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Candlewick Press (MA)

The Patron Thief of Bread

The Patron Thief of Bread

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A beautifully crafted middle-grade novel spiced with magic--and gargoyles!--from the acclaimed author of Hour of the Bees and Race to the Bottom of the Sea.

Fished from the river as an infant and raised by a roving band of street urchins who call themselves the Crowns, eight-year-old Duck keeps her head down and her mouth shut. It's a rollicking life, always thieving, always on the run--until the ragtag Crowns infiltrate an abandoned cathedral in the city of Odierne and decide to set down roots. It's all part of the bold new plan hatched by the Crowns' fearless leader, Gnat: one of their very own will pose as an apprentice to the local baker, relieving Master Griselde of bread and coin to fill the bellies and line the pockets of all the Crowns. But no sooner is Duck apprenticed to the kindly Griselde than Duck's allegiances start to blur. Who is she really--a Crown or an apprentice baker? And who does she want to be? Meanwhile, high above the streets of Odierne, on the roof of the unfinished cathedral, an old and ugly gargoyle grows weary of waiting to fulfill his own destiny--to watch and protect. Told in alternating viewpoints, this exquisite novel evokes a timeless tale of love, self-discovery, and what it means to be rescued.

Author: Lindsay Eagar
Publisher: Candlewick Press (MA)
Published: 05/11/2022
Pages: 448
Binding Type: Hardcover
Weight: 1.14lbs
Size: 8.35h x 5.59w x 1.57d
ISBN: 9781536204681
Audience: Ages 9-12

Review Citation(s):
Booklist 02/15/2022 pg. 64
Bulletin of Ctr for Child Bks 04/01/2022 - Book Of Special Distinction
Publishers Weekly 03/14/2022
Kirkus Reviews 04/01/2022
Shelf Awareness 05/26/2022
School Library Journal 06/01/2022 pg. 70
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