If you love Harry, then you need to meet Conn!


Conn is a thief who picks pockets and locks. The day he decides to pick Nevery's pocket, his life changes forever. Nevery is a wizard and Conn has lifted a magic stone. The stone should have killed him, but it doesn't. Nevery decides to bring Conn home, making him a servant. Conn is now saved from a life on the street ... but how safe is the city?

Reader Enjoyment Factors:

Teens and adults will love this book because the scenes are exciting and "the book doesn't stop."

Content Awareness Factors:

I just wanted it to be longer!

Little Kid Reaction

I was drawn to this book when I saw the word "magic" in the title. I thought it was going to be a good book after the first page, and I was right. It was a really fun book to read. It reminded me of Harry Potter.

Parent Reaction

The author has crafted an exceptional story. She draws you in immediately, and you can relate to both Conn and Nevery (and also be mad at them, too)! It's nice to read a series book that you can enjoy on its own merits and not feel like there are details being held back for the next one.

Type of Book:
This is book 1 of a four-part series for preteens and teens. This is a great alternative to Harry Potter for kids who don't like text-intense books. [high interest / low readability book]
Educational Themes:

This is a book for recreational reading. There are some very interesting character dynamics and moral dilemmas that offer opportunities for dinner-table or classroom discussion. It might also be fun to stop with each chapter and answer the "what do you think happens next" question.

Reading Level:
Recommended Age To Read By Yourself:
10 and Up
Recommended Age To Read Together:
8 to 12
Age of child:
Read by student at Woodside Magnet High School for Arts and Communication (Newport News, VA0
Purchase Recommendation:
Buy! I really liked reading this book. It was fun and very interesting.

Title The Magic Thief

The Magic Thief, Book 1

Author Sarah Prineas
Publisher HarperCollins Publishers © 2008
Illustrators Antonio Javier Caparo
ISBN 9780061375873
Material Hard Cover
Cost $16.99
Genres Adventure, Fantasy
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