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The Thief by Megan Whalen Turner

Book Summary

This book is the first in a series about a fictional land.  The book opens when Gen, the main character, is yanked out of the king's prison and told to prepare for a mission. The king wants him to steal something, and Gen doesn't have much of a choice.

The Thief book cover
The Thief

Book Review

This is a book with many different elements--action/adventure, fantasy, and mystery.  The protagonist is compelling because he's so unusual, especially in this genre.  He's not trying to make friends, and is comfortable with his selfishness. Two other young men are part of Gen's mission, and their stories add a bit of political intrigue to an already intricate plot.  Sophisticated readers will enjoy this independently, but many readers would benefit from discussions during and after the book.

Topics and Themes for this book:

  • Safety vs. Risk-Taking
  • Loyalty; Conflicting Interests
  • Appearances Can Be Deceiving
  • Ambition; Lengths People Will Go to Attain Power
  • Responsibility; Doing the Right Thing

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.

**Questions coming soon**

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