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It is sometime during the 1880s, and Jack and Amy have come to London searching for their uncle. On their own without money, food, or shelter, they have nowhere else to turn. But what is the chance of finding him when they don't even know where he lives? For the two youngsters, attempting to live on the streets is frightening, dangerous, and an opportunity for the worst ele It is sometime during the 1880s, and Jack and Amy have come to London searching for their uncle. On their own without money, food, or shelter, they have nowhere else to turn. But what is the chance of finding him when they don't even know where he lives? For the two youngsters, attempting to live on the streets is frightening, dangerous, and an opportunity for the worst elements of the city to take advantage of them. London society has become uncaring, even cruel, to the needy. Where can they find safety? When those strange Salvation Army people approach them on the street, should Jack and Amy run away? Can the General and Catherine Booth be trusted? What hope do Jack and Amy have when ruthless men come after them?


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It is sometime during the 1880s, and Jack and Amy have come to London searching for their uncle. On their own without money, food, or shelter, they have nowhere else to turn. But what is the chance of finding him when they don't even know where he lives? For the two youngsters, attempting to live on the streets is frightening, dangerous, and an opportunity for the worst ele It is sometime during the 1880s, and Jack and Amy have come to London searching for their uncle. On their own without money, food, or shelter, they have nowhere else to turn. But what is the chance of finding him when they don't even know where he lives? For the two youngsters, attempting to live on the streets is frightening, dangerous, and an opportunity for the worst elements of the city to take advantage of them. London society has become uncaring, even cruel, to the needy. Where can they find safety? When those strange Salvation Army people approach them on the street, should Jack and Amy run away? Can the General and Catherine Booth be trusted? What hope do Jack and Amy have when ruthless men come after them?

30 review for Kidnapped by River Rats: William and Catherine Booth

  1. 5 out of 5

    Holly

    I read this book aloud to my 12 year old sons as part of our homeschooling lessons. They both rated it with 4 stars. I, too, enjoyed it as I learned to beginnings of The Salvation Army. The story provides mild action and suspense as the children navigate through London homeless and orphaned.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Catherine Gillespie

    Kidnapped by River Rats is a fictional book about two orphaned kids in London who are rescued by the Salvation Army. It’s the sort of book that aims at a little bit of history while telling a story, which I normally like, but there were some flaws. First, the dialog is dreadful for reading aloud. It’s anachronistic and clumsy. I found myself changing it every time there was a direct quote. If you’re ok with in-process editing as you read, that might be ok, but although I can change wording as I Kidnapped by River Rats is a fictional book about two orphaned kids in London who are rescued by the Salvation Army. It’s the sort of book that aims at a little bit of history while telling a story, which I normally like, but there were some flaws. First, the dialog is dreadful for reading aloud. It’s anachronistic and clumsy. I found myself changing it every time there was a direct quote. If you’re ok with in-process editing as you read, that might be ok, but although I can change wording as I read aloud, I found it annoying that I had to do that throughout the book. Also the illustrations are really third-rate. I didn’t bother mentioning to the kids that there were illustrations, because they were really that bad. The kids didn’t strongly dislike the story, and we did pick up some information about the Salvation Army that we used in a later history discussion. To warn you, the book does deal with human trafficking and child prostitution–it’s glossed but be aware that you’ll probably need to have a discussion about it if your kids notice. Get more recommendations for great kids chapter book read alouds on A Spirited Mind

  3. 5 out of 5

    Jessica Powell

    I read this series when I was a kid and absolutely loved it. I'm so excited to be able to share these books with my own kids now! They are such a great way to introduce kids to the heroes of our faith. This first book is about William & Catherine Booth of the Salvation Army. My two daughters (ages 6 & 7) loved it and begged me to read more to them every night. We've already purchased the next book and started reading it last night! I read this series when I was a kid and absolutely loved it. I'm so excited to be able to share these books with my own kids now! They are such a great way to introduce kids to the heroes of our faith. This first book is about William & Catherine Booth of the Salvation Army. My two daughters (ages 6 & 7) loved it and begged me to read more to them every night. We've already purchased the next book and started reading it last night!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Cindy

