The Thief Knot: A Greenglass House Story

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Ghosts, a kidnapping, a crew of young detectives, and family secrets mix in this new standalone mystery set in the world of the best-selling Greenglass House, from a National Book Award nominee and Edgar Award–winning author.
 
Marzana and her best friend are bored. Even though they live in a notorious city where normal rules do not apply, nothing interesting ever happens to them. Nothing, that is, until Marzana’s parents are recruited to help solve an odd crime, and she realizes that this could be the excitement she’s been waiting for. She assembles a group of kid detectives with special skills—including the ghost of a ship captain’s daughter—and together, they explore hidden passageways, navigate architecture that changes overnight, and try to unravel the puzzle of who the kidnappers are—and where they’re hiding. But will they beat the deadline for a ransom that’s impossible to pay?
 
Legendary smugglers, suspicious teachers, and some scary bad guys are just a few of the adults the crew must circumvent while discovering hidden truths about their families and themselves in this smart, richly imagined tale.
 
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About the author

Kate Milford is the New York Times best-selling author of the Edgar Award–winning, National Book Award nominee Greenglass House as well as Ghosts of Greenglass House, Bluecrowne, The Boneshaker, The Broken Lands, and The Left-Handed Fate. She lives with her family in Brooklyn, New York.
www.greenglasshousebooks.com
Twitter: @KateMilford
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Publisher
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
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Published on
Jan 14, 2020
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Pages
464
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ISBN
9780358164272
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Language
English
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Genres
Juvenile Fiction / Action & Adventure / General
Juvenile Fiction / Fairy Tales & Folklore / General
Juvenile Fiction / Fantasy & Magic
Juvenile Fiction / Ghost Stories
Juvenile Fiction / Mysteries & Detective Stories
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Recipient of the prestigious Mom's Choice Award honoring excellence and a 2015-2016 New Book Award winner. (Originally published as The Cape Cod Witch and the Legend of the Pirate.) On a field trip to Boston's historic Freedom Trail, ElsBeth and her classmates encounter a famous freedom fighter, the ghostly Captain Thomas Jacques, who spirits them across treacherous waters to Nantucket Island — in the daring rescue attempt of a kidnapped, modern-day Arabian prince. Along the way they find out about fighting for freedom and caring for something bigger than themselves. Readers also discover a treasure chest of historical nuggets and Cape and Islands lore, together with a brief sketch of the authentic pirates featured in Books I and II. Includes twenty-three original color illustrations.

Odyssey Reviews: This story is filled to the brim with adventure, plenty of vivid and likable characters (even the cranky teacher, Ms. Finch) and topped with history and important environmental lessons for the young reader.

ElsBeth serves as a lovely example of a tenacious and passionate girl, who is able to navigate and overcome some fairly scary adversities to positively help those in need in the end.

Finally, illustrator Melanie Therrien has also returned to include her vibrant pictures that add a perfect touch and emphasis to this Cape Cod Witch Series.  

And if that's not enough to capture a reader's attention, there is real history information and recipes tucked in the back of the book. The treasures in this tale will undoubtedly capture young readers' hearts, as they wonder what will happen next, and should definitely not be passed over.
The “thrilling, gothic, gorgeous” prequel to The Boneshaker, set in 19th-century New York City (Adam Gidwitz, New York Times-bestselling author).

A crossroads can be a place of great power. So begins this deliciously spine-tingling novel set in the colorful world of 1877 Coney Island. Few crossroads compare to the one being formed by the Brooklyn Bridge and the East River, and as the bridge’s construction progresses, forces of unimaginable evil seek to bend that power to their advantage. Only two orphans with unusual skills stand in their way. Can the teenagers Sam, a card sharp, and Jin, a fireworks expert, stop them before it’s too late? Here is a richly textured, slow-burning thriller about friendship, courage, and the age-old fight between good and evil.

“A glimpse into a past that feels frighteningly real, The Broken Lands explodes off the page with unforgettable moments of skin-crawling terror and heart-stopping bravery. It thrilled me, enchanted me, terrified me, and by the end, made me fall in love.”—Robin Wasserman, author of Girls on Fire

“The Broken Lands weaves hobo and drifter legends, post-Civil War Americana, and Coney Island’s tawdry history into a desperately romantic, can’t-put-it-down scary tale of young love and ancient magic. A superb second novel, rich, complex, and beautifully written.”—Chris Moriarty, author of The Inquisitor’s Apprentice series

“A true delight to fans of history, fantasy, and the triumph of good.”—Bulletin (starred review)

“This seamless blend of fantasy and historical fiction is ripe with rich, gritty detail . . . Readers will be captivated.”—Kirkus Reviews

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