Review: The Thief’s Apprentice by Bryan Methods

Review: The Thief’s Apprentice by Bryan MethodsThe Thief's Apprentice by Bryan Methods
Published by Carolrhoda Books on October 1, 2016
Pages: 272
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I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

Professional Talk About The Thief’s Apprentice

The Thief’s Apprentice is an exciting story for young readers. When Oliver Diplexito accidentally discovers that his butler, Mr. Scant, is really the famous criminal, the Ruminating Claw, he wonders if his family is in danger. But Oliver learns there’s more to Mr. Scant than meets the eye. In a story that’s equal parts mysterious and thrilling, The Thief’s Apprentice takes readers on an exciting journey into the world of Oliver Diplexito, apprentice to Mr. Scant. The art forgeries and museum heists provide enough action to hook any kid. Just when you think you know the characters, they surprise you when you least expect it. Though the plot is sometimes too convenient at times, it is, nonetheless, a fun read for ages 7 and up. The novel is good for independent readers and for bedtime reading with parents. The characters are fun, and there is just enough internal conflict to help kids connect with Oliver on a more personal level. Verdict: The first book in a fun series. Great for kids who have active imaginations and who love thrilling adventure stories.

Personal Talk About The Thief’s Apprentice

Here’s what I loved about The Thief’s Apprentice:

  • There’s plenty of action and drama to keep kids invested in Oliver’s story.
  • Oliver is a kid with a giant heart. He worries and feels anxiety, and I think those are important characteristics for other kids to see.
  • I laughed out loud at the end. The ragtag cast of characters in the car chase at the end was everything I wanted at the end of a middle grade.
  • I also enjoyed the English setting. The British English vocabulary alone is worth it. I could be a great way to get kids to start using the dictionary.

The plot is a little thin in places, but I do think it’s because the author uses first person point of view to tell the story. Regardless, there were areas where I felt that Oliver was just along for the ride and not being an active agent that propels the plot forward. Despite this, The Thief’s Apprentice is a fun story that both kids and parents will enjoy. I’m interested to see where this series goes, as there is endless potential for great adventures.


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  • This sounds like a lot of fun! I love MG adventure books and love the criminal element here. This sounds like it would be a good read aloud book.

    • I think it would be an excellent read aloud book. It’s fun, it’s not too heavy, and there’s plenty of opportunity for fun voices if you can manage them. My mom always did the best voices. 🙂

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