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Bunting, Eve.
New York : Joanna Cotler Books, 2005
IL 5-8, RL 4.2
ISBN 0060599073
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Kyle, a ninth-grade artist, has just sold his first painting. As he bikes home from art class, he stops to help a woman with a flat tire. Suddenly he feels a sharp sting, and feels himself slipping into unconsciousness. When he comes to, he discovers that he has been shrunken, along with three other young creative people: Tanya, a violinist; Mac, a writer; and Lulu, who dances and sings. The four of them are trapped in a doll-sized house, by their captor, Mrs. Shepherd.

Mrs. Shepherd calls the children her “lambkins.” She takes them out one at a time to keep her company. She promises the children she will never harm them, unless...they make her angry.

Kyle discovers that he is a replacement for a boy named John. The other children don’t say much about John at first, except that he disappeared. Kyle gets Mrs. Shepherd to admit that John met with an accident. Kyle knows he and the other Lambkins need to escape, and soon.  (Melissa Bowman,, Armstrong Middle School,  Lone Star Book Award nominee, 2007-2008)

SUBJECTS:     Genetic engineering -- Fiction.
                        Kidnapping -- Fiction.
                        Dollhouses -- Fiction.

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