The Good Thieves

By: Katherine Rundell

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.

Black-and-white illustrations.

ISBN: 9781481419482

JLG Release: Nov 2019


Sensitive Areas: None
Topics: Adventure and adventurers , Friendship , Grandfathers , Stealing , People with disabilities , New York City history, 1898–1951 , Performing arts , Circus

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Twelve-year-old Vita travels from England to New York City with her WWI-widowed mother to help her grandfather after he is swindled out of his home (a small and rundown castle) by Victor Sorrotore, a real estate developer with crimi¬nal ties. While the adults accept that Hudson Castle is lost to the family, Vita is determined to get it back. She t Twelve-year-old Vita travels from England to New York City with her WWI-widowed mother to help her grandfather after he is swindled out of his home (a small and rundown castle) by Victor Sorrotore, a real estate developer with crimi¬nal ties. While the adults accept that Hudson Castle is lost to the family, Vita is determined to get it back. She teams up with street-smart pickpocket Silk and two young circus performers, animal trainer Arkady and aspiring acrobat Samuel, who both have dreams beyond their families’ expectations. The three evade the adults around them and launch an elaborate plot to retrieve a jewel and reclaim the castle, a caper that turns into a fight for survival when Sorrotore realizes that Vita can connect him to a gangland murder and sends a thug (named Dillinger) after her. Rundell’s gift for pithy description—Vita belongs to “the kind of family that believed in long names, long cars, and long dinners”—brings the personali¬ties and the world of Jazz Age New York to life. The main characters face personal challenges—Vita’s polio-related disability, the racism Samuel faces as an African immigrant—that help shape the story without defining the characters’ identi¬ties. Trained ravens and a pair of jewel-encrusted tortoises add to the book’s sense of quirky adventure, and the feeling of danger remains firmly in middle-grade territory. A solid historical novel that balances moments of introspection with an action-packed plot in a well-developed setting.

Book Details

ISBN

9781481419482

First Release

November 2019

Genre

Fic

Dewey Classification

F

Trim Size

8 1/4" x 5 1/2"

Page Count

272

Accelerated Reader

Level 5.1; Points: 8;

Scholastic Reading Counts

N/A

Lexile

Level 690L

Format

Print Book

Edition

Hardcover edition

Publisher

Simon & Schuster BFYR

Potentially Sensitive Areas

None

Topics

Adventure and adventurers, Friendship, Grandfathers, Stealing, People with disabilities, New York City history, 1898–1951, Performing arts, Circus,

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