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Angel Thieves

3.85  ·  Rating details ·  33 ratings  ·  19 reviews
An ocelot. A slave. An angel thief.

Multiple perspectives spanning across time are united through themes of freedom, hope, and faith.

Sixteen-year-old Cade Curtis is an angel thief. After his mother’s family rejected him for being born out of wedlock, he and his dad moved to the apartment above a local antique shop. The only payment the owner Mrs. Walker requests: marble an
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published March 12th 2019 by Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books
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Jun 05, 2018 marked it as to-read
How interesting does this premise sound??!
Confusing, but intriguing.
Honestly, I'm here for the ocelot.
Sara (A Gingerly Review)
1.5 stars

I have zero idea what took place during this one because one POV voice was from *a river*
Ruthie Jones
Mar 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Angel Thieves is a striking depiction of familial devotion, the harsh cry for freedom, and tender new love. In this beautiful novel, the Buffalo Bayou in the Houston area is the watery thread that connects the seemingly disparate narratives throughout. As the stories unfold, they begin to gently flow and intertwine, even though they are separated by time, culture, and indescribable heartache.

At the core is the modern story of young Cade and his father, Paul, and Cade’s classmate, Soleil Broussar
Carol Royce Owen
Mar 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
OK, I will say from the start. I loved Angel Thieves, but it would take a lot for Kathi Appelt to top her incredible masterpieces, The Underneath and True Blue Scouts of Sugarman Swamp. Those two novels will never be replaced as some of my favorite children's novels. Angel Thieves is written with much of the same style as those books, part realistic fiction, part fantasy, part historical fiction, woven through with several stories and a myriad of narrators. One is of two sixteen year olds with c ...more
Jan 09, 2019 rated it liked it
I’m not sure how I feel about this one.

“Angel Thieves” tells multiple stories that are all weaved together through the bayou and a pink angel figurine with one hand open and another closed just begging all those who see her to wonder what it is she’s hiding.

This book has multiple point of views and tells their stories in a patchwork style that doesn’t go in chronological order but rather jumps through time as all of these characters find themselves looking for something be it a home, safety, l
Sandy Brehl
Spoiler alert near the end of this post:

Kathi Appelt is a master when it comes to writing complex novels with intricately woven strands and voices. I'm admittedly reluctant to read books in which animal(s) are endangered by the foolish, or selfish, or mindless, or cruel behaviors of humans. Enough danger emerges naturally in the world of animals, so entwining a suffering animal's plight into an already high-intensity story often feels unnecessary, to me.
Spoiler here: Appelt has done this with se
Mar 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I recieved a copy of Angel Thieves in return of an honest review...

This is my first Kathi Appelt book however, it most certainly wont be my last! She is ABSOLUTELY BRILLIANT! Angel Thieves is told from multiple point of views, Cade (an angel thief, Zorra the ocelet, Soleil Broussard (a preacher's daughter, Achsah(slave), and the Bayou, each with their own stories and minor characters, yet they are all intertwined in some fashion.

The story is not in chronological order, instead, the timelines ar
Mar 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
Appelt's first YA novel starts with a father and son who steal angels from cemeteries so they can be resold to the wealthy, but in true Appelt fashion, the story gets told from multiple perspectives including a slave in 1845, an ocelot, and the bayou itself. The chapters are very short, making it easy to slip back and forth between characters. Slowly tied all of the storylines together by the end, but not all of them have solid conclusions, much like life. The only thing that really makes this b ...more
Mar 01, 2019 rated it liked it
Angel Thieves is Kathi Appelt’s first foray into young adult novels. It encompasses three interwoven stories told non-chronologically, a bayou that holds more secrets than a confessional, “Angel Hunters,” and the plight of ocelots being poached for their skins in Texas. Appelt wraps it all up in stylistic prose that reads like a great storyteller spinning tales with cold lemonade, on the porch, in mid-July. As you continue reading my review you’ll notice there is a lot to like in this book.

Feb 21, 2019 rated it liked it
This was my first time hearing about Kathi Appelt, so I didn't know what to expect. But after finishing the ARC, I can conclude that this is a story I would recommend to anyone who's wondering if they should read it. The story is told through many perspectives, though at times they felt a bit long or uninteresting, it aided in creating a great story overall.
Mary Librarian
There were a lot of threads and voices narrating the story. Unfortunately, it became hard to follow and not all of the threads felt like they were tied off by the end of the story. From advance reader copy.
Feb 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
4.5 - I love Appelt's middle grade books, and this YA novel is no exception. I like the way we find out bits and pieces of characters--past and present, human and animal, and even the bayou has a voice--and slowly brings their stories together.
Liz Overberg
I read the ARC over the summer because I was assigned to review it for School Library Journal. I just re-read the published version because there were, according to the publisher, some significant changes. The only differences I really noticed were at the end of the novel. Things are left a little more open. Still a masterpiece, and a very quick read.
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Nov 22, 2018 marked it as to-read
Its a good bock, its very interesting.
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Feb 18, 2019 marked it as to-read
I've been waiting YEARS for another Kathi Appelt book.
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Two sons, both musicians.

Serves on the faculty at Vermont College of Fine Arts in the MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults Program.
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