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The Good Thieves

Narrated by: Margaret Cabourn-Smith
Length: 5 hrs and 17 mins
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Summary

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 con man 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.

©2019 Katherine Rundell (P)2019 Bloomsbury Publishing Plc

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"An amazing adventure story, told with sparkling style and sleight of hand." (Jacqueline Wilson)   

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Thrilling adventure

Very much enjoyed by my 10 year old, 7 year old, and me! Perfect for a long car journey.

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Loved it!



Just finished this book with my mum .it is beautifully written and amazing narration (is there going to be a sequel?). Jemima, age 10

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I thought this book was great because the voices where really well done. The storyline could have been slightly more interesting but overall a great book.

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brilliant from start to finish

we all (7,9,11 and adult) were completely gripped by the story. well read and captivating.

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Exhilarating heist story for children

Exhilarating heist story for children, a period piece with immigrants, jewels and a host of young heroes.

Girl Savage an impressive debut, Rooftoppers was a stunning and award-winning book. I love seeing an author switch genres and keep us guessing as to where s/he will take us next. And Rundell here takes the period route and gives young readers an exciting story usually left for adults - the heist/robbery.

Vita and her mother scrape together the money to reach New York when letters from her grandfather show distress. His family home and jewels have been tricked out of his possession and he is living in near poverty. Taking the initiative, Vita investigates the wealthy man who dishonestly cheated her grandfather, and discovers that it might be possible to gain it back... but she'll need some help.

With a few conveniently-placed accomplices, other children with 'special skills', Vita assembles a team that can hopefully pull off a clever plan to return what is rightfully her family's.

Loved the setting and characters, enjoyed the backstory of Vita's grandfather, and the villainy of the bad guy. The heist will have readers turning pages to see just what Vita's team manage to do, and Vita's skill of knife-throwing was very well used in the action.

Exciting. Would make a good mini-series on television.

Enjoyed the audio version from Audible, narrated with clarity, though the voice sounded older than Vita, she made an easy-to-follow narrator.

With thanks to Nudge Books for providing a sample Audible copy.

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Absolutely Beautiful Story

Our family of six had this as a book for a long car journey, it held all our attention, youngest six, eldest 41. So well written, Catherine Rundell is simply awesome

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The book was amazing my little ones loves and explained it all to me .

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Fantastic story of adventure and friendship

Brilliant story about fighting for those that we love, overcoming obstacles and finding friendship in the unlikeliest of places.

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Fun, inventive, heartwarming

Great characters
Rundell creates a magical New York and in the book the children discover their potential and the value of friendship.