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By author: Norah McClintock
Selling Points: "Survival, abduction, family"
Publisher: Orca Book Publishers
Pub Date: Oct/01/2009
Lexile Level: HL690L
Pages: 176
Fiction Ages 12+
Price:  $14.95
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I lay on the gritty wooden floor of the filthy shack, frozen with terror. For weeks I had been hearing about the two girls who had disappeared, but I had never in a million years thought that something like that was going to happen to me.

But here I was, tied up, groggy, panic-stricken—and waiting. Waiting for whatever had happened to the girl who had been found "not alive." Waiting for whatever had happened to the other girl.

This couldn't be happening to me.

But it was.

Two girls have recently disappeared near the town where Stephanie lives. She is concerned but is sure that it could never happen to her. But then it does. Tied up and alone far from home, she manages to escape her captor and run for her life. But she is in the middle of nowhere, with no food, no shelter and no way home. And worst of all, she has run away before, so she is sure that the police will not take her disappearance seriously. She will need to save herself, calling on lessons learned from her grandfather and an inner strength she never thought she had.
Puget Sound Council - September 1, 2010
"A fast-paced story told in the first person...The character is compelling and the descriptions are great—you can practically taste the grubs. The cover is eye-catching as well. This is sure to be a hit with teen readers."
What If? Magazine - March 1, 2010
"McClintock has written yet another thought-provoking book. The emotions and struggles that Stephanie works through make you feel like you are there."
Tri State Young Adult Book Review Committee - January 1, 2010
"The plot is fast-paced and the heroine is likeable...This survival story is a page-turner."
Resource Links - December 1, 2009
"McClintock does an admirable job of weaving suspenseful elements together while tantalizing the reader with seemingly disconnected snippets of information…I definitely recommend this novel. It is well-written and it proceeds at a pace appropriate to the development of tension necessary to carry it along."
Publishers Weekly Online - November 30, 2009
"[A] fast-moving thriller…McClintock's dialogue feels genuine, though readers spend the majority of the novel in Stephanie's head, as she uses clear thinking and a substantial reserve of inner strength to find her way home."
CM Magazine - September 25, 2009
"Award-winning novelist McClintock adds another well-paced tale for adolescent readers to her impressive collection… A story about an engaging and smart protagonist facing seemingly insurmountable odds and surviving should appeal to early teen readers accustomed to tidy television-style adventures neatly packaged and resolved. Highly Recommended."
Booklist - September 15, 2009
"Riveting, and never becomes too harrowing."
Quill & Quire - September 1, 2009
"Taken is an engrossing study of the humbling effects of solitude, and it offers an unflinching depiction of the unforgiving and often brutal realities of the natural world."
Kirkus Reviews - September 1, 2009
"[Stephanie's] harrowing journey back to safety propels this plot-driven, fast-paced tale forward... Told in the first person, this suspenseful survival story is sure to have strong appeal."
For the Love of All That Is Written blog - August 26, 2009
"Well-written for the targeted audience. It was simple, yet gripping."


YALSA Quick Picks, commended  US  2010
Resource Links "The Year's Best", commended  CA  2009
ALA Popular Paperbacks, commended  US  2012
M.Y.R.C.A Award, winner  CA  2011
CCBC Best Books, commended  CA  2011

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