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The magic thief, by Sarah Prineas ; illustrations by Antonio Javier Caparo

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The magic thief
Title
The magic thief
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by Sarah Prineas ; illustrations by Antonio Javier Caparo
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Language
eng
Summary
A young thief is drawn into a life of magic and adventure after picking the pocket of the powerful wizard Nevery Flinglas, who has returned from exile to attempt to reverse the troubling decline of magic in Wellmet City
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Beehive Children's Fiction Book Award (Utah), 2010.
Review
  • Gr. 4-6 /*Starred Review*/ Young Conn opens the first volume of this new trilogy, noting "A thief is a lot like a wizard." Conn is a thief but, through desire and inevitability, becomes a wizard by book's end. This evolution begins when Conn picks the pocket of the wizard Nevery, who is startled that the nicked magical stone didn't kill the boy. Nevery takes on Conn as a servant, but the boy's inquisitiveness and talents move him to apprentice status. Nevery has recently returned to Willmet to save the city-state, which is faltering as its magic seeps away. As Conn becomes more enmeshed in his new life, he navigates through the intricate dealings of both the wizarding world and the political machinations of the Underlord. The events are not as lively as in some middle-grade fantasies—though Conn's turn as a cat is delightful, and his search for his own stone is very well played. What works wonderfully well here is the boy's irresistible voice, which is supplemented by the writings of Nevery in his journal, its creased and stained pages appearing as apart of the design. Readers will particularly enjoy the way Conn often knows just a little more than his master, and they'll look forward to seeing how much more he learns as the series progresses. -- Cooper, Ilene (Reviewed 05-15-2008) (Booklist, vol 104, number 18, p59)
  • Gr 3–6— Conn, a pickpocket on the streets of Twilight, one day picks the pocket of a powerful wizard and steals his locus magicalicus, the center of his power. It should kill Conn, but it doesn't. Nevery, the wizard, has just returned after a 22-year exile, to try to save the town from the leaching of its magic, upon which so much, including its economy, depends. Curious about the boy, Nevery takes him on as an assistant and then an apprentice. Although it is the wizard's job to stem the tide of the disappearing magic, he seems unable to do so. Conn believes he knows the answer, but his enemies are closing in. Prineas has created an appealing cast of characters, which she carefully reveals through their actions. The story is told primarily by Conn, and is interspersed with cryptic journal entries by Nevery, which offer a tantalizing counterpoint to the protagonist's viewpoint. Their voices are consistent and well handled. Exciting without being frantic, the narrative wastes no time getting to the heart of the story. This novel would work well as a read-aloud, as it has a conversational rhythm that moves the plot along. The book is long, but the large print and appealing drawings will encourage younger readers. Fantasy and adventure lovers alike will groan when they get to the tantalizingly mischievous ending, and are likely to hound you until the sequel arrives.—Sue Giffard, Ethical Culture Fieldston School, New York City --Sue Giffard (Reviewed June 1, 2008) (School Library Journal, vol 54, issue 6, p148)
  • Readers clamoring for magical tales will enjoy Prineas's fast-paced first novel, the opener of a promising trilogy. Conn-waer, a preteen pickpocket, steals the locus magicalicus from the most revered and powerful wizard in the city of Wellmet. Recently returned from banishment, Nevery Flinglas is not angered by the boy's thievery, just surprised the stone's power didn't kill the orphan. Accordingly, Nevery takes him on as a potential apprentice and offers him refuge in his crumbling home. Soon, Conn must enroll in wizard school, find his own magical stone and help his master determine the cause of Wellmet's diminishing magic while avoiding some unsavory characters. Prineas depicts Conn, the narrator, as refreshingly candid and a quick study while revealing Nevery as insightful and unexpectedly caring. Interspersed throughout and printed to look like facsimiles, Nevery's journal entries and correspondence offer intriguing counterpoint to Conn's perspective; sketches of characters and places, incorporated on the first page of each chapter, also lighten the lengthy text. The magical fireworks do not explode until the end, leaving readers confident that Prineas will turn up the heat in the next installment. Ages 10–up. (June) --Staff (Reviewed June 16, 2008) (Publishers Weekly, vol 255, issue 24, p48)
  • /* Starred Review */ An uncommonly engaging young narrator kicks this debut fantasy ahead of the general run. Street-rat Connwaer's skill at picking locks and pockets comes back to bite him when he tries to steal the "locus magicalicus" talisman of gruff sorcerer Nevery Flinglas. Suddenly, Conn finds himself apprenticed to the magician, searching for a locus magicalicus of his own (all magicians have to have one), and deeply involved in discovering why all magic is rapidly draining out of the town of Wellmet. Canny, a quick study and endowed with a heroic appetite for biscuits, Conn works his way into the hearts of both his master and the mystery, meeting several memorable characters—notably Benet, a surly hired thug who can cook and knit as well as he can break heads—along the way to a literally explosive climax. All in all a sturdy start, illustrated with Caparo's realistic portraits at the chapter heads and reminiscent of Angie Sage's Septimus Heap tales (Queste, 2008, etc.) in style and setting. (map; glossary, runes and biscuit recipe not seen) (Fantasy. 10-13) (Kirkus Reviews, May 1, 2008)
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
264127
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Prineas, Sarah
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
Index
no index present
Interest level
MG
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • 3
  • 6
Reading level
4.5
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorName
Caparó, Antonio Javier
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True
Series statement
Magic thief
Series volume
bk1
Study program name
Accelerated Reader
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Magic
  • Wizards
  • Apprentices
  • Quests (Expeditions)
  • Mentoring
  • Interpersonal relations
Target audience
adolescent
Label
The magic thief, by Sarah Prineas ; illustrations by Antonio Javier Caparo
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volume
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rdacarrier
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Content type code
  • txt
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rdacontent
Dimensions
19 cm.
Edition
First Edition.
Extent
419 pages
Isbn
9780061375880
Lccn
2007031704
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unmediated
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rdamedia
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Other physical details
illustrations, map
Label
The magic thief, by Sarah Prineas ; illustrations by Antonio Javier Caparo
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
19 cm.
Edition
First Edition.
Extent
419 pages
Isbn
9780061375880
Lccn
2007031704
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations, map

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