Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Jimmy Hoffa Disappears

On this day in 1975, Teamster leader Jimmy Hoffa disappeared. Many assume he was kidnapped and murdered by the mob, but no one's sure what really happened-- Hoffa has never been seen since that night, no body has been recovered, and it's a major mystery of our time.

Going off the theory that he was kidnapped, today we're looking at teen books with kidnappings.


The Face on the Milk Carton by Caroline Cooney. One day at lunch, Janie's looking at the missing child on the back of her milk carton and is shocked to recognize herself. Her proper, slightly uptight parents can't really be kidnappers, can they? But what about these flashes of memory from a different type of life? Who is Janie Johnson? The first in a series, follow it with Whatever Happened to Janie?.

Girl, Stolen by April Henry. Griffin was excited to see the empty car idling in front of the store, so easy to steal. Finally, he did something right. But Cheyenne was asleep in the back. Now the blind teenager is prisoner of a car theft ring, who can't decide if she's worth ransoming, or if all the evidence (including her) should be destroyed.

What Happened to Cass McBride? by Gail Giles. Popular girl Cass is a bully. After his brother commits suicide because of her cruelty, Kyle kidnaps her, and buries her alive. Cass is now trapped in a coffin, but Kyle wants to see her suffer, so there's a camera and a microphone. Can Cass talk her way out of this one?


Stolen by Lucy Christopher. On a layover between Vietnam and England, Gemma is drugged and kidnapped, stolen from her family and taken to the Australian outback. Ty has been watching Gemma for years, and planning. Now that he has her, he expects her to love him and to stay forever.

Living Dead Girl by Elizabeth Scott. When Alice was 10, she was lured away from a school field trip and taken to live with Ray. But Alice knows she's not the first Alice and now that she's 15, there are certain things about her body that Ray can no longer prevent or hide. It's time for a new Alice, but it's up to the old one to find her.

The Good Girl's Guide to Getting Kidnapped by Yxta Maya Murray. Michelle used to be Princess P, daughter to one of the biggest crime families in South LA. But then the money went away and the rest of her family ended in jail. In foster care, Michelle has turned her life around, turning into an academic and track superstar. But those her family wronged are still looking for her, and they've found her.


The Missing Girl by Norma Fox Mazer. There is a guy on the corner obsessively watching the five Herbert sisters. The sisters don't notice, too busy worrying about the money troubles at home. One will be taken, but which one, and what will happen next?

The Tension of Opposites by Kristina McBride. Two years ago, Tessa's best friend was kidnapped and Tessa put her life on hold. Now Noelle is back, but she's not the same girl who left. As Noelle tries to fit back into her own life, Tessa has to realize that things can't go back to the way they were.

Broken Moon by Kim Antieau. When Nadira's brother is kidnapped to be a camel jockey in the desert, she disguises herself as a boy. Then, she uses her storytelling skills to survive, infiltrate the camel-racing world, and tries to find and rescue him.

What books with kidnapping to you recommend?

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