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The Third Eye
     

The Third Eye

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by Lois Duncan
 

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When Karen closes her eyes, the visions come. Through time and space, she sees a place where stolen children sleep. And if Karen denies a young policeman's request for help, the children may never go home again.
Lois Duncan presents a ticking clock mystery with thrills at every turn.
This edition features updated text and an exclusive Q&A with author Lois

Overview

When Karen closes her eyes, the visions come. Through time and space, she sees a place where stolen children sleep. And if Karen denies a young policeman's request for help, the children may never go home again.
Lois Duncan presents a ticking clock mystery with thrills at every turn.
This edition features updated text and an exclusive Q&A with author Lois Duncan!

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780316202930
Publisher:
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Publication date:
06/19/2012
Sold by:
Hachette Digital, Inc.
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
486,750
File size:
1 MB
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

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This can't be happening, Karen thought incredulously.  This is impossible!

Though her head still throbbed from its violent encounter with the stove corner, the intensity of the pain seemed to be lessening.  As this occurred, Karen found herself becoming aware of other areas of discomfort.  The twine with which Betty's companion had tied her wrists and ankles was cutting into her badly, and her hands, which had been secured behind her back, were numb from the weight of her body.  The dish towel pressed cruelly against her injured mouth, and her bones ached from her fall to the kitchen floor.

How long were they planning to leave her here?  Karen wondered.  What could the purpose behind all this be?  If it was to rob the Center, it was unlikely that Betty and her friend would be returning before evening.  The parents paid when they picked their children up at night, not when they brought them in, and there was never much money in the cash drawer in the mornings.  When it came to that, there was little money there at any time; most of the Center's clients were regulars who paid monthly by check.

It simply didn't make sense.  If this couple had decided to rob a business establishment, there were any number of more promising prospects.  A bank or a store or even a video game hall would have more cash on hand.  They had managed to learn everything else about the Center--who was employed there, who the director was--even the schedule of the bus that Karen rode to work in the mornings.  It was inconceivable that they could be stupid enough to believe that there would be enough money at a day care center to be worth the risk involved in robbing it.  

Again, Karen found herself experiencing the feeling that she had missed something.  Carefully, she reviewed every word she could remember.  First, she and Betty had talked in the car.  Then, the man, Jed, had entered the picture.  He had dragged Karen into the apartment and called her a "wildcat."  "Surprise, surprise!" Betty had said.  "She doesn't look much like one, does she?"  What else had she told him?  "Tie our little friend up, and let's get going.  You did get gas, didn't you?"

Hold it a minute!  What was that about the gas?

Karen slowed the pace of her mind and centered it upon that item.

"You did get gas?" Betty had asked--yet she had been the one who had been out that morning.  If gas for the car had been needed, she would have bought it.  The gas she was referring to must have been for the van.  Did that mean that she had expected to drive the van to the Center?  That didn't seem reasonable.  It would have looked strange for Karen's "Aunt Nancy" to have arrived in a laundry truck.  What was it, then, that the van was to be used for?

As she reviewed the conversation, Karen remembered that there had been a second part of it.  After asking about gas, Betty had mentioned needing a road map.  That had to mean that after the robbery, the pair was planning to head immediately for some place far enough away so that they needed a map in order to plan their route.

And, that must mean--

Dear God,  Karen realized with sudden horror, they're not coming back here!

They were not going to release her--and why on earth should they?  A return trip to the apartment would gain them nothing.

I'm going to be left here!  I won't be discovered until next month's rent is due!  Karen shuddered convulsively.  How long can I stay alive?

She had read articles about people who had been marooned in wilderness areas, set adrift in lifeboats, or stranded in the desert.  Some of them had survived for weeks without food, but in all cases such as those, there had at least been water.  Food was important, but water was more so.  No one could live very long without liquid intake.

I've got to get out of here--but how?

  

Meet the Author

Lois Duncan is an acclaimed suspense author for young adults. She has published nearly 50 books for children, including I Know What You Did Last Summer, which was adapted into a highly-successful horror film, and Who Killed My Daughter?, a non-fiction book about the harrowing experience of her daughter's murder. Lois was the keynote speaker at the 2010 NCTE Convention.

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Third Eye (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition) 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 107 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have read many of Lois Duncan's books, this is the best one thus far. The suspense is enticing from beginning to end. I liked the subject of ESP and how Duncan related this for the reader through a normal girl such as myself her ability to go beyond and accept her gift. I would suggest this book to readers looking for a suspense filled adventure.
SL5738 More than 1 year ago
The novel I'm reviewing with you is The Third Eye. The author of this novel is Lois Duncan. It's an intresting book in my opinion. The main character Karen discovers an outstanding power that she has. In the novel theres a neighboor hood child disappers. Will Karens power help the neighboor hood kid be found?
EG90 More than 1 year ago
Lois Duncan creates book that keep you on the edge of your seats. This book is hard to put down with its captivating story of a teenager who can see children who have been kid napped or killed. You find yourself getting sucked in to the story with Duncan's descriptive language and use of characters. This book is a book that is an easy read, and will fulfill a nice saturday at home with a thrill. So if you have sometime go to your local book store and pick up The Third Eye.
Guest More than 1 year ago
THis book was great i had to do a book report so i just choose a book and im glad i chose this one . this is a Great book!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the best written book that Lois has written yet. Im waiting for another one to be out so i rate that one too.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
ITS AMAZING!!
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I hope there's a follow up book!
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AlainaBrown More than 1 year ago
This is the second book I read by Lois Duncan and I think it has to be my favorite. The mystery really intrigued me and made me love reading again.
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violetwings More than 1 year ago
I loved this book out of the other ones I read by Lois Duncan. I loved and I mean loved the ending about the little girl. Great book to read!
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Awesome book!!! I loved it. Definitely read this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was awesome. I read it for my honors literature class in seventh grade and I loved it. The book is about Karen Conners, a girl who finds out that she can see missing children. It's a really cool book that kept me guessing until the very end. I even loved the ending. I won't tell you. You'll have to read the book for yourself and trust me. You won't be disappointed. Also, read the other Lois Duncan books. They're awesome too.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book will keep you reading the whole way. It's about where a high school senior named Karen can see where stolen children are. She finds a boy that she babysitted in a trunk of a car, then she helps a police officer Ron Wilson help find children that were stolen from a children's care place. I recommend this book to anyone who likes a good mystery, thriller, or suspense.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Dude, the Third Eye was a fictional book written by one of my favorite authors, Lois Duncan. The Third Eye was defiantly an amazing book! I loved it its one of those books when you want to read it all over again. The Third Eye, kept me on suspense throughout the whole book. This book was also very creepy, especially when Karen Conners can see where the stolen children sleep. In the present time of Mexico is where most of the chaos took place. Not only did it take place in Mexico but also in Karen's head or visions. Karen had to face many problems with this ¿third eye,¿ which had a big impact on her. The major conflict was helping families find their stolen children without being labeled as a ¿freak¿. I loved the writing style that Lois Duncan used. I¿m defiantly going to read more books by her. The only thing that I did not like about the writing style was how she used big vocabulary. Lois Duncan used very big words but the book was detailed enough so that you could use context clues to figure out what the word meant. Lois Duncan used first person point of view which was spoken by Karen 'the main character'. The tone of the Third Eye was dramatic and serious. This book was defiantly an amazing book I loved it. The Third Eye should be read be read by people who lik