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It seemed like a good plan. Kidnap the banker's kid. Hold him for ransom. So what went wrong? Little Johnny is on the warpath in The Ransom of Red Chief. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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O Henry is the pen-name of William Sydney Porter. He was born in North Carolina, but settled in New York where he published many famous short stories. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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  • Series: Tale Blazers: American Literature
  • Paperback: 37 pages
  • Publisher: Perfection Learning (January 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0895987554
  • ISBN-13: 978-0895987556
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 5 x 0.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #873,778 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 20, 1998
Format: Paperback
I had to read this last year for my English class, and thought that it was going to be just another lame story like all the other "classics" the public schools make us read. But when I got into it I was pleasently surprized. I couldn't stop laughing. The story is about two men who kidnap the local millionare's heir. But get more than they bargoned for. Instead of a well behaved rich kid they get a wild, red-haired hellion, that insists on playing Indians, and sacres one of his kidnappers so much that they finnally take him back to his father, thinking that they'll just get rid of him then and there. Well, instead of a reward the kid's father says that if they pay him a hundred or so dollars he'll keep his son back for a while and he won't tell the neighbors that they brought him back until nightfall. What happens next will surprize you and make you laugh. It was so much fun to read, I would suggest it to anyone that wants to read something really funny, it'll just make your day.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Sarah (alias Red Chief by nick name) on January 8, 2002
Format: Paperback
Red Chief, the red haired, freckle faced, 7 year old, is really a good kid. So he sets cats on fire and shoots arrows through the postman's hat. So he through Becky in the lake, he just wanted to get her clean. But why does everyone in Summit, Alambama (the flattest little town in the south) run when he comes out to play? And what happens when he is kidnapped by the two slick, charming, and unusually kind con-men Sam and Bill Driscoll? Red Chief (or Johnny Dorset by true name) adores them both, which is more than is to be said about their feelings toward him. Bill gets hit by Hurricane Red Chief the hardest. But what happens when they try to collect the ransom leaves them both on the short side of "The Ransom of Red Chief"!!!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By M. Heiss on April 5, 2011
Format: Library Binding
You probably already have this story on the shelf, in some big collection of short stories.

It is worth it to buy this high quality edition, which has the story and some biographical information about O. Henry. The paper quality and typesetting are a treat for the senses.

Laugh out loud with an old favorite.
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O. Henry is always a pleasure to read. I first read this book as a teenager. I am 74 years old and have raised four children and been in on supervising 7 grand children. O. Henry's read on how far children will go to confound you is never ending. Times may change but if you look beneath the cover children never change.
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By shadow on September 14, 2012
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I purchased The Ransom of Red Chief for an 11 year old boy. I assume it was my fault for not reading more carefully, but was disappointed that it was in play form. I wanted it to be a narriative. O'Henry is delightful. Being in play form did not capture my grandson's interest.
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I am a 45 yr old mother of five. When I was in the 5th grade my favorite teacher would read to us each day. This is one of the books she chose. Everyone in the class couldn't wait each day for her to read some more! My boys are now 10 and 11 and I can't wait to read it to them!!!
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By Luz Geduld on September 15, 2012
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This is one of the books I read when I learned English. I found it so funny, I started to recommended to my classmates, friends and family. I give it as gift to kids I knw that are around the age of ten to get them interested in reading.
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