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This clever, fast-paced adventure is a mix of the Story Thieves series and Ready Player One! Oliver Nelson has a terrible secret-he's a thief. But he only steals books from the Garden Grove Library that are old, musty, brittle, or incomplete, like his favorite book, The Timekeeper's Children. No one reads anymore, and surely no one will miss them, right? Wrong. The Pribbles a This clever, fast-paced adventure is a mix of the Story Thieves series and Ready Player One! Oliver Nelson has a terrible secret-he's a thief. But he only steals books from the Garden Grove Library that are old, musty, brittle, or incomplete, like his favorite book, The Timekeeper's Children. No one reads anymore, and surely no one will miss them, right? Wrong. The Pribbles are famous inventors of the most popular toy in the world, alternate-reality goggles. They are also book collectors who are searching for The Timekeeper's Children, so the Pribbles hatch a plan. They invite Oliver, the last person to have checked it out, to their mansion and use special software from their goggles to steal the last remaining copy of the book--from inside Oliver's mind. Now, Oliver is thrust into the middle of the story and must help the main characters steal pieces scattered around the fictional world of Dulum to build a magical clock that can turn back time before the evil sorcerer Sigil takes over. They'll encounter hideous giants, bloodsucking bats, vicious eels, a Nasty Rodent Eater, a gang of wicked children, and a strange, dark figure that follows them from chapter to chapter, all the while with the Pribbles in pursuit. Can Oliver save Dulum before Sigil destroys everything? And will he finish The Timekeeper's Children before the Pribbles steal it from his mind?


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This clever, fast-paced adventure is a mix of the Story Thieves series and Ready Player One! Oliver Nelson has a terrible secret-he's a thief. But he only steals books from the Garden Grove Library that are old, musty, brittle, or incomplete, like his favorite book, The Timekeeper's Children. No one reads anymore, and surely no one will miss them, right? Wrong. The Pribbles a This clever, fast-paced adventure is a mix of the Story Thieves series and Ready Player One! Oliver Nelson has a terrible secret-he's a thief. But he only steals books from the Garden Grove Library that are old, musty, brittle, or incomplete, like his favorite book, The Timekeeper's Children. No one reads anymore, and surely no one will miss them, right? Wrong. The Pribbles are famous inventors of the most popular toy in the world, alternate-reality goggles. They are also book collectors who are searching for The Timekeeper's Children, so the Pribbles hatch a plan. They invite Oliver, the last person to have checked it out, to their mansion and use special software from their goggles to steal the last remaining copy of the book--from inside Oliver's mind. Now, Oliver is thrust into the middle of the story and must help the main characters steal pieces scattered around the fictional world of Dulum to build a magical clock that can turn back time before the evil sorcerer Sigil takes over. They'll encounter hideous giants, bloodsucking bats, vicious eels, a Nasty Rodent Eater, a gang of wicked children, and a strange, dark figure that follows them from chapter to chapter, all the while with the Pribbles in pursuit. Can Oliver save Dulum before Sigil destroys everything? And will he finish The Timekeeper's Children before the Pribbles steal it from his mind?

