Format: Paperback (161 pages)
Published: First Published in 1985
Genre: Coming of Age, Action
Age Range: 9-17
Rating: 4/5 Stars
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Thirteen-year-old Darcy devises a clever plan of escape, involving bribing the guard dogs and disturbing a wasp’s nest, after she and her three charges are kidnapped.
I remember finding this book at a school book fair years ago and it caught my attention the moment I saw it. I was so excited to start this book (it was the first book I had ever picked out on my own)! I wanted to be responsible and get treated like an adult (who would have thought now I’d be wanting to go back) and babysitting was the first step to that process. However, what happens in this book I would never be prepared for even now as an adult.
Darcy is thirteen years old and babysits regularly. She interviews for a position caring for three bratty kids; two girls and a little boy. These kids get into all kinds of normal child-like trouble by making long distance phone calls, or playing in mom’s makeup. Nothing would ever prepare Darcy for being kidnapped on the job though! Now Darcy is the only chance they all have at escaping safely … but can she do it with three young children?
Despite reading this story almost 18 years ago, I remember this tale with more detail than some of the books I read last year. The story was full of action and so many plot twists! You get attached to Darcy and feel her struggle to care for some of the simplest needs of the children after they have been kidnapped. I would recommend this story to teens and adults alike. Not exactly a bedtime story though!