    This story takes place in England in the 1800's of the struggles of a brother and sister in their search for their uncle.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Myra Benedict

    Jack and his older sister are homeless they have no place to call there mother dies and they are trying to find their uncle when something horrible happens Amy is kidnapped by some people....a good story and a sad one too

  6. 4 out of 5

    Esther Filbrun

    Soon after I discovered the magic of reading books, I got into the Trailblazer series. Every time we went to a new library, I would eagerly scour their shelves to see if they had any ones I hadn’t read yet, and I thoroughly enjoyed getting to know historical figures through the different books I read. Recently, Mom got all 50(ish) books on CD, and I decided it would be fun to read through them all again. Somehow, I managed to forget about this project until recently, but I did enjoy reading Kidna Soon after I discovered the magic of reading books, I got into the Trailblazer series. Every time we went to a new library, I would eagerly scour their shelves to see if they had any ones I hadn’t read yet, and I thoroughly enjoyed getting to know historical figures through the different books I read. Recently, Mom got all 50(ish) books on CD, and I decided it would be fun to read through them all again. Somehow, I managed to forget about this project until recently, but I did enjoy reading Kidnapped by River Rats. While some books in this series can tend to feel formulaic, this book doesn’t—perhaps because it’s one of the earlier ones? Either way, I’ve always enjoyed the story. I feel like it’s a good way to get a feel for old London, and definitely a good story to get an idea of the hope people felt when William and Catherine Booth started up their ministry. Children in the 8-12 age bracket would really enjoy this story. There is a bit of danger at different points, but not enough that I would consider it to be a problem. I thoroughly enjoyed this story when I was younger, and liked the reminder of how God can work through us if we allow Him to use us.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Luisa Knight

    I have fond memories of my mom reading these books to us over lunch. And we’d beg her to keep going when lunch was over too, because we just had to know what happened! Well told, engaging, adventuresome and you learn about a famous Christian in history. Ages: 7+ **Like my reviews? Then you should follow me! Because I have hundreds more just like this one. With each review, I provide a Cleanliness Report, mentioning any objectionable content I come across so that parents and/or conscientious reader I have fond memories of my mom reading these books to us over lunch. And we’d beg her to keep going when lunch was over too, because we just had to know what happened! Well told, engaging, adventuresome and you learn about a famous Christian in history. Ages: 7+ **Like my reviews? Then you should follow me! Because I have hundreds more just like this one. With each review, I provide a Cleanliness Report, mentioning any objectionable content I come across so that parents and/or conscientious readers (like me) can determine beforehand whether they want to read a book or not. Content surprises are super annoying, especially when you’re 100+ pages in, so here’s my attempt to help you avoid that! So Follow or Friend me here on GoodReads! You’ll see my updates as I’m reading and know which books I’m liking and what I’m not finishing and why. You’ll also be able to utilize my library for looking up titles to see whether the book you’re thinking about reading next has any objectionable content or not. From swear words, to romance, to bad attitudes (in children’s books), I cover it all!

  8. 5 out of 5

    Heather

    This is part of a wonderful series I discovered last fall. Each Trailblazer Book introduces the ministry of a hero of the Christian faith. The Christian heroes in this book are William and Catherine Booth, the founders of the Salvation Army. The book is historical fiction. It follows 2 fictional children in their troubled lives in London during the 1800s. However, they meet William and Catherine Booth. As a foreward to the story, the authors tell which characters are real and which are fictional This is part of a wonderful series I discovered last fall. Each Trailblazer Book introduces the ministry of a hero of the Christian faith. The Christian heroes in this book are William and Catherine Booth, the founders of the Salvation Army. The book is historical fiction. It follows 2 fictional children in their troubled lives in London during the 1800s. However, they meet William and Catherine Booth. As a foreward to the story, the authors tell which characters are real and which are fictional. Plus an afterword is included which gives many details about the Booths and their ministry. I love that these books include a "For Further Reading" section. The intended audience is ages 8-12.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Brandon B.

