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A fantasy series about two kid thieves who are plunged into a battle between the Real and Imaginary worlds! Beware Your Imagination . . . Twelve-year-old thieves Arthur and Wally are determined to steal their way up the ranks of the notorious Black Feathers gang. With loan sharks chasing after Arthur’s father and Wally’s brother’s hospital bill due, they’re in need of seriou A fantasy series about two kid thieves who are plunged into a battle between the Real and Imaginary worlds! Beware Your Imagination . . . Twelve-year-old thieves Arthur and Wally are determined to steal their way up the ranks of the notorious Black Feathers gang. With loan sharks chasing after Arthur’s father and Wally’s brother’s hospital bill due, they’re in need of serious cash. Fast. When Arthur spots some wealthy strangers exiting a seemingly deserted mansion, he smells an opportunity for a big score. Little do the boys realize, they’ve stumbled upon Weirdwood Manor, the headquarters of a magical order who protect the Balance between the Real and Imaginary worlds. When Kingsport is besieged by nightmarish creatures, it’s up to a pair of thieves to save their city. Filled with giant tentacle monsters and heroes literally ripped from the pages of adventure stories.


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A fantasy series about two kid thieves who are plunged into a battle between the Real and Imaginary worlds! Beware Your Imagination . . . Twelve-year-old thieves Arthur and Wally are determined to steal their way up the ranks of the notorious Black Feathers gang. With loan sharks chasing after Arthur’s father and Wally’s brother’s hospital bill due, they’re in need of seriou A fantasy series about two kid thieves who are plunged into a battle between the Real and Imaginary worlds! Beware Your Imagination . . . Twelve-year-old thieves Arthur and Wally are determined to steal their way up the ranks of the notorious Black Feathers gang. With loan sharks chasing after Arthur’s father and Wally’s brother’s hospital bill due, they’re in need of serious cash. Fast. When Arthur spots some wealthy strangers exiting a seemingly deserted mansion, he smells an opportunity for a big score. Little do the boys realize, they’ve stumbled upon Weirdwood Manor, the headquarters of a magical order who protect the Balance between the Real and Imaginary worlds. When Kingsport is besieged by nightmarish creatures, it’s up to a pair of thieves to save their city. Filled with giant tentacle monsters and heroes literally ripped from the pages of adventure stories.

30 review for Thieves of Weirdwood

  1. 5 out of 5

    Jacqueline

    Wowza, definitely NOT what I thought would come of this story. I mean, its supposed to be a juvenile marked read right? I can see where it is, but it's also a bit dark for the age range if I say myself. But color me impressed. When I had the option to pic up this arch and read it with my son I was all over it. Magic, ghosts, world traveling and what it's like living life in the gang world? Mental hospitals and tragic events... Pfffft, dude, it was a hard kicker for sure. What I really liked about Wowza, definitely NOT what I thought would come of this story. I mean, its supposed to be a juvenile marked read right? I can see where it is, but it's also a bit dark for the age range if I say myself. But color me impressed. When I had the option to pic up this arch and read it with my son I was all over it. Magic, ghosts, world traveling and what it's like living life in the gang world? Mental hospitals and tragic events... Pfffft, dude, it was a hard kicker for sure. What I really liked about it though was that it gave real consequences to reprimand your actions. Yes you want something, but if you act out of turn before realizing what you want is now not in reach, things change. There were moment that made my son hold his breath, others which I heard him giggle and again others that made him so focused it was hard to take it away from him. We give it a ⭐⭐⭐⭐, we loved it, but it did not blow our minds. Definitely will be looking out for the sequel, that is, if there is one.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Emi

    Captivating from beginning to end! It felt as if I was a part of the adventure crew, trying to solve the mysteries with these amazing characters. Absolutely CANNOT WAIT for the next book!!!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Luke

    Definitely not your average middle-grade fantasy novel! The world is wildly imaginative, weird, and creepy. Unlike many MG fantasies out there, the story is quite unpredictable, and there was a refreshing presence of characters having to deal with ACTUAL consequences along the way. The characters are great! You can't help but love them even when their actions make you scream in annoyance (looking at YOU, Arthur!) The story can be creepy and even dark at times, but the themes throughout are reall Definitely not your average middle-grade fantasy novel! The world is wildly imaginative, weird, and creepy. Unlike many MG fantasies out there, the story is quite unpredictable, and there was a refreshing presence of characters having to deal with ACTUAL consequences along the way. The characters are great! You can't help but love them even when their actions make you scream in annoyance (looking at YOU, Arthur!) The story can be creepy and even dark at times, but the themes throughout are really positive. The magic-system is really interesting! It revolves around the idea that creativity IS magic - a theme that is woven throughout the book beautifully! Overall, this new series is another fantastic entry into the World of Weirdwood! Can't wait for Book 2!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Nathan

    My kids loved this book. They fought over who got to read it first, and in the end we all read it together out loud on the couch!

