ONE OF THE THE SUNDAY TIMES BEST BOOKS FOR CHILDREN 2023
The first book in the ‘criminally good’ Crookhaven series, the secret school where students are taught to do wrong, so that one day, they can put the world to rights.
\”So this is really a school for criminals.\” It was meant as a question, though it came out more as an accusation.
\”We are so much more than that,\” Caspian said, sitting in a plush leather chair and gesturing for Gabriel to sit in a similar one across the table. \”We are a home for the forgotten, a sanctuary for the lost and … yes, a training ground for the greatest crooks of the future.\”
13-year-old Gabriel is a brilliant pickpocket, a skill which he uses to keep his often empty belly not quite so empty. And then one day, he’s caught.
But instead of being arrested, he is invited by the mysterious Caspian Crook to attend Crookhaven – a school for thieves. At Crookhaven, students are trained in lock-picking, forgery and ‘crim-nastics’, all with the intention of doing good out in the world, by conning the bad and giving back to the innocent.
But … can you ever really trust a thief?
With a school wide competition to be crowned Top Crook and many mysteries to uncover, Gabriel’s first year at Crookhaven will be one to remember…
An irresistible series about chosen family, high stakes thievery, and what it really means to do good. Perfect for fans of M.G. Leonard and Anthony Horowitz.
Imprint: Hodder Children’s Books
Publication date: 02/03/2023
Crookhaven: The School for Thieves
by J.J Arcanjo
Review by Rebecca
Super good! Gabriel is invited to join The School of Thieves, where his skill as a pick-pocket can be encouraged and utilised. With his new friends, he finds a new home away from fear of being caught and a chance to give back to those less fortunate than him.