It's My Life

It's My Life

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Martin is kidnapped and taken to a canal boat to await ransom money from his father. The person behind the kidnap is Martin's mother - for the money she thinks Martin's father has won on the National Lottery. But he says he hasn't won anything. Who is right?show more

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  • 12-17
  • Paperback | 139 pages
  • 134.62 x 213.36 x 7.62mm | 204.12g
  • Oxford University Press
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • 0192717499
  • 9780192717498

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Martin comes home from school one day only to fall captive to a man he's never seen before. After being forced to write a ransom note for his mother, he is bound, carried off to a houseboat moored on a nearby canal, and locked in. When Martin questions his captor, he is told that Martin's father bas won the lottery and the kidnapper, called "The Man," wants a share. In horror, Martin recognizes The Man's accomplice - and girlfriend - in the plot, It's Martin's own mother, in the first of several plot twists that range from silly to sublime. Martin's father claims there is no money, and The Man plans further threats; in the meantime, Martin squirms out a window on the boat and gets to shore, only to bump into the kidnapper's daughter, Hannah. Hannah, for reasons known only to the author, leads Martin through a long chase that eventually takes them back to the boat, which explodes, ending the game. Readers who have suspended all disbelief will still be surprised that all ends well, as the members of both families forgive everyone else and get on with their lives. That a boy's own mother is behind his kidnapping is the high concept that keeps this farfetched plot afloat. Teenagers who doubt their value in their own families will find the satire rejuvenating, while the preposterous plot twists and special effects seem ideal for the silver screen. (Kirkus Reviews)show more

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