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Taken

by Edward Bloor

Taken by Edward Bloor
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  • First Published:
    Oct 2007, 272 pages
    Paperback:
    Dec 2009, 256 pages

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By 2035 the rich have gotten richer, the poor have gotten poorer, and kidnapping has become a major growth industry in the United States. The children of privilege live in secure, gated communities and are escorted to and from school by armed guards. But the security around Charity Meyers has broken down...

By 2035 the rich have gotten richer, the poor have gotten poorer, and kidnapping has become a major growth industry in the United States. The children of privilege live in secure, gated communities and are escorted to and from school by armed guards.

But the security around Charity Meyers has broken down. On New Year's morning, she wakes and finds herself alone, strapped to a stretcher, in an ambulance that's not moving. She is amazingly calm - kids in her neighborhood have been well trained in kidnapping protocol. If this were a normal kidnapping, Charity would be fine. But as the hours of her imprisonment tick by, Charity realizes there is nothing normal about what's going on here. No training could prepare her for what her kidnappers really want . . . and worse, for who they turn out to be.

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Once you’ve been taken, you usually have twenty-four hours left to live. By my reckoning, that meant I had about twelve hours remaining. The blue numerals on my vidscreen showed the time, 11:31, and the date, 01-01-36. From where I was lying, the blue glow of the vidscreen provided the only color in the room. If it was a room. Other than the screen, all I could see were white walls. All I could hear was a low thrumming, like an engine.

Ever since I’d come to my senses, though, I’d felt strangely calm. Not like a sedated calm, either, although I had definitely been sedated. No, it was more of a logical calm. I was trying not to panic; trying to think things through. I was not in this room of my own free will. Therefore, I was a prisoner. Logically, then, I must have been “taken,” the popular euphemism for “kidnapped.”

If you lived in The Highlands, like I did, then you were an expert on kidnapping. I even wrote a paper on the subject. ...

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Recommended for Grade 7 & Up

Thematic Connections: Mystery & Suspense, Fairness, Justice & Equality, Poverty, Contemporary Issues/Social Problems, Making Choices.

It’s 2035, and the gulf between wealthy and poor has widened. Kidnapping has become a booming business and Charity finds herself in a perplexing abduction.

In the year 2035, a vast socio-economic chasm exists between the haves and the have-nots. Thus, children of wealthy parents are schooled in established kidnapping rules. Charity Meyers has been trained how to act "appropriately" if she is kidnapped, but when it actually happens, nothing proceeds according to the protocol. She watches her father die in a ...
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Taken's vision of families where hired help do the parenting, and of a world where racial and economic injustice imprison both rich and poor is made vivid by the anger and brilliance that inform Bloor's most successful, moving and darkest novels—Tangerine and Crusader.   (Reviewed by Jo Perry).

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Filled with unsubtle commentary about race and wealth, this still manages to be genuinely exciting although astute readers will see the twist early on. Charity's self-possession strains credibility, as does her quick turnaround at the novel's end, but this is competent near-future fiction.

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The violence is not graphic, and there is little coarse language, making a good fit for middle school readers. But the effect for which Bloor seems to be striving - opening readers' eyes to the divisions in society - is muted by a heavy-handed tone.

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This page-turner will grab readers at the outset, and its unexpected twist at the close will send them back through events to look for embedded clues.

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Starred Review. Deftly constructed, this is as riveting as it is thought-provoking.

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Bj

loved it !!!!!!
This was an awesome book about a girl that gets kidnapped and fights her way through that keeps you you on the edge of your seat. It took me 2 days to read the book. I literally stayed up all night reading this. I definitely recommend this to any ...   Read More

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I think this book is teeth clenching and that it is a book that you will not know what will happen next. I love it!

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I actually really enjoyed this book. Normally I don't like my summer reading books but this kept me on the edge of my seat and wanting more. Thumbs up from me! :)

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Awsome!!!
This book is about the kidnapping of a girl. Find out who kidnaps her, and how shocking it is!

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The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children posts the following U.S. Department of Justice statistics on taken children:

  • 797,500 children (younger than 18) were reported missing in a one-year period of time (approximately 2,185/day), but the majority of these were quickly found.
  • 203,900 children were the victims of family abductions.
  • 58,200 children were the victims of non-family abductions.
  • 115 children were the victims of "stereotypical" kidnapping - crimes involving someone the child does not know or someone of slight acquaintance, who holds the child overnight, transports the child 50 miles or more, kills the child, demands ransom, or intends to keep the child permanently.

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