Posted in Children's Lit

Stolen by Vivian Vande Velde

Vivian Vande Velde
2008 Marshal Cavendish
ISBN – 9780761455158
Genre – Fantasy
Age – Middle School
3 Stars


Isabelle comes to consciousness running through the woods with a pack of dogs chasing her. She can’t remember who she is or where she comes from. One family comes forward and claims that she is their daughter who was stolen six years ago by the evil witch who lives in the forest. Their other daughter, an infant, was stolen the day before as well. After this the villagers storm her cottage and burn it down, possibly with the witch and their baby inside of it. Does Isabelle belong to this family? Does she have anything to do with the evil witch?

Stolen was a good book for late elementary and middle school kids. The story was just complex enough, without being complicated. It had mystery and suspense involved, but is not confusing. The characters have intrigue and depth. Honestly, I just didn’t connect to the story. It just didn’t have enough depth or content for me, but I think that mainly has to do with not being its intended audience. Tween books have never been my favorite.


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