The Good Thieves by Katherine Rundell - signed paperback
This paperback copy of The Good Thieves- along with Rundell's The Explorer, hands down, one of the best children's books we have ever read - has been signed by the author. There are unfounded rumours that some parents in West Yorkshire wouldn't let their kids go to bed until they had all finished the book together. From start to finish, it's an absolute corker and won the 2019 Foyles Children's Book of the Year. If we did awards at Salts it would have swept the board!
'It is not always sensible to be sensible.'
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's suggested reading age is 9-11 but we've had 6 year olds and grandparents hanging on every word. An 8 year old with good reading ability can manage it on their own, but everyone will enjoy it.
Paperback, 352 pages