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Tower of Treasure (Three Thieves #1)

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3.9 of 5 stars 3.90  ·  rating details  ·  794 ratings  ·  92 reviews
As an acrobat in a traveling circus, 14-year-old orphan Dessa Redd flies through the air with ease. Still, she is weighed down by troubling memories. But when her ragtag circus troupe pulls into the city of Kingsbridge, Dessa feels a tickle of hope. Maybe here in the royal city she will finally find her twin brother--or the mysterious man who snatched him away when they we ...more
Hardcover, 112 pages
Published August 1st 2010 by Kids Can Press
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Susan
Big hit with the 6 and 8 year old, who are eagerly waiting for me to pick up the next two volumes for them. Edited to add that the entire series as been very popular with the 6, 8, 11, and even the 15 year old.
Madeline
This was awesome!
I really felt dragged into the story and I couldn't escape.
My only problem is it was to short! I want more.
Sylvester
Good plot-line, interesting characters, and colourful art - quite excellent, in fact. Great graphic novel for kids especially, and adults too.
Betsy
One Sentence Review: This was awesome, so my sole objection is that it didn't tie up any loose ends and instead leaves the reader on edge by the end.
Arianna
The first book in the Three Thieves series, Dessa's mother was killed and a stranger took her twin brother away when she was just a small child. Now 14, Dessa is an acrobat in a traveling circus, still hoping one day to find her brother. In the city of Kingsbridge, after a bungled treasure heist from the Queens own treasury with her friends Topper, a goblin like creature and Fisk a one-headed Ettin (they usually have two), Dessa comes face-to-face with the man who took her brother. Unfortunately ...more
Nicola Mansfield
Reason for Reading: This is a Cybils '10 nominee and required reading for me as a graphic novels panelist.

This is a cute adventure story filled with excitement and derring-do. Dessa Redd is an acrobat in a traveling circus but she has a past she vividly remembers. As a little child her mother and father disappeared while she and her brother hid under the house, when all of a sudden one of the king's guards broke through the floors and scooped up her little brother exclaiming he'd found him. Orph
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Rebecca
When fatherless Dessa was a child, guards came and burned their house, killing her mother, and kidnapping her twin brother. Now she is an acrobat in a travelling circus, always trying to find out what happened to her brother. When the circus arrives at the capital city of Kingsbridge, Dessa discovers that some of her unusual compatriots--there are more races than humans in her world--intend to rob the queen's treasury, Dessa reluctantly joins in. Of course things don't go as planned, but what De ...more
Nick
Good, but a little confusing, as this graphic novel introduces a vast array of subplots without actually resolving any of them. I sincerely hope these subplots are all an ongoing part of what will be a series. Also, I found the queen to be a little too grotesquely cartoonish compared to the rest of the story.
One touch that I loved was that one of the characters in the carnival freak show was a "one-headed Ettin". Ettins are giants who normally have more than one head, so a one-headed one was unu
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Lori Redman
Ah, finally another graphic novel that I enjoyed. I was beginning to think there weren't any left!

I was NOT impressed by "Tower of Treasure"'s cover, and when Linda recommended it, I put it off to the side. But I'm really glad I picked it up. Although it's the start of a series, it's a good start to a solid series.

It plays a LOT like Aladdin- except with a young woman. A young woman who has been wronged by a mysterious man (he kidnapped her twin brother and killed their mother) is part of a trav
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Wandering Librarians
The first book in the Three Thieves series, Dessa's mother was killed and a stranger took her twin brother away when she was just a small child. Now 14, Dessa is an acrobat in a traveling circus, still hoping one day to find her brother. In the city of Kingsbridge, after a bungled treasure heist from the Queens own treasury with her friends Topper, a goblin like creature and Fisk a one-headed Ettin (they usually have two), Dessa comes face-to-face with the man who took her brother. Unfortunately ...more
Andy Shuping
brief notes:

While the concept behind the story is interesting--a missing twin brother and an inept queen of the land, it felt like the pacing of the story wasn't consistent. Part of the problem I had was that there wasn't the slow building twist to the drama or even just having the drama present from the beginning, instead it just suddenly appeared when they were captured and the adviser to the queen knew who they were and then just vanished as quickly again.

