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Publisher's Summary

This "clever opener likely to leave readers breathless both with laughter and anticipation" (Kirkus Reviews, starred review) is the first in the New York Times best-selling series from the author of the Half Upon a Time trilogy.

Life is boring when you live in the real world instead of starring in your own book series. Owen knows that better than anyone, what with the real world's homework and chores.

But everything changes the day Owen sees the impossible happen - his classmate Bethany climbs out of a book in the library. It turns out Bethany's half fictional and has been searching every book she can find for her missing father, a fictional character.

Bethany can't let anyone else learn her secret, so Owen makes her a deal: All she has to do is take him into a book in Owen's favorite Kiel Gnomenfoot series, and he'll never say a word. Besides, visiting the book might help Bethany find her father....

...Or it might just destroy the Kiel Gnomenfoot series, reveal Bethany's secret to the entire world, and force Owen to live out Kiel Gnomenfoot's final (very final) adventure.

©2016 James Riley (P)2016 Simon & Schuster

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Not Terrible... Annoying Characters & Decent Plot

The boy, Owen, is duplicitous, selfish, and immature, even for the age these kids seem to potentially be. Kids may relate to him, but it was VERY hard to stay focused as an adult reader during his chapters. I listened to this to find out whether or not a nine-year-old family friend may enjoy the book. I suspect that she may find Owen insufferable even at nine. The other protagonist, Bethany, spends most of her time screaming at people and freezing up in the face of conflict until the last 25% of the book.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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great book

really pulls you in and it is hard to turn it off. I can't wait to get in the next chapter

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Great fun!

I've seen this book in the stores many times. I've considered buying it, but thought it might be aimed at a younger audience. On a whim, I decided to listen to the excerpt and found it rather enjoyable. I chose to use my credit on this book, and boy am I glad I did. This book was fun from beginning to end. The narrator did an excellent job, and his performance made the story even more enjoyable.

I am recommending this book to anyone who enjoys young adult/ children's fantasy and science fiction!

3 of 5 people found this review helpful

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A fun fantasy for the whole family.

What made the experience of listening to Story Thieves the most enjoyable?

My kids love fantasy and action stories like Harry Potter and Fable Haven so we tried this series and it did not disappoint us. It starts out a little slow like most first books in a series (stage setting) but it quickly picks up pace and then leaves you wanting the next in the series. We all feel a little sucked into books at times so this was fun listening to the characters jumping in and out of books and watching the story unfold.

What other book might you compare Story Thieves to and why?

Closely similar to Storybound and Land of Stories. Both of these books involve interaction with the fairy tale world.

Which character – as performed by Kirby Heyborne – was your favorite?

Kiel is a lot of fun... As the fictional hero who is thrown into the real world, he definitely lightens up the mood and makes you smile and shake your head.

Any additional comments?

We love listening to Kirby Heyborne, he really does a fantastic job with the story.

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Amazing

Amazing book read book 2 stolen chapters and 3 book so epic people. Cool awesom

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Very simply written

This story had potential but a lack of detail and research made it bland. I wish the writer had taken more time to develop the characters, the environment and objects used to push the plot.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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great read! entertaining and kid safe

CAUTION some violence. all pg, one somewhat creepy moment where the hero ends up using a dark spell to reanimate a man, still nothing too bad.
Clean, entertaining, magical read. really entertaining for myself (27 yr mom) and my kids would end up sitting with me to listen to the story as i cleaned (5 and 3).
I was a little nervous because of the seemingly similar aspects in the summary to another series I just finished, it was, however, completely different in the best way.
narrator was really great as well.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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wonderful!

a fun & adventurous story. full of imagination and twists. Kids loved it! and so did I.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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A addicting book with a great narrator!

I took a slight risk, and bought this book for a credit, not knowing if it was going to be good or bad. I was not disappointed and finished it within two days, the fastest I've ever finished an Audible book. It's just a great book with a wonderful narrator! If you like slightly crazy books with plot twists galore, and addicting characters, this is a book for you!

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Did you ever want to Jump into a Book?

This book has a fun concept. Bethany can enter and leave books as she chooses. A fellow student and avid reader, Owen, discovers her secret. He wants to go too... who wouldn’t? Imagine being able to jump into your favourite book. While there are numerous allusions to real books, author, James Riley, gets to really stretch his imagination by having Owen’s favourite be a famous (to the book world, not ours) sci-fi serial. Owen convinces Bethany to take him into the last book written just days before the series finale is about to be released. Owen promises not to interfere with story in any way or interact with any of the characters, but ...wait to see. In the first part of the story, I did get frustrated with Owen being so “book crazy” he seemed to be missing the point.

Riley takes us on a crazy journey, in and out of books, yet ... does he? The whole idea can make your head spin but it’s a fun ride. I can’t wait to find out what happens next. If you like stories that are fast paced, a challenge to guess what happens and an unusual premise, this is a great read. Actually, I listened to it. The narrator does a great job bringing the characters to life - even using accents.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful