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The Island of Thieves

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Buried treasure. Ruthless gangsters. An ancient clue . . .





Our Captayne took the pinnace ashore and I went with hym and six men also, who were sworne by God to be secret in al they saw. Here we buried five chests filled with gold.





Tom Trelawney was looking for excitement. Now he's found it. With his eccentric uncle Harvey, he's travelling to South America on a quest for hidd...more
Paperback, 224 pages
Published July 7th 2011 by Andersen
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Barb Middleton
Recommending authors to students can feel like hopscotch at times. They might latch onto one author such as Gary Paulsen, consume the shelf of twenty-plus books, then eagerly bounce around waiting for another great recommendation, like a puppy wanting a treat. I can't resist puppies and I don't want to let them down. The problem for me is finding that action adventure novel that isn't too difficult as they work toward reading fluency. I can now file Josh Lacey's "Island of Thieves" to my action...more
Raina
This book is SO Much Fun.

I mean, really.

Kid convinces his uncle to take him along to South America on a quest to find an ancient stash of gold. There's a little bit of history, there's gunplay with the mob, there's a burned down shed... What else could you want in a middle school adventure read? It pretty much screams Indiana Jones readalike.

I took this to the middle schools in my area in January 2013 and it was a super fun opener. It definitely fits in with Hacking Timbuktu, Jack Heath's The...more
Mark Baker
Tom Trelawney's parents have just dumped him with an uncle he hardly knows. But Uncle Harvey is planning a trip to Peru to follow a treasure map he's just uncovered. Tom talks his way into the trip, but they have hardly landed when they run afoul of the most notorious crook in the country. Can they stay one step ahead of him and find the treasure. Another young adult novel, and another fun, wild ride. I did feel the characters could use a bit more development, but the target audience will love i...more
Zhenhao Ren
I really like the idea of writing a book about finding lost treasure because that seems like the plot of a lot of movies out there. The author made it seem like a James Bond movie with the crime organization in Peru, finding clues to approximate the area of the treasure, and eventually escaping the area alive but losing the treasure. While reading this book I keep thinking of some of the famous movies such as James Bond, Indiana Jones, and even National Treasure. I felt that the author got a lot...more
Nathan Treysman
This book is about a kid named Tom who convinces his uncle Harvey to take him on a buried treasure hunt in South America. Tom and Harvey fought about it for a little while and finally Tom had a convincing point. Tom said, "You can't leave me here, because i'm too young. It is illegal. If someone found out you can be thrown in jail for child abuse." Harvey replies, "Don't try to black mail me, you're not coming with me and that's final"(p.17-18). Before he could even end the sentence, they were a...more
Ben
Tom the main character is kind of a punk he burned down his parents shed so he had to stay at his uncle Harvey's while they went on vacation then agin he is helpful for example he helped his uncle Harvey while he was at his place.the overall problem in this story is that uncle Harvey's bussness was that he worked on thieves island so there were people that would try to take him down but tom could help and I think that they will come out winners on their mission.
Amanda
I really enjoyed this book for what it was, a thrilling, action-packed adventure story. It has hidden gold, ancient letters, south american mobsters, and car chases, to mention a few of the exciting events. Tom Trelawney, the main character, has always been a bit of a rascal, and when he gets to go off on an adventure with his irresponsible, gambling addict, adventurer uncle Harvey, he jumps at the opportunity. And it seems like he is going to be good at being a true Trelawney, just like Uncle H...more
Melanie
After Tom burns down the shed in his backyard, his strange Uncle Harvey is the only one who will care for him while his parents take a no-kids-allowed vacation. Uncle Harvey isn't really happy to take him because he has somewhere out of the country he needs to be. Tom wrangles himself an invite along; or rather he doesn't give his uncle a choice.

Off to South America they go where Uncle Harvey meets some interesting people and immediately becomes an object of interest to the local organized crime...more
Aine
Aug 30, 2013 Aine rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: alex
We listened to the audio book on the way to the beach (and back again). It was GREAT!! Glad to see that Josh Lacey has more books. It is soooo much fun to find a new author that both kids and adults like.
Kelly
Some spoilers ahead!