There were also to many disjointed p
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Turrean
Most enjoyable! A grand, swashbuckling adventure filled with mystery. Love the way Chantler shows how Dessa is haunted by the events of her past. The illustration style, strong female character, the traveling show, and--yes--the bearded lady actually put me in mind of "Castle Waiting" a bit.

I love a really well-done graphic novel! I took off one star because the action stops so abruptly. Thank goodness the library has the next three books.
Destinee Sutton
This is a really promising beginning to what I hope will be a long series. Things I love about this book:

1. One of the characters is a "one-headed ettin." What is an ettin? I don't even know, but apparently they usually have more than one head.

2. The action sequences are very well drawn and compelling. You know, as someone who never read a lot of comic books growing up, I often scan the wordless panels too fast, but this one really drew me in through the wordless action stuff.

3. A kind of wry
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Annie Oosterwyk
This is a fantastic adventure series with a strong female main character who is both brainy and able to climb castle walls and fall with grace. She is accompanied by two misfits who have their moments as well.
She is driven by the search for her twin brother and her foe is the man who kidnapped her twin and is the advisor to the evil queen.
The art is clear and text easy to follow with much humorous banter.
Kaycee
Haunted by memories of her past Dessa has hit the road as an acrobat in a traveling circus. But unfortunately some of the circus members are a bit unscrupulous and a plot to rob from the queen lands Dessa in a bit of trouble. What has her even more troubled is running into the man she saw on the night her mother was murdered and her twin brother kidnapped. This fantasy action adventure is fun right from the very beginning. The story is engaging and the pictures are cartoonish but fit well with t ...more
Jacob
Public library copy.

My library carries volume 1 and 3 of this series.
I've enjoyed all the works I've come across by Scott Chantler (usually Oni related titles) and this was no exception. I enjoyed this book so much I'd buy the entire series in volume chapters or when a format collects all the volumes together.

4-2-15
I have acquired 5 volumes through Amazon and reread volume 1, to me, this is comics at its finest. I'd have supported my (LCS) local comic shop, but I rarely go anymore due to lack of
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Spencer
Oh my heck. I randomly picked this up from the library, and I can say that I'm hooked. In terms of graphic novels I've read, this one held my attention. The characters of Dessa, Topper, and Fisk are so fun, and have such a great dynamic. Even though it's only 112 pages and I finished them it in about an hour, they are an amazing 112 pages. Highly recommend it.
Angela
Audience: This book is primarily for grades 3-5. This is an action packed book that is filled with fantasy and adventure that children this age are in to. This book is also a part of a series that the children can keep reading.

