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Stolen [Paperback]

Lucy Christopher
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Book Description

5 Sep 2013
Sixteen year old Gemma is kidnapped from Bangkok airport and taken to the Australian Outback. This wild and desolate landscape becomes almost a character in the book, so vividly is it described. Ty, her captor, is no stereotype. He is young, fit and completely gorgeous. This new life in the wilderness has been years in the planning. He loves only her, wants only her. Under the hot glare of the Australian sun, cut off from the world outside, can the force of his love make Gemma love him back? The story takes the form of a letter, written by Gemma to Ty, reflecting on those strange and disturbing months in the outback. Months when the lines between love and obsession, and love and dependency, blur until they don't exist \- almost.

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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Chicken House; 1 edition (5 Sep 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1908435755
  • ISBN-13: 978-1908435750
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 12.8 x 2.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (138 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 20,061 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Lucy Christopher, author of Stolen and Flyaway, was born in Wales but grew up in Australia, living in Melbourne from the age of nine until she completed her undergraduate degree at Melbourne University. After various attempts at being an actor, a coffee maker, a waitress and a nature guide, she moved back to the UK to earn a distinction in a Creative Writing MA from Bath Spa University. Lucy took on part-time work as a university lecturer at Bath Spa University, teaching on the undergraduate and the MA creative writing courses, and is currently undertaking a PhD to explore the ways that Australian literature represents wild places, particularly in its writing for young adults. Lucy's debut novel, Stolen, was written as part of this PhD.

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A Michael L. Printz Honor Book ALA Best Fiction for Young Adults A 2011 USBBY Outstanding International Book "Complicated and beautiful -- this novel left me doubting my emotions and missing a place I'd never been." -- Maggie Stiefvater "All the tension of lightning, all the terror of thunder. A stunning, scary, and beautiful book."-- John Marsden * "An emotionally raw thriller...a haunting account of captivity and the power of relationships." -- Publishers Weekly, starred review "Disturbing, heartbreaking, and beautiful all at once." -- School Library Journal "A complex psychological study that is also a tribute to the hypnotic beauty of the Outback." -- Booklist "Taut suspense and a riveting plot in a haunting setting." -- Kirkus "Has a veracity and immediacy that rivets the reader to the page. Fascinating, disturbing..." -- Voice of Youth Advocates _____________________________________________________________________________"Complicated and beautiful -- this novel left me doubting my emotions and missing a place I'd never been." -- Maggie Stiefvater "All the tension of lightning, all the terror of thunder. A stunning, scary, and beautiful book." -- John Marsden "A vivid new voice for teens." -- Melvin Burgess, "10 Hot Young Adult titles" roundup, September 16, 2010 BCCB, review, June 2010"[A]n interesting book for examining what obsessive Twilight-style approaches to love can mean in a real-life context...Readers who can't get enough of Cormier's classic After the First Death will find this induces both shivers and thought." Booklist, review, March 15, 2010"Christopher's first novel is a complex psychological study that is also a tribute tothe hypnotic beauty of the outback." Kirkus, review, April 15, 2010"From its compelling opening, the novel delivers taut suspense and a riveting plot in a haunting setting."

About the Author

LUCY CHRISTOPHER'S novel STOLEN was named a Printz Honor Book by the ALA and received England's Branford Boase award and Australia's golden Inky for best debut. In a starred review, PUBLISHERS WEEKLY called it *"an emotionally raw thriller...a haunting account of captivity and the power of relationships."* She is also the author of FLYAWAY, a novel for younger readers. Lucy lives in Monmouth, Wales, where she is currently finishing her third book, THE KILLING WOODS, a psychological thriller for teens. Visit her website and follow her on Twitter @LucyCAuthor.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stole my adoration! 16 Dec 2011
By Jess
I saw this book online a while ago and considered buying it, but when I learned of how it was written, I was slightly put off. But then, in a bookshop today, I saw it on the shelf and decided to dig a little deeper.. and bought it straight after. Not only did the second person narrative grab me, but so did both characters, which is quite difficult for me, especially with female characters. Gemma is set as tough, level-headed and smart; she knows right from wrong, and knows that no matter how friendly Ty plays, she shouldn't - can't - begin to trust him. Although I knew Ty was going to 'steal' Gemma, the way he was described immediately made me like him. The author's way of conveying Ty's thoughts and feelings through his eyes and actions is incredible. By the end of the book, I was in love with him, and with how Gemma dealt with each and every single twist. It's obvious Ty isn't a bad guy; he's just mixed up - a bit mad - and, plain and simply, lonely.
I couldn't put this book down, and regrettably finished it the day I bought it!
The ending had me in tears, but it was absolutely lovely. If you're looking for a story that will squeeze your heart - and leave you wanting more, more, more! - 'Stolen' is the way to go.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
By Marie
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Imagine it: You're at an airport and you meet a handsome stranger - Bibbidi-bobbidi-boo! You're stolen and on your way to the Australian outback to live among snakes, spiders... and camels. Well, that's 16-year-old Gemma's life.

