Welcome to this week’s Spotlight Saturday where I shine the spotlight on an Australian book I think deserves to be read. Today I am shining the spotlight on the middle grade book ‘The Keepers: Museum of Thieves’ by Lian Tanner. And this is the third book I have read for the Australian Women Writers challenge 2013.
The synopsis from Goodreads: Welcome to the tyrannical city of Jewel, where impatience is a sin and boldness a crime.
Goldie Roth has lived in Jewel all her life. Like every child in the city, she wears a silver guardchain and is forced to obey the dreaded Blessed Guardians. She has never done anything by herself and won’t be allowed out on the streets unchained until Separation Day. But when Separation Day is cancelled, Goldie – who has always been both impatient and bold – runs away, risking not only her own life but also the lives of those she has left behind. In the chaos that follows, she is lured to the mysterious Museum of Dunt, where she meets the boy Toadspit and discovers terrible secrets. Only the cunning mind of a thief can understand the museum’s strange, shifting rooms. Fortunately, Goldie has a talent for thieving – which is just as well, because the leader of the Blessed Guardians has his own plans for the museum – plans that threaten the lives of everyone Goldie loves. And it will take a daring thief to stop him…
5 out of 5 stars.
Being an adult, I don’t read much middle grade fiction (but I do love my YA) but when I saw the cover of this and then read the blurb I was hooked and reeled in. To me, a good story is a good story whether it is written for children or adults, and this was a very good story.
Museum of thieves was a thrilling fantasy with heart pumping action that would be enjoyed by both girls and boys. It is set in a world much like our own except that children are the most precious commodity and therefore always chained to an adult or one of the Blessed Guardians, never able to really be children.
Goldie, who is always getting in trouble, can’t wait to be separated. Separation Day is upon her, until a terrible incident causes the day to be cancelled. Goldie cannot stand the thought of spending another hour in chains let alone who knows how long. She frees herself and escapes to the Museum of Dunt the only safe place to hide in the city. But the museum is unlike a normal museum, full of magic and mystery.
We follow Goldie as she gets to know the museum and its keepers, including a boy her age named Toadspit. Each have a role to play in keeping the museum settled and the people of Jewel safe.
But the Guardians will not stop until they have found Goldie, and when the museum is brought to their attention, they won’t stop until they discover its secrets.
Goldie is brave and bold and doesn’t let fear hold her back. She is also smart and strong willed. Toadspit is also very brave, but he is headstrong and disgruntled by Goldie’s presences. When everything goes wrong and the adults cannot save the day, it is up to Goldie and Toadspit to do it.
The evil characters where evil indeed and I just wanted to pull my hair out at some of their actions.
Overall Museum of Thieves was a delightful and intriguing fantasy adventure. Both magical and spine-tingling in parts, I highly recommended it to the young (children 9 plus), and the young at heart.
You can add it to your Goodreads here: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/9462597-museum-of-thieves