Babysitting can be a great first job and way to earn spending money. So when middle-schooler Amy agrees to baby-sit three-year-old Kendra Edgerton one afternoon she’s excited–and has no idea she’s stepping into a kidnapping plot. Kendra, a really sweet and cooperative toddler goes down for her nap easily and Amy falls asleep by the pool. Meanwhile, two men have broken in. The girls are forced out of the house and into a cabin in the woods, where the kidnappers create DVDs to send to the families, hoping for a large ransom from Kendra’s wealthy parents. Using her wits and imagination, Amy stealthily sends clues to the police through the DVDs, but time is working against her: She has one week until her captors decide to return Kendra and get rid of Amy.
Stolen Children by Peg Kehret is a page turner that’s quick and easy to read. And anyone who’s ever babysat can relate to Amy’s dilemma as she tries to keep Kendra calm and entertained, and at the same time, not cause the trigger happy kidnappers to lose their patience. Find it in the Mystery section.
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