Megan Whalen Turner

New York Times Bestseller
LA Times Book Award for Young Adult Literature. Boston Globe Horn Book Honor. Newbery Honor.
Winner of the Mythopoeic Award

"These are the titles that reignited our love for literature."

The Thief, by Megan Whalen Turner. "I began with Turner’s 1996 novel, which I’d loved in middle school but mostly forgotten. Set in a preindustrial Hellenistic world with a vividly imagined history and mythology, the book’s titular pickpocket, Gen, is a charming scoundrel who’s sprung from jail and drafted for a mysterious mission. The reasons why he travels across the country, and what his companions need a thief for, trickle out slowly alongside intrigue and banter. Turner’s story is heavy on politics and reality, which makes its mysterious supernatural implications irresistible. And when I reached the crucial, climactic twist that gives the entire journey a new meaning, the revelation of a character’s true identity and my giddy original discovery of it more than a decade ago rushed back. I immediately picked up its sequel, just as I had the first time around, and read all the way through the five other books in the series—ending with the serendipitously released 2020 conclusion, Return of the Thief." — The Atlantic Culture Desk. August 5, 2022

"A new window into the world of the Queen’s Thief series"

What reader has not wished to linger a little longer in the world of a beloved story? With a compendium of short stories and fragments—some previously published and some brand new—Turner invites her readers to do exactly that. With the close of Return of the Thief (2020), Eugenides and the other monarchs of the Little Peninsula returned triumphant from war and ready to embark on the happily-ever-after portions of their stories. This new installment doesn’t contradict that closure so much as deepen the story that preceded it. The entries, best appreciated by those already familiar with the earlier books, are ordered chronologically. They leap around in time, space, and style, bridging old narrative gaps and sketching out entirely new side roads that are ripe for exploration, while flitting between storytelling styles and voices. Interspersed with the morsels of story are reflections, flashes of memory, and fascinating historical context from the author. The result is a reading experience that is as cozy as it is expansive, answering questions even as it provokes more. The book is illuminated with precise, sumptuous, black-and-white illustrations by So’Oteh. Ethereal cursive commentary by Moira, messenger of the gods, is sprinkled throughout.
A gift fans of the series will treasure. (map, character list) (Fantasy. 13-18) Kirkus Review of Moira's Pen

Return of the Thief Return of the Thief

Starred reviews: The Horn Book, School Library Journal,
and The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

Thief QueenOfAttolia KingOfAttolia ConspiracyOfKings Thick as Thieves


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