Author(s): Katherine Rundell
'An amazing adventure story, told with sparkling style and sleight of hand' JACQUELINE WILSON '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.
Review from Tristen:
“Hudson Castle was very small, judging by castle standards. It had been uprooted from its hilltop in France and shipped, stone by stone, across the ocean to America by Vita’s great-great-great-grandfather.”
Vita and her mother journey from England to prohibition New York City to take care of her ailing grandfather - bereaved at the death of his wife and the theft of his family’s castle by the conniving millionaire, Victor Sorretore Vita’s mother wants them all to return to England but Vita isn’t willing to give up that easily. With the help of morally upright pickpocket and two young circus performers, Vita devises a plan to rescue her family home from Sorretore.
The Good Thieves is the latest work from Oxford don and prize-winning author Katherine Rundell and, like her previous children’s novels, creates its own special kind of magic. Rundell is a maestro at transporting her reader to another time and place; New York City in the 1920s comes alive in the story. The writing, also as usual, is faultless. It never talks down to kids but is still accessible enough for younger readers to enjoy with their parents. Another new classic!
Bestselling and multiple-award winning author Katherine Rundell returns with a brilliant new story packed with adventure and excitement
A rollicking read for those aged 8 to 12 -- highly recommended --- April
Katherine Rundell is the bestselling author of five children's novels, for which she has won the Costa Children's Book Award, the Blue Peter Book Award and the Waterstones Children's Book Prize amongst many others. She 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 flying trapeze.