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The Pearl Thief

By Elizabeth Wein
The Pearl Thief by Elizabeth Wein digital book - Fable

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Don’t miss Elizabeth Wein’s stunning new novel, Stateless

Before Verity . . . there was Julie.

When fifteen-year-old Julia Beaufort-Stuart wakes up in the hospital, she knows the lazy summer break she'd imagined won't be exactly what she anticipated. And once she returns to her grandfather's estate, a bit banged up but alive, she begins to realize that her injury might not have been an accident. One of her family's employees is missing, and he disappeared on the very same day she landed in the hospital.

Desperate to figure out what happened, she befriends Euan McEwen, the Scottish Traveler boy who found her when she was injured, and his standoffish sister, Ellen. As Julie grows closer to this family, she witnesses firsthand some of the prejudices they've grown used to-a stark contrast to her own upbringing-and finds herself exploring thrilling new experiences that have nothing to do with a missing-person investigation.

Her memory of that day returns to her in pieces, and when a body is discovered, her new friends are caught in the crosshairs of long-held biases about Travelers. Julie must get to the bottom of the mystery in order to keep them from being framed for the crime.

This exhilarating coming-of-age story, a prequel to the Printz Honor Book Code Name Verity, returns to a beloved character just before she first takes flight.

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3.5
“I really enjoyed Code Name Verity when I read it many years ago, I thought it was a really well-done YA Historical Fiction, so I went into this one with quite high expectations. They weren't fully met, but I did have a lot of fun reading this, so I can't complain! I liked the little illustrations dotted throughout, they felt very fun but possibly a bit too juvenile for a YA novel, especially when compared to some of the subject matters in The Pearl Thief. I feel like there were a lot of good ideas here, but not all of them were executed consistently. Maybe it was a case of too many things being done at once, because I did find myself getting confused at times in the first half. However, I do think Wein really pulled the story back together in the last third, and helped to tie up some loose ends of the mystery. Overall it did just feel as though the focus of the story was too often on aspects that didn't interest me as much as ther actual pearl thief storyline.”

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