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September 21, 2008

Locked Inside

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Locked Inside

Author: Nancy Werlin

Page Length: 259

Reading Level: 4

Genre: Fiction

PLOT SUMMARY: Marnie is the teenage daughter of an American celebrity. Her mother was a famous self-help author and a singer-songwriter. Marnie’s mother died and she’s under the care of her guardian and trust fund controller, Max. Marnie is away at a boarding school where she would rather spend her time online playing against the The Elf in a magical world. Marnie’s grades are slipping and her friendships deteriorating; being Skye’s daughter isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. Marnie is forced to go to lunch with her teacher. The next time she awakens she has a horrible headache, a swollen face, and she’s locked in a basement type room. Who has taken Marnie? What do they want? Will anyone care enough to save Marnie after her wretched behavior? Can they even save her before it’s too late?

REVIEW: This book was interesting in a strange way. It begins with the typical teenage issues. Marnie loves playing on the computer, isn’t motivated academically, and is having trouble wanting or making friends. Yet, the book takes an odd turn when the kidnapper turns out to have psychological issues and delusions related to her poor sense of self worth. Overall, there are important lessons learned by Marnie and her friends. Marnie begins to discover who she is and to leave the pain of the past behind her. This book would be a good read for computer savvy teens who like a psychological thriller with a little romance and teen issues mixed in.

AREAS FOR TEACHING: main idea, author’s purpose, predictions, cause and effect, chronological ordering, compare and contrast

TOUCHY AREAS-PAGES: suicide, kidnapping, parent who died, psychological duress

RELATED BOOKS: The Killer’s Cousin, Are You Along on Purpose?, Double Helix, Black Mirror, ImpossibIe, The Rules of Survival

Other teen books on the topic of kidnapping: The Face on the Milk Carton


REVIEWED BY: Dayna Taylor

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