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. Volume XV Number 3. . . .September 26, 2008
Once again, Sharon Jennings provides her readers with a fast-paced, engaging addition to the "HIP-JR Bat Series," Batnapped. In this episode, Sam and Simon, two best friends and the only two members of the Bat Gang, find their friendship in jeopardy. Sam has two tickets to a Maple Leafs' game, but Simon refuses the invitation, planning to take his new girlfriend, Carla, to the Valentine's dance instead. Shocked and angry, Sam finds himself in a series of confrontational 'accidents' involving Carla, each landing him in trouble with the adults in his life. When Carla is kidnapped, the situation gets worse for Sam. He must do something. When that 'something' results in his own kidnapping, the excitement mounts.
Batnapped deviates slightly from the other Bat Gang novels in that Sam finds himself conducting a solo performance in solving the kidnapping. The reason for his missing partner's assistance is Simon's interest in a girl. This new interest poses a threat to Sam's and Simon's friendship and possibly signals an end to the Bat Gang.
Janice Foster is a recently retired teacher-librarian from Winnipeg, MB.
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