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Tuesday, April 09, 2013

Jim Morgan and the King of Thieves by James Matlack Raney

Jim Morgan and the King of Thieves was a pleasant surprise and will be a great read for kids in the 8-12 range, or possibly even younger if parents enjoy reading to them.   It would make a terrific "chapter-a-night" book for both parents and kids. But the fact that it was written for young readers doesn't exclude older readers (such as my ancient self) from thoroughly enjoying the novel.

The spoiled little rich boy story is a familiar one, but Lord James Morgan is one eleven-year-old brat who goes on to have some excellent adventures.  At first there is a section describing the enfant terrible that gave me pause, but soon James finds himself in danger, on the run, and in impoverished circumstances-- and the fun begins.

There are betrayals, a murder, pirates, a gypsy's magic spell, a talking raven (Cornelius Darkfeather), street urchins/thieves, an obsessed King of Thieves, a magic amulet, and so on.  While certainly written for younger readers, it is not condescending (although there is certainly a moral or two pressed home) and is better written than a few adult novels I've read lately.

This was  a Net Galley ebook, and I will purchase the print version for my grandchildren who should love the way a selfish brat learns about friendship through some swashbuckling adventures.  What fun!

Action/Adventure.  2012.  print version 282 pages.

ISBN-10: 0985835907


  1. These books might be just the ticket for a great-niece and nephew, both of whom are big readers.

  2. Teresa - I really enjoyed this one, thinking the entire time, that Mila and Max would love it.