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Praise for STOLEN
“Complicated and beautiful -- this novel left me doubting my emotions and missing a place I’d never been.” -- Maggie Stiefvater

"A vivid new voice for teens." -- Melvin Burgess

"All the tension of lightning, all the terror of thunder. A stunning, scary, and beautiful book." -- John Marsden

"It's Gemma's strength and clear-headed narration that keep the pages turning long after your skin has started crawling." -- The Daily Beast: Smart Young Adult Books: 10 Hot Picks

* “An emotionally raw thriller…a haunting account of captivity and the power of relationships.” -- Publishers Weekly, starred review

"Disturbing, heartbreaking, and beautiful all at once." -- School Library Journal

"Has a veracity and immediacy that rivets the reader to the page...A fascinating, disturbing novel." -- VOYA

"A complex psychological study that is also a tribute to the hypnotic beauty of the outback." -- Booklist

"An arresting, dramatic story...induces both shivers and thought." -- BCCB

Winner of England's Branford Boase Award for Best First Novel

About the Author

LUCY CHRISTOPHER'S novel STOLEN was named a Printz Honor Book by the ALA and received England's Branford Boase award and Australia's golden Inky for best debut. In a starred review, PUBLISHERS WEEKLY called it *"an emotionally raw thriller...a haunting account of captivity and the power of relationships."* She is also the author of FLYAWAY, a novel for younger readers. Lucy lives in Monmouth, Wales, where she is currently finishing her third book, THE KILLING WOODS, a psychological thriller for teens. Visit her website www.lucychristopher.com and follow her on Twitter @LucyCAuthor.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 10 - 14 years
  • Grade Level: 5 - 9
  • Lexile Measure: 580L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Chicken House; 1 edition (October 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0545317711
  • ISBN-13: 978-0545317719
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 1.2 x 8.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,685,791 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Lucy Christopher, author of Stolen and Flyaway, was born in Wales but grew up in Australia, living in Melbourne from the age of nine until she completed her undergraduate degree at Melbourne University. After various attempts at being an actor, a coffee maker, a waitress and a nature guide, she moved back to the UK to earn a distinction in a Creative Writing MA from Bath Spa University. Lucy took on part-time work as a university lecturer at Bath Spa University, teaching on the undergraduate and the MA creative writing courses, and is currently undertaking a PhD to explore the ways that Australian literature represents wild places, particularly in its writing for young adults. Lucy's debut novel, Stolen, was written as part of this PhD.

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Format: Paperback
This is a sweet and heart-wrenching book. Isla, the narrator has a compelling voice, and is very likeable- she is selfless, and her relationship with her family is very strong. Harry, the sick boyfriend, though really shines.
Their blooming relationship is innocent, and it is fun to watch it unfold. The loner swan brings them together and parallels their adventure.

Spoiler below!!!
The only thing I don't like is that it did not give me closure on whether Harry makes it through his transplant. But then again, sometimes the open ended ending really is the best, because you are always rooting for the patient to pull through and for the romance to continue, but as Lurlene McDaniel has proved, there is just something about death that can also make a perfect ending, because it is sad, beautiful, and reflects reality. But, I don't know about real statistics, but the book said 50/50 chance, so in the end it is left to the reader to decide, or you can take her dream of Harry being a swan and migrating as he didn't pull through, or you can find hope in his text and say that he did.
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Love how it wasn't just a normal tragic ending but it was a happy ending instead. I could not stop reading.
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Format: Hardcover
I really like this book. It was so exciting and I couldn't put it down. The only reason I don't give it five stars is because I think Isla is too young to have a boyfriend. Sure, she can like boys, but not have them as boyfriends. It just sort of made me uncomfortable. But other than that, this was a very good book. I completely recommend it!
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Format: Audible Audio Edition
How interesting can a book be about a kid who's obsessed about swans? Pretty interesting, it turns out.

This book is about a little girl named Isla, and she loves swans. Her dad is also obsessed about swans. He goes swan chasing whenever he can. Well, he doesn't actually chase them. He just observes them. Her grandpa is also an animal lover and a vet, but her dad and grandpa don't get along, so they argue about swans a lot.

Isla's dad has a really bad heart attack pretty early in the book, and while she's in the hospital, she meets a little kid named Harry, who's a cancer patient. They become good friends and eventually spark up a little romance.

I found this book really interesting. Will Isla's dad die? Will her new romance Harry die? Will the swan that got lost from its pack ever find the rest of the swans? Will the feud between dad and grandpa get resolved? Will Isla and her obsession with swans ever fit in with the rest of the kids in her class? This book poses tons of interesting questions. Also, Isla is a really interesting girl. She's completely obsessed with swans, and nobody else really understands that obsession, but she continues with that obsession and uses it to try to figure out growing up.

Pros:
+Isla is a really interesting main character. She seemed like a real kid, which was cool, because a lot of YA books' protagonists seem a lot older than they really are.
+Very interesting, for a book about swans
+Poses some complex and intriguing questions
+Tackles the difficult topics of parents with health problems, hospitals, and possible death
+Very well written
+I listened to the audio book, and the reader was awesome

Cons:
-The "magical" element of this was quick and not pervasive enough throughout the book to really seem well integrated
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This book is so interesting and keeps you locked in with it. It's such a wonderful story and I enjoyed reading it.
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Format: Paperback
I love this book. I was hooked from the start and read it in four days. The way that Isla and Harry bond make the story an emotionally compelling read. Harry's character gripped my heart like nothing else and spurred me to tear through the book. These characters will stay with me for a long time and I'm sure I will smile when I think of their memorable journey together.
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