The Pearl Thief

The Pearl Thief

Book - 2017
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Fifteen-year-old Julia Beaufort-Stuart wakes up in a hospital not knowing how she was injured, and soon befriends Euan McEwen, the Scottish Traveller boy who found her, and later, when a body is discovered, she experiences the prejudices his family has endured and tries to keep them from being framed for the crime.
Publisher: Los Angeles : Hyperion, 2017
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781484717165
1484717163
Characteristics: 325 pages : map ; 22 cm

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Jul 18, 2017

The Pearl Thief by Elizabeth Wein is an amazing thriller and mysterious book that is sure to keep you at the edge of your seat. The story takes place in Scotland, 1938, and many of the characters speak with an accent. It’s actually quite interesting to read and learn how words are spoken in different places as many authors don’t do this. As the story continues, new and unbelievable clues are discovered to figuring out the real answer to the mysterious disappearance of a man presumed dead. Readers will never get bored with The Pearl Thief as the book continues to get more exciting and intriguing with every turn of a page. You’ll learn to love the main character, Julia Beaufort-Stuart, with her wild personality and wits. She’s a strong female character to look up to, and she can be quite daring. There’s just enough humor in the book to balance out the seriousness of the plot and have you laughing. It’s unpredictable, and it’ll leave you awestruck when everything comes together in the end. However, I do recommend reading Code Name Verity first, since The Pearl Thief is a prequel to that series. 5/5 stars.
- @demi.god.on.a.mission of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

samcmar Jun 06, 2017

Scottish history? Thieves? Travellers? There's a lot to love about Elizabeth Wein's The Pearl Thief. Richly researched and always accessible, it's something that I always admire when I am reading her books. I feel like I learn so much, even if it may not always be perfectly accurate.

I am going to state something: I did nearly DNF this book. The beginning is very, very, very slow, and I wouldn't fault readers for ditching this one early given the beginning. However, I found for me, each section of the novel really did grow on me, bit by bit. This is a story that slowly builds to it's climax, and it takes its time. That actually does make it somewhat different from Wein's other books (and I've read all of her historical fiction to date).

For me, this book was less about the characters and more about what is happening in Scotland regarding the river pearl industry, as well as a larger family conspiracy regarding pearls and Mary the Queen of Scots. The mystery in this book, much like the writing, is a slow burn and I think for some readers that will be problematic. I am fine with a slow burn if the build up still keeps me interested, and I won't lie, sometimes this book meandered in ways I didn't always enjoy.

If you've read the other books in the Code Name Verity series, I think you'll still enjoy this installment. It's definitely very different from some of the other novels in the series, but I still think Wein is a fantastic writer with the ability to capture locations in a way that is vivid and emotional. The Pearl Thief is a solid book, but it's hard to capture the magic of the other books in the series in the same way.

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marthabwaters
Apr 30, 2017

I love Code Name Verity to an insane degree, so I literally squealed in delight when I learned Elizabeth Wein was writing a prequel. And look – this was so. good. Is it as good as Code Name Verity? Well, no – that book left me an emotional wreck, on top of being insanely cleverly designed, and it is just a masterpiece. But this! This was still SO excellent. It’s set in 1930s Scotland, and it’s a coming-of-age story, and it’s also a mystery, and it’s full of period detail, and the Scottish setting is so beautifully drawn, and and and and this might be my favorite book I’ve read in 2017 so far. It’s especially poignant for readers who’ve read Code Name Verity and know Julie’s fate, but it would also serve as a lovely introduction to this character for readers new to Wein’s work. I loved this so much.

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