The Good Thief
Winner of the 2008 John Sargent, Sr. First Novel Prize * A Washington Post Best Book of 2008 * A Kirkus Reviews Best Book of 2008 Richly imagined and gothically spooky, The Good Thief introduces one of the most appealing young heroes in contemporary fiction and ratifies Hannah Tinti as one of our... show more
Winner of the 2008 John Sargent, Sr. First Novel Prize * A Washington Post Best Book of 2008 * A Kirkus Reviews Best Book of 2008 Richly imagined and gothically spooky, The Good Thief introduces one of the most appealing young heroes in contemporary fiction and ratifies Hannah Tinti as one of our most exciting talents writing today. Twelve year-old Ren is missing his left hand. How it was lost is a mystery that Ren has been trying to solve for his entire life, as well as who his parents are, and why he was abandoned as an infant at Saint Anthony’s Orphanage for boys. When a young man named Benjamin Nab appears, claiming to be Ren’s long-lost brother, his convincing tale of how Ren lost his hand persuades the monks at the orphanage to release the boy and to give Ren some hope. But is Benjamin really who he says he is? As Ren is introduced to a life of hardscrabble adventure filled with outrageous scam artists, grave robbers, and petty thieves, he begins to suspect that Benjamin not only holds the key to his future, but to his past as well….
Publish date: August 11th 2009
Publisher: Dial Press Trade Paperbacks
Pages no: 327
Edition language: English
I really liked this book. It was heartwarming. I couldn't put it down, I wanted to know what would happen next. A favorite for sure.
This was an airplane book for me, and for that purpose it was a fine one: a quickly paced adventure story, reminiscent of Stevenson or Dickens. In the end, I felt it strained credibility and toed the absurd much more than I care for, & of course my most common complaint of ultimately flat characters...
This was a random pick from the library because the cover caught my eye. I'm glad it did — Hannah Tinti's debut novel is very readable, and superior to most YA fiction, but part of its problem is that the author couldn't seem to quite decide whether this was YA or not. You will see a lot of reviewer...
Finishing this book has left me in quite a predicament. I feel the need to write a review for this book even though it didn’t particularly leave me feeling anything but ‘meh’. If I were more invested in this type of story, I’d say that this book offended me with all the ways that the characters and ...
What an unusual tale; a real page-turner written by a talented storyteller. Tinti's descriptions were so vivid, I swear I could smell the boys' room at Saint Anthony's. And how surprising to find myself rooting for Ren, a one-handed liar and thief who, by most standards, is not a "good" kid. Perhaps...