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Museum of Thieves (The Keepers Trilogy #1)

3.88  ·  Rating Details ·  4,277 Ratings  ·  490 Reviews
Welcome to the tyrannical city of Jewel, where impatience is a sin and boldness is a crime.
Goldie Roth has lived in Jewel all her life. Like every child in the city, she wears a silver guardchain and is forced to obey the dreaded Blessed Guardians. She has never done anything by herself and won’t be allowed out on the streets unchained until Separation Day.
When Separation
Hardcover, 312 pages
Published September 28th 2010 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers (first published January 1st 2000)
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 Danielle The Book Huntress (Self-Proclaimed Book Ninja)
The fact that it took so long for me to finish listening to is in no way a reflection on the overall quality of this book. I had some issues with my CD player in my car, which is how I listen to audiobooks, and I started The Left Hand of God and wanted to finish that up first.

This is a book that I would say I liked, but did not love. The ideas in it were quite interesting. I love the concept of a place that is more than it seems, much like the TARDIS for Doctor Who fans. The Museum of Thieves i
Dec 03, 2013 Jan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I suppose every parent has sometimes wished they could wrap their little ones in bubble wrap so they will never get hurt, physically or emotionally. But what kind of people would we be if we had never been allowed to stand on our own? Slender trees, dense in a forest, develop shallow roots, and can easily be blown over in a high wind. But the oak standing alone in a meadow, bearing rain and winds year after year, develops deep roots and stands strong.

Lian Tanner envisions a world in which child
Oct 27, 2010 Bookyurt rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Confession – I’m a museum nerd. A full fledged, card carrying, Smithsonian loving, history geek. Pack a delightful fantasy adventure into a fantastical museum, and to me it’s like Christmas morning – add to that careful plotting and deft characterization and you have Museum of Thieves.

The world of Museum of Thieves is an original, fascinating place – as for the Museum itself, think Narnia, if Narnia had taken everything scary from its history and stuffed in into one place, where it all lives on,
Dec 03, 2013 Lauren rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-reviewed
SOOOOO GOOD! I know I could probably come up with a more savvy "hook" than that, but....THIS BOOK IS SOOOOO GOOD! Lian Tanner's Museum of Thieves blew me away. It is scary and dark and thrilling and inspiring and clever. But beyond being thoroughly entertaining, Museum of Thieves raises some very thought-provoking questions. It never ceases to amaze me how authors create elaborate fantasy worlds that on the surface seem to have nothing in common with ours, but soon are revealed to examine deep t ...more
Mike (the Paladin)
This book caught my interest very quickly. Opening as the story of the bold young girl who escapes the oppressive control of the Guardians. Unfortunately the book started losing my interest just as quickly.

It seems to me that the author had "a" good idea. The problem seems to have come in because she had a couple of "good ideas" that began clamoring to be the main idea of the book.

Are we telling a story of the young girl (and boy, lest we forget Toadspit) who want to rebel against the evil oppre
Dec 03, 2013 Andrea marked it as flipped-to-the-end  ·  review of another edition
A did not finish review.

Museum of Thieves is basically a pre-teen dystopian story, of a world which is surely the nightmare of most children, one where all children are so overprotected that they are kept chained (to their parents or Keepers). This apparently is to save them from child thieves, or plagues, or robbers, or any of dozens of dangers.

How being chained makes you safe from a plague isn't exactly clear.

I suspect many readers will like this story better than I did. I should definitely st
Being an adult, I don’t read much middle grade fiction (but I do love my YA) but when I saw the cover of this and then read the blurb I was hooked and reeled in. To me, a good story is a good story whether it is written for children or adults, and this was a very good story.

Museum of thieves was a thrilling fantasy with heart pumping action that would be enjoyed by both girls and boys. It is set in a world much like our own except that children are the most precious commodity and therefore alway
Lydia Presley
Hurray for fantastic, middle-grade level adventures! I think the last book I read that I enjoyed this much was Gregor the Overlander by Suzanne Collins. Lian Tanner has created a fantastic world in Museum of Thieves and provided middle-schoolers with a strong, female lead character (and a strong, male secondary character), no romance (none needed!), a mysterious building and a world that could be so real it's frightening!

Have you ever seen parents walking about with their children tied to them?
Mar 23, 2012 Thoraiya rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow, Lian. What a thrilling journey! Your museum is the coolest. If I'd had the opportunity to read this book in primary school, it would have become one of my instant favourites, and I would have wanted Broo to be my best friend, and I would have spent hours trying to think of nothing so that nobody could see me. 8-year-old-me would have tried hard to remeber what she had stolen in the duration of her short life to qualify her as a thief, and probably settled on the meringue crust from a lemon ...more
Dec 03, 2013 Doret rated it liked it
Goldie lives in the city of Jewel. The city has lived through disastrous times and now the people live in fear of everything. For their protection kids are raised and chained to a Blessed Guardian until they are 12 yrs old.

