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Publisher's Summary

Vita set her jaw and nodded at New York City in greeting, as a boxer greets an opponent before a fight.  

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 con man 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.

©2019 Katherine Rundell (P)2019 Bloomsbury Publishing Plc

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"An amazing adventure story, told with sparkling style and sleight of hand." (Jacqueline Wilson)   

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  • Matilda
  • 08-12-19

Fun, inventive, heartwarming

Great characters
Rundell creates a magical New York and in the book the children discover their potential and the value of friendship.

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  • Robin E Guthrie
  • 13-06-20

Thrilling adventure

Very much enjoyed by my 10 year old, 7 year old, and me! Perfect for a long car journey.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 13-01-21

The Good Theives

I think this audiobook is great for listening to whilst doing art doing work etc . Listening to it at bedtime is also good but there are a few parts that might scare younger children. I’m sure any adventurous people, animal lovers or people whose dream is to fly will love this audiobook and I really recommend it.

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  • Mrs W
  • 18-03-20

Loved it!



Just finished this book with my mum .it is beautifully written and amazing narration (is there going to be a sequel?). Jemima, age 10

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  • H M
  • 12-04-21

Really good and enjoyable

This book is amazing and is great for listening in bed. Definitely worth your time.

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  • Janie
  • 19-03-21

great

I loved this book because it was had a big mystery and lots of surprises so I recommend this book for people who like Adventures

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  • Mike Watson
  • 18-10-20

Superb Storytelling

Katherine Rundell is a master storyteller and The Good Thieves is just that - masterful.
How many books are there for 8-11 year olds that are set in 1920s prohibition era New York, featuring the mafia?
Not many, and there’s a reason - it’s hard to write about, but Rundell smashes it out of the (Central) Park.
A story of strength, love, family, friendship and being on the fringes. Vita and her friends are beautifully rounded characters who embark on a lightning paced heist storyline, that has wonderfully placed moments and is one of the most unputdownable (?) books I have read in a while.
Bravo!

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  • Susan M.
  • 09-09-20

I loved it!

As a middle-aged woman, I'm not at all embarrassed to say I loved this book. Margaret Cabourn-Smith is a wonderful narrator, and the story was beautiful. I've gone on to look at more books by this author

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  • "jdj64"
  • 29-12-19

The good thieves review

I thought this book was great because the voices where really well done. The storyline could have been slightly more interesting but overall a great book.

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  • CLAIRE CHRISTIAN
  • 21-08-19

brilliant from start to finish

we all (7,9,11 and adult) were completely gripped by the story. well read and captivating.

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  • K. J. Noyes
  • 20-07-19

Exhilarating heist story for children

Exhilarating heist story for children, a period piece with immigrants, jewels and a host of young heroes.

Girl Savage an impressive debut, Rooftoppers was a stunning and award-winning book. I love seeing an author switch genres and keep us guessing as to where s/he will take us next. And Rundell here takes the period route and gives young readers an exciting story usually left for adults - the heist/robbery.

Vita and her mother scrape together the money to reach New York when letters from her grandfather show distress. His family home and jewels have been tricked out of his possession and he is living in near poverty. Taking the initiative, Vita investigates the wealthy man who dishonestly cheated her grandfather, and discovers that it might be possible to gain it back... but she'll need some help.

With a few conveniently-placed accomplices, other children with 'special skills', Vita assembles a team that can hopefully pull off a clever plan to return what is rightfully her family's.

Loved the setting and characters, enjoyed the backstory of Vita's grandfather, and the villainy of the bad guy. The heist will have readers turning pages to see just what Vita's team manage to do, and Vita's skill of knife-throwing was very well used in the action.

Exciting. Would make a good mini-series on television.

Enjoyed the audio version from Audible, narrated with clarity, though the voice sounded older than Vita, she made an easy-to-follow narrator.

With thanks to Nudge Books for providing a sample Audible copy.

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  • Shonelle Morris
  • 12-04-20

the amazing book

I loved the book it may have taken me a while but the person reading it did not make one mistake I absolutely loved it