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Hostage! Hardcover – April 15, 1996
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From School Library Journal
Grade 5-7?A gripping adventure story set in the Utah desert. Alyssa DiPietro, a 15-year-old New Yorker, is reluctantly participating in a teen tour through dinosaur country. She first encounters a dinosaur egg on display at the Dinosaur National Monument. Later that day, while hiking, her group meets a strangely hostile stranded motorist. In the course of helping to extricate his car from a dry stream bed, Alyssa discovers that he has stolen the egg, and she surreptitiously retrieves it. The scene is set for danger, and it doesn't take long for the thief to catch on. Surprising the teens at their campsite, he takes both Alyssa and her friend Rob hostage. The ensuing chase makes for page-turning suspense. While the nature of the story doesn't allow for extensive character development, readers learn enough about the two captives to care about their fates. The juxtaposition of the teens' thoughts about their fathers against their tense dealings with the increasingly desperate thief adds depth to the novel. A strong sense of place helps to heighten the adventure as the young people battle both a disturbed individual and the desert elements. Book talk this one to fans of Peg Kehret and Willo Davis Roberts.?Rosalyn Pierini, San Luis Obispo City-County Library, CA
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Gr. 5^-7. Alyssa and Rob do not get along when their hiking trip through Dinosaur National Monument begins; however, they learn to rely on and respect each other when they become separated from their group and are taken hostage by a man who has just stolen a dinosaur egg. Their adventures with "Skunk," as they dub the thief, include rappelling down a cliff wall and rafting through rapids in the dark. Myers' attempt at adding psychological interest by having the kids see Skunk in relation to their fathers isn't altogether successful, and the story is formulaic. Even so, the book is well researched and action packed. Susan Dove Lempke
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