48 review for The Thieving Collectors of Fine Children's Books

  1. 5 out of 5

    Ms. Yingling

    E ARC provided by the author Oliver Nelson and his father live in somewhat straightened circumstances after the death of his mother, and he takes a lot of solace in reading in the Garden Grove library. Ms. Fringlemeier, the librarian, always has a smile and a book for him, and he immerses himself in books like the Swordflinger Saga. When the Pribbles, who are very wealthy because of their technology business that produces the wildly popular Pribble Entertainment Goggles, realize that the library E ARC provided by the author Oliver Nelson and his father live in somewhat straightened circumstances after the death of his mother, and he takes a lot of solace in reading in the Garden Grove library. Ms. Fringlemeier, the librarian, always has a smile and a book for him, and he immerses himself in books like the Swordflinger Saga. When the Pribbles, who are very wealthy because of their technology business that produces the wildly popular Pribble Entertainment Goggles, realize that the library has a book they want for their collection, they buy the entire library and shut it down. Unbeknownst even to the librarian, Oliver has been stealing books from the library. He has a strict code of what he will take (it has to be in poor condition and seem unread), but one book in his possession, The Timekeeper's Children, is one that the Pribbles want. This book is a particular favorite of Oliver's, even though the last chapter is missing. He no longer has the book, but the Pribbles invite him to their home because he is the last person to have checked out the book. While there, he finds that the Pribbles have a device called a Cortexia that can harvest the book from Oliver's mind. Wearing the Entertainment Goggles, the three are thrust into the story of The Timekeeper's Children. Written in the 1980s and having sold few copies, this tale of adventure is one of Mr. Pribble's favorites, and he wants to program the tale into the goggles. As Oliver advances through the tale, he meets Jack and Cora, the children of the timekeeper, who are on a quest to steal the crown of the King of Dulum and deliver it to a villain called Sigil. They hope to use their father's clock to turn back time and save their mother. In order to do so, they must work with the narrator, a creature named the Nasty Rodent Eater, and work their way through the story with the Pribbles hot on their trail. They also are shadowed by a mysterious figure whom they find out is the author of the story! They must face bats, eels, the Gang of Impervious Children, and figure out a riddle in order to get to the end of the book. But what is the end? Since Oliver doesn't remember, he needs to figure out what the best ending is for Jack and Cora. This reminded me, in the best way, of Townley's The Great Good Thing, while being a fresh, adventure filled tale. Like Claire, who had the only remaining copy of The Great Good Thing and who had a close relationship with the author, Oliver is determined to save The Timekeeper's Children. I loved this comment that he makes (in the uncorrected proof): "This is my book, too. I created it along the way, making it different and better than the author could ever dream." Claire and Oliver both get to live in the story, make changes, and put important characters in so that they continue to live. It doesn't hurt that the title of Oliver's book is very close to a book my daughter checked out of the public library so many times that I had to buy her a copy. The cover of the 1989 The Children of Time by Deborah Moulton is what I saw in my mind's eye as I was going through this book. I sometimes find fantasy hard going, and the intricate, interwoven plots were sometimes hard for me to follow, but these will enthrall fantasy readers who would dearly love to read The Swordflinger Saga if they were a real books. Oliver's love of literature is great to see, and his story is one that young readers can imagine themselves into. The Pribbles are delightful villains who are just quirky enough to be interesting and dangerous rather than annoying. The technology of the Entertainment Goggles is fascinating, and also makes a great point about imagination, and how the lure of constantly being connected to a phone or electronic device is damaging the ability of many children to enjoy books and use their imagination. The Thieving Collectors of Fine Children's Books is a great choice for readers who have a good background in high fantasy books like McMann's The Unwanteds or Anderson's The Dungeoneers, but also for those who enjoy a story-within-a-story novel, such as O'Donnell's Homerooms and Hall Passes, or McKay's The Last Dragon Charmer series. There are several mentions of one of my favorite books as well: Mary Norton's The Borrowers (1952). Perhaps readers will be encouraged to pick up that series when they are finished, but I hope they check it out of the library instead of stealing it!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Fleur Bradley

    If you have a kid reader in your life who loves books, you must buy them The Thieving Collectors of Fine Children's Books. The language is fun, charming and whimsical (think Roald Dahl), the fantasy will sweep you away, the adventure and cliffhangers keep you turning the pages, and the story-within-a-story element of this novel is perfect for sharp readers. Highly recommend! I was sorry to finish reading this book; I look forward to Adam Perry's next novel... If you have a kid reader in your life who loves books, you must buy them The Thieving Collectors of Fine Children's Books. The language is fun, charming and whimsical (think Roald Dahl), the fantasy will sweep you away, the adventure and cliffhangers keep you turning the pages, and the story-within-a-story element of this novel is perfect for sharp readers. Highly recommend! I was sorry to finish reading this book; I look forward to Adam Perry's next novel...

