Chat with us, powered by LiveChat

The Pearl Thief

By: Elizabeth Wein

When fifteen-year-old Julia Beaufort-Stuart wakes up in the hospital, she knows the lazy summer break she'd imagined won't be exactly what she anticipated. Thisprequel to Code Name Verityreturns to a beloved character just before she first takes flight. Map. Author's note. Bibliography. Black-and-white illustrations.

ISBN: 9781484717165

JLG Release: Sep 2017


Sensitive Areas: Language: Mild Language, Discrimination: Reference/Discussion, Violence: Mild Violence, Sexual Content: Mild Sexual Content/Themes, Violence: Mild Violence
Topics: Scottish Travellers (Nomadic people) , Mystery and detective stories , Friendship , Prejudices , Scotland

$12.75  Member Price


Add to Wishlist

Like this book? Get more like it every month.

Young Adults Plus

Grades 9 & Up

14 titles/year

$235.90/year

Awards & Honors

CCBC Choices 2018 Choice: Fiction for Young Adults
Kirkus Reviews Best Books of 2017, Teen Books
NPR’s Book Concierge, 2017 Great Reads

Praise & Reviews

Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books*, Booklist*, The Horn Book Magazine, Kirkus Reviews*, Publishers Weekly*, School Library Journal*, Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA)

School Library Journal

[STARRED REVIEW]
In this prequel to Code Name Verity, set in 1938, Julia Beaufort-Stewart, 15, returns home from school in Paris for summer break to unhappy changes. The family’s house and land have been sold and are being converted into a school. Julie, finding no one at home to welcome her, heads to the river. The next thi
[STARRED REVIEW]
In this prequel to Code Name Verity, set in 1938, Julia Beaufort-Stewart, 15, returns home from school in Paris for summer break to unhappy changes. The family’s house and land have been sold and are being converted into a school. Julie, finding no one at home to welcome her, heads to the river. The next thing she remembers is waking up in the hospital with a head injury, not knowing what happened. The summer evolves into one of continuing mysteries and new friendships and emotions. One of the workers who has been cataloging the family’s collection of antiquities has disappeared. As Julie helps her family pack their belongings, she also feels certain that some of her grandfather’s pearls are missing. And then there are the issues between the local constabulary and the Travellers who spend summers on the estate, the dead body—or part of a dead body—and pearl poaching. Adding to her discomfort are her conflicted feelings for Frank, the chief contractor on the renovations, and Ellen, one of the Travellers who rescued her when she was hit on the head. While not as powerful as Code Name Verity, this title is rich in detail, mystery, and emotion. The main plot is compelling and has the added depth of Julie’s growth and her interactions with the cast of interesting characters and the hints of her future romantic relationships. VERDICT A must for Verity fans and a good read for those who enjoy mystery with a touch of romance.—Janet Hilbun, University of North Texas, Denton

Horn Book

Julia Beaufort-Stuart (called Julie), whom readers first met as a captured WWII pilot and spy in Code Name Verity , begins this prequel in 1938 as an earnest fifteen-year-old who returns from school to her family’s dwindling Scottish estate. While idling by the river, overcome by nostalgia, she is mysteriously knocked unconscious. She& Julia Beaufort-Stuart (called Julie), whom readers first met as a captured WWII pilot and spy in Code Name Verity , begins this prequel in 1938 as an earnest fifteen-year-old who returns from school to her family’s dwindling Scottish estate. While idling by the river, overcome by nostalgia, she is mysteriously knocked unconscious. She’s rescued by a group of Travellers, who are, unsurprisingly, seen as suspects of the assault by the bigoted townspeople. Julie can’t remember what happened; but she believes she’s the last person to have seen the now-missing Dr. Housman, an antiques scholar cataloging the family’s estate before auction. The ensuing atmospheric mystery, complete with love affairs, gruesome offstage violence, three-thousand-year-old artifacts, and pearls once owned by royalty, is smaller in scale than Verity or its concentration camp-set companion Rose Under Fire. In this setting, Julie has the time and space for relatively carefree impulsivity, including sexual experimentation (with both male and female kissing partners). But there’s plenty of evidence of who Julie will become, from her eagerness for adventure to her ire at the mistreatment of the Travellers (explored further in an appended author’s note). Wein’s ability to inhabit a young woman of another era has more than enough room to shine through in the often witty first-person narration. The Pearl Thief stands alone as a diverting piece of historical fiction/mystery but takes on extra poignancy for those aware of Julie’s eventual fate. shoshana flax

Book Details

ISBN

9781484717165

First Release

September 2017

Genre

Fic

Dewey Classification

F

Trim Size

6" x 8 1/2"

Page Count

336

Accelerated Reader

Level 5.9; Points: 13;

Scholastic Reading Counts

Level 5.6; Points: 20;

Lexile

Level 860L

Format

Print Book

Edition

Hardcover edition

Publisher

Disney-Hyperion

Potentially Sensitive Areas

Language: Mild Language, Discrimination: Reference/Discussion, Violence: Mild Violence, Sexual Content: Mild Sexual Content/Themes, Violence: Mild Violence

Topics

Scottish Travellers (Nomadic people), Mystery and detective stories, Friendship, Prejudices, Scotland,

Standard MARC Record

Download Standard MARC Record

Cover Art

Download Cover Art

Standard Correlations

Recommended Titles From Young Adults Plus

The Enigma Game

by Elizabeth Wein

Young Adults Plus

$16.85

Young Adults Plus

$16.85

Young Adults Plus

$16.85

Dark and Deepest Red

by Anna-Marie McLemore

Young Adults Plus

$16.85
Copyright © 2017 Magento, Inc. All rights reserved.