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Museum of Thieves (The Keepers) Hardcover – September 28, 2010
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In the city of Jewel, people are so worried about the safety of their children that kids are basically leashed, hooked to the Blessed Guardians by day and their parents by night with fine silver chains. (The harassed children have invented what they call fingertalk for communicating with each other). If children misbehave, they are chained more severely, in heavy Punishment Chains. When children reach the age of twelve, their chains are unfastened. Think of the chains as training wheels, preparing kids for sensible behavior. Only--how awful!
But just as Goldie Roth is on the brink of freedom in the public ceremony known as Separation, conducted by the city's kindly Protector, another official called the Fugleman bursts in with news that his office has been bombed and a child hurt. It is decided that Jewel is unsafe, and the Separation is canceled. Goldie, whose silver chain has been replaced by a white ribbon for the ceremony, can't bear the thought. She impulsively cuts the ribbon and runs away.
Her parents are jailed in the House of Repentance for what she has done, and if Goldie is caught, she will be placed in a reform school called Care. Before that can happen, though, she is taken in by the odd crew of the seemingly decrepit Museum of Dunt--admitted only after they have happily concluded that she is a thief!
And so Goldie starts learning the mysteries of the museum, assisted by a begrudging boy named Toadspit, the other three keepers, and a terrifying yet loyal dog called a brizzlehound.Read more ›
I was a bit lost as the story didn't ever explain why those that worked at the Museum felt that Goldie (the main character) was needed there, a plot point that seemed to have been overlooked. But, as that didn't really seem to matter in order to move the plot along, it wasn't a major issue. The story did have good moral values, which is another plus for the younger readers and I expect that they will enjoy the powers of the Museum as well.
Goldie lives in the city of Jewel, where people are overprotective with their children. All children are guardchained to the Blessed Guardians. The Blessed Guardians are suppost to take care of them and protect them. Until Separation Day.
As Separation Day arrives, Golde finds it has been cancelled. She runs away. She eventually finds the Museum of Dunt, wth its own mysteries and secrets. Follow Goldie and her new friend Toadspit(just gotta love that name) as they uncover secrets and villianous plans. Plans that threaten everyone.
Magic, Friendshp, danger, mystery, and self discovery---this book has it all!
Goldie starts out as a fine character - spunky, independent, alert and common sensical. She has some real spirit, and after the first chapter you feel she may be able to carry the whole book. But then she gets overwhelmed by the other characters, who are not nearly as compelling as she is, and by a clunky plot.
In a nutshell, things are so good and calm and safe in the City of Jewel that everyone is afraid of everything. Adults are controlled through a cult of fear of injury to their children. The Guardians of the children exercise tremendous power, and the most repressive measures are always justified by reference to what is best and safest for the children. The head guardian has designs to take even greater control, and acts villainously to grow and consolidate his power. Now, this is a pretty sly commentary on our excessively safety conscious culture and on "helicopter parenting", but it wears a bit thin as the main driving force of the action in the book.
Goldie ends up in the "Museum", which is peopled by strange keepers and seems to be a living organism, the repository of all of Jewel's suppressed dangers. O.K., you can have a lot of fun with this as a metaphor, but it gets very clunky very fast as the framing magical fantasy idea of the book. These keepers are never ever developed. What exactly the Museum is and what all it contains are never really addressed. There are a few brief set action or intrigue or fantasy pieces, but none of it hangs together and none of it withstands any thought.
And that, of course, marks the book's strength and its weakness. It is a light, quick, undemanding read. It is intro level dystopia and fantasy.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This review came from my son, aged 9. 'I really enjoyed the story. My favourite character was Goldie because she was brave. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Alistair McGuinness
this is a very creative book. I loved it and highly recommend itPublished 17 months ago by grace crounse
I've read all three books of the keepers trilogy, and i absolutely love them! To start off, Goldie Roth (Her real name is Golden Roth, but it doesn't really mater. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Reviews From a 5th Grader
This book is so good it is worth the money. This book would be good for people who like adventure and mystery. Overall it is a good book to byePublished 23 months ago by cool games
Goldie Roth loves to run and feel excitement but the guardians disapprove and once again she is in punishment. It's for her own good. Read morePublished on June 21, 2014 by Rhonda
This book is not that interesting. Not much happens in it. It is kind of confusing too. My friend recommended it to me. She likes it but I don't.Published on December 10, 2013 by Ka'ohinani
Although I enjoyed Museum of Thieves, I was not particularly impressed. I did not think it stood up to its stellar reviews, and I found it predictable and formulaic. Read morePublished on September 1, 2013 by PDXbibliophile