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Little Thieves



by
Margaret Owen

Edition
Hardcover edition
Publisher
Macmillan
Imprint
Henry Holt and Company, Inc.
ISBN
9781250191908

Awards and Honors
2022 YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults – Top Ten
POTENTIALLY SENSITIVE AREAS
Violence: Child Abuse , Violence: Sexual Assault/Rape Reference/Discussion , Sexual Content: Mild Sexual Content/Themes , Drugs/Alcohol/Tobacco: Reference or Discussion , Violence: General , Language: Moderate Language
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A scrappy maid must outwit both palace royals and low gods in this new Bavarian-inspired YA fantasy standalone by Margaret Owen, author of The Merciful Crow series.

Kids' Indie Next pick for November/December!
Amazon Best Book of October 2021!
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Seventeen-year-old Vanja Schmidt is the thirteenth daughter of a thirteenth daughter, and wherever she goes, misfortune follows. Luckily, her godmothers are Death and Fortune, each of whom blesses Vanja with magic in exchange for a life of servitude when she comes of age.

But when the time comes, Vanja flees, swiping an enchanted string of pearls that allows her to impersonate a princess. So begins a life of merry mayhem posing as a royal to rob the nobles blind. At first, Vanja is thrilled with her luck, but soon, she crosses the wrong god, and is cursed to turn into the jewels she covets, gem by gem, unless she can right her wrongs and pay back her debts—quickly.

A fresh twist on a classic Brothers Grimm tale, this is an irreverent YA fantasy that reveals the fickle hands that deal the cards of fate and fortune.

 Author’s note.

POTENTIALLY SENSITIVE AREAS
Violence: Child Abuse , Violence: Sexual Assault/Rape Reference/Discussion , Sexual Content: Mild Sexual Content/Themes , Drugs/Alcohol/Tobacco: Reference or Discussion , Violence: General , Language: Moderate Language

Details

Format

Print

Page Count

512

Trim Size

8 3/10" x 6"

Dewey

F

AR

5.7: points 21

Lexile

HL810L

Genre

Fic

Scholastic Reading Counts

0

JLG Release

May 2022

Book Genres

Fantasy

Topics

Women household employees. Princesses. Nobility. Magic. Teenage girls. Jewelry theft. Women jewel thieves. Imposters and imposture. Body swapping. Blessing and cursing. Gods. Swindlers and swindling. Fairy tale and folklore adaptations. Thieves. Gods and goddesses. Debts. Charms. False personation. Pearls. Gems. Greed.

 


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Praise & Reviews

School Library Journal

Gr 9 Up-A brash "Goose Girl" retelling from the villain's point of view by way of Six of Crows. Vanya, the adopted daughter of Death and Fortune, has been impersonating the blonde and beautiful Prinzessin Gisele for the better part of the year. Using the Prinzessin's status to gain access aristocrats and rob them during high society parties, Vanya acquires a reputation as uncatchable and an alter ego: the Penny Phantom. While trying to steal enough gold to escape her divine godmothers, she accidentally crosses the wrong god during one of her burglaries. The Low God Eiswald curses her to slowly turn into the jewels she loves so much unless she can give back everything she stole-which means finding the real Gisele, not getting caught as the Penny Phantom, and getting out of this curse while all the gods are watching. A cast of fully realized characters are colored by Vanya's sharp tongue and criminal proclivities, making her a fun, and occasionally unreliable, narrator. Packed with heists, gods, and monsters, the Germanic worldbuilding is easily accessible and readers will love rooting for Owen's clever antiheroine with ambition. The main cast is white, with diversity in race, gender, and orientation in the supporting characters, including on-the-page queer couples. VERDICT With Six of Crows and The Cruel Prince as readalikes, this will find an audience anywhere there are fantasy fans. Highly recommended and not to be missed.-Emmy Neal, Lake Forest Lib., IL

Praise & Reviews

School Library Journal

Gr 9 Up-A brash "Goose Girl" retelling from the villain's point of view by way of Six of Crows. Vanya, the adopted daughter of Death and Fortune, has been impersonating the blonde and beautiful Prinzessin Gisele for the better part of the year. Using the Prinzessin's status to gain access aristocrats and rob them during high society parties, Vanya acquires a reputation as uncatchable and an alter ego: the Penny Phantom. While trying to steal enough gold to escape her divine godmothers, she accidentally crosses the wrong god during one of her burglaries. The Low God Eiswald curses her to slowly turn into the jewels she loves so much unless she can give back everything she stole-which means finding the real Gisele, not getting caught as the Penny Phantom, and getting out of this curse while all the gods are watching. A cast of fully realized characters are colored by Vanya's sharp tongue and criminal proclivities, making her a fun, and occasionally unreliable, narrator. Packed with heists, gods, and monsters, the Germanic worldbuilding is easily accessible and readers will love rooting for Owen's clever antiheroine with ambition. The main cast is white, with diversity in race, gender, and orientation in the supporting characters, including on-the-page queer couples. VERDICT With Six of Crows and The Cruel Prince as readalikes, this will find an audience anywhere there are fantasy fans. Highly recommended and not to be missed.-Emmy Neal, Lake Forest Lib., IL

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