Title: The Good Thieves
Author: Katherine Rundell
Genre: MG, contemporary
Publisher: Bloomsbury Childrens Books
From award-winning author Katherine Rundell comes a fast-paced, sharp-turning, and utterly thrilling adventure, one driven at its heart by an extraordinarily powerful evocation of the loyalty and love between a grandfather and his granddaughter.
Fresh off the boat from England, Vita Marlowe has a job to do. Her beloved grandfather Jack has been cheated out of his home and possessions by a notorious conman with Mafia connections. Seeing Jack’s spirit is broken, Vita is desperate to make him happy again, so she devises a plan to outwit his enemies and recover his home. She finds a young pickpocket, working the streets of the city. And, nearby, two boys with highly unusual skills and secrets of their own are about to be pulled into her lawless, death-defying plan.
Katherine Rundell’s fifth novel is a heist as never seen before – the story of a group of children who will do anything to right a wrong.
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This was such a fun and quick read that gave me so much joy to read. It was so smartly written!
The Good Thieves is a middle grade heist novel following Vita, a young girl who comes to New York with her mother to convince her grandfather to move back to England (I think?) with them after he is cheated out of his home by a businessman. Vita is smart, fierce, and angry. She is also easy to spot in a crowd because she has a weak left leg.
Vita, after hearing her grandfather’s story and seeing his despondence, makes the decision to try and get justice, and she finds three other young children to help her out. The four children are very distinctive and come together very neatly, balancing each other’s personalities out.
Arkady and Samuel are circus kids, who want to break away from their families’ acts to follow their own passion. Silk is a young pickpocket on the streets who runs into Vita, and finds something to fight for in the process.
Without too many spoilers, this story has many threads woven through it that come together very nicely in the climax. It gave me a lot of Leverage vibes, and that is one of my favourite shows, if not my absolute favourite. I loved it so much, and will be re-reading it soon!