The Good Thief (Large Print / Hardcover, Large Print)

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An instant classic. This debut novel will not be forgotten in five years like so many. Like much of the best English literature, an orphan boy, Ren, is central to the story. Ren is released from an orphanage into the care of his "long-lost brother". Brother or not, Benjamin Nob is a con man and a rogue. Ren is about to get an education in the ways of scoundrels.

— Lyn

Fall '09/Winter '10 Reading Group List

“Hannah Tinti's The Good Thief features an orphan, a con man, a giant zombie, a mad doctor, a dwarf, and a sinister factory. Need I say more? It takes a pretty incredible writer to create a 19th-century boy's adventure story with a wry, 21st-century sensibility. Once you begin, you'll be saying 'just one more chapter.'”
— Jessica Stockton, McNally Jackson Books, New York, NY

September 2008 Indie Next List

“Ren, one of many orphans at Saint Anthony's Orphanage for boys, is approaching the age when he will be conscripted into the army. A swaggering Benjamin Nab appears and claims Ren as his long-lost brother. But, as soon as they are on the way, it is clear that Benjamin Nab is not anything he seems to be. Tinti has written a wonderful, compelling novel.”
— Lyn Roberts, Square Books, Oxford, MS


A Dickensian cast of characters in 19th-century New England comes brilliantly to life in this wondrous debut novel about an orphaned boy and the colorful con man who claims to be his brother.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781410412072
Large Print: Yes
Publisher: Thorndike Press
Publication Date: January 1st, 2009
Pages: 481