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