By Megan Whalen Turner
"I can scouse borrow anything." So pronounces Gen, the hero of the Newbery Honor booklet The Thief—an fascinating event delusion set in a legendary land wealthy with intrigue. Gen's bragging lands him in legal . . . yet then the king's magus wishes the thief's ability for a near-impossible job: to thieve a important magical jewel from a remote land. "In addition to its charismatic hero, this tale possesses some of the most necessary treasures of all—a twinkling jewel of a shock ending," wrote Publishers Weekly in a starred review.
The first of six deliberate books set in Gen's international, The Thief was once an ALA top publication of the yr in addition to a Newbery Honor ebook. college Library magazine stated, "YAs who like snide, quick-tempered, softhearted heroes will love Gen," and Kirkus experiences referred to as it "an uplifting booklet, a literary trip that enriches either its characters and readers."
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Though the detective’s manner was very mild, it was somehow clear that he would brook no argument. So, with an aggrieved sigh, Cadel rose from his seat in front of the computer and led the way to his bedroom. Here there were only two places to sit: on a battered old typist’s chair or on the bed. Cadel chose the typist’s chair. He felt ill at ease in his room, which still bore traces of its previous occupants: a name (‘Carlie’) scratched onto the skirting board; half a dozen hooks screwed into the ceiling; a unicorn transfer peeling off the window-pane.
23 Genius Squad Text 31/1/08 9:42 AM Page 24 ‘It didn’t work out,’ Saul Greeniaus declared, and the subject was closed. At that instant, someone knocked on the bedroom door. It creaked open a few centimetres. ‘Excuse me,’ said Hazel, without attempting to cross the threshold. ‘I’m sorry to interrupt – ’ ‘Come in, Hazel, it’s your house,’ Fiona urged. But Hazel shook her head. ‘No, no, that’s all right. I just wanted to say – I have to go and pick up Janan from school. So if there’s anything you want before I leave .
Hazel protested, all in vain. A nougat bar had been substituted for the chocolate one. Hazel would 41 Genius Squad Text 31/1/08 9:42 AM Page 42 therefore have to replace the unwanted nougat variety with Janan’s regular chocolate treat. It had happened once before, when Hazel herself had mixed up the packed lunches. This time, though not to blame, she was nevertheless forced to fix the problem. She had to rush off to Janan’s school with a new chocolate bar before Janan hurt himself – or someone else.