The Spanish Kidnapping Disaster

Mary Downing Hahn, Author, James Cross Giblin, Editor
Mary Downing Hahn, Author, James Cross Giblin, Editor Clarion Books $16 (144p) ISBN 978-0-395-55696-2
Reviewed on: 03/04/1991
Release date: 03/01/1991
Paperback - 144 pages - 978-0-380-71712-5
Prebound-Other - 132 pages - 978-0-606-02901-8
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Open Ebook - 176 pages - 978-0-547-56295-7
Ebook - 176 pages - 978-0-547-77209-7
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Tagging along on her mother's honeymoon in Spain, Felicia knows there's no love lost between herself and her new stepsiblings, Amy and Phillip. But when Grace, an exotic and self-styled ``citizen of the world,'' kidnaps the three, their differences become far less important than escape and simple survival. As in Zilpha Snyder's The Famous Stanley Kidnapping , the European locale serves to emphasize each child's particular temperament. Phillip the know-it-all offers a passing fluency in Spanish, while headstrong Felicia leads them out of the trouble she has helped cause. The book bucks convention by presenting the abductors fairly: in showing the reader cold-eyed Orlando, weak Charles and the idealistic and appealing Grace, Hahn offers a surprisingly understanding look at what impels people to terrorist activity. While the resolution of the natural resentment among the stepchildren may verge on the facile, the story offers a lively adventure for middle-grade readers. Ages 9-12. (Mar.)
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