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The Prairie Thief Hardcover – August 28, 2012
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“A charming, inventive tale that reads like a delightful mash-up of Little House on the Prairie and The Spiderwick Chronicles…Mystery and suspense keep the pages turning. [A] top-notch story.” (School Library Journal)
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I knew I didn't have to worry too much about Wiley's newest book ... we loved her Martha and Caroline prequels to the Little House series and I've known her for years online. But after reading the opening sentence of the book ... I was hooked and HAD to pre-read.
Set on the prairies of 1882 Kansas, motherless Louisa Brody is plopped into a tough situation: living with the cranky family that has accused her father of theft while trying to solve who the real thief might be.
The tale woven throughout the pages of this book is a magical journey that allows the reader to embrace Louisa's situation, rant with her at the injustice of it all, and cheer when it all comes right in the end. Louisa is ably abetted by Jessamine, the 9-year-old niece of the Smirches (and isn't that a fabulous name for "bad guys"), and a Circuit Court Judge who knows more than anyone about what's actually going on. Other memorable characters include Mathilda Smirch, who is just begging to be hated, and her obnoxious six-year-old, Winthrop Smirch, the cause of all Louisa's troubles.
My glowing review is seconded by others who read advanced copies; the book was chosen as a Junior Library Guild selection and the Bravewriter Arrow selection for October 2012.
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We absolutely loved this book! Great story and the language flowed really well for reading aloud. I read it to my 10,8 and 6 year olds with the 3 and 1 year olds listening in as... Read morePublished 2 months ago by busymama9
My 8 year old LOVED this book and read it through in a couple days time. After reading her book report on it we're now reading it through as a family!Published 4 months ago by Jared Weichert
The Prairie Thief is a fun living book that will leave you aching for more. Laura's father gets accused of stealing when she knows he didn't do it. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
We read this book aloud. The kids were always begging me to read just one more chapter. I look forward to reading more from Melissa Wiley.Published 7 months ago by H. Shaw
My nine-year old daughter is enjoy this text, the beginning is slow, but then it becomes very exciting once the gnomes are discovered!Published 9 months ago by marijane harris