Little Thieves | Margaret Owen


Out Now from Macmillan Henry Holt and Company; 512 Pages

About the Author: Margaret Owen was born and raised at the end of the Oregon Trail and has worked in everything from thrift stores to presidential campaigns. The common thread between every job can be summed up as: lessons were learned. She now spends her days writing and negotiating a long-term hostage situation with her two monstrous cats. She is the author of the Merciful Crow series. In her free time, she enjoys exploring ill-advised travel destinations and raising money for social justice nonprofits through her illustrations. She resides in Seattle, Washington. (Bio taken from publisher’s website.)

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“I would like to tell you something inspiring, but the truth is, when life closes a door for us, it doesn’t always open a window. The good news is: that’s what bricks are for.”

Vanja will not deny it — she is a horrible girl. When she is sent away with Princess Gisele to a faraway land, she decides that she will finally take life into her own hands. Threatening the princess, Vanja demands that she swaps places and never speaks a word of it to anyone, or else Vanja will make her pay. Disguised as Princess Gisele by an enchanted string of pearls, Vanja makes a life out of charming and stealing from royalty to fund her escape from godmothers Fortune and Death, who demand a price for keeping her in their care. But a life of thieving has its consequences, too. When Vanja runs into the wrong god who curses her, she has only two weeks to figure out how to break the curse, or else turn into the very jewels that she has stolen. 

Little Thieves is the perfect dark, fairy tale twist! Even though Vanja has done some pretty terrible things in her past, when the tables turn and she is fighting for her fate, readers can’t help but root for her. Vanja is a fierce female antihero who isn’t afraid to fight for what she wants, and despite her unapologetically strong personality, sharp wit, and cunning ways, she manages to find people who are willing to help her along the way. I couldn’t help getting hooked on her fast-paced adventure, waiting to see what twist was coming next! Margaret Owen does an amazing job of bringing The Goose Girl fairy tale to life, while intertwining other fairy tales in a unique way that makes this story complex but not overwhelming. Little Thieves is the perfect read for fans of twisted, dark fairy tale retellings and strong, witty female leads.

PRR Writer and Editor, Taylor Quinn