    In Kidnapped by the River Rats Jack and Amy are the main characters. Jack and Amy are 12 and 2. They live on the streets of London in 1881 looking for their Uncle Sedgwick. They have no idea of where their uncle is and they don't know how to find him. Jack is working an odd job by throwing anything he can find at the Salvation Army to earn half a penny. While Jack is working his sister is kidnapped. Jack now has to find his sister.I like this book because it has mystery and action.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Hilary

    Read it when I was in the third grade. What can I say? It inspired me to attempt my own novel the next year... hehe. Oh yes.. the memories.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Jolie

    We read this as a read a loud. I loved it just as much as much as my son. We didn't ever want to stop reading.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Teresa Brown

    Read aloud to my 10 year old son. We both loved it and are anxious to read the whole series!

  13. 4 out of 5

    Rebecca

    I really enjoyed this book! It really kept me intrested. :)

  14. 4 out of 5

    John Yelverton

    Quite honestly, a fairly weak historical novel about the early work of the Salvation Army.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Leo

    this is pretty freaky. its about kidnapping and i hate that cuz it makes me scared all the time.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Erin(and Hannah)

    This is a "series" about famous Christain heroes of the past. They're interesting.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Jessica

    See the first book in the series (Spy for the Night Riders)for a full review.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Phil

    Surprisingly good read. Heavy stuff for kids.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Beverly Clyde

    Their father was dead; now their mother is dead. Jack (age 12) and Amy (age 14) must find their uncle Sedgwick in London, but how to start? They don’t know where he lives or works. With no food and no place to stay, their situation seems desperate. Jack throws horse droppings at the Salvation Army to make money for food. With a full stomach the situation looks better until Amy is kidnapped. Jack needs help so he goes to the Salvation Army. Will General Booth help him? Will Salvationists recogniz Their father was dead; now their mother is dead. Jack (age 12) and Amy (age 14) must find their uncle Sedgwick in London, but how to start? They don’t know where he lives or works. With no food and no place to stay, their situation seems desperate. Jack throws horse droppings at the Salvation Army to make money for food. With a full stomach the situation looks better until Amy is kidnapped. Jack needs help so he goes to the Salvation Army. Will General Booth help him? Will Salvationists recognize Jack from his earlier attack? Will he ever see Amy again? A daring tale about the work and methods of the early Salvation Army with biographical information on William and Catherine Booth.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Grayson

    It is sometime during the 1880 s, and Jake and Amy are looking for there uncle without any than but they do not know where he lives. They are try to find him but bad people ran them away. But they were kind people that tried to help them but also there mother died and know they are wanting to see her gave. About to give up they see a boat in the distant and it has there Uncle but he adopted kids. I n all I like the book because it show all the hard work they go threw and how they over came it. T It is sometime during the 1880 s, and Jake and Amy are looking for there uncle without any than but they do not know where he lives. They are try to find him but bad people ran them away. But they were kind people that tried to help them but also there mother died and know they are wanting to see her gave. About to give up they see a boat in the distant and it has there Uncle but he adopted kids. I n all I like the book because it show all the hard work they go threw and how they over came it. They wanted to give up but they did not. I loved this book it was a good book.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Lisa

    Read this book to my kids and they loved it as much as I did! The story was compelling and the history learned throughout was eye-opening. Highly recommend!

  22. 5 out of 5

    Grace Lynch

    Assigned to read this whole series in middle school, and I learned a lot. Great educational read!

  23. 5 out of 5

    Maria

    Story of two siblings and the hard time they faced after their mother's death. The way it was written is amazing!!

  24. 4 out of 5

    Laura

  25. 4 out of 5

    Kayla

  26. 4 out of 5

    Wasif

  27. 4 out of 5

    Brendon

  28. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

  29. 5 out of 5

    Augusta

  30. 5 out of 5

    Kris

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