  5. 4 out of 5

    Allyson (bookstaandbujo)

    [rating TBD] wow okay lots of thoughts on this spooky middle grade! 😊 First of all, the physical copy of this is absolutely stunning. The illustrations inside, the page decorations, and the TWO maps were very nice touches. I was so excited every time I reached for this one, because it was such a visually appealing little book. For this to be a middle grade it covers some pretty dark ground. It follows two kids in 1910, one is an orphan who is trying to pay for his older brothers medical bills at [rating TBD] wow okay lots of thoughts on this spooky middle grade! 😊 First of all, the physical copy of this is absolutely stunning. The illustrations inside, the page decorations, and the TWO maps were very nice touches. I was so excited every time I reached for this one, because it was such a visually appealing little book. For this to be a middle grade it covers some pretty dark ground. It follows two kids in 1910, one is an orphan who is trying to pay for his older brothers medical bills at the local mental institution, and the other kid has one parents but may as well be an orphan too— his father is the local drunk and has accumulated all kinds of debt/enemies. Both kids are dirty, and down on their luck, but they are good kids, and just trying to survive with the hand they’ve been dealt. They reminded me of chimney sweeps from Mary Poppins. 😆😊 Since each have large debts to pay (on behalf of their remaining family members) they get tangled up with the local “mob boss” in the village, who “helps” them earn money by completing thieving jobs for him. And that’s where the story STARTS. From there, the two friends are sent to rob a local mansion that just recently burnt down. There’s rumor that the fire may have been an illusion, and there is still treasure inside. They make it inside the mansion and discover a “portal” to an entirely new world — which is a replica of their town, but far far worse. From then on, things get wild, and so many characters have intersecting stories. There’s magic, tons of adventure, and lots of spooky moments. My few critiques include the fact that some “ah ha” moments were predictable, while ALL of the rest were so complicated and intricate that I had to slow down in order to make sure I was catching everything. Multiple times, when things were “revealed” I had to Go back and be like OH. OK. ?? Essentially, the chapter would end in a cliffhanger, and then the next chapter would kind of glaze over the answer and move on. Additionally, some pieces of the plot — as well as pieces of the magic and other vocabulary — weren’t always seamless or fully explained. I know this is a series, so I’ll definitely stick around to find out more. Last thing — had some issues about the handling of the brother in the mental institution. I get that it’s 1910 but some elements of mental health care were super vilified (straight jackets coming to life and chasing after them, or the electric shock treatment coming to life and electrocuting them...). I feel as though it did a good job of creating empathy for that brother, but also the way it wraps up with him, it left me wanting, especially since he is such a main plot point. Overall, I really did enjoy this one. Perfect for fall. I loved its messages of using your imagination, helping friends, caring for your family, and doing what’s right “even if it breaks the rules.” Like I said, I will absolutely pick up the next one!!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Sydney S

    A deliciously dark middle grade adventure story with fantastic characters and brilliant storytelling.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Beau Stephenson

    I read a lot of stories in this genre and it doesn't happen too often that I'm surprised and delighted as much I was reading Thieves of Weirdwood. The plot is very engaging and the characters have so much chemistry together I found myself glued to my seat until I finished. So many clever twists and turns in this one. I highly recommend it!

  8. 5 out of 5

    Debbie Tanner

    The beginning of this book is so creepy that I almost didn't even really start it. But I did and what a wild ride. This is an adventure story about two boys who are thieves and are straddling words of reality and illusion. There are some amazing characters including a dead girl who wants her killer caught and some truly incredible plot twists. This one is probably too big for my elementary school library but I liked it a lot.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Zoë Anderson

    I had gotten an early copy of this book and sincerely enjoyed it. The genre is one that I have eternally liked. The characters in it were perfectly three dimensional, and the plot was really good in execution. The amount of devotion put into this book was amazing and I frankly can’t wait for the next book to be available!

  10. 5 out of 5

    The Bookish Austin

    What a fun book! You can read my full review here: https://thebookishaustin.tumblr.com/p... What a fun book! You can read my full review here: https://thebookishaustin.tumblr.com/p...

