Story Thieves

5 books in series
4.5 out of 5 stars 433 ratings

Story Thieves 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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  • Book 1

    • Story Thieves

    • Story Thieves, Book 1
    • By: James Riley
    • Narrated by: Kirby Heyborne
    • Length: 8 hrs and 54 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 236
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 211
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 213

    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.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • A fun fantasy for the whole family.

    • By CuteAsADaisy on 02-21-18

    Regular price: $17.00

  • Book 2

    • The Stolen Chapters

    • Story Thieves, Book 2
    • By: James Riley
    • Narrated by: Kirby Heyborne
    • Length: 8 hrs and 18 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 101
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 92
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 90

    Owen Conners' whole life changed the day he found out his classmate Bethany was half fictional and could take him into any book in the library. Which story would they jump into next? Another fantasy, like the Kiel Gnomenfoot, Magic Thief books? Maybe something with superheroes? Owen's up for anything except mysteries - those just have too many hidden clues, twists that make no sense, and an ending you never see coming.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Missing Text

    • By lhb2016 on 02-27-18

    Regular price: $17.00

  • Book 3

    • Secret Origins

    • Story Thieves, Book 3
    • By: James Riley
    • Narrated by: Kirby Heyborne
    • Length: 8 hrs and 32 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 50
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 46
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 46

    Owen and Bethany have sworn off jumping into books for good. But they didn't make any promises about not jumping through strange portals that lead to a comic book world....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Is it a paradox?

    • By Krista Jasper on 10-07-17

    Regular price: $17.00

  • Book 4

    • Pick the Plot

    • Story Thieves, Book 4
    • By: James Riley
    • Narrated by: Kirby Heyborne
    • Length: 8 hrs and 39 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 20
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 18
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 19

    Being able to jump into books used to seem like the greatest thing in the world to Owen Conners. But now Owen's trapped in a time travel book where listeners - that would be you - decide how the story goes. As if that weren't enough, Owen's also stuck in a prison for time criminals in a prehistoric era. He's surrounded by bizarre fellow prisoners, including Kara Dox. How does Kara recognize Owen if they've never met before? She seems to think they're old friends, but that can't be possible.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Good book BUT

    • By Anonymous User on 10-20-18

    Regular price: $17.00

  • Book 5

    • Worlds Apart

    • Story Thieves, Book 5
    • By: James Riley
    • Narrated by: Kirby Heyborne
    • Length: 11 hrs
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 26
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 23
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 23

    Bethany and Owen have failed. The villain they have come to know as Nobody has ripped asunder the fictional and nonfictional worlds, destroying their connection. Bethany has been split in two, with her fictional and nonfictional selves living in the separate realms. But weirdly, no one seems to mind. Owen and every other nonfictional person have lost their imaginations, so they can’t picture their lives any differently.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • I love the story great for any age

    • By Kindle Customer on 05-18-18

    Regular price: $18.89