What he’s dreaded most has finally happened….
Kidnapped. It’s a word that sixteen-year-old Derek Chapman is afraid to even think, but the reality of it is beginning to sink in. He’d been standing at the bus stop in the rain with four other kids-strangers-when the van came along, and they’d hitched a ride to escape the storm.
Derek knows he is the only one the kidnappers really care about–he’s the son of a self-made millionaire, and now he has a price on his head. The others, two guys and two girls, just had the bad luck to follow him into the van. Although Derek is the target of the kidnappers, the danger is real for all of them. Even if the criminals get the ransom money, will all the victims be set free?
The Solid Gold Kid by Norma Fox Mazer is an amazing story with a lot of drama and suspense. This fictional story about the kidnapping of a teenager is a story that a lot of people can relate to. It shows the different injustices that innocent people suffer throughout their lives. The author also creates characters with very different characteristics which everyone can relate to, and it also makes the story more interesting. I learned from this book that money doesn’t make you more important than other people, and that there are more important things like family and friends to care about. The readers can learn from this book what the gold kid learns, which is to be tolerant and respectful with everyone no matter who they are. I recommend this book to everyone who likes a good thriller full of adventures and excitement, but also with a dramatic love story.
About The Author
Norma Fox Mazer was an American author and teacher, best known for her books for children and young adults.
She was born in New York City but grew up in Glens Falls, New York, with parents Michael and Jean Garlan Fox. Mazer graduated from Glens Falls High School, then went to Antioch College, where she met Harry Mazer, whom she married in 1950; they have four children, one of whom, Anne Mazer, is also a writer. She also studied at Syracuse University.
New York Times Book Review contributor Ruth I. Gordon wrote that Mazer “has the skill to reveal the human qualities in both ordinary and extraordinary situations as young people mature….it would be a shame to limit their reading to young people, since they can show an adult reader much about the sometimes painful rite of adolescent passage into adulthood.”
Among the honors Mazer earned for her writing were a National Book Award nomination in 1973, an American Library Association Notable Book citation in 1976, inclusion on the New York Times Outstanding Books of the Year list in 1976, the Lewis Carroll Shelf Award in 1978, an Edgar Award in 1982, German Children’s Literature prizes in 1982 and 1989, and a Newbery Medal in 1988.
Mazer taught in the Master of Fine Arts in Writing for Children & Young Adults Program at Vermont College.