- Paperback: 352 pages
- Age Range: 9 - 12 years
- Publisher: Puffin Classics; Reissue edition (6 Aug. 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0141326026
- ISBN-13: 978-0141326023
- Product Dimensions: 13 x 2.5 x 17.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (192 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 853,048 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Kidnapped (Puffin Classics) Paperback – 6 Aug 2009
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These inaugurate a new series of uniform classics, simplified so that little more than their bare essentials remain. Where there may be an excuse for a revision for young moderns of, say, the stilted quality of Defoe's Crusoe or a shortening of Kidnapped's lengthy descriptions - these are matters of individual taste. But it does seem that readers should be willing to take what the authors wrote originally. That case is strengthened by the bone-dryness of these revisions, all of which have been cut so extensively that little atmosphere remains, and the purpose-to introduce young readers to the classics-defeats itself. Attractive size and format and plentiful supplies of colored pictures make up for textual imperfections. Plastic covers. --Kirkus Reviews --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
A gripping tale of skulduggery and revenge --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product Description
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Tere is a statue of both the main characters in the book just off the Corstophine Road in Edinburgh worth seeing.
This is a terrific novel a classic and should be mandatory in schools.
One of the first but surely still one of the very best adventures stories, splendid entertainment whatever your age. I'll say nae maer!
I read it as an adult, never having got round to it as a boy. I enjoyed it well enough, but I am not sure if I would have liked it so much as a boy because of the leisurely pace and the amount of historical detail. Treasure Island is more suited to younger readers.
Set against the aftermath of the Jacobite Rebelion, this novel does give an interesting insight into Highland life at the time, however it also provides a test of both the reader's geography (to keep up with David's travels) and history. Armed with this knowledge the book is no doubt an excellent portrait of the times, however without it you can still enjoy a good tale of adventure and misfortune, and it is still a book to be enjoyed.
A tip though: try to avoid reading the chapter names in the Contents, it ruines the story somewhat!
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I've been reading a fair few Victorian novels recently. This was good, but I was expecting more. The plot was ok, nothing more, a real Boys Own adventure if that's your thing. Read morePublished 21 hours ago by Adam Overy
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This is the second time I've read this book, the first being as a teenager some 50+years ago. I was pleased to find it on kindle and enjoyed it very much. Read morePublished 6 months ago by John Little