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The Fire Thief (Fire Thief Trilogy) Hardcover – 16 Jan 2006


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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Kingfisher Books Ltd; First Edition edition (16 Jan. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0753411482
  • ISBN-13: 978-0753411483
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 3 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 364,963 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Terry was born in Sunderland, England, in 1946 and now lives in County Durham, in the North-east of England.

Terry's father (Billy) was a butcher in Hendon, Sunderland, and his mother (Freda) was the manageress of a clothing shop. He worked many years in his father's butcher shop as a boy. It was better than school where he was beaten, bullied and abused by his loathsome teachers.

Terry began his career as a professional actor in 1972 when he joined Theatre Powys in Mid-Wales. He has also worked as a theatre-director, museum manager, drama teacher, television presenter. He first acted on television in 1973 and in 2010 he made his debut in movies with a small part in a British film "Risen"

As an actor with Theatre Powys Terry began writing scripts for some of the shows. One of the most successful was a children's show called "The Custard Kid". The "Custard Kid" tour ended but Terry didn't want to lose the exciting tale so he turned it into a children's novel. That first novel was published by A & C Black who are still publishing his books 35 years later.

In 35 years as an author his writing has included fiction and popular non-fiction. He also writes TV, theatre, radio, audio and new media scripts.

In 2009 CBBC Television launched a major television series of his Horrible Histories which has gone on to win several Children's BAFTA awards. In February 2011 the TV series won a British Comedy Award for best sketch show - the first children's show ever to win a Comedy Award. The same month Terry Deary became the 10th most-borrowed author in British libraries.

In 2010 there was a computer game adaptation for Nintendo Wii, DS and PC. A series of theatre plays, 'Horrible Histories', have been created in collaboration with Birmingham Stage Company touring throughout 2006 - 2012.

His next projects are with film companies to animate a 28-part worldwide television series "Terry Deary's True Time Tales" as well as adapting his "The Fire Thief" trilogy of fiction for movies. In 2011 Terry will scriupt a movie about football called 90 Minutes.

His charity work includes being patron of Single Homeless Action Initiative in Derwentside (SHAID), Grace House Children's Hospice appeal and Integrating Children is a small charity based in North Durham providing children with disabilities the chance to take part in leisure activities and enjoy the same opportunities as the non-disabled .

Terry was awarded a degree as Doctor of Education at Sunderland University in 2000 and is an ambassador for his home city of Sunderland. In 2011 he won the Sheffield Childrten's Book award for his novel "Put out the light" - a book that was also nominated for the prestigious Carnegie Medal in 2012.

Terry has been married to Jenny since 1975 and their daughter Sara is a talented event rider who competes at international level. See her Shivers Event Team website. In June 2011 Sara had twins, Harry and Jessica, Terry and Jenny's first grand-children.

In his spare time Terry is a road runner with Derwentside Athletic Club and takes part in races from 3 miles up to the Great North Run 13.1 miles.

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A rollicking add-on to the story of Prometheus ... a cracking time-travelling story. -- Julia Eccleshare, Guardian Children's Books Editor, February 2006

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Prometheus is on the run from an avenging eagle and finds himself escaping to Eden City in 1858. His new friend Jim is a young orphan and petty criminal who ‘relieves’ the wealthy of their worldly possessions. But two fugitives together means double trouble as the frenetic action jumps from Mount Olympus to the seedy taverns of Dickensian Eden City. Will Prometheus’s soft spot for humans in need betray him to the deadly eagle? --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By TeensReadToo TOP 500 REVIEWER on 3 July 2007
Format: Hardcover
I think kids between the ages of 4th to 8th grade would love this book. It is short and easy to read and the footnotes are hilarious.

It begins at the dawn of time with Prometheus, who is chained to a rock because he brought fire to humankind. Theus, for short, was a titan and Zeus, the king of the Gods, made sure that he never forgot what he did. Every morning while chained to the rock, a fury would come and tear out his liver. Of course by nightfall Theus would be alive again. Well, when we start the story, Hercules has arrived and helped Theus escape. Zeus discovers this and challenges Theus to find a hero among the humans. If he does he will be forgiven.

Theus sets out and crosses time to 1858 and lands in the murky city known as Eden City. Eden City is very Dickens-like. It is full of zany characters, poor people, rich fiends, and thrilling situations. There Theus meets Jim, an orphan, who has fallen in with a diabolical thief, Uncle Edward. He gets involved with their caper and within twenty-four hours all of the characters lives have changed for the better.

Terry Deary, while teaching about Greek mythology, has written a story that is exciting and funny -- which is a wonderful combination. This is the first of three books in THE FIRE THIEF series, and I need to go finish the second one. Go pick up a copy of THE FIRE THIEF. You won't be sorry.

Reviewed by: Marta Morrison
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 24 Feb. 2006
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with it's witty footnotes, enticing plots and loveable characters it shows you, or at least showed me, how much a story and your opinions of the characters can change because for once prometheus the fire stealer is portrayed in his own mind and ideas. a must have for anybody who remotely likes the words greek and myths put together.
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I fell in love with this book from the very first page and couldn't put it down. It draws you in with its easy flowing style as the writer, young orphan Jim, tells his story of how he met the ancient Greek Titan Prometheus and their adventurous couple of days in the city of Eden City in 1858. The humourous footnotes throughout the book were an added bonus. Normally, I find footnotes distracting, but in this book, they added to the pleasure. A book for all ages, it doesn't really tell you much about the ancient Greek gods, but it does have a good storyline. All too soon, it was over and while it doesn't end on a cliffhanger, it does make you want to go out and buy the next 2 books in the trilogy. I know I will.
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I enjoyed The Fire Thief and it was very well written with lots of quirky footnotes.

It's told from the Point of View of a young boy named Jim. He has been 'saved' from an orphanage by the man he calls 'Uncle Eddie.' Uncle Eddie is many things, a cheat, a liar, a Thief and an incredible good actor. He puts on shows in rich peoples homes while Jim scurries the building in search of loot.

When they meet Prometheus, cousin of The God Zeus...there lives may change forever.
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A great read which helped my grandson and me to remember the Greek Gods and humour throughout the book was appreciated.
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