  11. 5 out of 5

    Charlotte

    ARC received from Edelweiss in return for an honest review. This book was sadly a DNF for me. I was left really confused on how this book was for children. I have read creepy doll books for children before, but this one took it to a whole new level. I was also amazed at how they were just dropping talks about doing brain surgery on the main character's brother in the first chapter. There were just so many little things that drew me out that I just couldn't get into the book and I wouldn't recomm ARC received from Edelweiss in return for an honest review. This book was sadly a DNF for me. I was left really confused on how this book was for children. I have read creepy doll books for children before, but this one took it to a whole new level. I was also amazed at how they were just dropping talks about doing brain surgery on the main character's brother in the first chapter. There were just so many little things that drew me out that I just couldn't get into the book and I wouldn't recommend it to others.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Vincent Ripley

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  13. 5 out of 5

    Cynthia Parkhill

    Entertaining story about two young thieves who get more than they bargained for when they break into a "deserted" mansion and find their way into an imaginary realm where the world they knew is duplicated - but with strange and even horrifying differences. Those horrors are now spilling over into the "real" world. The story was engrossing, and I especially liked Arthur trying to pattern himself as a "Gentleman Thief" after the hero of his favorite adventure series. I was concerned, however, by some Entertaining story about two young thieves who get more than they bargained for when they break into a "deserted" mansion and find their way into an imaginary realm where the world they knew is duplicated - but with strange and even horrifying differences. Those horrors are now spilling over into the "real" world. The story was engrossing, and I especially liked Arthur trying to pattern himself as a "Gentleman Thief" after the hero of his favorite adventure series. I was concerned, however, by some murders that take place "off-stage" to the central action. Wally learns details about the killings afterward because he is able to talk to spirits. Would young readers be upset by the detail, for example, of a woman who was torn apart by a monster? Or a girl who was killed by a man who was trying to resurrect his dead wife? These seem like morbid details in a story that is otherwise billed as having "lots of laughs." I received a digital ARC of this book through NetGalley

  14. 5 out of 5

    Melanie Dulaney

    Fantasy is a favorite genre of most middle grades students and Thieves of Weirdwood looked to be fantasy with some historical fiction from Elizabethan England with gangs of orphans roaming the streets much like Jonathan Auxier’s Peter Nimble and Sophie Quick books. Shivering’s book falls very short of those, however, with a plot that did not flow seamlessly and, in fact, was confusing at times. The odd prophecies of Wally’s brother were intriguing at first, but after multiple rants, I became les Fantasy is a favorite genre of most middle grades students and Thieves of Weirdwood looked to be fantasy with some historical fiction from Elizabethan England with gangs of orphans roaming the streets much like Jonathan Auxier’s Peter Nimble and Sophie Quick books. Shivering’s book falls very short of those, however, with a plot that did not flow seamlessly and, in fact, was confusing at times. The odd prophecies of Wally’s brother were intriguing at first, but after multiple rants, I became less so. Arthur and Wally exploration of a magical manor that appears to others like a derelict old mansion piqued my interest, but as Arthur deserted his friend and Wally teams up with an unsettled ghost, my interest waned I and finally stopped reading well before the book’s conclusion. Thanks for the preview, Edelweiss; I will not be purchasing this one for my libraries.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Shakira

    4.5 out of 5 I was so impressed by this book. It was so well written, it takes you in the world, there's so much world building. A lot of the book gave me this impending doom feeling, like in Series of Unfortunate Events. Where I was scared, but had to keep reading to see how it ended. I'm definately reading the rest of this series. And I'm so excited to be reading a genre I adore with a black main character who just fits in with the story without the awkwardness. It's a breath of fresh air. I am 4.5 out of 5 I was so impressed by this book. It was so well written, it takes you in the world, there's so much world building. A lot of the book gave me this impending doom feeling, like in Series of Unfortunate Events. Where I was scared, but had to keep reading to see how it ended. I'm definately reading the rest of this series. And I'm so excited to be reading a genre I adore with a black main character who just fits in with the story without the awkwardness. It's a breath of fresh air. I am so reading this rest of this series. Warning tape: I mean, it is kind of scary. There's a little gore, I would say. Also, there's a passage where some of the fictional author's romance novel is read.😅 I think it would go over a young readers head and it didn't get explicit.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Rowan Andromeda

    I received this ARC from work and decided to give it a go. It’s a good story, if a little disjointed at times. I believe that the parts that were confusing for me probably wouldn’t be for the intended audience. I’ve seen other reviews where people have said that it seems to mature for middle grade readers, but I don’t agree. There are some odd choices, but nothing seemed unnecessarily graphic to me. All in all it’s a good book and I would recommend that others give it a shot. That being said, it I received this ARC from work and decided to give it a go. It’s a good story, if a little disjointed at times. I believe that the parts that were confusing for me probably wouldn’t be for the intended audience. I’ve seen other reviews where people have said that it seems to mature for middle grade readers, but I don’t agree. There are some odd choices, but nothing seemed unnecessarily graphic to me. All in all it’s a good book and I would recommend that others give it a shot. That being said, it will not remain on my shelves. Instead I’ll be gifting it to someone that I believe will enjoy it more.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Monza

