Thick as Thieves By Megan Whalen Turner (Greenwillow, 337 pages, $21.99, ages 12 and up)
Once again Turner offers ingenious plotting, subtle characterization and a sleight of hand in the telling that promises to surprise even astute readers. Kamet, slave and secretary to Attolia’s former Mede ambassador, has every reason to think his master, and thus he himself, will achieve great power in the Mede empire. But with a whispered warning that his master has been poisoned, Kamet must flee to save his life. For those who haven’t yet discovered the “Queen’s Thief ” novels, now’s the time. Highly recommended.
Deirdre Baker teaches children’s literature at U of T. Toronto Star