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Lee Raven, Boy Thief Paperback – 7 Feb 2008
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Lee Raven, boy thief, has stolen something he really didn't mean to. Now he faces a perilous flight through London (and the murky sewers below) as he tries to escape capture - because Lee has stolen the Book of Nebo, a book that has existed for thousands of years and tells every story and legend known to man. It's priceless. Some will even kill to possess it. The pressure mounts and the future of Nebo is in Lee's hands - can he prevent the most dangerous ending of them all?See all Product description
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For myself, I liked the envirenmental references and the conceit that a book is what you want it to be or what you make of it. The idea that the reader can be complicit in a narrative is represented this way. The multiple narrators make it a bit challenging for some (child) readers, but I found this technique crucial to the enjoyment of this book. The value of the written word is also emphasised in a post 'global warmed' world. This book could facilitate many disucssions in class.
The bad boys of the Raven family are good boys really. When they are successful in crime, they dash their mum some caio - or give her some cash. Lee and his brothers are crims in 2040s London. They carry skellies - skeleton keys to open any lock - and they know the secret roads of London's sewers by heart.
But Lee makes a mistake: he's papped while dipping. The paparazzo's photo of him stealing the wallet of Romana Asteriosy, one of the richest, and crookedest, of the rich Russians in London, is on all the front pages.
Now Lee's on the run.
This story, told by a mother-and-schoolkid authorial team, has a magical twist with every page.
A great book, brilliant fun.
My favourite line: "Or at least, to paraphrase the philosopher Jagger, if I don't give them what they want, I give them what they need."
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