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Friday Five: Thieves & Robbers

Ronia, the Robber’s Daughter by Astrid Lindgren — Loved this book as a kid. Two feuding robber clans, capable of both great humor and great cruelty, and their robber children.

The Thief Lord by Cornelia Funke — Scipio uses his thieving to help fellow children in need, and is particularly distinctive in that he mostly steals from himself. ;)

The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak — What better thing could there be to steal than books? Especially when it’s through those books that the thief learns how to read, and then write her own story.

The Magic Thief by Sarah Prineas — Conn’s thieving ways get him into heaps of trouble, but from his charmingly straight-forward narrative, you can’t help seeing he always means well.

The Attolia series by Megan Whalen Turner — Last but far from least–I adore these books. Mostly because of Eugenides, the first book’s titular Thief, who is probably the most skilled thief ever written and fantastically clever in many other ways as well.

Your favorite literary thieves? Share!

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Originally published at Megan Crewe - another world, not quite ours. You can comment here or there.



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Aug. 29th, 2009 12:22 am (UTC)
Oh man, thanks for reminding me of Ronia!! That was one of my all time favorites as a kid!! Off to half.com I go to find a new copy! :) I met the editor who worked on The Book Thief at the workshop I was at last weekend... she was so nice, and (hello, I'm a little behind, nice to meet you) it was the first I had heard of this book!! can't wait to read it!!
Aug. 29th, 2009 12:48 am (UTC)
I don't know of too many folks who've heard of Ronia, but my kids and I loved the book!
Aug. 29th, 2009 12:58 am (UTC)
I adore The Thief Lord, and the mix of a fantasy setting with historical Venice.
Aug. 29th, 2009 11:54 am (UTC)
It's so funny how many good books out there are about thieves. I hadn't even thought about that trend until I saw your list. And usually the thieves are sympathetic characters, which is even more interesting.
Aug. 29th, 2009 04:57 pm (UTC)
(Came over from Sartorias's page, and the discussion on publishing)

I loved The Thief Lord and the first of the Attolia books (not that I didn't like the others, just haven't read them yet--read The Thief when my kids were reading it and then they moved on and I didn't even know about the later books until much later). And the Astrid Lindgren one I haven't read, but have wanted to just based on Trina Schart Hymen's lovely cover.
Aug. 29th, 2009 09:44 pm (UTC)
You should definitely read the other Attolia books! KING is my favorite. (So far. There's a fourth book coming out next year.)

RONIA is a lot of fun, and yes, that cover is gorgeous, isn't it? :)
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The Clouded Sky
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Skyscape/Razorbill Canada, 2015

A Sky Unbroken
(Earth & Sky #3, science fiction YA)
Skyscape/Razorbill Canada, 2015

The Way We Fall
(Fallen World #1, apocalyptic YA)
Disney-Hyperion, 2012

The Lives We Lost
(Fallen World #2, apocalyptic YA)
Disney-Hyperion, 2013

The Worlds We Make
(Fallen World #3, apocalyptic YA)
Disney-Hyperion, 2014

Those Who Lived: Fallen World Stories
(Fallen World #3.5, apocalyptic YA)
self pubbed, 2014

Give Up the Ghost
(paranormal YA)
Henry Holt, 2009

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