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Little Thieves: the New York Times bestseller (Hardback)

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Once upon a time, there was a horrible girl . . .



Vanja Schmidt knows that no gift is freely given, not even a mother's love. The adopted goddaughter of Death and Fortune, Vanja has long made her own way in the world as the dutiful servant of Princess Gisele. Until a year ago, when her otherworldly mothers demanded payment for their care, and Vanja decided to steal her future back . . . by stealing Gisele's life.



With the help of an enchanted string of pearls, Vanja transformed into her former mistress and took her place, leaving the real Gisele a penniless nobody. Now, Vanja leads a lonely but lucrative double life as princess and jewel thief, charming the nobility while emptying their coffers to fund her great escape. Until, one heist away from freedom, Vanja crosses the wrong god and is cursed to turn into jewels, stone by stone.



With a feral guardian half-god, Gisele's sinister fiance, and an overeager junior detective on her tail, Vanja has just two weeks to pull off her biggest grift yet, or she risks losing more than her freedom - she could lose her life.



In this delightfully irreverent retelling of 'The Goose Girl', Margaret Own crafts an unputdownable tale about stolen lives, thorny truths, and the wicked girls at the heart of both.

Children'sFiction & true storiesFantasy & magical realismFiction & PoetryFantasy Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton Publication Date: 19/10/2021 ISBN-13: 9781529381696  Details: Type: Hardback Format: Books
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Margaret Owen was born and raised at the end of the Oregon Trail, and now lives and writes in Seattle while negotiating a long-term hostage situation with her two monstrous cats. In her free time, she enjoys exploring ill-advised travel destinations, drawing a lot of nonsense, and raising money for social justice nonprofits.

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Customer Reviews

This loose retelling of Grimm's Goose Girl story is told by Vanja, who was handed over at the age of four by her mother to become the goddaughter of the low gods Death and Fortune. As the 13th daughter of a 13th daughter, she was simply considered bad luck. Vanja is 16 years old when the story starts, thieving, lying and impersonating her former mistress, Princess Gisele. Vanja is complex, incredibly clever, strong, vulnerable, witty and has sworn to never again be anyone's servant. The story has the ambience of a friend recounting the tale of her life to you in front of a fireplace. The world building was excellent, the magic system fascinating, the plot twisty, and the characters complex and endearing (except for the villain who was abominable). This book was a reader's paradise, it was so entertaining and engaging. I couldn't put it down, absolutely loved it and didn't want it to end. I appreciated the inclusion of LBGTQ+ characters in this fairy tale world. Please let there be a sequel.

- 24/11/2021
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