by Nancy Bo Flood on May 16, 2013

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Summers in Portland and Seattle are beautiful and GREEN.  Time to play some backyard soccer, hit around a tennis ball, and bike with friends. Might even bike to a bookstore – there are many – and get a refreshing smoothie or a sour lemonade.  Look over the books, choose a couple good ones, get comfortable, and spend a few hours reading before heading back home. Eli from Seattle and Portland, who spent the winter in Mexico, recommends:


Author: Sarah Prineas

Illustrator:  Antonio Javier Caparo

Why this book?  This was the best book I read in third grade.  Actually our teacher read it out loud to the whole class. We all thought it was great – and very funny.

Why did you enjoy this book?

An orphan boy who lives on the street gets money and things to sell by being a pick-pocket.  Then one time he pick-pockets a magician. Not a good idea. That is the beginning of lots of “magic” problems!  L  You will never guess how the story ends!

The very good news – after you read THE MAGIC THIEF you will want to read more and there are two more books in the series.  And more good news from the author Sarah Prineas:

 “My first novel, The Magic Thief, was published by HarperCollins in June 2008 and by a bunch of other publishers around the world. The next book in the series, The Magic Thief: Lost, came out in May 2009, and the third, The Magic Thief: Found, was published in spring 2010. My next book from HarperCollins was Winterling (2012), followed by two sequels!”

And HERE is an “educational” fun booktrailer to view.

A whole summer of fantasy to enjoy!!  Please comment with recommendations of your favorite fantasy books.

Sarah Prineas May 16, 2013 at 9:28 am

Hello! Thanks for recommending my book as a summer read, Eli. I’m glad you thought it was funny!

If any teachers/librarians/book-group leaders are interested, I do FREE Skype visits with any group that has read one of my books. In fact, I’m doing one with a class in Florida in about 28 minutes…

More info (and downloadable class materials) is here:


eli May 17, 2013 at 8:41 am

Cannot wait to read the new books!!

Sky June 14, 2013 at 8:03 am

Thank you, Eli, for this excellent recommendation! Our third grader is enjoying this book and we have recommended it to several others for fun summer reading. Great selection!

Sky July 20, 2013 at 3:41 pm

Just wanted to update our last post–we have now read all three books. I say “we”, because my husband and I enjoyed them so much, we read them on our own after our 9 year-old was through them. They are a great series and Conn is such a wonderful voice that we all found them thoroughly enjoyable. Thank you so much for this excellent recommendation!

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