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The Good Thieves

4.19  ·  Rating details ·  1,130 ratings  ·  215 reviews
“A dazzling tale of wild hope, lingering grief, admirable self-sufficiency, and intergenerational adoration.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“Vita tests her own limits, and readers will thrill at her cleverness, tenacity, and close escapes.” —Booklist
“A satisfying adventure.” —Kirkus Reviews

From award-winning author Katherine Rundell comes a fast-paced and utterly t
Hardcover, 272 pages
Published August 27th 2019 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
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Reading this book made me remember some of the middle grade adventure stories I consumed as a young kid, penned by authors such as Bruce Coville, Eva Ibbotson, and Roald Dahl. Even though it's clearly written for a young audience, the writing doesn't condescend and it has a great vocabulary, so it ends up being the type of story that virtually anyone can enjoy.

Vita is from impoverished nobility and all that remains of their lineage is th
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Disclaimer: An ARC was provided via Bloomsbury Indiain exchange for an honest review. The Thoughts, opinions & feelings expressed in the review are therefore, my own.

The Good Thieves is a wonderful and adventurous middle grade fiction set as part of the historical genre – so basically it had all the makings of what could end up being one of the most enjoyable books in recent times. (Spoiler Alert: It did!)

Told in the POV of Vita – the tone
Jun 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019
From time to time, I read a middle grade book and my book choice this time has been "The good thieves". This is my first book by Katherine Rundell and her writing is absolutely beautiful.

Vita's grandfather, Jack has been cheated by a gang and they have taken his home. Vita seeing his granddad sad and broken, wants to do something to make him happy again. With the help of 3 people, she plans to get his home back.

Vita is fierce, brave and strong. Her planning and aiming skills are amazing. She's
Max Lau  • Maxxesbooktopia
“The night city was swept by a premature winter. An ice snap froze the water in the pipes. Sleet washed down the city, swept the detritus of the mud and the old newspaper and the furious cats out from the murky alleyways into the main roads.”

First of all, I thought the writing style for both ‘The Wolf Wilder’ and ‘The Good Thieves’ were beautifully crafted. It seemed effortless for the author to string sentences together as the whole novel is filled with seamless prose and if you are looking for
Gayatri Saikia   | per_fictionist
Review : The good thieves by Katherine Rundell is a tale that emanates hope, determination, compassion and above all the message that nothing is impossible if you put your heart to it.

Vita our protagonist is one, amazing spirit who vows to bring back the lost smile of her grandfather after, his castle where he spent all his life and on which all his fond memories embed is snatched away by the evil Sorrotore, our ruthless villain. She builds her unusual and unconventional troupe with the likes of
Hastha Chand
Jul 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
Title: The Good Thieves
Author: Katherine Rundell
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Genre: Middle grade

The Good Thieves by Katherine Rundell is a middle-grade novel filled with action, adventure, fun, hope, friendship and all. The story takes off with our protagonist Vita Marlowe who was on her way from Liverpool to Newyork with her mother Julia to meet her grandfather Jack who had been cheated out of his ancestral home by a greedy Newyork millionaire Victor Sorrotore. On seeing the injustice done to her grand
May 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mg-fiction
I've always found Katherine Rundell's writing beautiful, but her upcoming MG book The Good Thieves hits a whole new level - it's just dazzlingly good! I love fierce, vibrant Vita (even when I cringed at some of her very believable decisions) and the band of friends she gathers for a perilous heist in 1930s New York, and I found their peril genuinely terrifying. The setting is rich and fun, and the plot is incredibly compulsive - it just rockets breathlessly along. I loved it all the way!
Camilla Chester
Jun 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I was lucky enough to meet Katherine Rundell and get a signed copy of this fabulous book when she was giving a talk about the importance of adults reading children's literature. Preaching to the converted with me, being a Children's Author myself, but a very good talk.
It was extra special for me to meet Katherine as in her role as a Competition Judge, she has twice picked my writing out of the masses.
Anyway, onto my thoughts: The Good Thieves.
In short, LOVED IT!
I have to admit that I've loved al
Oct 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
must a book be 'good'? is it not enough to have found families, bound together with love and loyalty despite their differences? and maybe even a heist?
Kadi P
Oct 10, 2020 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
I’m getting some real Carmen Sandiego vibes from this and that cover is beautiful😍 hoping to read this in November!
Aug 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Now THIS was a Katherine Rundell book. A fully real place, brilliantly shining characters and a desperate and twisting adventure of a plot make The Good Thieves another reason for Katherine Rundell being one of my favourite authors.

