The new guy at Tracy's school is handsome, intense, and desperately needs her help--but there's something about him that isn't quite right
(Re-release of the same title published in 1987, and again in 1991).
High school junior Tracy Lloyd is unsure about the new guy in school. Brad Johnson is attractive, smart, and polite, but Tracy can't help but feel he watches her too closely. Then one day Brad confides in Tracy a horrible secret: His little sister Mindy has been kidnapped by his stepfather, and he needs Tracy's help to get her back. But even as Tracy commits to a plan to help her vulnerable new friend, details emerge that suggest nothing is what it seems.
Took me back to my junior high years, reading Lois Duncan books. I'll grant I don't remember this one, but it was a still a bit of nostalgia trip for me.
That being said, while I still stand by my belief that Lois Duncan is an excellent YA writer, the story is a little dated. No one seems to have immediate and constant access to a computer, and they mention phone books several times (I can't even tell you the last time I had a phone book in my house). But then, there's a random mention of a cell phone (in the 80s? Unless your were Zack Morris, you didn't have one).
These days, this book would be good for a reluctant reader who doesn't get caught up in the dated phrases and technology lag. It was VERY predictable, but then, I'm a more mature reader. It'd be find for junior high or early high school.