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  • Published: New York : Chicken House, 2010.
  • Year Published: 2010
  • Edition: 1st American ed.
  • Description: 299 p. ; 22 cm.
  • Language: English
  • Format: Book

Reading Level

  • Lexile: 570

ISBN/Standard Number

  • 9780545170932
  • 0545170931



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by Christopher, Lucy.

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Call number: R Printz Honor 2011, Teen Fiction

Available Copies: Malletts Teen

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Sixteen-year-old Gemma, a British city-dweller, is abducted while on vacation with her parents and taken to the Australian outback, where she soon realizes that escape attempts are futile, and in time she learns that her captor is not as despicable as she first believed.

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not easy

This isn't an easy book to read--the story rolls on and on without breaks, mirroring the hopeless sense the main character has of being trapped in the middle of nowhere with no relief and no foreseeable end.
That being said, I did find it very interesting to follow the characters' development through the story. The book also has a surprisingly satisfying ending despite looking like it's headed for disaster.
I read it in a college-level English class dealing with YA literature, and reactions from my classmates ranged from love to hate and everything in between. This book definitely isn't for everyone, but if you enjoy YA lit it's worth a try.

Hated It

I only made it through the first ten or so pages of this book before I skipped ahead to see if the whole thing would be written in the same format, as if spoken from the girl to her kidnapper. It was, so I returned it. There's no way I could read a whole book written like that.

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