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Tower of Treasure (Three Thieves #1)

3.93  ·  Rating Details ·  1,163 Ratings  ·  119 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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Apr 15, 2015 Susan rated it really liked it
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 Rose
Nov 03, 2014 Madeline Rose rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, fantasy
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.
Sep 18, 2010 Betsy rated it really liked it
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.
Dec 31, 2012 Jenna rated it it was ok
I liked the Captain character but it felt like the art was rather lazy in some scenes (e.g. duplication scenes with different speech bubbles for no reason). I do want to read more though.
Royal intrigue, mysterious inventors, betrayal and friendship in a fantasy setting? This book, I like it.

Good plot-line, interesting characters, and colourful art - quite excellent, in fact. Great graphic novel for kids especially, and adults too.
Dec 10, 2016 Jen rated it really liked it
Dessa is a tightrope walker in a medieval setting, traveling with the circus to find her twin brother. The circus, though, is filled with a variety of thieves who involve Dessa in various forms of deceit and danger. The brief pages convey more emotion and character than many of the full length novels I have read recently, and though it feels like a complete story, it ends with a cliffhanger that most definitely leaves me ready to pick up the next book in the series.
Myles Wolfe
This was a fun beginning to a longer story. Three people with varying talents attempt to rob a monarch. It's got funny and tense moments. The drawing is toonish but it did not detract from the narrative for me. The characters are interesting and have obvious differences making their conversations amusing and funny at times. A really enjoyable start to a series. This would be fine for kids ages 9-12.
Matthew Hunter
Everything about this book appealed to our 3- and 6-year olds. The cliffhanger ending elicited an "Ooooooooo!" response from the youngsters, as did Dessa's skills as a high wire circus performer. Topper and Fisk make for great sidekicks, and the final fight scene between Dessa and a host of castle guards made for a fun, somewhat theatrical reading experience. Overall, text and illustrations work together nicely to tell a swashbuckling tale. The entire family loved it!
Christina Potter Bieloh
Dec 27, 2016 Christina Potter Bieloh rated it it was amazing
Great juvenile graphic novel. It's an exciting fun read that has Davey hooked. I'm always looking for something that will engage him enough to choose reading over other activities. This book did it! Fortunately there are 7 in the series and he's reading the second now. I enjoyed it a lot too!
Holly Angus
Dec 23, 2016 Holly Angus rated it liked it
this was super cute!! good to add on to get to 100 books for my goodreads goal!!
Amanda Walz
Oct 04, 2016 Amanda Walz rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novel
This is a good adventure story that is an interesting beginning to a series. It introduces the main character plus her two side kicks. It also leaves just enough mystery that you have to continue reading to find out what happens next, and where does their adventure take them? And do the find the bad guy?
Ashley Salisbury
Dec 28, 2016 Ashley Salisbury rated it it was amazing
Wowzers!! Another great graphic novel.
Dec 27, 2016 Susan rated it really liked it
A solid trilogy of fun, mystery, strange creatures, and medieval-tinged adventure for kids. Mine loved it, and so did I!
Nicola Mansfield
Oct 31, 2010 Nicola Mansfield rated it liked it
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
Lori Redman
Sep 13, 2012 Lori Redman rated it really liked it
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
Conan Tigard
Nov 13, 2015 Conan Tigard rated it really liked it
Tower of Treasure is a fun fantasy, adventure book filled with interesting characters and tense situations. I found that I quite enjoyed this graphic novel and wanted to read more once I finished the book. I really liked all three of the main characters, although I am not quite sure what a two-headed ettin is, and was really hoping that they could successfully steal some money from that nasty old queen. Boy, is she ever a piece of work.

The pace of the story is quick and the storyline had quite a
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
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
Aug 21, 2011 Arianna rated it liked it
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
Jan 21, 2013 Rebecca rated it really liked it
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
Dani 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
Jun 28, 2013 Kaycee rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Nov 14, 2015 Sally rated it really liked it
Chantler's website describes Three Thieves as "a series of all-ages fantasy adventure graphic novels." I know that because as soon as I finished the fifth book, Pirates of the Silver Coast, I immediately started investigating when the sixth book would be available. (Spring, 2016) My family can enthusiastically get behind the "all ages" claim. The preschooler who can't read the words but follows the story through its pictures, the second grader who is a voracious bookworm, the dad who is a devote ...more
Destinee Sutton
Jul 01, 2011 Destinee Sutton rated it really liked it
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
Apr 02, 2015 Jacob rated it it was amazing
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.

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
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
Mar 29, 2013 charlotte rated it liked it
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
Miss Pippi the Librarian
Jun 18, 2012 Miss Pippi the Librarian rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novel
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
Travis Mueller
Jul 25, 2015 Travis Mueller rated it really liked it
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
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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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Three Thieves (7 books)
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