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She Thief

3.36  ·  Rating details ·  110 ratings  ·  30 reviews
The girl, Baz, and the boy, Demi, are master pickpockets. They weave through rich neighborhoods to slip bags off shoulders and wallets out of pockets before disappearing into the crowd. Their loot goes to Fay, who runs a gang of child thieves from her den in the Barrio. This sweltering slum—in a city that is imagined, but all too real—is what passes for home to the kids, a ...more
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published April 13th 2010 by Feiwel & Friends (first published April 7th 2010)
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Jul 12, 2010 rated it liked it
While this book took me a little while to get through, and while it was pretty slow to get started, it had its moments that left me not wanting to put it down. There were moments where the fate of the kids was literally hanging in the balance and I wanted to find out what happened to them. There were also times where I wanted to say 'get the hell on with it.'

I think one of the reasons I found it so hard to really connect with any of the characters and the plot was the dialect the story is writte
Aug 12, 2010 rated it it was ok
Mostly a coming-of-age story -- and one of betrayal. Not highly recommended -- by the time I was half-way through I was saying to myself, "Hurry up! Lets get this over with!" Also, this book is a re-issue of "Two Thieves" by the same author. The new title, "She Thief," is misleading: Baz is a lookout, not a thief. She's really more of an accessory to the crime. There's no "heat" where it should be. I kept expecting some romance between Baz and her partner, but it was never realized.
Audriana ' Ronnie
May 14, 2010 marked it as to-read
Jim Rugg
Jul 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book very much. Baz is a likable, capable protagonist. I found her attitude and approach to obstacles refreshing. She spent no time complaining about her hard life and most of her time moving forward to try to solve whatever problems arose in front of her. The Barrio setting where most of the novel takes place was well developed in both a physical sense and in terms of the characters that populated it. The relationship dynamics between the main characters made sense and seemed hon ...more
Jan 25, 2019 rated it did not like it
I found She Thief in the bargain bin for ninety-nine cents at the book store, and I should have left it there. The dialect is incredibly difficult to read, the characters have no soul and are bland, and the plot drags on forever. It took years to read because it was just painful. Terrible dialog, very little character development, character motivations that made no sense... if I hadn't been so stubborn, I would have given up eons ago. I don't want to discourage the author from trying again, but ...more
Mari - loves to read
Apr 12, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: for-review
What's She Thief about?
In this novel we get to know two young thieves, Baz and Demi, they're living in a bad neighborhood in a South American city. Both of the children are orphans and they have been raised by a women named Fay. Fay has teached them how to be the best pickpockets in the city in order to survive. Everything Baz and Demi steal goes to Fay, in return she gives them shelter, food and money for clothing. The three of them have been together for what feels like forever, they're almost
Lisa (A Life Bound By Books)
Not sure just what to say about this book. The idea and characters sounded interesting, however after reading the first few pages I knew it wasn't for me. I just didn't connect with the characters and often I found myself wondering when something was going to happen.

I had to pick this one back up again a couple times and force myself to finish it. It just dragged out to much for me. The best part about the book was maybe the last 25-30 pages. I felt like things finally picked up a bit where I co
Nov 09, 2012 rated it really liked it
This book was intense!!! Baz and her friend Demi have spent pretty much there entire lives growing up together, with being theft as their only option of survival. With no parents to care for them, they both wound very different when being under a care of a young, hardened woman named Fay. Fay has given Baz, Demi, and a few other child thieves with what passes for shelter, and food. Fay could be cruel, but these children had no one else and they called their so they called that place their home. ...more
Bailey Jensen
Mar 11, 2013 rated it it was ok
I personally think that this book was very interesting. It drew me in when I read that this book was about a girl and a boy that is living a fast life of stealing for a harsh woman named Fay. At first in the book it is a little slow because the author takes up quite a few pages introducing the story and characters. Keep reading because you will not be able to put down the book once you realize that Baz is left alone to fend for herself because of Fay breaking under the pressure of the cops. In m ...more
Feb 07, 2010 rated it it was ok
I hate writing negative reviews but I have to be honest and I honestly hated She Thief. There was nothing good about it and I can't say I recommend it to anyone.

