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Solid Gold Kid, The Paperback – April 1, 1989


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Starfire (April 1, 1989)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553278517
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553278514
  • Product Dimensions: 6.7 x 4.2 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #687,432 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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What he's dreaded most has finally happened....

Kidnapped. It's a word that sixteen-year-old Derek Chapman is afraid to even think, but the reality of it is beginning to sink in. He'd been standing at the bus stop in the rain with four other kids-strangers-when the van came along, and they'd hitched a ride to escape the storm.

Derek knows he is the only one the kidnappers really care about--he's the son of a self-made millionaire, and now he has a price on his head. The others, two guys and two girls, just had the bad luck to follow him into the van. Although Derek is the target of the kidnappers, the danger is real for all of them. Even if the criminals get the ransom money, will all the victims be set free?

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What he's dreaded most has finally  happened....



Kidnapped. It's a word that  sixteen-year-old Derek Chapman is afraid to even think,  but the reality of it is beginning to sink in. He'd  been standing at the bus stop in the rain with  four other kids-strangers-when the van came along,  and they'd hitched a ride to escape the  storm.



Derek knows he is the only one the kidnappers  really care about--he's the son of a self-made  millionaire, and now he has a price on his head. The  others, two guys and two girls, just had the bad  luck to follow him into the van. Although Derek is  the target of the kidnappers, the danger is real  for all of them. Even if the criminals get the  ransom money, will all the victims be set free?

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 3, 2001
Format: Paperback
Review by Casey
If you like realistic stories, you will love The Solid Gold Kid by Norma and Harry Mazer.
Sixteen year old Derek Chapman, who lives in Central Park South in New York City, the son of a millionaire banker. Derek likes to take the 12:22 pm bus to the youth center in town. On one rainy, April, Saturday afternoon, Derek was at the bus stop with four other kids and they were all getting soaked. A van pulled up with a man and a woman in it and Derek asked, "Give me a ride downtown?"(p. 11) The people in the van gave them a ride. Derek and the other kids thought that the man and woman were just being nice but they were really kidnappers waiting to kidnap Derek. Will Derek and the other kids get out of this situation alive?
I liked the realism of the story because this story could really happen. I also liked how fast the plot went. The plot kept speeding up for the majority of the story.
I think that the story had great characters. Two of my favorite characters were Wendy and Derek. Wendy had come up with a great idea on how to get out of the fire lookout tower. They were trapped in a fire lookout tower and the trap door was tied with chains from the outside. "You'll let me down on the rope about ten or twelve feet, that's all. I don't have to go all the way to the ground. I just have to get a good swing going, swing out and then back in through the iron struts. I'll grab on to one of the struts and climb over to the stairs and untie those chains." (p.143)
I liked Derek because he thought of everybody before himself and wanted the others to live and not get hurt. He tried to make the best out of a horrible situation.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 23, 2000
Format: Paperback
The book is so unusual for a kidnapping story but it is so good. I picked it up and couldn't put it down until I had completly finished it. I have read it twice since then and it just as good the second and third times. I live in Silicon Valley and go to what a lot of people would consider a school for preppies, so I know that the character of Derek Chapman is so realistic. The last part of the book was so full of the realism of the shock of surviving a kidnpping, I had to look up while I was reading it to make sure that I was still me and that I was still at home.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 1, 1998
Format: Paperback
The Solid Gold Kid was a little slow and contained some unnecessary details in the first chapter, but after that, I couldn't put the book down. In the last 25% of the book, Mazer and Mazer gave a powerful and realistic account of the psychological effects of having been kidnapped. This gave the book more meaning and separates it from other "typical" kidnapping stories.
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