The Good Thieves

The Good Thieves

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'An amazing adventure story, told with sparkling style and sleight of hand' JACQUELINE WILSON

'Rundell is the real deal, a writer of boundless gifts and extraordinary imaginative power whose novels will be read, cherished and reread long after most so-called "serious" novels are forgotten' Observer

Vita set her jaw, and nodded at New York City in greeting, as a boxer greets an opponent before a fight.

Fresh off the boat from England, Vita Marlowe has a job to do. Her beloved grandfather Jack has been cheated out of his home and possessions by a notorious conman with Mafia connections. Seeing Jack's spirit is broken, Vita is desperate to make him happy again, so she devises a plan to outwit his enemies and recover his home.

She finds a young pickpocket, working the streets of the city. And, nearby, two boys with highly unusual skills and secrets of their own are about to be pulled into her lawless, death-defying plan.

Katherine Rundell's fifth novel is a heist as never seen before - the story of a group of children who will do anything to right a wrong.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 336 pages
  • 129 x 198 x 27mm | 318g
  • Bloomsbury Childrens Books
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1526608138
  • 9781526608130
  • 58,115

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Likely to be the best children's book you'll read this year The Times Children's Book of the Week
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Likely to be the best children's book you'll read this year * The Times Children's Book of the Week * An amazing adventure story, told with sparkling style and sleight of hand * Jacqueline Wilson * Captivating ... Not only is [Rundell's] latest an irresistible journey, but every inch of it is a delight ... At its heart the book is about courage, friendship and love * Sunday Times Children's Book of the Week * A new Katherine Rundell book is always an event, but this is another triumph and then some. A wickedly exciting heist with heart, I can but marvel at this new delight from one of my favourite storytellers ever * Kiran Millwood Hargrave, author of The Girl of Ink & Stars * With a gripping plot and unforgettable characters, Rundell's latest is another triumph * Mail on Sunday Children's Book of the Month * A total showstopper of a story. Rundell's finest yet * Emma Carroll, author of Letters from the Lighthouse * Rundell orchestrates the fast-paced, thrilling action and vivid, endearing characters with the precision of a watchmaker * Daily Mail * Purring mafiosi, breathtaking feats of nerve and a crackling sense of atmosphere throughout make this book a single-sitting treat, showcasing Rundell at the peak of her powers * Guardian * I love the way Katherine puts Impossible on hold while she tells her wild, warm, shimmering stories * Hilary McKay, author of The Skylarks' War * The Good Thieves is another suspenseful and beautifully written book that will delight Rundell fans * Telegraph * The Good Thieves is a story-telling spectacle - it glitters with adventure, family, friendship, and an irresistible sprinkling of impossibility * Catherine Doyle, author of The Storm Keeper's Island * Increasingly, I feel that doctors should prescribe Katherine Rundell books to patients - all that wisdom, all that humour, all that irrepressible joy. The Good Thieves is, predictably, superb * Abi Elphinstone, author of Sky Song * It's full of mischief, vibrance, tenacity and wonder * Cerrie Burnell, author of The Girl with the Shark's Teeth * Rundell's books are as breathlessly intrepid as each sentence is elegantly sculpted * i Weekend * Lights a spark in your heart from the very first line and sets it blazing with danger, daring, high-wire thrills and a vivid, unstoppable spirit of love and hope. I adored it * Lauren St John, author of the Laura Marlin Mysteries * Another satisfying instalment in Rundell's ongoing saga of adventure and derring-do. Filled with all the tension, justice and excitement you expect from her, The Good Thieves doesn't put a foot wrong, as it plots and plans, twists and turns, flies and falls as Vita and her gang plot the heist of the decade, on the side of good * A. F. Harrold, author of The Afterwards * A truly excellent book ... Stolen castles, daring heists, prohibition, pickpockets, animal adventure, the circus, a truly terrifying villain and four of the best protagonists I've ever encountered. Plus Katherine Rundell's glorious prose * Katherine Webber, co-author of Sam Wu Is Not Afraid * Katherine Rundell's writing is always beautiful, but The Good Thieves hits a whole new level for me. It's just dazzling! I adore fierce, vibrant Vita, and the plot is SO compelling * Stephanie Burgis, author of The Dragon with a Chocolate Heart * `Captivating ... A glorious heist ... Rundell's unbelievable twists and turns will have young readers, and any family members luck enough to be reading along, on the edge of their seats until the very last moment * Scotsman *
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About Katherine Rundell

Katherine Rundell is the bestselling author of five children's novels and has won the Costa Children's Book Award, the Blue Peter Book Award and the Waterstones Children's Book Prize amongst many others. Katherine spent her childhood in Africa and Europe before taking her degree at the University of Oxford and becoming a Fellow of All Souls College. As well as writing, she studies Renaissance literature and is learning, as a direct result of writing The Good Thieves, to fly on the trapeze.
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Rating details

87 ratings
4.29 out of 5 stars
5 47% (41)
4 36% (31)
3 17% (15)
2 0% (0)
1 0% (0)
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