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Crookhaven: The School for Thieves

Children's, Age 9-12
Paperback Published on: 02/03/2023
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Bookseller Reviews

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Modern day Robin Hood!
Wow! Thank you Hodder for sending me a proof of this wonderful book in exchange for an honest review. So about a year ago I was chatting to a customer wh... READ MORE
Denise Gale
A Charming Boarding School Story... with a Twist!
This book is filled with all the heart and joy of a classic middle grade boarding school story... with a crooked twist! Scrappy orphan Gabriel must pick po... READ MORE
Clara at Barnet
Harry Potter but with Thieves!
I really enjoyed this, it’s a heart warming tale filled with thievery and boarding schools and found family - what’s not to love? The characters are fun... READ MORE
Rachel Matthews
You’re good. I’m better.
I’m loving this series. So far I have read the two available, but- I have been told there’s to be a third. I hope there will be more. Gabriel is a pick ... READ MORE
Sue Chambers
A fast paced, exciting mystery
When Gabriel finds himself attending a school for crooks he isn't sure what to expect. He starts learning vital skills to become a crook and along the way ... READ MORE
Sarah in Wolverhampton


'So this is really a school for criminals.' It was meant as a question, though it came out more as an accusation. 'We are so much more than that,' Caspian said, sitting in a plush leather chair and gesturing for Gabriel to sit in a similar one across the table. 'We are a home for the forgotten, a sanctuary for the lost and ... yes, a training ground for the greatest crooks of the future.' 13-year-old Gabriel is a brilliant pickpocket, a skill which he uses to keep his often empty belly not quite so empty. And then one day, he's caught. But instead of being arrested, he is invited by the mysterious Caspian Crook to attend Crookhaven - a school for thieves. At Crookhaven, students are trained in lock-picking, forgery and 'crim-nastics', all with the intention of doing good out in the world, by conning the bad and giving back to the innocent. But ... can you ever really trust a thief? With a school wide competition to be crowned Top Crook and many mysteries to uncover, Gabriel's first year at Crookhaven will be one to remember.

  • Publisher: Hachette Children's Group
  • ISBN: 9781444965735
  • Number of pages: 336
  • Weight: 236g
  • Dimensions: 138 x 214 x 24 mm

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Fantastic Read
Thank you to the publishers for this early review copy, this is a FANTASTIC debut! I love it and would happily devour book 2 right now if only it was avail... READ MORE
Fiona Sharp
‘Crookhaven: we do wrong to put the world right.’
‘Alone you can become exceptional; together you can become unstoppable.’ The only thing Gabriel Avery’s parents left when they abandoned him was a 2p coin... READ MORE
Schizanthus  Nerd
Must read
"Crookhaven" is an amazing book. I love the characters and the plot. The story is warm, interesting and funny. I can't wait for the sequel
Jovana Saric
Really good
This book was really fun to read and the idea of a secret school made it even more exciting. I would recommend this book to people between the age of 10 ... READ MORE
Gemma Rundle
This book is so good it's CRIMINAL.
This book is so good it's CRIMINAL. This nimble-fingered tale of Found Family is sure to steal your heart.