My worst complaint about She Thief is the plot. I was bored out of my mind for pretty much the whole book. It picked up some at the end but I still had trouble getting through it. I hoped it would get better and it did but I still did not like the book.

Also, I was confused. I honestly could not tell if the book was set in the past, prese
Dec 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This book features two kids deprived of a normal life living in a poor neighborhood. They are master pickpockiters. They go into rich and wealthy areas and steal anything they can get there hands on, ranging from wallets to purses and rings. Everything They steal to goes to another person. They are apart of a group where there is one leader. One of the children stole an expensive ring. The police were closing in on here and the kids were separated. They never knew how much they needed each other ...more
Jun 02, 2010 rated it it was ok
Shelves: sci-fi, youngadult
A dystopian novel with a fagin-like character running a band of young pickpockets in an unnamed city. It's spanish in feel at times, but also somewhat has elements of US culture popping up. They drink Coke constantly. It almost felt like a brand name plug for money.

Anyway, the story was decent enough, Baz is the only female thief in the crew and is one of the best. She's quiet. The same couldn't be said about Demi, who likes to brag a little too much, but they are the best of pals and Demi is o
Ahmad Hassan
Aug 12, 2011 rated it it was amazing
In this book is a boy name Demi anda girl name Baz .They are master mind pickpocketspeople.They work at a gang.the gang is made up of children thieves.the head of the gang is a woman name Fay .one day Baz and Demi steal a ring from the haed of police wife.the police are on the look for the ring day and night .the police cloes in on Fay .what do you thind will happen next ? I like the book i hope you like it to.
This book had so much awesome potential, but fell so flat.
The writing is really bad. It's awkward and messy.
The story is actually pretty boring. You just want it to get exciting, but it never does.
The characters aren't likeable or relatable.
Let's just say, I could definitely tell it was the author's first book.
Baz and her friend Demi are two street kids who work for Fay as thieves in a Latin American city barrio. They are just getting by when Fay comes up with a job that will enable them to retire, if they survive. This book offers a bleak, realistic portrayal of the plight of such children, who are subject to abuse and exploitation.

Charles Benoit
Oct 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing
What a great, exciting and brilliantly written book. The characters are alive and the descriptions of the Barrio are more vivid than photographs. Baz, the She Thief of the title, is one of those characters that you'll remember long after you've forgotten the details of the plot. Can't recommend it enough.
Feb 05, 2013 rated it liked it
this was a pretty good story, had a really good start to it, until the dreaded lull in the middle but overall not too bad! now i get that they live in the ghetto and talk ghetto-speak but it was hard to follow actually written like that i had to go back and slowly read and calculate all the double-negatives to get what they say, hey!
"This is one of those rare items that is all action, full of narrow escapes and scenic chases, but also all heart. While also being a terrific, brainy suspense novel, all twists and strategy."

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Jul 27, 2012 rated it it was ok
I really didn't like the dialect in this book but the storyline was okay. I usually take 2 days to read a book but this one took me a while because the story didn't really catch my attention, the author took long of a time to get to a point.
May 13, 2011 added it

This is a pre-advanced copy, the book that is made before the actual book. It DOES NOT have the same cover but is in paper back. Everything is the same compaired to the real book.
May 27, 2013 rated it really liked it
This ended up being a lot better than originally thought when I first started it. It was full of action, fast paced, and I adored the main characters. The backstories were incredible and the plot was amazing. All in all, a very entertaining and educational read.
Sep 20, 2010 rated it did not like it
You know it's bad when you can't even finish the first page.

Horrible writing. Horrible, weird 3rd person, present tense.
Kristin Fletcher-spear
reviewed for LMC.
Michele Snyder
I couldn't finish it.
Nov 12, 2010 rated it it was ok
Eh, I didn't like it, didn't hate it. Kind of a boring read until you got up to about 2/3 of the way unto it. Not really worth the time.
Mar 21, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: ya
3/21/10 Advanced copy from book club. Thank you Lisa : )
Nov 15, 2010 rated it liked it
Feb 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
it was a good book
Shireen Zehra
Jul 11, 2010 rated it liked it
it was ok not that good but i liked the point of view in the story.
Amber Millsapp
rated it really liked it
Jul 25, 2011
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