The Grave Thief

Puffin Canada. Mar. 2022. 368p. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9780735269439.
Gr 3-7–Spade Archer Rustle doesn’t believe in luck. In Wyndhail, a grave robber born with a bad leg can’t exactly afford to rely on anything but his wits, after all. So when his father sends Spade and his younger brother, Benji, behind the Wyndhail castle walls to steal from a baron’s freshly dug grave, Spade’s not entirely surprised the plan doesn’t work. In order to free Benji from the dungeon—and armed with little more than his uncle Malachi’s fairy tales and the help of a persistent, adventure-hungry princess named Ember—Spade will have to face the most dreaded beast in the kingdom, the Woegon. Fast-paced and full of magic, this debut is sure to be a smash hit with fantasy and adventure lovers. Readers should come prepared with a box of tissues, however, as there are some tearjerker moments. Main characters are cued as white.
VERDICT An easy recommendation for fans of Neil Gaiman, Cornelia Funke, or Sayantani DasGupta. Recommended first purchase.

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