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Twice Taken Mass Market Paperback – May 2, 1996

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Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Sixteen-year-old Brooke discovers that she was once the victim of a divorce-related kidnapping. "Although the scenario is unlikely, the author maintains so brisk a pace and so appealingly plumbs her heroine's emotional life that the reader will want to believe in the story," said PW in a starred review. Ages 12-up.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From School Library Journal

Grade 6-9-Brooke was kidnapped by her father when she was five. For 11 years she has lived first with the belief that her mother was dead and then that she simply didn't want her. But, while watching "Still Missing" on television, she recognizes herself and impulsively calls the 800 number. Suddenly, she is whisked off by the police, scooped up by a doting mother, and deposited into the midst of a ready-made family complete with two younger half-siblings and a sympathetic stepfather. Events spin out of her control and she realizes that in order to help protect her father from legal prosecution, she must show what a model child he has produced. She meekly complies with her "new" family's every wish without even a whimper of protest while they repeatedly trash the man she still loves. Finally, after weeks of suppressing her feelings, a censored letter from her father precipitates the release of her conflicting emotions. With Brooke leading the way, mother and daughter find common ground upon which to build their future together. Neither of Brooke's parents are totally guiltless. They are weak characters floating in a vague set of circumstances that often seem incomplete or simply unreal. Offering a less compelling plot than Caroline Cooney's The Face on the Milk Carton (Bantam, 1990), this novel is also far less involving. Brooke's wisdom is uncanny, and her self-restraint almost saintly. Yet, her lively narration, peppered with wry, insightful wit, and the story's balanced resolution make it enjoyable reading, if not a strong literary achievement.
Margaret Cole, Oceanside Library, NY
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Laurel Leaf (May 2, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0440220041
  • ISBN-13: 978-0440220046
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 4.2 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #873,754 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Mass Market Paperback
In this 199 page book entitled Twice Taken, written by Susan Beth Pfeffer, sixteen year old, Amy Michelle Donovan (AKA) Brooke Eastman, has just found out that she was abducted out of her mothers custody by her father during one of his weekend visits when she was five years old. When deprived of a Saturday night out with her friends and the guy of her dreams she is stuck with baby-sitting two of the worst kids in the world. Without the ability of watching cable television she is obligated to watch network television against her own will. When tuning in on a show called Still Missing, she comes to find a picture of her father when he had a mustache and realized that the family on television was looking fro her. Not knowing what the consequences would be, she decides to call the 800 number at the bottom of the screen. Before she knows it she is answerig the door to a couple of police officers. Being escorted to the police station in the squad car she starts to doubt that she is actually Amy Michelle Donovan because she does not want to leave her father alone or get him into any legal troubles. Amy is left under the guardianship of Mrs. Markowitz, Amy's case worker, who put Amy into a foster home for the night until the morning, which was when she is supposed to meet her mother and step-father, Mr. and Mrs. Girard. Unable to speak to her father Amy starts to feel as if she does not know who she is anymore because of the two different lives that she is now living. As Amy Donovan is forced to live with her mother in Maryville, New Jersey, the Girards hometown, she must become accustomed to her new life style, which is differing in areas of family life to school to her grade level and to making new friends.Read more ›
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Format: Hardcover
Susan Beth Pfeffer's Twice Taken carries overtones of Caroline B. Cooney's The Face on the Milk Carton/Whatever Happened to Janie? and Norma Fox Mazer's Taking Terri Mueller, but it also carries a life of its own. The main thing that sets Twice Taken away from the other two books is that it is mostly about what happens after the discovery, not the actually getting to the truth. Brooke finds out very early that her father has kidnapped her and that her mother is still looking for her, the girl they call Amy Michelle Donovan. Pfeffer chooses to focus on what happens after her mother and stepfather take her back to live with them.
Twice Taken is told in the first person, which is fortunate because the reader would be having as big an identity crisis over Brooke/Amy as Brooke does if it were told in third. It's easy to see and understand Brooke's thoughts, but mostly Pfeffer does a good job of making us feel them. Most readers have never been in Brooke's situation, but they can relate strongly to jealous younger half-siblings, feeling left out, or being uncomfortable in a new school or situation.
Brooke goes through all the stages you'd expect of someone in that situation: at first, hatred of everything and everyone; then slowly trying to branch out at school, but failing because her story has been so sensationalized; trying to build a relationship with her half brother Tim, who was born after she was taken, and her half sister Holly, who was just a baby then; and mostly, trying to figure out how she feels about her mother. Hardest is her conflict with her parents: she is angry at the way her mother treats her, hovers, and slanders her father, but at the same time she's mad at her father for taking her and depriving her of the chance to get to know her mother.
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By A Customer on May 14, 1999
Format: Mass Market Paperback
You have to read this book, it's the BEST. The book makes you start thinking about your own family. If you read this book I will bet you, you'll read it again.
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By A Customer on May 19, 1999
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I read this book three time I was so impressed with it!! The stoy portrays the life of the teenage girl Brooke with a normal life.... until she notices her father's picture on the t.v. show, STILL MISSING. The mother of the child pictured on the screen was searching for her abducted daughter,.... Brooke. Brooke, realizing it was her father and herself pictured on the screen, nervously dials the 800 number. The parents of the missing child were astonished to find that Brooke was in fact, their long, lost daughter. This is the beginning of a story of a lifetime, condensed down into one book. I wish the story never ended!!!
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Format: Mass Market Paperback
I was at a bookfare at my school and I was immediately drawn to this book because of it's title. "Twice Taken". I just had to read the back of the book and so I bought it. I was really satisfied with this book. The author was very good at illustrating details for the reader. I reccommend this book to anyone who likes to read mysteries and thrillers.
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Format: Hardcover
A Young 16 year old girl wants to know what really happened with her father and her mother. So, on a night that she is furious with her father making her babysit her father's girlfriend's litle obnixious little children, she is watching t.v. anc see's someone that looks exactly like her.So, she calls in and claims that the little girl, Amy, is her.
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By A Customer on November 3, 1998
Format: Turtleback
The book " Twice Taken" is a really great book. I like how this book gives a real life situation. I also like how Amy can really deal with that kind of thing, like living with some people she once knew but now doesn't remember.
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