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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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I loved it!

As a middle-aged woman, I'm not at all embarrassed to say I loved this book. Margaret Cabourn-Smith is a wonderful narrator, and the story was beautiful. I've gone on to look at more books by this author

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The Good Theives

I think this audiobook is great for listening to whilst doing art doing work etc . Listening to it at bedtime is also good but there are a few parts that might scare younger children. I’m sure any adventurous people, animal lovers or people whose dream is to fly will love this audiobook and I really recommend it.

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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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Superb Storytelling

Katherine Rundell is a master storyteller and The Good Thieves is just that - masterful.
How many books are there for 8-11 year olds that are set in 1920s prohibition era New York, featuring the mafia?
Not many, and there’s a reason - it’s hard to write about, but Rundell smashes it out of the (Central) Park.
A story of strength, love, family, friendship and being on the fringes. Vita and her friends are beautifully rounded characters who embark on a lightning paced heist storyline, that has wonderfully placed moments and is one of the most unputdownable (?) books I have read in a while.
Bravo!

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Awesome

Brilliant, this all I can say took my breath away. It was read wonderfully. Would recommend it to all ages.

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great story, perfectly read

a rattling yarn, sympathetic characters, a pacy read. most entertaining, and moving at times. just great.

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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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Really good and enjoyable

This book is amazing and is great for listening in bed. Definitely worth your time.

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great

I loved this book because it was had a big mystery and lots of surprises so I recommend this book for people who like Adventures

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So entertaining

So entertaining. My first Katherine Rundell book and won't be the last. I really enjoyed this book.

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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.