Appeal: This book is appealing because the title and cover makes you think that this book is about a fairytale. It looks as if there is a bad guy, a good guy, and a tower of treasure that they may be fighting over. Also, the scenes throughout the book come to life making
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John
yet another graphic novel that demonstrates to me how Canadian writer/artists are moving comics forward while still referencing older and contemporary works. Clever dialogue, a mysterious plot, great use of pacing and expression, and easy to follow action scenes--something of a rarity in my experience with adventure/super hero comics.
Ana
This was a great start to a series that has the potential to really take off.
While reading this I found myself laughing along with this and sitting on the edge of my seat when they were in trouble. And of course falling in love with Captain Drake’s one good eye! Which, of course is not something I would normally do.
Mrs.Melaugh Melaugh
Exciting beginning to a new graphic novel series set in medieval times in a world which mostly resembles ours. Among the adventure elements are separated twins, kidnapping, treasure maps, horseback chases... My only complaint -- it's over too soon. Can't wait to see what waits in the next installment.
Lisa
This graphic novel or comic book is a great use if time. You can read the whole book before you know it. This great book is realistic and funny. It has acrobats, mythical creatures ,and a killer. I like this book , not only because I like comics, but because it's not boring. It was written carefully to make sure you know where to read. This is a realistic fiction novel. This was very easy to read. It was because the writer write this book in an order to were you know were to read. This is an am ...more
charlotte
This feels partly like a medieval fantasy epic and partly like a Johnny Quest episode. In genre-medieval-city, a young female acrobat wonders if she'll ever find out what happened to her twin brother, while the goblin-like scoundrel of her circus troupe plans to rob the tyrannical queen. The dim-witted but sweet, ogre-like strong man is drawn into the plot, as well, which involves booby traps, chases, a near hanging, and a mysterious villain. All in all, it's a fun read that doesn't delve too de ...more
Brenda Lower
This was a great beginning to a series of graphic novels. It sets the scene, gives you an idea of the characteristics of the main characters, and creates great conflicts on several levels. Lots of great potential for the further books.

Tower of Treasure would be a good book for boys or girls. Lots of action and adventure, without there being tons of violence. I would recommend starting around 4th grade to around 6th grade.

Overall, fun storyline, adventure and action, interesting characters on all
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Tracey Melcher
Dessa Redd, a 14-year-old orphan and acrobat in a traveling circus, is searching the country for her lost twin brother. When the circus arrives at the royal city, Topper the juggler recruits and Dessa and Fisk the strongman to help him steal the queen’s treasure. Unfortunately, things don’t go as planned, and Dessa and her friends are captured by the royal guard. Dessa must use her amazing acrobatic abilities to escape and continue the search for her brother. Chantler’s fast-paced story and bold ...more
Becky
A good solid graphic novel for kids. The only problem is that this book is the first in a series and leaves a lot unanswered. I need to read more to get a real taste of the series. I love that the protagonist of this action comic is a girl!
Travis Mueller
Actually read this a few years ago, but read it again recently to get caught up to read the newer volumes that I just found in my library system. It is an enjoyable little book which doesn't feature too many anachronisms. Also, while a kids book it deals with things fairly realistically. I just hope there is an end planned and soon to arrive since I hate when good stories stretch on too long. Also, I hate the emphasis that Fisk is a "one-headed" ettin, since ettins as two-headed giants is largel ...more
Reader
T already recommended this one, so I'll just say that I agree and repost his review from last month here. It now has two thumbs way way up. B

Tower of Treasure will be one I remember. Well-paced, entertaining, and nice to look at, Scott Chantler’s graphic novel is a solid start to an adventure story that will appeal to both boys and girls. Dessa is an acrobat in a traveling circus full of colorful characters. When they arrive in the Royal City of Kingsbridge we learn that Dessa’s brother was abd
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Miss Pippi the Librarian
Dessa is a traveling acrobat who is on the lookout for her twin brother. He was taken years ago and it's her mission to be reunited with her family. She mistakes a stranger for the kidnapper and ruins the traveling circus show. The boss sends her out to find food and money to make up for the lost of profit. Her co-workers help her out, but also land everyone into more trouble.

Chantler doesn't fill the pages with needless conversation or sound effects. He lets the art speak for itself. His series
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Brian
3.5 stars. Fun adventure with some good morality discussion starters. Doesn't wrap up any loose ends, though; you pretty much have to read the next book (and the next?).
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Scott Chantler is the acclaimed cartoonist of the graphic novels TWO GENERALS (which was long-listed for CBC’s CANADA READS: TRUE STORIES, named one of Chapters-Indigo’s Best Books of 2010, and selected for BEST AMERICAN COMICS 2012), NORTHWEST PASSAGE (which was nominated for Eisner, Harvey, Shuster, and Doug Wright Awards), and the THREE THIEVES series (the first book of which, TOWER OF TREASURE ...more
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