Reader Reviewed Stolen by Lucy Christopher


Written by Lucy Christopher

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The Lovereading4Kids comment

‘Stolen is a wonderfully accomplished first novel. Sure-footed and without a word wasted Lucy has created a fantastic sense of place. Intense, vivid and very cleverly told Stolen is a worthy winner.'

Stolen was the winner of the Branford Boase Award 2010.

Lovereading comment: The lines between love and obsession, and love and dependency, can blur until they don’t exist – almost. Stolen is a love story like no other you will read. Every dark manifestation of infatuation, madness, obsession, dependency, desire and need is explored here. But in this sensitive and intelligent debut we find also kindness, altruism, self sacrifice, true friendship, forgiveness, understanding - and a surprising ending that feels just right.


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In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion for Stolen a small number of teenagers were lucky enough to be invited to review this title. Here's a taster....'This book literally blew me away, right to the Australian outback where Gemma was taken.'

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A Piece of Passion from the Publisher, Barry Cunningham

This book scares me. It’s threatening, challenging and controversial. And that’s just the kidnap. It’s a thriller, a survival story, and the ultimate expression of the relationship between a damaged boy and a girl, played out under the most extreme conditions. You must read it. It’s a most astonishing debut...


Stolen by Lucy Christopher

I was stolen from an airport. Taken from everything I knew, everything I was used to. Taken to sand and heat, dirt and danger. And he expected me to love him. This is my story. A letter from nowere.

Sixteen year old Gemma is kidnapped from Bangkok airport and taken to the Australian Outback. This wild and desolate landscape becomes almost a character in the book, so vividly is it described. Ty, her captor, is no stereotype. He is young, fit and completely gorgeous. This new life in the wilderness has been years in th planning. He loves only her, wants only her. Under the hot glare of the Australian sun, cut off from the world outside, can theorce of his love make Gemma love him back? The story takes the form of a letter, written by Gemma to Ty, reflecting on those strange and disturbing months in the outback. Months when the lines between love and obsession, and love and dependency, blur until they don't exist - almost.

Click here to download an extract of Lucy Christopher's new title, The Killing Woods. Note - definitely for 16+ readers.


Robin Johansson, age 15 A 16-year old outcast to society is captured by a non-stereotypical kidnapper but as time goes on in the Australian outbacks, Gemma sees a new life to Ty. Click here to read the full review.

Chloe Sheehan, age 15
Yet another sensational read from Christopher, an honestly outstanding piece of literature. This author has an incredibly bright future ahead of her. Click here to read the full review.

Safiyah Afghan, age 15
A perfectly told tale with characters and emotions that stay long after the end of the book; ‘Stolen’ is a perfect book for all readers. Click here to read the full review.

Stefanie Tucker, age 13
From the way it is written, to the plot line, this is a phenomenal book. The idea is original and is brought alive by the description. Click here to read the full review.

Rachael Bradley, age 14
In the book 'Stolen' I liked the way it was told from Gemma's point of view. It is about a 16 year old girl - Gemma Toombs - who gets kidnapped from the airport. Click here to read the full review.

Sarah Murray, age 15
This book was fantastic! Truly thrilling and very surprising! I think this is a fabulous book as it is so wonderfully different from anything I've ever read. Click here to read the full review.

Daisy Pencock, age 16
This book literally blew me away, right to the Australian outback where Gemma was taken. Click here to read the full review.

Ayesha Afghan Stolen is an amazing book filled with adventure and action. Click here to read the full review.

Harriet Cunningham , age 15 Stolen by Lucy Christopher is widely regarded as an amazing book, and that preconception is completely right. Click here to read the full review.


other media reviews....

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

A vivid new voice for teens. -- Melvin Burgess

About the Author

Lucy Christopher

Lucy Christopher was just 25 years old when she came to prominence with her debut novel Stolen, which garnered international critical acclaim. It won the Branford Boase Award 2010 and was shortlisted for the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize in the UK. Overseas, it was awarded a Gold Inky and was shortlisted for the prestigious Prime Minister’s Literary Award in Australia, and received a Printz Honor in the USA. It has now sold a quarter of a million copies worldwide and has been translated into 16 languages. Her second novel, Flyaway, was shortlisted for the Costa Children’s Book Award. Inspired by her fascination with wild places and the teen psyche, The Killing Woods is Christopher’s third novel.

Born in Wales but having grown up in Australia, Christopher later returned to the UK and currently lives on the edge of the woods in Monmouthshire. She has a PhD in Creative Writing and lectures in writing for children and young adults at Bath Spa University.

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Chicken House Ltd

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5th September 2013




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