Pretty fun adventurous book for young adult readers. Tom Trelawney is a likeable protagonist and I appreciated that he was not some "superkid" character. He's smart, but not overly smart (for example, he struggles to remember what he learned about Sir Francis Drake in his history class, and laments his lack of Spanish-speaking skills). He's also a bit of a troublemaker, but he generally tries to do what is right (i.e. he feels guilty about paying the elderly couple on the mou...more
Ishan Rayka
Summary of Island of Thieves:
Tom Trelaway is A trouble making boy. After one of toms shenanigans tom is sent to stay with his Uncle Harvey. In search for treasure Uncle Harvey must leave tom alone at his house for 6 days. Tom being his curious self he convinces Uncle Harvey to let him come. Tom and Uncle harvey take the next flight to Lima,Peru. After selling a fake painting to the biggest king pin in Peru uncle Harvey must find 100,000$ for the king pin Otto Gonzales. After finding a treasure m...more
Eric Behrman
Summary of Island of Thieves is its a Uncle going to peru for a treasure hunt with a boy named tom. His uncle runs into some trouble in peru with a man he sold a fake painting to. Uncle Harvey and Tom have to take him to the treasure because he wants some money back from what he lost. First they have to find the missing pieces and get away from the man they owe the money to. Then they will go on a big hunt to find the treasure.
I gave it a 4 star rating because there was a lot of action and adven...more
BAYA Librarian
A fun diversion for younger adventure readers, Island of Thieves is a fast-paced romp that is surprisingly readable. Tom's uncle Harvey is supposed to be watching him while his parents are on vacation. Instead, they go to Peru in search of buried pirate treasure. Uncle Harvey's inability to make mature decisions is part of the charm of this novel. He is clearly one of those adults who doesn't have kids and shouldn't have kids. But now he is responsible for one and has no clue what to do with a t...more
Jessica
Surprisingly good adventure story. Bit of mystery, treasure hunting, gangsters, more history than I expected, and lots of action. This is a story that you just have to go with. Once you have suspended your disbelief and accepted the various coincidences and last-minute escapes, you can just let this plot drag you along on the fun adventure. I think this will be an easy sell for my action-craving readers, particularly the younger ones. Likable, imperfect characters. Unpredictable situations. Humo...more
Lisa
When Tom's mischievous behavior threatens to thwart his parents' long awaited and anticipated couple's get away, the only person who agrees to take Tom for the week is his uncle Harvey, who barely knows. Uncle Harvey lives in NY so Tom is excited about the prospect even though he doesn't know what to expect. Just after his parents depart for the airport Harvey informs Tom that he will be on his own as he has an important trip to Peru and will he be alight on his own? At first Tom thinks this is...more
Laura
Tom's parents are planning their first vacation in 15 years, and Tom is supposed to be staying at a friend's house. Just before their trip, he accidentally burns down their shed, and his friend's mother decides she doesn't trust he won't burn down her shed. Once news of his shenanigans spread, no one wants to take him for the week. His parents panic, and call the last person they would usually trust -- Uncle Harvey. They drive Tom to New York City, drop him off with his estranged uncle, and leav...more
Keysersozed
I was hesitant to spend my hard earned audible credits on Island of Thieves as there are so few reviews and the star ratings were merely average.

But I watched Indy Jones as a kid and I still dream of finding a treasure map so I decided to give it a try.

Unfortunately, I can understand the apathy towards the book.
It isn’t a bad book at all; in fact it actually has the basis of a really good story.

Sadly, though, it never lives up to its potential.

