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Grade 8 Up—A methodical start takes readers into the world of young thieves Demi and Baz. When Demi steals a precious ring from Senora Dolucca, the police captain's wife, the corrupt politics of the barrio and indeed the social structure of this nameless, timeless city begin to shift, resulting in complete upheaval. The teens are caught in the whirlwind. Baz has always trusted their den mother, Fay, but she feels betrayed when the woman sends Raoul to "the Mountain." Baz begins to question the foundation of her life. Her awareness grows—not only of the corruption at all levels of society, but also of the psychological landscape, how she and the other children are caught in the web by their need for affection, approval, and the idea of family. Demi appears to be unaware of what's going on, so it's up to Baz to find a way to get Raoul off the mountain and leave the barrio with as much of her family intact as she can manage. While not a fast read, the cover and the content will appeal to urban teens, particularly those reading on grade level or above. Fans of Brian James's Thief (Scholastic, 2008) and readers looking for a more in-depth story will find it here.—Amy Cheney, Alameda County Library, Oakland, CA
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Two young thieves in a contemporary, unnamed Latin American city are caught up in a barrio-wide power struggle in this edge-of-the-seat escapade. For as long as she can remember, Baz has stood lookout for her boastful, light-fingered friend Demi; they’re both members of a ring of child pickpockets run by the mercurial fagin Fay. It’s a good life—until Demi’s theft of a valuable ring sets off a massive hue and cry, and Fay sends the pair on a house robbery where Demi is betrayed, wounded, and captured. It’s plain that her partner was set up by a challenger to the barrio’s crime lord, Señor Moro, and Baz screws up her courage to plunge into a desperate, elaborate rescue scheme. Casting his dialogue in pidginlike cadences (“That boy a thief—nobody thief from Fay. He move on”) and creating a vivid setting in which massive wealth and grinding poverty coexist amid constant danger, Finn gives his shy protagonist just enough wit, guile, and speed to stay a hairbreadth ahead of brutal police and murderous mobsters. Readers will race along breathlessly beside her. Grades 6-9. --John Peters
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 - 17 years
  • Grade Level: 7 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 780L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Feiwel & Friends; First Edition edition (April 13, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312563302
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312563301
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,625,235 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
What's She Thief about?
In this novel we get to know two young thieves, Baz and Demi, they're living in a bad neighborhood in a South American city. Both of the children are orphans and they have been raised by a women named Fay. Fay has teached them how to be the best pickpockets in the city in order to survive. Everything Baz and Demi steal goes to Fay, in return she gives them shelter, food and money for clothing. The three of them have been together for what feels like forever, they're almost like family. But just almost, if anyone breaks Fay's rules they're gone!

My thoughts:
When I opened this book I didn't really know what to expect, and really that for me is a good thing. I tend to have so high expectations when it comes to books everyone seems to fall in love with. I often end up disappointed. She Thief started out a bit slow for me, I felt there were so many long sentences and the English slang/dialect being used kind of annoyed me. After 30 pages everything that bothered me was forgotten and I was sucked into the world of the two friendly thieves, Baz and Demi, their friends and a whole bunch of other more dangerous criminals.

Daniel Finn managed to keep me on the edge of my seat, almost throughout the entire book. I was never sure where he was taking his characters. never felt sure if all the people I came to love would have a happy ending, would end up dead in a ditch somewhere or locked up in the Castle forever(or worse working in the Mountain). I cried and cried when I read the last few pages last night and today the characters have been in the back of my mind all day.

I loved the dialog between Demi and Baz, they're friendly banter is guaranteed to make you smile.
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Format: Hardcover
Baz and her friend Demi have spent virtually all of their young lives living in utter destitution, with petty theft as their only means of survival. With no parents to care for them, they both wound up, in very different ways, under the care of a young, hardened woman named Fay. In exchange for the spoils of their pickpocketing, Fay has provided Baz, Demi, and a few other child thieves with what passes for shelter, food, and companionship. Although Fay could be cruel, these children had no one else and they called their squalid den home.

Their lives in the Barrio changed dramatically when Demi and Baz stole a precious blue ring from a woman who they later discovered was the wife of the police chief. All of a sudden, Fay and her gang of thieves had caught the unwanted attention of not only the police, but also the Barrio's crime lord and a rich young man who had a startling connection to Fay. How could two children escape from a web of crime and deceit when the Barrio's most powerful players intended only to use them as pawns in their frightening game?

The plot, which starts out deceptively simple, quickly draws in the reader with evermore intriguing new characters and events. Skillfully woven into this gritty novel about compassion and corruption are an important set of economics themes related to poverty and incentives. The book has heart and will make readers think about what it takes for children to survive in and escape from the slums.
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