When the book opens 12 yr old Goldie is being punished on Separation Day. Goldie has spent much of her time with The Blessed Guardians in trouble, the last day is no different. Many of the kids are excited about separation day but they worry about everything from colds to kidn
Shannon Messenger
The Random House publicity people RAVED about this book when they gave me the ARC at Comic Con, and it was every bit as wonderful as the PR people claimed--and then some.

What's cool about this book--well, one of many things--is that it has a slight dystopian vibe going on. Goldie lives in a world where they literally keep their children in chains, trying to guard and protect them from every little thing--which of course just means they've created a society riddled with fear and unhappiness and c
Aug 15, 2011 Brenda rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Ever had one of those books where you feel like you jumped right into the middle of it and your slowly catching up? Well, this book was mine. The story begins in the city of Jewel with Goldie going to her separation ceremony. To protect the children of Jewel they are placed in guard chains until the age of sixteen. Unfortunately, Goldie's separation day was canceled this year. This does not sit well with her, so she runs away. Eventually, Goldie finds refugee in a Museum and is introduced to the ...more
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Museum of Thieves by Lian Tanner

All the wildness has been taken out of the city of Jewel. All citizens have been protected from disease, war, and bad weather from birth. Everyone must conform. Children are protected by their parents and the Blessed Guardians and are kept within safe distances with silver leashes. They don’t know how to run. Birds are metal clockwork figures and there are no dogs. Goldie is on the very verge of being separated ( having her leash removed), which would give her so
Dec 03, 2013 Nicole rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this juvenile fiction book of fantasy! There were several passages I marked to remember that I just loved the wording of:

"With each movement, with each sound, her skin prickeled.

But at the same time the blood surged through her veins and she had never felt so alive. I've been asleep! she thought. I've been asleep all my life, and now I'm waking up!" p. 80

"But there are some things, child, that you should steal. That you must steal, if you have enough love and courage in your hea
Museum Of Thieves
By Lian Tanner
Critique by Failenn Aselta
This book was about a trying to be utopian city called Jewel. The people of he city would put chains on the children until separation date when kids could take their chains off. Any one who did something wrong were put into the House of Representatives. The museum of dun was were all the animals were placed so no animals lived inside the city. Goldie a twelve-year-old child escapes the City and finds refuse in the museum of dunt where she
Caitlyn Gallot
Dec 03, 2013 Caitlyn Gallot rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read The Keepers because I had many good reviews bout the book, and one of my good friends had raved that it was an excellent book. So I decided to read the first book of the trilogy, "Museum of Theives" and I got really into it, it was really exciting and I couldn't put the book down!

This book comes under the category of "a book with themes related to those we've studied in class in the 2nd half of the year." It comes under this category as it is a dystopian text."
The book is basically about
Shanshad Whelan
Feb 27, 2011 Shanshad Whelan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, childrens, series
Not a bad read overall. It's the first in a series and has an appealing main character and some interesting secondary characters. I do enjoy the fact that Goldie is able to be strong and capable without turning into uber warrior woman or some such. I did feel that the world Goldie lives in was not fleshed out as well as I would have liked--it was hard to picture it in real detail and get a notion of what kind of time period it was, how people worked and schooled with the rules that were set up i ...more
Nov 16, 2015 Maddy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved this book so much!
Mar 10, 2016 CCB rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great story. Liked it !! I loved the characters :)
Mar 17, 2014 carrietracy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: childrens, dystopia
In Jewel, plague and war have been eliminated for the protection of the people. So have insects, dogs and anything that could possibly cause danger or harm. Children are chained to their parents, for their own protection of course.

Goldie cannot stand her lack of freedom. In a moment she manages the impossible: escape. Her bravery and wits will be tested, because things are changing in Jewel.

I loved the characters, I liked the world and I think the premise is incredibly thought provoking - what h
Pamela Huxtable
Nov 03, 2014 Pamela Huxtable rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, ya-fiction
This exciting adventure/fantasy takes to heart one of Diana Wynne Jones' rules about what makes a great fantasy story. Jones said the best choice an author can make is to imagine a world similar to our own, and then change one thing. What happens to that world if just one thing is different?

