That’s the situation Tom Trelawney faces once his parents drop him at Uncle Harvey’s doorstep in New York City. Learning that his wayward relative plans to leave him behind and head for Peru, Tom coerces Uncle Harvey into taking him along in this month’s book pick, The Island of Thieves by Josh Lacey.
What kid doesn’t dream of swashbuckling adventures in faraway places, freed from the strictures of parents, school, siblings and caregivers? Tom Trelawney gets to experience a real adventure in this rollicking tale, but it may just be more than he bargained for. … An enjoyable escapade, delivered with wit, wisdom and just a bit of history thrown in for good measure.
The Island of Thieves is inspired by the real events of Sir Francis Drake’s voyage on the Golden Hinde. It appears on the YALSA list of Best Fiction for Young Adults 2013, and was shortlisted for the 2012 Tower Hamlets Book Award and the 2013 Salford Children’s Book Award. Amazon.com includes it on their list of Best Books of the Year 2012.
- Author Josh Lacey was selected as Roald Dahl Museum‘s writer-in-residence in 2013
- Books for Keeps, a UK children’s book magazine, interviews Josh Lacey about The Island of Thieves
- At An Awfully Big Blog Adventure Josh Lacey talks about how long it really takes to write a book before it’s published
- What’s in a name? Josh Lacey, who also writes under pseudonym Josh Doder, picks his favorite writers with pen names
- GeekDad at WIRED and Blog Critics offer their reviews of The Island of Thieves