That means you’re left not really wanting to bag...more
Ms. Yockey
Jun 28, 2012 Ms. Yockey marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
HMH
June 2012
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Booklist starred (May 1, 2012 (Vol. 108, No. 17))
Grades 4-7. In this fast-paced, action-packed adventure novel, Tom travels to Peru in search of lost treasure with his affable but not quite upstanding uncle Harvey. Unfortunately for Tom, Harvey double-crossed a Peruvian crime lord on his last trip to Lima. As soon as they step into the country, thugs kidnap the two, unleashing a series of escapes, car chases, and a search for the lost journal pages of Sir Francis Drake’s voy...more
Raven
This book was incredibly average. It was an interesting story, full of adventure and buried treasure, but the execution wasn't spot on. It did pick up a bit in the middle and at the end, but getting there was a bit of a struggle. I think it might be too simple for me and really meant for a different age group, but so is most of the books I read. This one almost seemed childish, much like Magyk and The Alchemyst, except the characters in Island of Thieves weren't boring and flat. Not completely,...more
OutlawPoet
When Tom goes to stay with his Uncle Harvey, little does he know that he'll soon be whisked away to a foreign country where he'll soon be running from criminals, treasure hunting, and having the adventure of his life.

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This really is a fantastic little adventure for middle schoolers. Tom isn't the perfect kid, but he's brave, adventurous, and good-hearted. Though he makes a few wrong decisions along the way, he's a kid any boy would want to be. This is a fast-paced, easy read...more
Ruth Ann
It’s spring break. Tom’s parents have decided to take a vacation by themselves. They’ve found places for Tom and his brother and sister to stay.
But, the family Tom was going to stay with has other plans at the last minute. Tom’s dad takes him to his uncle’s Manhattan apartment.
Now, his Uncle Harvey is one of those uncles Tom hardly knows and he is a little worried about this – spending a whole week with someone he’s only seen a couple of times in his entire life. After his parents drop him off...more
Peggy
This was a light fun adventure story. Suspend your disbelief and just go along for the ride! If you don't go looking for complicated plot twists and well developed characters, you won't be disappointed. Tom Trelawney is just an ordinary, somewhat smart mouthed young teen. Tom's parents are taking a long overdue vacation, just the two of them. Unfortunately, after Tom accidentally burns down his family's shed, no one wants to keep him. As a last resort, they contact his uncle, a bachelor living i...more
Nicole
Houghton Mifflin, 2012
Adventure
240 pages
Recommended for grades 4-6

An action-packed adventure/treasure hunt, toss in a few kidnappings, a trip to South America and one hilarious uncle and nephew pair and you have The Island of Thieves.
Uncle Harvey has a page from an old journal that he thinks is the key to a huge treasure. But the page came from Peru, and he lives in England. When he is strapped with babysitting his nephew for a week he ends up taking Tom with him. The two are immediately kidnap...more
carrietracy
So much more scary and violent than necessary in a book that seemed middle grades targeted. But the true issue at hand? The rampant, rampant racism. All those South Americans are drug dealers or corrupt or ignorant or thieves or bribable or some combination thereof! Ugh. Would not recommend.
Dorian Girgis
Personallly I loved this book it was so thrilling and action-packed.when I found this book I read a few pages and loved it.It took me almost 5 minutes to stop myself from reading so I could get the book and take it home.Once I got home I could not put it down.Bottom line it was a great book!!!!!
Julie Williams
It all started when Tom burned down the shed. Because of that no one wanted him to stay at their houses while his parents were on vacation. His parents, in desperation, sent him to stay with his Uncle Harvey. What Harvey didn't tell Tom's parents was that he was going to Peru and was going to leave Tom in New York City by himself. Tom had other plans and managed to get his Uncle Harvey to take him along to Peru. That's where things got crazy. You see, Uncle Harvey was a bit of a shady character...more
Rachel Grover
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Sandra Carswell
I listened to the audio of this book and thoroughly enjoyed it. The book is fast-paced and action packed, just the ticket to keep em reading or listening. The reader did a fabulous job. I will be ordering this title for my library, print and digital.
Nicki
This is a pretty good adventure story for fourth and fifth graders. I think boys would find it interesting. What young boy wouldn't like the idea of going off with a long lost uncle who is the ultimate bachelor in New York City with a surplus of money? What boy would pass up the opportunity to go with that uncle on a pirate treasure hunt. It should be a pretty easy sell to my fifth graders.
Tara Carpenter
Fun, adventure book for ages 8 and up. Some scary situations, bad guys trying to kill them, someone actually dies, but all very non-gory. No bad language. Treasure hunting in Peru on a middle-school level.
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