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Story Thieves Paperback – December 15, 2015
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Gr 4–6—When Owen sees Bethany climb out of a book, he learns that she is half fictional and is searching for her missing father. While Owen sympathizes, he also immediately sees the possibilities for fame, fortune, and glory. Owen's real life is boring, his mother works too much, his teacher gives him stupid assignments, and his classmates don't get him at all. If Bethany would just take him into the new Kiel Gnomenfoot book, he'd save the day and be a hero. When Owen sneaks into the story and sets in motion a series of really terrible events, he realizes he wasn't ready for fame and glory. Owen learns a lot about how to be a true friend and what courage really is in this fast-paced, action-packed tale. A fun book for fans who enjoyed Riley's "Half Upon a Time" (Aladdin) series.—Terry Ann Lawler, Burton Barr Library, Phoenix, AZ --This text refers to the Library Binding edition.
*"A droll and clever opener likely to leave readers breathless both with laughter and anticipation." (Kirkus Reviews, starred review) --This text refers to the Library Binding edition.
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But Owen has a plan. He wants to trick Bethany into jumping them into the climax of the sixth Kiel Gnomenfoot book, just in time to alter the cliffhanger, meet Kiel himself, and become a hero to the series legion of fans the world over. What could possibly go wrong? Turns out plenty, and as things spiral out of control, will Owen and Bethany be able to return things to normal?
For a lifelong reader, this book was a delight since many books I read and enjoyed as a kid were mentioned during the set up part of the book. The main story revolves around characters and set up from the completely made up Kiel Gnomenfoot series, and that felt like the weakest part of this book. Still, that is a very minor complaint. The story moved forward at breakneck speed with Owen and Bethany separated for much of the book. We’d flash between them quite frequently and we were always left with cliffhangers. These two characters are strong and fun, and we meet some other great characters along the way. Olus there is some fun humor as well that just added to the enjoyment of the book.
Having read the author’s previous trilogy, I was expecting humor, fun, and a great story. I wasn’t disappointed in the slightest. I’ll already looking forward to the next entry in what promises to be a great series.
What if you could literally dive into a good book? Bethany can. As the child of a real mother and fictional father, she’s able to disappear into any paper book. Bethany has spent years carefully exploring library books for her lost father. When Owen discovers her secret, they begin an adventure that breaks the “fourth wall” mixing the real world with fantasy universes.
This clever new fantasy series will be a hit with a wide range of book lovers including those who enjoy fairy tales, magic stories, and science fiction. With many references to popular works of fiction, youth will be drawn into the premise and easily imagine themselves in the shoes of the main characters.
Known for his fractured fairy tales, James Riley provides just the right balance of action and suspense to keep readers engaged in the story. He skillfully weaves together silly subplots, humorous dialogue, and witty references into a storyline perfect for middle grade readers. Youth will easily empathize with the well-developed characters who have dreams and desires that sometimes get in the way of making good choices.
Fans of books like Fablehaven and Inkheart will enjoy the book’s premise, while science fiction and steampunk fans will love the characters from Owen’s favorite fictional series.
Like Bethany and Owen, your children will want to dive into this exciting fantasy adventure.
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The book itself came in great shape.