Rundell always has a clear picture of the place her story is set in–Africa, Paris, Russia, the Amazon, and now New York. As always, I could taste, smell, feel where the characters are and what they are doing. The coffee and the ketchup, the subway and the taxis, the r
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'Ark, you can't still be hungry?' said Samuel, upside down
'I believe you should keep eating until it comes out of your ears. Otherwise it's rude to the chef.' He already had a small piece of butter on his chin.

We've our protagonist, Vita, whose grandfather was swindled of his home by an evil con artist. She vows to recover her grandfather's prized possession: an emerald necklace, so they'll be able to hire a lawyer and get his home back.

Vita gets some help
Aug 29, 2019 rated it liked it
Katherine Rundell's books have magic in them. As Young-Girl-Adventure stories, they are on my top ten list. The Wolf Wilder and Rooftoppers are utterly enchanting - so why did this one fall flat? Perhaps Rundell's fascination with climbing roofs and jumping out of windows is wearing a bit thin? No, I think she has all the disparate bits she needs to stitch her story, but she's left some sloppy threads. What's the significance of the cat tattoos? Ditto the ring stolen by the villain and then by t ...more
Jul 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: middle-grade
This is up there with Rooftoppers - my most favourite Katherine Rundell book. It is also definitely one of my top five MG reads of the year so far. I love the setting and the characters and the adventure. And the incisive diamond sharp polished prose.
Catherine Doyle
Apr 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely adored this.
Nivedita Dhar
Jul 30, 2019 rated it really liked it

Wow I guess this month was really good for me. I have finished the month with another beautiful book from a middle-grade genre. The story is basically a treasure hunt for a lion's eyes sized emerald necklace. Protagonist Vita Marlowe, new in New York came with her mother Julia to return her grandfather Jack Marlowe to London. He was cheated by a New York based mafia Victor Sorrotore. He befooled him & took away his ancestral Hudson castle. So now Vita has destined herself to return that castle t
Aug 21, 2019 added it
Shelves: 2019, middle-grade
THE GOOD THIEVES is kind of like THE THIEF LORD meets THE CHILDREN OF GREEN KNOWE meets HARRIET THE SPY (trust me, it works). That is to say, it feels like a classic--the characters are sparkling with life, the setting is a faintly magical 1920s New York City, and Vita's spitfire energy and fierce love for her grandfather radiates off the page. In the words of Grandpa: "What a miraculous, unthinkable, un-sensible thing."
Oct 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
It's almost a bit sad that I finished this book in two sittings, because it was (as Rundell's books always are) heartwarming, funny and full of unique characters in a perfect setting!
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Actual rating: 4.5 Sparkly stars

I love reading middle-grade fiction once in a while and the books like The Good Thieves make that experience even richer. This was my first book by Katherine Rundell and surely it won’t be the last. I loved her writing and storytelling. I was instantly interested in the story from the first page to the last. It was, as if, I was watching a movie. It had nice story build-up, good action scenes, a group of determined and dre
Sarah Alabdulkarim
Plz read u won't regret that
It was ok..
Trishita Das
Jun 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
Story of the book- 
" I don't want to do what I'm told! I want to fight. I'm going to fight!" - Vita Marlowe

The main protagonist of the book is young, sweet and brave Vita Marlowe. The book starts with the journey and arrival of Vita and her mother Julia to New York to take her grandfather back with them. He was a very old man, all alone trying to survive in that city. Vita's mother was a very determined woman and started to work her ways out to clear all the documents so that her father could go
May 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The Good Thieves is everything you want from a Middle Grade novel. There's plenty of adventure, lots of fun, and more importantly, a touch of magic. The book moves along at a lightning pace, which kept me turning pages late into the night.

