The Thief by Megan Whalen Turner
(The Queen's Thief, Book 1)

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Nothing is overdone and not a word is out of place in this auspicious debut," wrote Kirkus in a starred review of Instead of Three Wishes, the first book by Megan Whalen Turner. Her second book more than fulfills that promise.

The king's scholar, the magus, believes he knows the site of an ancient treasure. To attain it for his king, he needs a skillful thief, and he selects Gen from the king's prison. The magus is interested only in the theif's abilities. What Gen is interested in is anyone's guess. Their journey toward the treasure is both dangerous and difficult, lightened only imperceptibly by the tales they tell of the old gods and goddesses.

Megan Whalen Turner weaves Gen's stories and Gen's story together with style and verve in a novel that is filled with intrigue, adventure, and surprise.

 

About Megan Whalen Turner

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Megan Whalen Turner is the author of the Newbery Honor Book The Thief and its companions, The Queen of Attolia and The King of Attolia. She lives with her family in Ohio.
 
Published September 10, 2009 by Greenwillow Books. 236 pages
Genres: Travel, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Action & Adventure, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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 A thief's quest for a priceless gemstone forms the background for a tale of redemption, tolerance, and cooperation in this first novel from Turner (Instead of Three Wishes, 1995, etc.).

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"In addition to its charismatic hero, this story possesses one of the most valuable treasures of all—a twinkling jewel of a surprise ending," said PW 's starred review of this 1997 Newbery Honor book.

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This series is comprised, in order, of The Thief (1996), The Queen of Attolia (2000), and The King of Attolia (2006).

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Common Sense Media

Living on their own in a theater in Venice, with kindly adults around to care for them but not bother them or make them clean up and go to school, must seem like a magical fantasy to children whose lives are programmed and whose every waking minute is supervised.

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CBC News

So the king's magus wants him to steal Hamiathe's Gift from the neighboring country, although the neighboring country doesn't even know they have it.

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by sbyteens in Reviews Tags: author:megan whalen turner, genre:adventure, genre:criminals/crime, genre:mythology, genre:patriotism, genre:political, genre:royalty, genre:war, series:the queen's thief The Queen of Attolia by Megan Whalen Turner Gen, the daring thief from the...

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