- Publisher: Greenwillow Books
- Format: Paperback | 304 pages
- Dimensions: 130mm x 191mm x 20mm | 204g
- Publication date: 31 January 2006
- Publication City/Country: New York
- ISBN 10: 0060824972
- ISBN 13: 9780060824976
- Edition statement: Reissue
- Sales rank: 16,849
"I can steal anything." So declares Gen, the hero of the Newbery Honor Book The Thief-an exciting adventure fantasy set in a mythical land rich with intrigue. Gen's bragging lands him in prison ...but then the king's magus needs the thief's skill for a near-impossible task: to steal a priceless magical jewel from a faraway land. "In addition to its charismatic hero, this story possesses one of the most valuable treasures of all-a twinkling jewel of a surprise ending," wrote Publishers Weekly in a starred review. The first of six planned books set in Gen's world, The Thief was an ALA Best Book of the Year as well as a Newbery Honor Book. School Library Journal said, "YAs who like snide, quick-tempered, softhearted heroes will love Gen," and Kirkus Reviews called it "an uplifting book, a literary journey that enriches both its characters and readers." Correlates to the Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts
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Megan Whalen Turner is the author of the Newbery Honor Book The Thief and its companions, The Queen of Attolia and The King of Attolia. She lives with her family in Ohio.
By Leonor (Ner) 30 Nov 2012
Also published in "A Cup of Coffee and a Book"
*This review contains spoilers!*
This was a surprisingly enjoyable read. It wasn't what I first expected but it was good nevertheless. A true page-turned since chapter one with Eugenides - aka Gen - presenting himself to us and "fooling" us till the end.
His character was amazing - one of the best character I've ever came across - a thief who spends half his time hungry and eating but with a strong and a great personality. At times I thought he wasn't a thief at all and we were going to learn he was a prince or something. He's a thief alright, but a very special one.
The Magus was hard for me to analyse. At moments during the journey I would like him but then he opened his mouth and said something unpleasant and I would change my opinion, despising him. However, he turned out to be a great character and being also surprised with the turned of the events that occurred in the end... he was fooled like I was.
Sophos was just a cute character. That "gay" romance in the end proves he's a butter heart and a very caring guy. And I still feel there's going to be a rather good surprise for us in the rest of the saga. I have to keep reading to find out if my feelings are true or not.
I was reading a review of a friend of mine (Carla from Cuidado Com o DÃ??Ã?Â¡lmata and I couldn't help but agreeing with the fact that I was expecting some romance. There should have been a girl for Gen somewhere in the story. Helplessly romantic as I am, having a story with no love whatsoever made me sad. There were only hints of a possible infatuation of Sophos for Gen but nothing concrete. Hence the 4 stars and not 5.
I absolutely loved the chapter when Gen finds the chamber where the Gift is. I've read it twice 'cause I loved the idea. The fantasy in that moment was so awesome... I just love fantasy.
I will admit, embarrassing myself, that I wasn't expecting this to be based on the Greek Mythology. That was a nice surprised. And I do believe that particular thing gave a new dimension to the story turning the book into an overwhelming journey. It was easy to create in our mind the places and the characters. They were so real you could almost touch them.
Oh, and by the way, have you noticed how similar to Flynn (aka Eugene) from Tangled Gen is?!
By megan 02 Jul 2011
Definitely one for the younger crowd, any well read individual will quickly tire of the main character's "cleverness." You can't just say your character is awesome, you have to actually show us as well.
"An exceptional adventure story." -- KLIATT
Back cover copy
"I can steal anything."After Gen's bragging lands him in the king's prison, the chances of escape look slim. Then the king's scholar, the magus, needs the thief's skill for a seemingly impossible task -- to steal a hidden treasure from another land.To the magus, Gen is just a tool. But Gen is a trickster and a survivor with a plan of his own.