The Good Thief


Author: Hannah Tinti

Title: The Good Thief

Genre: Historical Fiction

Publication Date: 2008

Number of Pages: 327

Geographical Setting: Various locations in New England

Time Period: 1800s

Series: N/A

Plot Summary: Ren is an orphan and accomplished thief who has spent most of his life living at Saint Anthony’s Orphanage for boys waiting for someone to adopt him and longing to be part of a family. He is passed over time and again because of his missing left hand until one day Benjamin Nab appears claiming to be his brother. The two set out, along with Benjamin’s friend Tom, to North Umbrage to rob graves and sell the bodies to the local hospital. Along the way Ren meets a host of characters and learns more about his past.

Subject Headings: Orphans-Fiction, New England-Fiction, United States History -1783-1865-Fiction

Appeal: deliberate, eccentric, character-centered, historical details, small-town, bleak, darker, layered, candid, vivid

3 terms that best describes this book: historical, bleak, vivid

Similar Authors- Fiction

Me and Billy by James Collier (two orphans, one struggling to maintain his morality and the other eager for money, team up with a Professor in search of gold)

Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens (classic tale of an orphan searching for his family while struggling to stay true to himself)

Kidnapped by Robert Louis Stevens (A kidnapped orphan travels the seas and fights for his rightful inheritance)

Similar Authors – Nonfiction

The Italian boy: a Tale of Murder and Body Snatching in 1830s London by Sarah Wise (true story of grave robbers in 1800 England)

Orphan trains: The Story of Charles Loring Brace and the Children He Saved and Failed by Stephen O’Connor (Children’s Aid Society History involving orphans from New York City sent to the Midwest)

The Belles of New England: the Women of the Textile Mills and the Families Whose Wealth They Wove by William Moran (for anyone intrigued by the mousetrap girls and who want to know what it was like for women working in factories)


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