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Stevenson, Robert Louis. Kidnapped.

STEVENSON, Robert Louis. Kidnapped. Adapted byAlan Grant. Art by Cam Kennedy. Tundra. 64p. illus. c2007 978-0887768439. $11.95. J

Kidnapped is set in Scotland in 1751, five years after the Jacobite rebellion. When David Balfour's father dies he travels to Edinburgh to live with his wealthy Uncle Ebenezer. David soon begins to suspect that he has been cheated out of his inheritance. He naively says as much to his uncle, who has him shanghaied aboard a brig bound for the Americas. David's fortunes change with the arrival of Alan Breck Stewart, a shipwrecked Jacobite with a price on his head. David warns Alan that the crew plans to murder him; together, they make a stand. They are separated when David is cast into the sea during a storm. Their reunion takes place when both become eyewitnesses to the murder of Colin Campbell, the hated Red Fox (Google it!); unfortunately, they are also the number one suspects. Dodging Redcoats and countrymen alike, they make their way back to Edinburgh. Will David claim his inheritance?

This fast-moving adventure tale is full of complex, interesting characters. Stevenson's works lend themselves to the graphic novel medium; two other titles worth purchasing are Graphic Classics." Robert Louis Stevenson and Treasure Island (reviewed in the September 2004 and November 2005 issues of KLIATT). The full-color art contains some impressive landscapes, including the city of Edinburgh and a beautifully drawn valley (which may or may not be Glencoe). Kidnapped contains comic book violence and is recommended for junior high school graphic novel collections. George Galuschak, YA Libn., Montvale PL, Montvale, NJ

J--Recommended for junior high school students. The contents are of particular interest to young adolescents and their teachers.
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Date:Nov 1, 2007
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