David Massey
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UK Price: £7.99
Format: Paperback
Age: 13+ & YA
Size: 198x129mm
Extent: xxxpp
ISBN: 978-1-908435-73-6
Publication date: March 2014
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When hope is all you have, survival is all you can fight for …


A crew of five young adventurers are toughing it out together, sailing around the world on a gruelling charity challenge. They are used to being pushed to the limit, but nothing could have prepared them for being kidnapped. When they are taken hostage by a notorious warlord and his band of child soldiers, the trip of a lifetime turns into a one-way journey into the heart of the African jungle.


From the winner of the Lancashire Book of the Year Award 2013
Branford Boase Longlisted Author

My rucksack thuds on to the wooden pontoon and all the stress of getting here falls away with it. I feel light and dizzy, like I’ve just ditched the last thing that anchored me to reality. Beyond the purple shadows of the city buildings, the rocky coastline of South Africa reaches out on

"TAKEN is a tale of human strength and courage in the face of adversity. Ever since my first visit I’ve wanted to tell a story about the old, broken Africa and the new, emerging Africa – the one embodied by Nelson Mandela. TAKEN is a story of courage, love and forgiveness. It’s about understanding your enemy because sometimes your enemy may have a story too."

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