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Story Thieves: Story Thieves, Book 1

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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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    Amazon Customer SIERRA VISTA, AZ, United States 07-20-17
    Amazon Customer SIERRA VISTA, AZ, United States 07-20-17 Member Since 2013
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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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Andi 06-22-17
    Andi 06-22-17 Member Since 2016
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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 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jonathon 04-06-17
    Jonathon 04-06-17
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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 4 people found this review helpful
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    CarolandDoug 03-09-17
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    "wonderful! "

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

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Elizabeth R. Straight Tampa, FL, USA 09-02-17
    Elizabeth R. Straight Tampa, FL, USA 09-02-17 Member Since 2017

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    "good listen"

    My highly intelligent six year old loved it! We finished it rather quickly. Continuity was an issue for me.

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    ASW 08-31-17
    ASW 08-31-17 Member Since 2016

    Librarian that has worked with little and big kids. Love to find books for kids that "hate" to read. Feel free to recommend great kid books!

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    "Perfect in Every Way"

    Truly magical! The story and performance could Not have been better. For every book nerd out there that's ever wanted to jump into the story - be careful, you just might. I can't recommend this highly enough - the kids in my library can't wait for my copy to come in.

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    Joe Jones 08-18-17
    Joe Jones 08-18-17 Member Since 2015
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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 1 people found this review helpful
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    brian jackson 08-10-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Adventurous!!"

    I feel like I was apart of the story! I would read it again! Amazing!

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    C.Kunz 07-27-17
    C.Kunz 07-27-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Loved the story"

    Loved the story! The reader was a little too loud during the yelling parts though. Otherwise great performance and story.

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    Sigurros Jona Oddsdottir 07-10-17
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    "Would definately not recommend this story"

    Poor character development. Too many clichés in the story. Narrator overacting at times. I gave up listening half way through and would not recommend the story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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