The Kidnapping Of Christina Lattimore – Book Report/Review Example

The Kidnapping of Christina Lattimore Order No. 429666 April ‘10 The Kidnapping of Christina Lattimore The Kidnapping of Christina Lattimore was written by Joan Lowery Nixon (1927-2003) in the year 1979. Joan Nixon has authored more than 130 books and has won the Edgar Allan Poe Award for Best Young Adult Mystery four times. This novel is about a teenage girl, Christina Lattimore who is kidnapped, but on being set free is accused of masterminding the kidnapping in order to extract money from her wealthy grandmother for a field trip. Christina Lattimore in the novel is an average typical, sixteen-year-old teenage girl. She has an extremely rich but a strict grandmother, an over-religious father, who does not allow her to go on a field trip as this would mean learning the Roman religion and a mother who wants her to act prim and proper all the time. She leads a normal life until one day her life is turned upside down when she is kidnapped and kept in a cellar and the family is asked to pay a ransom by the kidnappers. Her family pays the ransom, and she is released. Christina thinks that everything will be all right after she reaches home. But she is distressed to find that her family believes that she herself has plotted her kidnapping. The kidnappers have masterminded such a foolproof scheme that all evidence points to her as the culprit. Her best friend, Lorna too believes she is guilty. Christina is forced to prove her innocence. She decides to take on the role of a detective to clear her name. In this she takes the help of Kelly, a friend and journalist. But she is dismayed when she finds that solving mysteries is not as easy as it looks. She finds that everyone around her can be considered as a suspect, including her maid, her fathers secretary, and even her own grandmother. However she is sure that other than the persons arrested there is someone else who has planned the kidnapping. Christina and Kelly together investigate and examine every detail and finally solve the mystery. It turns out that it was Christinas housekeepers son who was responsible for the kidnapping. In the end she discovers that all along she had been trusting the wrong people. This makes her change her views about life.
1. Nixon Lowery Joan (1979), The Kidnapping of Christina Lattimore, Hartcourt Publishers, 2004