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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 - 17 years
  • Grade Level: 7 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 700L (What's this?)
  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Square Fish; Reprint edition (March 13, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780312674755
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312674755
  • ASIN: 0312674759
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.5 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (142 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #139,260 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Gr 7-10–A trip to the pharmacy turns into a nightmare for Cheyenne Wilder, a blind teenager. Sick with pneumonia, she waits in the backseat of her stepmother's car when someone steals it, unintentionally kidnapping her. Things become even more complicated when the inadvertent kidnapper, Griffin, returns home to his hostile father and his criminal cronies, who have their own designs on Cheyenne upon learning that her father is the president of Nike. Still sick and held captive, Cheyenne must use her other senses and intellect to break free and find help before it's too late. The novel is a nail-biter with an unforgettable protagonist who smartly and bravely turns her weakness, and her captors' underestimation of her capabilities, into an advantage. Henry illuminates the teen's predicament using all of her intact senses, making every touch, sniff, and breath palpable. Cheyenne's growing sympathy for Griffin, who becomes her protector, adds layers of complexity to this thriller, especially when she faces leaving him injured in the woods or slowing her own escape by saving him. Readers will be hard-pressed to put this one down before its heart-pounding conclusion.Jennifer Barnes, formerly at Homewood Library, IL
© Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Bad: 16-year-old Cheyenne is sick with pneumonia. Badder: while her mother runs into the pharmacy, a young man steals the car, not realizing that Cheyenne is in the backseat. Worst: getting out of this situation is going to be even harder than expected, because Cheyenne is blind. This constant one-upping of the threat level is what gives Henry’s thriller its hurtling, downhill velocity. And, as it turns out, Cheyenne’s father is rich, which turns the accidental kidnapping into a ransom situation. But the plot is actually of secondary concern; the relationship between Cheyenne and the only kidnapper who is kind to her, a teen named Griffin, constitutes the novel’s central push and pull. Is there a genuine understanding and affection brewing between these two damaged teens? Or is this a case of Stockholm syndrome? Henry is particularly deft at portraying the vacillating level of trust between the two, and her research on living with blindness pays dividends in authenticity. Fairly predictable, but thoroughly exciting. Grades 7-10. --Daniel Kraus --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

More About the Author

I write mysteries and thrillers. I live in Portland, Oregon with my family.

When I was 11, I sent a short story about a six-foot tall frog who loved peanut butter to Roald Dahl, the author of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. He took it to lunch and showed it to the editor of a British children's magazine - and she asked to publish the story! (For no money, which might have been a warning about how hard it is to make a living writing.)

My dream of writing went dormant until I was in my 30s, working at a corporate job, and started writing books on the side. Those first few years - when I wrote a book a year, worked full time, and had a baby - are now thankfully a blur. Now I'm very lucky to make a living doing what I love. I have written 15 novels for adults and teens, with more on the way. My books have gotten starred reviews, been chosen for IndieNext, translated into eight languages and won awards in several states. And Face of Betrayal, which I co-wrote with Lis Wiehl, was on the New York Times bestseller list for four weeks.

I have also reviewed literary fiction, YA literature, and mysteries and thrillers for the Oregonian, and have written articles for both The Writer and Writers Digest.

In 2014, look for two books: The Body in the Woods, the first in the Point Last Seen series, and A Deadly Business, co-written with Lis Wiehl.

Customer Reviews

It has good characters and a good plot too.
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This book is definitely a page turner and it had a lot of twists which I enjoyed and I was so entertained that I finished this book in three days!
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Eileen Granfors TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on September 2, 2010
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April Henry's YA thriller, "Girl, Stolen" has a lot going for it: a smart, resolute, challenged victim and a coterie of bad guys. Cheyenne (16) has pneumonia and is waiting for her step-mom to fill a prescription when a car jacker drives off with their Escalade, including Cheyenne in the back seat. And besides feeling awful with her illness and scared for her life, Cheyenne has something else to overcome in dealing with this conflict: she's blind.

The kidnapper would rather throw her out the car door than bring her home to what he knows is a bunch of bums, one of whom is his violent father and another is what can only be thought of as a sexual predator. But Griffin gives in to his need to score a victory with the crew he hangs with, and Cheyenne is forcibly dragged into the house of horrors.

Griffin bonds with Cheyenne. He begins to see her world in the way that she does, someone independent and yet also bound by her blindness. Can they escape together? Will he manage to protect her from all that is base is his own family?

When Cheyenne tries to take matters into her own hands, the book comes to a flashpoint conclusion.