In our world parents have gone overboard about their children's safety, using antibacterial gel and wipes unnecessarily, and castigating a New York city mom for allowing her capable child to ride the subway a
The museum of thieves holds many interesting mysteries and adventures. At the beginning of the book the reader is brought into a story that is on the verge of change, between the guardians and the problem of child protection. The world seems to have a confusing twist on safety and I really enjoyed the attempts at freedom with the children as well as the caring parent characters. Something that seems to kill a book for me now and then is when all the adults seem to be a negative force to the chi ...more
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For the first 50 pages or so I was scratching my head, trying to figure out which genre this book belonged to. Was it fantasy? Sci-fi? Steampunk? Dystopian? Well, the answered turned out to be none of the above…and at the same time, all of the above. Museum of Thieves was one of those rare books that spice up the genre by creating its own—and by doing it well. Tanner does a nice job constructing Goldie’s world
Dec 03, 2013 Tamsen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very creative writing The author has a great imagination. This story has danger and action. It was a fun read. Pre teens would love it.
Goldie Roth has lived in Jewel all her life. Like every child in the city, she wears a silver guardchain and is forced to obey the dreaded Blessed Guardians. She has never done anything by herself and won’t be allowed out on the streets unchained until Separation Day.
When Separation Day is canceled, Goldie, who has always been both impatient and bold, runs away,
Samantha-Ellen Bound
First of all, I absolutely love that the story is centered around a museum. The Museum of Dunt has layers and layers to it, is stuffed with thousands of lost and forgotten things, has a will of its own and is dominated by an eerie, menacing presence. Tanner uses it to create a great sense of adventure and discovery. Goldie and Toadspit are proactive, clever protagonists and once the action picks up about halfway through, the story rollicks along at a nice pace.

It didn’t quite win me over, though
Aug 30, 2010 Angela rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: middle-grade
One of my Kid Critics raved about this one, so I decided to give it a go. First, here's what she had to say:

Title and Author: The Museum of Thieves by Lian Tanner
The Museum of Thieves is #10 now on my Top 20 books I love! This book is pretty long, but I can understand why. The plot is intriguing and it always makes me want to know what happens next. I couldn’t put this book down after the first 5 pages!
Name: Hope Age: 10

I ask her what her other Top 10 books were and she included several Rick Rio
Dec 03, 2013 BookKids rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: midgrade, fantasy
Goldie Ruth lives in Jewel, a place where fear has become so rampant that helicopter parenting is institutionalized. In this world people so fear that children will run off, get lost, be kidnapped, or some other dire disaster that the children are literally chained to an adult or to a surface at all times. When the book begins, Goldie has just reached the age where she will no longer have to wear a silver handcuff, a day that impatient Goldie has been awaiting her whole life. But just as her cuf ...more
Mogsy (MMOGC)
Museum of Thieves is a great middle-grade to young adult novel, but can most definitely be enjoyed by all. I suppose it would technically fit into the category of dystopian fantasy, but while reading it I sensed more of a "magical" and "fairy-tale-like" vibe coming off from it.

Do yourselves a favor: if you ever get the choice between reading the book or listening to the audio version, choose the latter. Back when I was still an audiobook noob, I could never understand what the big deal was. So
Mar 11, 2012 Susan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I saw this book in the store, and I literally did a double take. I mean, just look at that cover. Without even reading the summary on the back, I bought the book and started reading immediately.

And--fortunately--the story inside is just as good as the cover suggests.

My favorite part of this book has to be the world--and not just the crazy, ever-changing museum, but the dystopian city of Jewel as well. It's just got so much room for storytelling! And who wouldn't love a place where one can learn
Barb Middleton
Dec 03, 2013 Barb Middleton rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
All children in the city of Jewel are chained to a Blessed Guardian until their Separation Ceremony. This is for their own good and protection. On her way to the Separation Ceremony, 12-year-old Goldie, is in trouble again and is wearing the heavier, more cumbersome chains of punishment around her wrists for not obeying the Blessed Guardians. Goldie longs to be free and cannot wait for her chains to be cut, but while the ceremony is in process the man in charge of the Blessed Guardians, Fugelman ...more
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Lian Tanner has been dynamited while scuba diving and arrested while busking. She once spent a week in the jungles of Papua New Guinea, hunting for a Japanese soldier left over from the Second World War. She likes secrets, old bones, and animals that are not what they seem. Nowadays she lives by the beach in southern Tasmania with her cat, Harry-le-beau, who has his own blog at vampiremice.wordpre ...more
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“But there are some things, child, that you should steal. That you must steal, if you have enough love and courage in your heart. You must snatch freedom from the hands of the tyrant. You must spirit away innocent lives before they are destroyed. You must hide secret and sacred places.” 39 likes
“Don't try to push [fear] away,' he said. 'If you fight it, you make it stronger. You gotta great it politely, like an unwanted cousin. You can't make it leave you alone, but you can do what you have to do, in spite of it.” 19 likes
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