  3. 5 out of 5

    Ben Gartner

    A funny, laugh out loud, cheeky adventure novel kids and adults will love. It's an exciting page-turner reminiscent of The Phantom Tollbooth. Or sorta like Alice in Wonderland, but with more blood. The cliffhangers at nearly every chapter are brutal! Hard to put down. The video game aspect and the story-within-a-story reminded me of aspects of Ready Player One and the Neverending Story. The author at times inserts himself in a self-deprecating way that is irreverently amusing and endearing. There A funny, laugh out loud, cheeky adventure novel kids and adults will love. It's an exciting page-turner reminiscent of The Phantom Tollbooth. Or sorta like Alice in Wonderland, but with more blood. The cliffhangers at nearly every chapter are brutal! Hard to put down. The video game aspect and the story-within-a-story reminded me of aspects of Ready Player One and the Neverending Story. The author at times inserts himself in a self-deprecating way that is irreverently amusing and endearing. There's also some mind-bending, Inception-style concepts toward the end, but I won't spoil them. Definitely provided good fodder for imaginative discussion with my 13-year-old! This Roald Dahl-esque action thriller earned five stars from both myself and my son and we'll be sure to recommend it to anyone looking for a good time. Great as a read-aloud. Thank you to the author for an advance review copy. This is my honest review.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Mary

    Oliver Nelson is a ten-year-old boy growing up poor in a future filled with children who seem to have lost their ability to imagine. Instead of reading books, youth in Oliver’s time wear alternative reality goggles that create fictional worlds on their behalf, circumventing the need for imagination at all. Sadly, Oliver cannot afford goggles of his own, so he spends his days escaping the sadness of his mother’s death in the corners of his vacant local library. One day, the wealthy couple respons Oliver Nelson is a ten-year-old boy growing up poor in a future filled with children who seem to have lost their ability to imagine. Instead of reading books, youth in Oliver’s time wear alternative reality goggles that create fictional worlds on their behalf, circumventing the need for imagination at all. Sadly, Oliver cannot afford goggles of his own, so he spends his days escaping the sadness of his mother’s death in the corners of his vacant local library. One day, the wealthy couple responsible for the popular goggles comes to the library in search of a rare book—the very last copy of which is secretly hidden beneath Oliver’s bed. When the book is accidentally discarded and the only memory of the story resides in Oliver’s mind, his very memory is at stake. Thrust into a very real version of his favorite tale, Oliver must team up with its characters to save everything they hold dear. Breaking from many conventional storytelling techniques, this book shatters the fourth wall and often speaks directly to the reader. Surprising characters appear throughout the narrative, their presence explaining concepts like the narrator’s perspective and deus ex machina in delightfully comical ways. A story within a story in which a linear approach is not always suitable, readers will love the unpredictable plot twists that propel this story forward. Short chapters filled with dialogue, direct narration, and comic relief make this book at once well suited to middle grade readers and enjoyably accessible to older readers, as well. Whether spoken aloud or read silently, the captivating writing will occasionally make readers laugh out loud at a well-placed joke or groan inwardly at the delivery of a bad pun. A pictorial map at the beginning depicts one Oliver makes in the story and gives readers context about the land which is the focus of the book. Thorough descriptions of people and places make both come alive in the mind of the reader. Death and violence are intrinsic elements of this story, though readers are warned whenever a particularly grotesque scene is approaching. Uniquely executed, The Thieving Collectors of Fine Children’s Books celebrates the importance of stories in a way that will be enjoyed by readers of all ages for years to come.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Robert

    Amazing book. Think READY PLAYER ONE meets ... well, any children’s fantasy book. A must-read.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Jenn of The Bookish Society

    This story within a story is, as the kids say- so meta. It's an interesting premise to think about whether you'd want to be inside one of your favorite stories. Oliver is, and he's being chased. He has some secrets, and there is so much fun, snarky adventure in this near-perfect read-aloud. Kids who love libraries, stories, and the type of Lemony Snicket asides will adore this book. This story within a story is, as the kids say- so meta. It's an interesting premise to think about whether you'd want to be inside one of your favorite stories. Oliver is, and he's being chased. He has some secrets, and there is so much fun, snarky adventure in this near-perfect read-aloud. Kids who love libraries, stories, and the type of Lemony Snicket asides will adore this book.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Sam Subity

    This book grabbed me from the very first word and had me hooked through every mind-bending plot twist! The comparisons with Story Thieves and Ready Player One are apt, as it tells the story of a boy who through a pair of high-tech goggles is able to become a character in an out-of-print book that exists only in his mind, on the run from a pair of book collectors determined to add the story to their collection. The Thieving Collectors is a wonderfully unique, imaginative, and hilarious story!

