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  • ISBN: 9781481419482
  • ISBN: 148141948X
  • ISBN: 9781481419499
  • ISBN: 1481419498
  • Physical Description: pages cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, [2019]

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In 1920s New York City, a young girl with a deformed foot recruits her new friends, a female pickpocket and two circus performers, to help recover an emerald from her grandfather's mansion in upstate New York after he loses his home to an unscrupulous tycoon.

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2019 July #1
    Rundell (The Explorer, 2017) imparts her childlike sense of wonder to her latest novel, a caper set in 1920s Manhattan, populated by gangsters, circus performers, and pickpockets. It's to this intoxicating scene that Vita Marlowe arrives with her mother, in order to move her ailing grandfather to England with them. As Grandpa recounts how conniving Victor Sorrotore tricked him out of his home, Hudson Castle, Vita devises a plan to steal back an emerald necklace hidden there and use it to buy back Hudson Castle. Passionate, intelligent Vita sneaks around the city, undeterred by her painful leg—a polio souvenir—recruiting uniquely talented kids for the execution of her plan. The intrigue and excitement of the heist plot is supported by fantastic historical elements, such as the indoor circus once held in Carnegie Hall. Vita tests her own limits, and readers will thrill at her cleverness, tenacity, and close escapes. For all the high-flying exploits, the narrative is anchored in familial love and the bonds of friendship, rendering it a satisfying read at every level. Grades 3-6. Copyright 2019 Booklist Reviews.

Author Notes

Katherine Rundell is the author of RooftoppersCartwheeling in Thunderstorms (a Boston Globe–Horn Book Award winner), The Wolf Wilder, and The Explorer. She grew up in Zimbabwe, Brussels, and London, and is currently a Fellow of All Souls College, Oxford. She begins each day with a cartwheel and believes that reading is almost exactly the same as cartwheeling: it turns the world upside down and leaves you breathless. In her spare time, she enjoys walking on tightropes and trespassing on the rooftops of Oxford colleges.

Charles Santoso loves drawing little things in his little journal and dreaming about wondrous stories. He gathers inspiration from his childhood memories, and curiosities he discovers in his everyday travels. He has illustrated several picture books, including I Don’t Like Koala by Sean Ferrell. Charles also works as a visual development artist, creating illustrations for feature film projects. He lives and works in Sydney, Australia. You can visit him at

Subject: Adventure and adventurers > Fiction.
Friendship > Fiction.
Grandfathers > Fiction.
Stealing > Fiction.
People with disabilities > Fiction.
New York (N.Y.) > History > 1898-1951 > Fiction.
JUVENILE FICTION / Social Issues / Friendship.
JUVENILE FICTION / Action & Adventure / General.
JUVENILE FICTION / Performing Arts / Circus.

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