Stolen (Christopher novel)

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Stolen by Lucy Christopher
Cover of Stolen
Author Lucy Christopher
Country United Kingdom
Language English
Genre young-adult fiction
Publisher Chickenhouse
Publication date
Media type Print
Pages 304
ISBN 9781906427139

Stolen is the debut novel of author Lucy Christopher. It was published in the UK in 2009. The book is set in the Great Sandy Desert in the Australian Outback and is the story of 16-year-old Gemma, and twenty-four-year-old Ty (which is a nickname for Tyler). Subtitled A Letter to My Captor, the book is told in second person narrative as a letter from Gemma to Ty as she waits in Perth after her eventual release.[1]


Whilst at a Bangkok airport, 16-year-old Gemma was kidnapped by Ty from a coffee shop, after he drugs her coffee. He took her to Australia, to the middle of the desert, expecting her to fall in love with him. After spending more time with Ty, Gemma is beginning to settle in when a snake bite causes Ty to have to bring Gemma back to civilization for treatment . He is arrested and whilst receiving treatment for her ordeal she is told that any feelings she had for Ty were due to the Stockholm Syndrome.[2][3]


Gemma Toombs - Lived in England up until her kidnap. She attempts to escape multiple times, but always Ty brings her back to the house in the desert. She finds a friend in the camel they catch together. When a snake bites her and the antivenom Ty had is ineffective, he brings her to a mining town for medical help. She thinks that she might really love Ty, until her doctors and parents convince her otherwise.

Tyler "Ty" MacFarlane - Was born and raised in Australia at his father's farm. He ran away at a young age and lived wild off the land. Eventually he was captured and sent to his mother in England. Here he led a troubled life of drink and drugs. He met a young Gemma, fell in love with her and decided the only way to have her would be to kidnap her and take her to the middle of the Great Sandy Desert.

Publishing history[edit]

Stolen was first published in the UK in 2009 by Chicken House. The first American edition was published by Scholastic in 2010. The book has been subsequently translated into French (as Lettre à mon ravisseur, Gallimard, 2010), Dutch (as Brief aan mijn ontvoerder, The House of Books, 2010), Greek (as Apagōgē, Ekdoseis Psychogios, 2010), Danish (as Stjålet: Et brev til min bortfører, Carlsen, 2011), and German (as Ich wünschte, ich könnte dich hassen, Carlsen, 2011)



  1. ^ BBC News (25 May 2010). "Branford Boase Award nomination for Bath author's debut". Retrieved 22 March 2012.
  2. ^ Stolen. Retrieved 22 March 2012.
  3. ^ Ganeshan, Janani (17 November 2010). "Too long a letter". Retrieved 22 March 2012.
  4. ^ Horn, Caroline (15 July 2010). "Christopher steals Branford Boase". The Bookseller. Retrieved 22 March 2012.
  5. ^ Neilan, Catherine (15 July 2010). "Coetzee and Christopher among shortlistees for PM awards". The Bookseller. Retrieved 22 March 2012.
  6. ^ Staino, Rocco (29 June 2011). "ALA Annual 2011: Bacigalupi Drops F-Bomb at Printz Award Ceremony". School Library Journal. Retrieved 22 March 2012.
  7. ^ Southern Schools Book Awards. "Lucy Christopher - winner in 2010 with Stolen". Retrieved 22 March 2012.
  8. ^ a b Berwick Leader (17 April 2011). "Author stirs students to storytelling". Retrieved 22 March 2012.

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