I haven't seen many books like Lucy Christopher's Stolen before. The idea of writing such a book - about being hold against your own will, about being kidnapped - seems like a task in its own. The result is magnificent though! And to me three things in particular stood out:

1. The landscape. How many books have you read that are set in the Australian desert? You'd think it to be very... dead with all the sand. But Lucy really proves herself in her way of describing the land and its vitality. The land is alive - Living and breathing underneath Gemma and Ty's own feet.
There's no doubt about the land's harshness either though; the sun in brutal throughout the entire novel and Gemma struggles with the constant heat, which only stops at night to turn the desert into a freezer instead.
It isn't easy to live there, but once you learn to live along with nature - it turns into this beautiful sort of harmony between wilderness and man.

2. Gemma. Yes, our heroine. She's another reason as to why I love this book. Why? The answer is simple enough; she's real. Her reactions and feelings are completely understandable considering the state she's in - kidnapped by a man she doesn't know and brought to a place that's just as unfamiliar.
Besides being real, she's strong as well. Where some people might have lost theirs, she keeps her wits about her, planning her possible escape.
Thanks to the way this book was written - in the form of a letter from Gemma to her kidnapper - we really get to know her as well.
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39 of 43 people found the following review helpful
By CJay
This is an incredibly moving story that played on my mind for days after reading. There is so much I love about it. Rarely do I experience total empathy with a main charater when I'm reading a book but in Stolen, I was with Gemma throughout, experiencing each sense, each emotion with her exactly as she did.

As well as a book about one girl's struggle to escape from an endlessly barren landscape and the strangely alluring kidnapper who brings her there, it is a paean to the intensity and beauty of the Australian desert, about which the author is clearly very familiar.

Stolen is a modern wonder in teen fiction, standing head and shoulders above a lot of its flimsy contemporaries. Lucy Christopher is a terrific writer with a glaringly bright future ahead of her. Beg, borrow or steal Stolen. You will not regret it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely spectacular!!! 22 Jan 2011
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This book was one of the best i've ever read. I finished it in 2 days! It's about a girl who gets kidnapped and taken to the australian outback - hundreds of miles from any other civilisation - just her and her kidnapper. The person who kidnaps her isn't evil though... and thats what makes this book so emotionaly gripping - you hate him, then you're in love with him, then you hate him again... you never know what to think. The other thing which is so interesting is that it's written in first person from the captive - Gemma - to her kidnapper - Ty - I'd never read a book quite like this before and it really gives you a better insight into both of their feelings. I cannot recommend this book highly enough (although maybe not to anyone under 12, only because of the language) - it toys with your emotions the whole way through and at the end I was crying my eyes out! I only finished it a few hours ago and I can tell it's going to be one of those books i think about for days afterwards.

In a nutshell - READ IT !!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing 21 Feb 2010
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I'm a little above the recommended reading age for this book, but nonetheless, this book had me hooked from the first page and then has been playing on my mind ever since I finished it. It stirs up such a range of emotions, and by the end you're as mixed up emotionally as the main character, whom you are able to empathise with throughout the whole book. I thoroughly recommend this book for anyone of any age and I can't wait to read more by the same author.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Really love the book, really cheap to buy and arrived quickly
Published 1 month ago by Emilie Cooper
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it
Found it hard to put the book down. Loved it
Published 2 months ago by Roxy
5.0 out of 5 stars Stolen
As most teenagers do, Gemma has a strained relationship with her parents. After an argument in Bangkok airport, Gemma meets Ty in a coffee-shop and her next coherent thought is... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Kat
5.0 out of 5 stars Having read and loved The Killing Woods I was determined to seek out...
Having read and loved The Killing Woods I was determined to seek out more by Lucy Christopher and Stolen does not disappoint. Read more
Published 3 months ago by SarahT
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic
I really enjoyed this book. First person normally really annoys me as I find the voices to be repetitive and dull, however the way this book is written as a letter is interesting... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Emerald
5.0 out of 5 stars Could Not Put It Down
When I purchased this book a few months ago, I had expected to read a "few pages a night" for some downtime instead of watching the tv. Read more
Published 4 months ago by susie
1.0 out of 5 stars Didn't like the ending!
The book was good but i was disappointed with the ending. That's the reason I gave it a one star. It's not what you want to happen at all. It toys with you emotions to much.
Published 4 months ago by annabel
5.0 out of 5 stars Oh my Lord.
First of all the rarity of second person narrative enticed me immediately. I loved the book from start to end and I don't think I've ever cried so much at a book in all my life. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Scarlett Ellson
5.0 out of 5 stars stolen stole my heart
This book was definitly one with a difference but to be honest you cn tell this right from the blurb. Read more
Published 7 months ago by skittleslover
5.0 out of 5 stars rosey
I read this book in about 10 hours none stop, this book is so catching I couldn't put it down. The story line is brilliant and very exciting. Read more
Published 7 months ago by olly
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