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Story Thieves by James Riley

Book Summary

A character can jump into fictional books, but when she takes someone else with her, the trouble really begins. Part fantasy, part science fiction, there's a lot going on in this adventure.

There are two other books in this series.
Story Thieves book cover
Story Thieves

Book Review

There is a lot happening in this book. For me, the most interesting parts were the debate about the value of science vs. the value of magic (sort of a science fiction vs. fantasy conflict), and the conflict of ethics about whether ruthless authors should be allowed to determine fictional characters' lives. There are some stories within stories, and a character who impersonates a different fictional character for a large part of the book. A character is searching for her father, which is supposed to be the main drive in the book, but it gets a bit lost behind the dragons and science soldiers and all the other things going on.

Topics and Themes for this book:

  • Adventure
  • Technology vs. Magic
  • Authors and Characters in Fiction

Discussion Questions for this book:

The best discussion questions, of course, are generated by and contemplated by readers. These questions are designed to avoid major spoilers about the book, and to provide a starting point for teachers, parents, and student reading groups.

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