"Girl, Stolen" is a fast and ripping read, highly recommended for reluctant teen readers. The vocabulary is not challenging, the characters are strong, and there is not an over-reliance on things techy. It's a book, no batteries required, for entertainment and a whole new world.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Bookish Delights on October 26, 2010
Format: Hardcover
I really adored Girl, Stolen. This is the first book that I've read from April Henry and I had been looking forward to reading it for a while and it did not disappoint. The story is well thought out, smart, fast-paced, with suspense and action, and a twist towards the end. And with the added strain of a teenage girl's blindness and pneumonia, this accidental kidnapping is unlike any other I've read, so it definitely peaked my interest. It is fresh and original.

The characters are believable, with Cheyenne being my favorite. I liked how despite her handicap of being blind and sick, she is not portrayed as weak and helpless. The author focuses more on Cheyenne's strengths than her weaknesses and utilizes them to the fullest extent. Don't underestimate her. In fact, she is quite an extraordinary, remarkable, and brave young girl. The amount of strength and fight in her to try to survive this ordeal is just incredible and inspiring. Even though this is just a work of fiction, it still gives you a testament of what a blind person is capable of overcoming when faced with obstacles. Cheyenne never gives up hope. Her intelligence as well as her methodical planning and strategic ingenuity make up for her blindness. Cheyenne finds the strongest weapon in the most unlikely place - through communication - which I thought was interesting. But she also uses her handicap to her advantage, trying to evoke sympathy, in hopes of gaining some leverage in her situation. So she really leaves no stone unturned.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Kat on September 7, 2013
Format: Paperback
I'm not normally a thriller-lover - I find them a little too cliched or the pacing is off - either too fast or too slow, and finding something in between can be difficult. But I did enjoy April Henry's The Night She Disappeared when I read it last year, and Girl, Stolen sounded interesting - after all, how often do you come across a blind protagonist?

The plot itself is fairly straightforward, but what I really enjoyed was the characters and the pacing of the book. It's pretty much non-stop from the very first page, and the tension builds quite quickly through to the climax. And it may seem like I'm starting this review backwards, but I was very impressed by the ending - unlike many YA books, April Henry invests a lot in the climax of Girl, Stolen - and the last quarter or so of the book is real edge-of-your-seat reading.

Told in alternating POVs between Cheyenne and Griffin, it felt like there was sufficient time to get to know both characters pretty well, even though this is a short book. Cheyenne isn't the perfect heroine, but she's determined and brave even though she has to rely on her other senses to help her to survive. As well as focusing on the present, flashes of both Cheyenne and Griffin's earlier lives give them a more rounded feel - I felt like I could understand both their perspectives and why they did the things they did.

Some of the secondary characters however, were a little bit lacking, as although they don't play a central role in the story, it would have been great to understand more about them, and have everything connected together.

Girl, Stolen is a one-sitting read - it's a fast read, but it's also an intense read with excellent pacing and the kind of writing that you can really feel comfortable in.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A. Jacobs VINE VOICE on September 16, 2011
Format: Hardcover
It would be horrifying in itself just to be kidnapped as a teenager, but add in the fact that you are blind and it has to be the worst thing imaginable! When I first received Girl Stolen, for some reason I kept shoving the book to the back of my reading stack. The book wasn't really on my radar and I hadn't read many reviews at the time for it. So when I finally picked it up again, I decided to give it a go and see what it was all about.

The point of view in this book alternates between Cheyenne and Griffin. Cheyenne was in her stepmothers SUV while she was in getting Cheyennes prescription for pneumonia. Cheyenne had left her seeing eye dog at home and soon realizes that was a mistake. Griffin jumps in the SUV and steals it with Cheyenne in the backseat. When Griffin realizes that Cheyenne is in the SUV, he panics and realizes he has made a major mistake. Not knowing what to do, he takes her with him to his house where his Father comes up with a plan to hold her hostage for ransom money.

It was refreshing to read about something that could happen so easily in our world today. I liked the twist of having the victim be blind as it caused some story arcs that wouldn't have been there if she wasn't. I wanted to dislike Griffin so much, but like Cheyenne I started to see a softer side to Griffin and realize he didn't really want any of this to happen. His father is abusive and I can see him doing this as a way to gain his fathers approval. As the story progressed, I was cheering for Cheyenne and Griffin. I wanted them to both overcome all of the obstacles that were thrown at them.

If there was one thing that I didn't like about this book, it is the ending. I absolutely can't stand open endings that are left open for the readers interpretation.
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