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by James Duffy

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Gr 5-8 Although she knows better, Kate talks to the man parked at the end of her road because he convinces her that he is a friend of her mother's. She is pulled into the car and taken to the man's home, where he plans to con vince Kate that she should become his daughter. Because of her previous his tory of running away, the police are not particularly concerned about Kate's disappearance. Her older sister Sandy is convinced that this disappearance is different, and she enlists the aid of Agatha Bates, a retired Boston police woman. Agatha begins a private inves tigation and deduces that Kate has been abducted this time. With Agatha's help, the local police are able to find the man who is keeping Kate a prisoner in his house. This very readable and gripping tale is a gentle treatment of a very frightening topic. Although the abductor is deranged, he never harms Kate, making this suitable for younger readers. Characters are well drawn, and the closeness of Kate's single-parent family, despite the adversities they face, is refreshing. For the most part, the por trayal of police work is realistic, al though Agatha seems a little too deduc tive. While it may be difficult for adults to accept Sandy's part in Kate's rescue, younger readers may be more accept ing and may also enjoy her ability to function in the adult world. Susan H. Williamson, Homer Center High School, Pa.

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