Vita had the most amazing spirit, fiercely loyal to her family, and not at all slowed down by her malformed foot. The band of friends she assembles barely stand her shadow, each one wonderfully unique, and with their own special touches. The two boys stood out
Krishne Tanneerbavi
Jul 06, 2019 rated it liked it
Vita set her jaw and nodded at New York City in greeting, as a boxer greets an opponent before a fight.
I love reading a middle grade book from time to time.

I love the concept of stealing back what is ours or stealing from thieves! The story revolves around Vita and her friends who have decided to steal back her late grandmother’s precious jewellery. ‘Justice’, Grandpa (Vita’s Grandpa Jack Welles) wrote in his letter ,’seems to be only for those who can afford it’.
I loved the plot of the story b
hallie bertling
Nov 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
i might caveat my subjective rating to 4.5 stars? 😅🤷🏽‍♀️

here's what i loved about this book:
a diverse cast of young characters each with special talents essential to the team to pull off a heist.
old new york.
ms. rundell's writing style.

what i struggled with in this book was that these kids were literally going up against gangsters during the prohibition. the danger was real. they were threatened, followed, chased, and their homes searched and rifled through. the bad guys had guns. the kids were
Bookishbong  Moumita
Jul 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
First of of This is one of the most beautiful ARC I have received . It is my first Katherine Rundle book.

The protagonist ,Vita is a charming young girl and full of life. She is no doubt a brave girl. Her grandfather was cheated and lost his home . Our strong protagonist planned to help her grandfather with her friends.

In our high school or middle school we more or less have particular gangs towards whom we were dedicated . Vita's gang reminded me of my high school days .

There is also a Villain
Nov 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
Really fun book about a young girl avenging a wrong done her grandfather. Vita and her mother journey by ship from England to NYC (during Prohibition), after learning that Vita's grandfather has been swindled out of his home - a castle in New York, no less - by a devious mobster. After bravely confronting the thief at a soiree at his home in the famous Dakota building, Vita begins to understand what she's up against. Despite the danger, she pulls together a "band" of children to help her retriev ...more
Jun 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
A DRC was provided by Edelweiss in exchange for a fair and honest review.

Rundell is hugely popular in Britain, a thirty two year old academic with four terrific children's books already published, and now this one, her fastest and most twisty read yet. Will it hopefully break her into the top tier of children's authors in the States? The Good Thieves is unputdownable, meant to be read in one delicious gulp and then reread, savouring all the clues and beautiful sentences that Rundell has seamless
Emily Forsyth
Dec 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Ugh this book was so good

Sometimes you just really need to read a wonderful middle grade book about a disabled knife thrower who loves her grandpa so much that she assembles a team of other kids, including a girl who picks pockets and two boys from the circus, to break into a castle and steal back an emerald for him.

This book was so charming and adorable. It was all about family love and finding your place in the world and I LOVED IT. Sometimes it’s hard to know if I’m going to like a middle gr
Aug 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Makes me want to run away from home and join the circus. Vita is truly a heroine with grit and reminds me of Ada in "The War That Saved My Life." In order to help her grandfather get back his castle on the Hudson she puts together an amazing team of kids with unique skills. The task before them is daunting, but they become a troupe in the effort to overcome all obstacles. Love the setting of this historical novel in Prohibition-era New York City featuring John Dillinger and a famous circus perfo ...more
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Katherine Rundell was born in 1987 and grew up in Africa and Europe. In 2008 she was elected a Fellow of All Souls College, Oxford. Her first book, The Girl Savage, was born of her love of Zimbabwe and her own childhood there; her second, Rooftoppers, was inspired by summers working in Paris and by night-time trespassing on the rooftops of All Souls. She is currently working on her doctorate along ...more

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