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The Orphan and the Thief

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Paperback, 284 pages
Published January 3rd 2014 by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (first published December 11th 2013)
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Tara Dawn (Colourful WordWench)
* I received this book for my child in exchange for an honest review. *

These are the words of my 12 yr old son:

This book was about a thief who broke into a mans house to steal a statue made of emeralds and shaped like a dragon. This guy was named Mr. Owl, who in my opinion was a jerk. The thief tried to steal the ingredients from a shop. The orphan worked at the shop. None of the ingredients were there, but the thief lied to the orphan and said he was getting paid to find them. So they teamed up
Diantha Jones
Feb 19, 2014 rated it really liked it
Originally posted at DJ's Book Corner

I'm pretty sure the itty-bitty dragon on the cover is what attracted me to this book. If you don't know by now, I adore dragons and the dragon in this book was about as adorable as dragons come! Add on the great lead characters and the magical adventures, and you have a really great book!

Let's start with the characters. Toad was the "thief" in the book and my favorite from the very beginning. His ignorance (and denials) were just too cute. He was spunky and s
Michelle {Book Hangovers}
Jan 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: all ages
Shelves: fantasy, favorites
Wow! Now this is my kind of story! When I go searching for a book down the aisles of a bookstore or library, this is the type of story I hope to find. With lovable and odd characters and an adventurous story-line, this tale has all the qualifications for being an extraordinary classic.
Come journey along side Toad, a thief, and Melena, an orphan, their sidekicks Hazel the tiny spit fire dragon and Ol' Joe, a cheeky talking beer mug. Trust me, it's an enchanting ride, facing magical and thrilling
M.L. LeGette
May 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
I am so excited to announce that I will now be posting my fiction online in chapter by chapter installments! Find me as mlegette. Expect a new chapter every Sunday on Royal Road Legends, FictionPress, and Wattpad.

Thank you everyone for the love and support.

Feb 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
Talk about a jolly good adventure. I loved that while this is a good clean young readers book, LeGette doesn't shy away from how evil some people can be. The threat Owl presents isn't some silliness to be laughed off, but a real villain that would strike fear into any other supposed bad guy, such as the Ramblers. But Owl is just the beginning, the real story is the growth that Toad goes through. He goes from being a boy that just wants to impress the Ramblers on what a good thief he is, to being ...more
Karen Dowdall
Dec 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
M.L. Legette conjures up a captivating magical tale in The Orphan and the Thief. I loved this story and I could not put my Kindle down until I finished the last page. I hope there is a sequel. It is a beautifully told and written story. I fell in love with the characters, especially little Hazel, the Spit-Fire tiny dragon. Each charming character created by the author is so brilliantly drawn that each one captures the imagination and draws the reader in from start to finish. This charming story ...more
Mar 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Oh my goodness! I loved this book! I know that it's mostly geared towards middle-grade children but even adults would enjoy this story. I was completely entertained and captivated by this book.

The story itself was quite fun. Here we had two kids, Malena and Toad. Malena was an orphan who was looking for her brother and Toad was a thief who was terrible at his job. These two encountered each other and joined together to seek mythical items for a potion. Along the way, Malena and Toad came across
Mar 21, 2014 rated it really liked it
I read The Tale of Mally Biddle by M.L. Legette last year and loved it so I was excited to see that she had a new book out!

This is another hit for me! Toad is tough and says whatever he needs to in any given situation, which gets him in trouble sometimes. He's devastated when he gets tossed out of the Ramblers, his band of thieves, and wants to prove he belongs with them. He only knows the life of a thief so has no problem lying to Melena to get her to help him. The ingredients they need to find
Mary Kyle
Mar 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Young Toad might be excellent of snatching a meal when he is hungry but he has been the downfall of several thefts when he is finally thrown our of his beloved Ramblers, a gang of thieves.

Melena Snead, raised in an orphanage and adopted out to be a servant in an apothecary shop, just wants to restore what she can of the family she lost in a house fire when she was only 3 years old.

Fortune puts this unlikely pair on an adventure to track down ingredients for an obscure potion. With a talking be
Rosie Amber
Feb 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing
The Orphan and The Thief is a YA fantasy tale which was a delightful read even as an adult. Toad is a thief and a member of the Ramblers, a notorious gang. Forced to part ways with the gang, Toad is determined to prove himself, landing in a sticky situation he manages to get a very important job for the sinister Mr Owl.

Melena is an orphan who works for an apothecary, she is quick to study potion making, but her whole life surrounds her need to find her long lost brother Milo. Toad and Melena bec
Flora Smith
I received a free copy of this book for an honest review.

Wow!! What an adventure!

Set in a world full of magic and fantastical creatures, Toad is a thief that has landed in a bit of trouble. He barters his way out of it by offering to gather ingredients for Mr. Owl thinking he can steal them from an apothecary. Only to find out that they are almost impossible to acquire. He happens upon Melena who is an orphan looking for a better life and through lies gets her to help him on this quest.

Along the
Mar 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing
We are definitely 'bookworms' in our house and the children have an unending appetite for good books, so it was a pleasure to come across this beautifully written and imaginative tale by M L LeGette. Quite magical it paints a vivid picture for young readers with its extraordinary tale of magical creatures and faraway places. Certainly a book to be treasured!
Feb 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely wonderful children's book. Engaging and beautifully written with the stamp of a marvelous imagination all over it. What more can I say except read it to your children and they will thank you for it.
Borrowed from NetGalley for an honest review.

