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Edgar Award finalist: When the strange new bus driver passes the last stop, the five teens on board know something's wrong: "[A] gripping thriller." —Publishers Weekly Valley Gardens is the last...
Edgar Award finalist: When the strange new bus driver passes the last stop, the five teens on board know something's wrong: "[A] gripping thriller." —Publishers Weekly Valley Gardens is the last...
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  • Edgar Award finalist: When the strange new bus driver passes the last stop, the five teens on board know something's wrong: "[A] gripping thriller." —Publishers Weekly


    Valley Gardens is the last stop on the bus route after school. The neighborhood is known for its wealthy families, perhaps the richest in town. Marianne, Bruce, Glenn, Dexter, and Jesse live in Valley Gardens, and have no trouble guiding the new bus driver to the last stop of the day—but the strange substitute driver keeps driving. Soon the five teenagers are hostages deep in the mountains. Their kidnappers demand stacks of money from their families, even though most of the students aren't as well off as the abductors assume. Without hope of raising the ransom money, the five teens must find a way out or face terrifying consequences.

    This ebook features an illustrated biography of Lois Duncan including rare images and never-before-seen documents from the author's personal collection.

 

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  • Lois Duncan (b. 1934) is an author of more than fifty books for young adults. Her stories of mystery and suspense have won dozens of awards and many have been named Best Books for Young Adults by the American Library Association. Among the many honors and accolades she has received for her work, in 2015, Lois Duncan was named a Grand Master by the Mystery Writers of America. Duncan was born Lois Duncan Steinmetz in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; she grew up in Sarasota, Florida. By age ten she was submitting her work to magazines, and she had her first story published nationally when she was just thirteen. In 1994, Duncan released a nonfiction title, Who Killed My Daughter?, after her youngest child was killed in a crime that was never solved.

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  • Publishers Weekly

    "This is a psychologically sound, gripping thriller . . . Duncan's skillful buildup to crises, while the nervous kidnappers and desperate captives await response to ransom demands, keeps the suspense at a fever pitch."

  • The ALAN Review

    "The appeal of this book--beyond the usual element of suspense one comes to expect of this kind of story--is in the complexities of the character among the five teenagers. Herein lies the strength of Lois Duncan."

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