Thursday, January 27, 2011

Claim To Fame by Margaret Peterson Haddix

Lindsay Scott can hear everything that anyone is saying about her no matter where they are in the world. She used to be a famous actress but has been in seclusion for several years. Her house is the only place that she can go that she cannot hear what people think about her.

When a couple of teenage boys read a tabloid article stating that Lindsay is being held against her will by her overbearing father they decide to "set her free". So they kidnap her. Thinking they are doing Lindsay a great favor the boys are confused when all she wants to do is go back to her home.

In reality Lindsay's father has just died and she is living on her own. She has never known her mother whom she assumes abandoned her and her father when Lindsay was a baby. What Lindsay doesn't know is that her "gift" is not something that she alone has. There are others out there that have her gift.

Through the help of the boys and Roz, Lindsay learns how to deal with and appreciate her special gift. She learns to think about others and to see that she can make a difference in her world instead of being cooped up in her safe house.

I liked the story, the only problem I really had with it was that it was slow-paced. Not like other more exciting books written by Margaret Peterson Haddix.

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