The Good Thief

The Good Thief

Book - 2008
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Richly imagined, gothically spooky, and replete with the ingenious storytelling ability of a born novelist,The Good Thief introduces one of the most appealing young heroes in contemporary fiction and ratifies Hannah Tinti as one of our most exciting new talents. Twelve year-old Ren is missing his left hand. How it was lost is a mystery that Ren has been trying to solve for his entire life, as well as who his parents are, and why he was abandoned as an infant at Saint Anthony's Orphanage for boys. He longs for a family to call his own and is terrified of the day he will be sent alone into the world. But then a young man named Benjamin Nab appears, claiming to be Ren's long-lost brother, and his convincing tale of how Ren lost his hand and his parents persuades the monks at the orphanage to release the boy and to give Ren some hope. But is Benjamin really who he says he is? Journeying through a New England of whaling towns and meadowed farmlands, Ren is introduced to a vibrant world of hardscrabble adventure filled with outrageous scam artists, grave robbers, and petty thieves. If he stays, Ren becomes one of them. If he goes, he's lost once again. As Ren begins to find clues to his hidden parentage he comes to suspect that Benjamin not only holds the key to his future, but to his past as well. From the Hardcover edition.
Publisher: New York, NY : Dial Press, [2008]
Copyright Date: ©2008
ISBN: 9780385337458
Characteristics: 327 pages ; 22 cm


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Nov 26, 2019

I thought it was an interesting story and enjoyed loving some of the characters while hating others. I do feel like the ending was lacking, like maybe it tried too hard in a way, but it wasn't bad. Overall, I found this to be an easy read that held my attention and ultimately didn't disappoint.

Aug 14, 2019

From Greg -- finally I got my happy ending but not until many hardships had been experienced.

CRRL_VirginiaJ Jun 08, 2017

There's a lot of wit and heart to this book, set in 19th-century New England. When a one-armed orphan finally defies the odds and is adopted (for most families only want to adopt the obviously capable), he is extremely happy, particularly when the man who adopts him claims to be his long-lost brother.

Jun 05, 2016

Compelling story, but the plot dragged at points and the characters often seemed one-dimensional.

Nov 25, 2014

Clever and old fashioned

WVMLStaffPicks Oct 20, 2014

Against all odds, the elegant man picks one-handed Ren from the line-up of boys at Saint Anthony’s orphanage and claims him as his long lost brother. Of course, in this clever, old-fashioned, larger-than-life adventure, all is not as it seems. Now an accomplice to a con-artist, Ren utters Hail Marys across19th-century New England, narrowly escaping disaster as the risks escalate with the growing humour, farce, and charm. Fine storytelling that would make a great family read-aloud.

path111 Mar 07, 2014

A twelve year old orphan is adopted by a young man claiming to be his brother. Ren hopes to find a family. But also looking an answer to how he came to be abandoned and whatever happened to the his left hand. Interesting story with many turns, (maybe too many). I found the narrative confusing at times.

StratfordLibrary Mar 22, 2013

Blind Date With a Book Comment: "A real gem of a book with great guys - Ren, Benjamin - delicious villain."

Aug 16, 2012

Persistence paid off with this book. And heroes aren't always who or where you expect.

Blackjack_1 Aug 18, 2011

great, gritty read- boy hero!

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