I absolutely adored this. I thought it was well written, funny and exciting. The author did a very good job of weaving a magical adventure and creating such wonderful characters.
Feb 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing
The Orphan and the Thief is an exquisite little read that will whisk any child away to a magical land. Beautifully written which many memorable characters it has 'classic' stamp all over it. What more can I say but excellent.
Conan Tigard
Dec 30, 2015 rated it really liked it
The Orphan and the Thief is a fun, young reader, fantasy that finds two youths on a quest. While one has taken on the quest so that he can stay alive, the other joins with the intention of earning money to find her missing brother, Milo. Little does Melena know that Toad has lied to her and there will be no money to be earned, even if they are successful. Both Toad and Melena end up finding themselves in multiple situations were their lives are in peril. Will they be able to track down the five ...more
Воришка-неудачник, девчушка-сиротинушка, огнедышащий дракон размером с кота, говорящая пивная кружка и квест по поиску редчайших и бесценных ингредиентов для зелья. Если кто-то и думал, что у этих ребят ничего не выйдет, то это точно не я. И да, повторяю: ГОВОРЯЩАЯ ПИВНАЯ КРУЖКА.

Впервые со времен знакомства с Северусом Снейпом я оказалась поглощена зельеварением. Во вселенной The Orphan and the Thief зельям уделяется неприлично много пространства, главная героиня Мелена так вообще мастер-самоучк
Eric Buffington
Feb 05, 2014 rated it really liked it
The Orphan and the Thief is a charming adventure tale of, as you might guess, an orphan and a thief. The orphan girl, Melena, is a responsible, hard-working young woman she is trying to save up money so she can hire a private detective to find her lost brother. The thief, Toad, is a street-smart thief, who is kicked out of a street gang and forced to work on his own.

These two polar opposites team up to go on an adventure to find some rare ingredients for an unknown potion for a man named Owl. Fr
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The Orphan and the Thief is a quest type book written for middle school kids who like anti-heroes and adventuring. The story features standard european myth fare: rocs, trolls, unicorns, witches, magic portions. And if I'm being honest, the characters are also very typical: weepy, overemotional, uptight girl and thoughtless, aggressive, boastful boy. Neither characters were very interesting and the plot did drag for me, especially in the beginning.

Plot: Melena is an orphan working for very ungra
**Thank you M. L. LeGette and Netgalley for providing this in exchange for an honest review**

1.5 Stars

Toad is a thief. Unfortunately, he isn't a very good one. After botching multiple jobs, he is kicked out of his gang. Determined to prove himself, he breaks into the house of Mr. Owl. He is once again caught. Mr. Owl makes a deal with him. If Toad can collect a few items Mr. Owl needs, he'll let Toad live.

Melena is an orphan. She lost her parents in a fire seven years ago when their house burned
Jun 08, 2014 rated it really liked it
Toad is a thief although not a very good one. He is cocky and overconfident. After he is thrown out of the Ramblers because of his incompetence, he decides to offer his services to Mr Owl, a very dangerous proposition indeed. Owl offers to let Toad keep on living in return for some ingredients to make a very special potion.

Toad figures this should be simple enough, just rob a potions shop. In his usual bungling way, he manages to wake up Melena, an orphan and apprentice apothecary. She is tryin
MaryAnn Dennis
Mar 06, 2014 rated it really liked it
What did I like about this book?

The characters are well developed and I learned something from each of them. Toad and Melena are likeable kids who share a huge adventure for different reasons. The story is split between each of their points of view.

I enjoyed Izzie, Agatha and Joe. I think there is a lot more to learn from and about Izzie, if the author decides to write a sequel. I like the underlying theme of the book which is (for me, at least) that characters come into our lives at different t
Jemima Pett
Jan 12, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy, middle-grade
This is a fascinating tale of a girl and boy who engage on a quest together, each thinking that the other needs their help.

I read the first section of this book with enjoyment, but was surprised when I stopped that I seemed to have read so little. I don’t know whether the book is longer than usual, but it was a struggle to get through the first half. There didn’t seem to be any reason for this; the book is well-written, the characters should be engaging, as they are lively and personable. The fa
Feb 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Charming cover for an even more charming book.
I received an digital version of this book during a giveaway by the author on her blog and while both the plot and the reviews were promising and I was indeed quite curious to read it myself I wasn't 100% sure I would have liked it.
I tend to appreciate books aimed at younger readers but they sometimes fail to keep my attention focused on what's happening. This book didn't fail. The main characters were engaging, believable and likeable. The plot flow
Jan 31, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
Received for an honest review.
This was a fun read! There was so much heart and adventure! There were so many aspects of this story that felt like a life lesson and yet it was filled with so much fun and great characters. As I was reading this story I kept thinking how great this would be for young adults. There were aspects that were very fairy-tale like and other parts that were very real and reflected the realities of life.

Toad and Melena made a great team. They were perfect opposites and per
May 20, 2014 rated it liked it

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Misha Estrada
Mar 20, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kids, fantasy
This is a great book for kids. I liked the themes of family and friendship. Lots of adventure and magic.
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“In the light from the rising moon, a miniature statue shimmered on a pedestal: a statue of a dragon, carved from an enormous emerald. He nearly tripped over his own feet in his haste to reach it. He stretched out his hands. His mouth went dry. A dazzling light flooded the room as a door swung open. Toad froze. His stomach dropped through the floor. His arms were still raised, inches from the statue, but his eyes were transfixed upon the giant figure standing in the doorway.” 0 likes
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