  8. 5 out of 5

    LS Johnson

    So t to imagine a book within a game within a book.....and possibly all of that within a book. This was so clever and creative. My rating is based purely on my ability to try and stay caught up with what was happening. I’m a fan of any book that is about the value of books.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Adam Perry

    I liked it.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Beth Mendelsohn

    I received this e-ARC from Publisher’s Weekly and Little Bee Books in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own. Oliver Nelson, age 10, lives with his dad (mom has passed on) in the not-so-distant future. His father works hard to make ends meet so there not much money left for fun. What Oliver does have is a love of reading and spends many hours at the local library reading books. He loves some books so much that he steals them, but only the old, falling-apart, pages missing, etc., b I received this e-ARC from Publisher’s Weekly and Little Bee Books in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own. Oliver Nelson, age 10, lives with his dad (mom has passed on) in the not-so-distant future. His father works hard to make ends meet so there not much money left for fun. What Oliver does have is a love of reading and spends many hours at the local library reading books. He loves some books so much that he steals them, but only the old, falling-apart, pages missing, etc., books that no one will notice missing. While his classmates are immerged in the latest high-tech VR goggles, Oliver spends his bus ride reading. When Mrs. Fringlemeier, the town librarian, informs him that the library is closing for good, the guilt-ridden boy tries to return all the books he stole but he’s too late. The library has been bought by the Pribbles, the inventors of the aforementioned goggles, and who are now in possession of all the books, except the ones that Oliver tried to return as those, unfortunately, wound up being taken by the garbage truck. The Pribbles are looking for the only copy of a rare book, The Timekeeper’s Children, that Oliver had until the garbage truck incident. Now the only copy is in Oliver’s head and the Pribbles will do anything to get it. Using the goggles, the Pribbles go into the story in Oliver’s memory to extract the story and erase the plot from Oliver permanently. This book is similar to The Story Thieves series, except that Oliver can’t get out until he reaches the end of the book. This will especially appeal to those who like the twist of a story-within-a-story. It is a quick read that will have the reader rooting for Oliver and against the Pribbles. I would recommend this title for grades 3 and up. #TheThievingCollectorsOfFineChildrensBooks #LittleBeeBooks #PublishersWeekly

  11. 5 out of 5

    Sofia

    In a world where libraries are devoid of patrons and kids are obsessed with Alternate Reality goggles invented by the Pribbles, Oliver feels alone in his love of books. He steals them from the library, but he follows a strict code: the book must be old, musty, or incomplete. When the Pribbles come looking for one of his favorites, The Timekeeper's Children, Oliver knows he's in trouble. Will the Pribbles succeed in their plan to steal the story straight from Oliver's head? Lemony Snicket meets R In a world where libraries are devoid of patrons and kids are obsessed with Alternate Reality goggles invented by the Pribbles, Oliver feels alone in his love of books. He steals them from the library, but he follows a strict code: the book must be old, musty, or incomplete. When the Pribbles come looking for one of his favorites, The Timekeeper's Children, Oliver knows he's in trouble. Will the Pribbles succeed in their plan to steal the story straight from Oliver's head? Lemony Snicket meets Ready Player One in this fun, adventurous romp that is sure to please anyone who loves getting lost in a good book!

  12. 4 out of 5

    China

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    Mompop

  14. 5 out of 5

    Kyla

  15. 4 out of 5

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  19. 5 out of 5

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  20. 4 out of 5

    Dustyn Doyle

  21. 5 out of 5

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  22. 5 out of 5

    Anne

  23. 5 out of 5

    Skye (Skye's Scribblings)

  24. 4 out of 5

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  25. 4 out of 5

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  28. 5 out of 5

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  30. 5 out of 5

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  31. 5 out of 5

    Julie (Struck by Stories)

  32. 5 out of 5

    Belles Middle Grade Library

  33. 5 out of 5

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  34. 5 out of 5

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  35. 4 out of 5

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  36. 5 out of 5

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  38. 4 out of 5

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  45. 4 out of 5

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  46. 4 out of 5

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