The Resource Rules for thieves, by Alexandra Ott

Rules for thieves, by Alexandra Ott

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Rules for thieves
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Rules for thieves
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by Alexandra Ott
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eng
Summary
Twelve-year-old Alli Rosco escapes her orphanage, only to be hit with a deadly curse by a magic-wielding, law-enforcing Protector, and with nowhere else to turn and days to live, Alli learns to steal from a street thief named Beck and follows him back to the legendary Thieves Guild, where she hopes to find a home and the means to save herself
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  • Gr 4–6—Alli Rosco escapes from her orphanage, but during her first day of freedom, she is hit by a curse. The cure is expensive, so she teams up with a boy named Beck to try to pass the trial to join the Thieves Guild and earn the money she needs. As Beck teaches Alli the rules of being a thief, she will have to decide what she is willing to do and what conflicts with her own set of values. This debut novel introduces readers to a fantastic world of orphans, thieves, magic, and adventure. Characters are well developed and balanced, though some of the secondary players are a little flat. While the world is well imagined, the background details are scarce. The plot is fast-paced and addresses ethical dilemmas. There are enough remaining loose ends to spawn a sequel, though this title can stand alone. VERDICT This compelling debut fantasy novel with complex themes, lots of action, and a good cast of characters will appeal to fantasy readers across the spectrum.—Elizabeth Nicolai, Anchorage Public Library, AK --Elizabeth Nicolai (Reviewed 06/01/2017) (School Library Journal, vol 63, issue 6, p94)
  • Rule No. 1: "Stealing is necessary to survive."Alli Rosco has spent most of her life in an orphanage. Her hostile, aggressive, and sarcastic personality precedes her, and she's given up hope of ever being adopted. She'll be 13 soon, when she'll age out of the home and be sent into the world to fend for herself. Why wait? When Alli (noncommittally described as "tan" with black hair) sees the chance to escape, she takes it. Almost immediately, she's nearly captured by a magic-wielding law-enforcing protector who blasts her arm with a spell. Next, she botches her first theft attempt but is saved from arrest by Beck, a mysterious boy about her age (described as "darker tan"). What's this boy hiding? Alli will have to trust him. The protector marked her with a curse, one that will kill her in a matter of days if she doesn't get to the Healing Springs. Blocking her way: money. Beck is a member of the legendary Thieves Guild, and if Alli joins, the Guild can help her get the money that will save her life. Stealing truly is necessary if she's to avoid an early death. Alli's southern European-inflected fantasy world is built carefully and tightly, complete with class structures, customs, and a patron saint-centered culture. The ending isn't squeaky clean but provides a sense of closure as Alli makes a meaningful discovery about her heritage. A smooth debut. (Fantasy. 8-14)(Kirkus Reviews, April 15, 2017)
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10569665
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Ott, Alexandra
Dewey number
[Fic]
Index
no index present
LC call number
PZ7.1.O88
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • 4
  • 6
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True
Series statement
Rules for Thieves
Series volume
0001
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Theft
  • Magic
  • Orphans
  • Brigands and robbers
Target audience
juvenile
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Rules for thieves, by Alexandra Ott
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Dimensions
22 cm
Edition
First Aladdin hardcover edition.
Extent
310 pages
Isbn
9781481472746
Lccn
2016052075
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unmediated
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rdamedia
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Rules for thieves, by Alexandra Ott
Publication
Copyright
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volume
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  • nc
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rdacarrier
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text
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  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
22 cm
Edition
First Aladdin hardcover edition.
Extent
310 pages
Isbn
9781481472746
Lccn
2016052075
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n

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