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Thief! [Hardcover]

Malorie Blackman
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)

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9 Mar 1995
A fast-moving novel by the author of "Hacker". Accused of theft, 12-year-old Lydia flees to the bleak, empty moors. A strange, swirling storm suddenly whirls her into the future - a future in which bitterness, pain and hatred have distorted everyone's life. Why has she been brought there?

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  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Doubleday (9 Mar 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385405049
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385405041
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 13.2 x 2.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,685,030 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Malorie Blackman is acknowledged as one of today's most imaginative and convincing writers for young readers. The novels in her Noughts & Crosses sequence have won several awards, including the Red House Children's Book Award, and she has won many other awards for her books. Both Hacker and Thief! won the Young Telegraph/Gimme 5 Award - Malorie is the only author to have won this award twice - while Hacker also won the WH Smith Mind-Boggling Books Award in 1994.

Her work has appeared on screen, with Pig-Heart Boy, which was shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal, being adapted into a BAFTA-winning TV serial. Malorie has also written a number of titles for younger readers including Cloud Busting, which won the Smarties Silver Award, The Monster Crisp Guzzler and Whizziwig. In 2005, Malorie was honoured with the Eleanor Farjeon Award in recognition of her distinguished contribution to the world of children's books. In 2008, she was then honoured with an OBE for her services to Children's Literature.

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"Impossible to put down" (Sunday Telegraph)

"Gripping tale" (Independent on Sunday)

"An exciting and ambitious story . . . Behind the fast-moving adventure and the gadgets and gizmos of the 21st century, however, lies a moral tale which successfully raises important issues about conscience, society and human behaviour" (TES)

"Gets off to an exciting start and the tension never lets up" (Newcastle upon Tyne Evening Chronicle) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Thief! is a gripping futuristic novel about friendship, trust and the importance of forgiveness from the author of the bestselling Noughts and Crosses sequence. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lyddy and Dan Henson 12 Jun 2011
By Boo
Thief is a great book about a family named the Henson's. They move to Tarwich-a country side village-away from the loud noises of cars and and street life in London. Lydia Henson struggles to settle in with the new environment but can't seeing as she lost her new BFF Frankie and is blamed for steeling the Sports cup from her new school, even though she is not guilty. When Lydia runs away from home, she is caught and thrown into the future. When she finds out about the future village of Tarwich, she meets people-some recognisable-others completely new. As new rules are made, Lydia seems more confused and cannot believe what has happened to her home. When something unbelieveable happens, Lydia finds herself in danger and needs to get home. The future is in her hands, and will Lyddy be able to change the future for the best? You'll have to find out...

Fantastic book, one of Malorie's best! Thanks for reading! Hope you enjoy it as much as I did :)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Gripping 24 Mar 2007
This is a story of how one girl Lydia,was deamonised and framed because of jealousy and spite.It is a gripping book and I would reccomend it to anyone who likes reading or dectective novels.I think the blurb is a bit misleading though.Lydia is a 12 year old girl who has moved from London to a town called Tarwich.She is then framed by the villain of the novel Anne Turner for stealing the Collivale cup.

Beware the end is quite mind boggling and although it is cliched it is quite surprising how Lydia finally wins the battle to prove she is innocent.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A gripping read 16 Nov 2007
My 9yo son borrowed this book from his school library and I read it with him. But then I found it so gripping that I wanted more than just our father-and-son reading sessions with this book. I took it away and read it all to myself - and once I'd started, I couldn't put it down.

This is a superb book - accessible and not too challenging to read, but more gripping than any Harry Potter tome. On one level, it's a simple adventure story about a girl who wants to prove she's innocent of a crime she's been accused of. On another level, it's about the challenges of growing up and being accepted. And it's about so much more than that as well...

To put it simply, Malorie Blackman shows with this book that she is an author who really and truly understands her readers, and is able to give them what they want - a bit of real-life drama, the kind that any teenage school pupil can relate to; plus a nerve-jangling adventure, and a bit of psychology, showing how over-reacting to any bad situation will only make matters worse, with potentially catastrophic results...

All in all, a wonderful book that I can't recommend highly enough.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow! 2 May 2014
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I really couldn't put this book down! It was amazing! I would definitely recommend this book to younger kids who enjoy reading.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great 16 Feb 2014
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it was amazing

I loved it so much I couldn't put it down
highly recommended for any age girls or boys
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning 28 July 2013
By Valerie
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An excellent book. Very exciting. I read it in 1 day and I'm 12. You always want to carry on to see what's going to happen.
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5.0 out of 5 stars AMAZING!!! 12 Aug 2014
By Ksenia
Brilliant book one of malorie Blackmans best book I always wanted to read this even at school (I use to take this book to school) A book about a girl called Lydia who gets blamed for taking a school sports cup and getting upset about it and going to the moors notified how easy it was to get lost, then gets nocked unconscious in to a electrical storm witch takes her in to the future...
written by Vladimir,8 years old.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars MIND BLOWING 17 Jun 2014
By Dragon
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This book is so engaging! Every word makes you read on! I would definitely recommend this to anyone that I meet.
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