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I read this book with my 12 year old son and it's kind of disappointing in that it goes a bit far in glorifying the life of a pickpocket (down to using lots of lingo) and though it has a surprise or two, it's really not that engaging a story. A quick read but also quickly forgotten, it's not one that I'll likely read again with my younger daughter.
I love historical fiction books, and I love children’s literature. This book marries the two perfectly, while tossing in some good questions about right and wrong, and a mesmerizing story line. Can’t wait to read this to my family (while drinking grenadine, of course!). Recommended age range would be 7+ if reading aloud. Some of the names of places may be too difficult for a child that young to read on their own. If reading on their own, I’d say 9+. Thank you for a fantastic read that will go on my top favorites list!
I had a lot of trouble getting into this. The book just doesn't click for me. I've previously found Meloy to be incredibly vivid and appreciate it, but here it seemed gratuitous, painting more of a picture than a story. Carson Ellis comes through with the illustration as always.