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Kidnapped at Birth? Reissue Edition
Contributor(s): Sachar, Louis, Hughes, Neal (Illustrator)

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ISBN: 0679819460     ISBN-13: 9780679819462
Publisher: Random House Childrens Books
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Binding Type: Paperback - See All Available Formats & Editions
Published: July 1992

Annotation: Illus. in black-and-white. Marvin Redpost has finally figured out why he doesn't look like anyone in his family. He's not really Marvin Redpost--he's Robert, the lost prince of Shampoon!

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Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Redheads; Fiction.
Princes; Fiction.
Family life; Fiction.
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Fiction | Humorous Stories
Dewey: [Fic]
LCCN: 91051105
Lexile Measure: 290
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 3-4, Age 8-9
Series: Stepping Stone Book
Book type: Juvenile Fiction
Physical Information: 7.50" H x 5.25" W x 0.25" (0.15 lbs) 68 pages
Accelerated Reader Info
Quiz #: 6331
Reading Level: 2.8   Interest Level: Lower Grades   Point Value: 1.0
Scholastic Reading Counts Info
Quiz #: Q07427
Reading Level: 1.8   Interest Level: Grades 3-5   Point Value: 4.0
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Contributor Bio(s): Louis Sachar does not have red hair or royal blood. However, he is the bestselling author of the award-winning novel Holes, as well as Small Steps, The Cardturner, Stanley Yelnats’ Survival Guide to Camp Green Lake, There’s a Boy in the Girls’ Bathroom, The Boy Who Lost His Face, Dogs Don’t Tell Jokes, Fuzzy Mud, and the rest of the Marvin Redpost series, among many others. Visit him at louissachar.com.

Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 1992 July #3)
This First Stepping Stone book (see preceding review) heralds the series debut of nine-year-old Marvin Redpost. He is convinced he is Prince Robert, the King of Shampoon's long-lost son currently being sought in a much-publicized campaign. First, Marvin is the only person in his family with red hair and blue eyes. Next, Marvin's teacher says that because he is left-handed he must have royal blood. And finally, Marvin does not remind his grandmother of anyone else in the family. All of this assures Marvin that he must have been kidnapped at birth and accidentally given to Mr. and Mrs. Redpost. Though the story line is frivolous, lively dialogue and Marvin's endless imagination command steady attention. Characterization, however scanty, is at least true to life, and the unresolved ending leaves readers something to think about. The rigid black-and-white illustrations, on the other hand, add little. Ages 6-9. (Aug.) Copyright 1992 Cahners Business Information.
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