Synopses & Reviews
Now in paperback, the acclaimed Printz Honor Book: Sensitive, sharp, captivating!
A girl: Gemma, 16, at the airport, on her way to a family vacation.
A guy: Ty, rugged, tan, too old, oddly familiar, eyes blue as ice.
She steps away. For just a second. He pays for her drink. And drugs it. They talk. Their hands touch. And before Gemma knows what's happening, Ty takes her. Steals her away. To sand and heat. To emptiness and isolation. To nowhere. And expects her to love him.
Written as a letter from a victim to her captor, STOLEN is Gemma's desperate story of survival; of how she has to come to terms with her living nightmare--or die trying to fight it.
A Michael L. Printz Honor Book * ALA Best Fiction for Young Adults * A 2011 USBBY Outstanding International Book
*"An emotionally raw thriller."--Publishers Weekly, starred review
"Disturbing, heartbreaking, and beautiful all at once." --School Library Journal
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
TheDailyBeast.com, 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 to
the 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.”
Publishers Weekly, starred review, April 12, 2010
Christopher's debut is an emotionally raw thriller
It's a haunting account of captivity and the power of relationships.”
School Library Journal, review, June 2010
Disturbing, heartbreaking, and beautiful all at once, this book is the antithesis of the situational horror in Elizabeth Scott's Living Dead Girl.”
VOYA, review, June 2010
Stolen has a veracity and immediacy that rivets the reader to the page. Vivid descriptions of the Sandy Desert combine with Gemma's emotional turmoil to evoke a sense of danger. This fascinating, disturbing novel should appeal to teens fourteen and older.”
A Bank Street College Best Book of the Year
"Sarah's determination to stay alive and escape will resonate with readers, and they will cheer her efforts to overcome her underdog status."
"Sarah's refusal to be a victim will stick with readers."
"Rainfield has written a novel of psychological suspense."
"Rainfield has drawn upon her own experiences to create a powerful and disturbing novel about the abduction and torture of a young woman that recalls recent horrifying news stories. . . . Readers will find Stained almost impossible to read and, at the same time, almost impossible to put down."
—VOYA, 4Q 4P S
An intensely powerful account of a teen, bullied for her port-wine stain, who must summon her personal strength to survive abduction and horrific abuse at the hands of a deranged killer.
Sixteen-year-old Sarah Meadows longs for "normal." Born with a port wine stain covering half her face, all her life shes been plagued by stares, giggles, bullying, and disgust. But when shes abducted on the way home from school, Sarah is forced to uncover the courage she never knew she had, become a hero rather than a victim, and learn to look beyond her face to find the beauty and strength she has inside. Its that—or succumb to a killer.
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 www.lucychristopher.com and follow her on Twitter @LucyCAuthor.