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The Thief

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Author: Megan Whalen Turner
Key Words: Fiction, Fantasy, Newbery Honor

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Book Description:

Eugenides, the queen’s thief, can steal anything—or so he says. When his boasting lands him in prison and the king’s magus invites him on a quest to steal a legendary object, he’s in no position to refuse. The magus thinks he has the right tool for the job, but Gen has plans of his own. The Queen’s Thief novels have been praised by writers, critics, reviewers, and fans, and have been honored with glowing reviews, “best of” citations, and numerous awards, including the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, a Newbery Honor, the Andre Norton Award shortlist, and the Mythopoeic Fantasy Award. Discover and rediscover the stand-alone companions, The Queen of Attolia, The King of Attolia, and A Conspiracy of Kings, all epic novels set in the world of the Queen’s Thief.


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Sexual Content

Lust - 1 Incident

A boy flirts with a girl only to make his master mad.

Making Out/Sex - 2 Incidents

“Did you think that I was illegitimate,” referring to his birth.

A god “sometimes lay in the evening with one of the goddesses.”

Miscellaneous - 8 Incidents

A young man takes a bath.

Two men/boys are stripped to the waist, washing themselves.

Some boys “shucked their clothes and splashed ankle deep in the the chilly water.”

A boy is half naked.

A young man mentions he has a sweetheart.

“Because all I’m wearing is bandages. They took my clothes.”

A queen’s smile makes a man blush and she kisses another youth on the forehead.

A youth admits to liking the queen and there is talk of marrying her.

Violence - 1 Incident

When it is found out that a “trusted ally” has betrayed his friends, he is pushed over the edge of a cliff.


Mild Obscenities & Substitutions - 16 Incidents

d*mn, d*mn it, d*mned, shut up, d*mmit, h*ll

Scatological Terms - 1 Incident


Religious Profanities - 12 Incidents

Gods d*mn, oh thank gods, Gods bless, godsd*mned, Gods, for gods' sake, Gods forbid

Conversation Topics - 6 Incidents

Conversation Topics [Spoiler Alert]: Although the title and the story elude to the main character as a thief, in actuality, he is a spy. He has not committed any thefts as he boasts; it is just a cover.

This is a fantasy world that has it’s own gods/goddesses and associated rituals, and sorcerers, powers, ghosts, and ghouls are mentioned. Several chapters are dedicated to telling stories of these gods and their feats.

A vampire is mentioned.

Mentions gambling and dice games.

A youth wishes to not recover but die.

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