The Good Thieves (Paperback)
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The Good Thieves (Paperback)

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Paperback 352 Pages / Published: 03/09/2020
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Bestselling author and Waterstones favourite Katherine Rundell returns with an exquisitely crafted story about resourceful children let loose in prohibition-era New York.

Shortlisted for the British Book Awards Children's Fiction Book of the Year 2020

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.

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
ISBN: 9781408882658
Number of pages: 352
Weight: 314 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 mm


'An irresistible journey… every inch of it is a delight.' - The Sunday Times

'An amazing adventure story, told with sparkling style and sleight of hand.' - Jacqueline Wilson

'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 

'A total showstopper of a story. Rundell's finest yet.' - Emma Carroll, author of Letters from the Lighthouse 

'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

'I love the way Katherine puts Impossible on hold while she tells her wild, warm, shimmering stories.' - Hilary McKay, author of The Skylarks' War

'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 

'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

'Rundell is now unarguably in the first rank.' - Philip Pullman on The Explorer

'Rundell is a class act.' - The Times

'One of our most talented writers for children.' - Observer

'I cannot imagine the child who wouldn't be delighted by it.' - Independent on The Explorer

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“Gripping until the end”

I loved this book because there was such an interesting twist in the plot that I was not expecting, and all of the characters were so different but together made the perfect team. Katherine Rundell's books are... More

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Scott Evans (The Reader Teacher/MrEPrimary)

“A charming mix of loyalty,love & lawlessness... another bestseller is born.”

A charming mix of loyalty,love & lawlessness; another bestseller is born. No one writes finer about children who have hearts brimming with adventure,possibilities & a wicked sense of unruliness. Perfect for... More

“Timeless adventure”

And it's another humdinger from the queen of children's fiction. Taking place in prohibition-era New York, such an evocative time to set a story, the city is so well described you can almost smell the soot... More

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