What Is "Abduction!" by Peg Kehret About?


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"Abduction!" is a fictional mystery novel published by Dutton Juvenile in 2004 that uses the perspective of a 13-year-old girl, Bonnie, to tell of a search for her abducted younger brother and dog. As the book progresses, Bonnie, her mother and the police discover that the kidnapper is the girl's father.

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Matt Sholter, Bonnie's brother, is 6 years old and has never met his father, Denny. After six years, Denny decides to abduct his son to impress his sister. The search appears futile for a long while until Bonnie sees her brother and father at a baseball game. As Bonnie attempts to save her brother, her father also apprehends her. On a ferry with her brother and father, Bonnie sees an opportunity to escape. She uses a signal familiar to her younger brother that tells him to throw his baseball as hard as he can, and they flee as the baseball injures their father. In 2006, a parent became disturbed at their 4th grader reading the book due to its graphic language. The description of a man holding a gun to a woman's heart in vivid detail proved to be the catalyst for the controversy, and the book became the topic of news discussion. A year later, the book was awarded the Mark Twain Award by the Missouri Association of School Librarians.

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