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The Good Thief

5 Ratings: 3.8
A book by Hannah Tinti

William Dufris handles this book as it was intended—as a sendup of several genres. He brings to life Tinti's family of orphans, grave robbers, scam artists, drunks and assorted freaks, narrating as though telling terrifying tales to Boy Scouts … see full wiki

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Author: Hannah Tinti
Publisher: The Dial Press
5 reviews about The Good Thief
review by . September 20, 2008
The Good Thief, as one of the back-cover praise cites, is a Dickensian thrill ride solidly worth four stars. Ren, an orphaned boy of twelve with one arm that ends in a scarred stub at his wrist, is bought from the orphanage by a man who claims to be his nephew. Benjamin Nab is both moe and less than he claims, and leads Ren into a life of crime on the edges of Massachusetts society sometime in the 1850s (although Tinti provides no specific date, Ren steals a copy of James Fenimore Cooper's "The …
review by . April 28, 2009
in author Hannah Tinti's book title is a good, God-fearing, eleven-year-old orphan named Ren. He reluctantly turns to thievery when he's rescued from a Catholic orphanage by a fast-talking con artist named Benjamin Nab who claims to be his long-lost brother. Benjamin introduces the boy to his ways and Ren has no choice but to go along, even though his conscience bothers him. As the good fathers at the orphanage have taught him, he apologizes to God for his bad ways, even as he attempts to strike …
review by . September 30, 2008
An Oliver Twist sort of novel, set in 19th century New England, Massachusett's author Tinti's debut introduces Ren, a 12-year-old boy abandoned in infancy at the gates of an orphanage, missing a hand. "Somewhere between his entry into the world and his delivery through the door of St. Anthony's, Ren had lost it."     So when a farmer comes looking for a son and helper and his eye lights on Ren - the missing hand ensures he won't be chosen. Passed over boys grow up to be sold …
review by . August 10, 2008
With The Good Thief, Hannah Tinti tells the story of an orphan boy, Ren, adopted from a monastery by a rogue, but Ren does not have the innocent goodness of Charles Dickens' Oliver. Ren knows how to lie and steal, and is not above doing either. Benjamin, the man who adopts him by claiming to the good monks that Ren is his younger brother, is looking for a crippled boy he can use to help run cons. Ren, who had a hand cut off before he came to the orphanage, perfectly fits the bill. However, to Benjamin's …
review by . July 22, 2008
I picked up The Good Thief intending to read a few pages before bed but was unable to put it down before I finished. A 12-year old orphan at a Catholic orphanage, Ren has spend his whole life trying to unravel the mystery of his missing hand and missing family. Considered unadoptable because of his deformity, Ren had nothing to look forward to but conscription into the Army when he got too old for St. Anthony's- nothing that is until the day Benjamin Nab showed up claiming to be Ren's long-lost …
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