    If you like some rip and roar in your adventure with plenty of left turns and dizzy spirals then this is a book for you. Above all else it speaks to readers with a wild unfettered imagination who like their fiction to get outside the safety lines and careen with gusto. There are some dark, freaky and weird moments, and it is definitely toothy and bizarre with a sprinkling of confounding. But for more advanced readers with vivid imaginations and inquisitive minds, who aren't afraid of leaping bef If you like some rip and roar in your adventure with plenty of left turns and dizzy spirals then this is a book for you. Above all else it speaks to readers with a wild unfettered imagination who like their fiction to get outside the safety lines and careen with gusto. There are some dark, freaky and weird moments, and it is definitely toothy and bizarre with a sprinkling of confounding. But for more advanced readers with vivid imaginations and inquisitive minds, who aren't afraid of leaping before looking, this story is a wild ride. Shivering and CMH are up to some shenanigans - a space worth watching. Beware your imagination.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Books, Brews & Booze

    What a journey! This book did at first seem like it was so scary and would be better suited for older kids, but it softened a bit after a spoooooky beginning... (I should also note that I am a chicken when it comes to spooky stuff!) :D Action-packed, a LOT going on... I did start to feel a little overwhelmed and the middle slowed down a little, action-wise, but this was probably because it was building up to the dramatic. (No spoilers!) I love the maps in the book. I'm a sucker for maps and I po What a journey! This book did at first seem like it was so scary and would be better suited for older kids, but it softened a bit after a spoooooky beginning... (I should also note that I am a chicken when it comes to spooky stuff!) :D Action-packed, a LOT going on... I did start to feel a little overwhelmed and the middle slowed down a little, action-wise, but this was probably because it was building up to the dramatic. (No spoilers!) I love the maps in the book. I'm a sucker for maps and I pored over them. I felt like a kid again. Really fun read, good for older middle schoolers and above.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Shelley Flannery

    Arthur & Wally are stealing their way into the Black Feathers gang. Both boys have personally reasons to earn some fast cash. When Arthur stumbles across some wealthy people little does he know he actually came across was magic and different worlds. Now the boys must save their city. This was an action adventure book. There are some intense parts. Over all a fun adventure middle grade read. I received this free eARC from Netgalley but all opinions are my own. Thank you Netgalley and Henry Holt a Arthur & Wally are stealing their way into the Black Feathers gang. Both boys have personally reasons to earn some fast cash. When Arthur stumbles across some wealthy people little does he know he actually came across was magic and different worlds. Now the boys must save their city. This was an action adventure book. There are some intense parts. Over all a fun adventure middle grade read. I received this free eARC from Netgalley but all opinions are my own. Thank you Netgalley and Henry Holt and Co.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Karen Michener

    This review is from a high school Sophomore. "Thieves of Weirdwood" is a mysterious tale that is made for people with a big imagination. The story's characters all have realistic, relatable fears. The book is enchanting and action-filled. It is an amazing spooky plotline and smart, strong characters. I would rate this a 4 out of 5 stars because I do not like the fact that the story ends with a small cliff hanger. Overall, I recommend this story to anyone who enjoys reading.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Annarella

    An engrossing and entertaining read that kept me hooked. I loved the world building, the characters and the plot. Can't wait to read the next book. Highly recommended. Many thanks to the publisher and Edelweiss for this ARC, all opinions are mine.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Jim

    Wildly creative book, sometimes with Alfred Hitchcock-esque vibes with its unusualness! Puns were so fun. Suitable for middle schoolers and above. Sometimes could be spooky, for younger ones or if you have a sensitive spot for scary stuff. Neat to see 12-year-olds learning formative lessons.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Sean Cocchia

    This was a really interesting world to play in - the idea of world where imagination becomes real in a parallel world. The reason it did not get a higher rating is some of the actions of the two leads were not grounded in a realistic responsible.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Ms. Yingling

    E ARC provided by Edelweiss Plus Did not meet the needs of my collection at this time.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Colin

    My daughter and I loved every moment of this fantastic tale. Hoping there will be another instalment to pick up!

  26. 4 out of 5

    Cori Thomas

    Recieved as a free ARC. This is a highly imaginative story that is page turning and an exciting adventure. An original story and I can't wait for the next one.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Moamar Sayed

    It needed a book

  28. 4 out of 5

    Amy Mullins

    This sounds amazing, definitely like my type of book. Gotta try to get soon & read!!! This sounds amazing, definitely like my type of book. Gotta try to get soon & read!!!

  29. 5 out of 5

    Kim

    A fun tween magical adventure.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Emily

    Too many weird details for me to keep track of. May not have been the books fault.

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