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Welcome to the tyrannical city of Jewel, where impatience is a sin and boldness is a crime.Goldie Roth has lived in Jewel all her life. Like every child in the city, she wears a silver guardchain and is forced to obey the dreaded Blessed Guardians. She has never done anything by herself and won’t be allowed out on the streets unchained until Separation Day.When SeparationWelcome to the tyrannical city of Jewel, where impatience is a sin and boldness is a crime.Goldie Roth has lived in Jewel all her life. Like every child in the city, she wears a silver guardchain and is forced to obey the dreaded Blessed Guardians. She has never done anything by herself and won’t be allowed out on the streets unchained until Separation Day.When Separation Day is canceled, Goldie, who has always been both impatient and bold, runs away, risking not only her own life but also the lives of those she has left behind. In the chaos that follows, she is lured to the mysterious Museum of Dunt, where she meets the boy Toadspit and discovers terrible secrets. Only the cunning mind of a thief can understand the museum’s strange, shifting rooms. Fortunately, Goldie has a talent for thieving.Which is just as well, because the leader of the Blessed Guardians has his own plans for the museum—plans that threaten the lives of everyone Goldie loves. And it will take a daring thief to stop him. . . .Museum of Thieves is a thrilling tale of destiny and danger, and of a courageous girl who has never been allowed to grow up—until now....

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Museum of Thieves Reviews

  •  Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books)
    2019-05-08 02:09

    The fact that it took so long for me to finish listening to is in no way a reflection on the overall quality of this book. I had some issues with my CD player in my car, which is how I listen to audiobooks, and I started The Left Hand of God and wanted to finish that up first. This is a book that I would say I liked, but did not love. The ideas in it were quite interesting. I love the concept of a place that is more than it seems, much like the TARDIS for Doctor Who fans. The Museum of Thieves is very much that sort of place. It has a mystical element to it that makes it a fun, and even scary place to hang out. And only the right persons can serve as the caretakers there. The Museum sees into a person, and it chooses its caretakers wisely. The Museum chose Goldie. Goldie is a girl that seems rebellious and stubborn, but she's just a normal little girl. She yearns to be free in a world in which children are actually chained to their parents and city custodians called Blessed Guardians. Sadly, while the parents do love and wish the best for their children, the Blessed Guardians don't seem to like kids at all. In fact, they seem to go out their way to torment them in small ways. Separation Day, the day on which Goldie is to be freed from her guardian chains, a horrible catastrophe occurs, and a person with a deeper agenda uses this to make even more restrictions on the city and to the children, putting off all the childrens' separation. Goldie can't take it and she runs off. She ends up in the Museum, and so begins her very important role in changing her city for the better.Ms. Tanner has written an enjoyable story that has good messages that children and an older person who appreciates children's books would appreciate. She writes about the themes of responsibility, confronting and fighting fear, personal freedom, and doing what's right, even if it doesn't seem to match what others consider as right. If I had a child, I would let my child read it, and I'd discuss some of the events in the book, and use them as an opportunity for entertainment and education. Parents should be warned that there is a fair amount of violence, and that stealing is condoned, but for particular reasons that made sense to me. The villains are particularly heinous, and it is disturbing that they are so cavalier about children's lives, and perpetuate deliberate acts of emotional cruelty to them.This book didn't blow me away, but I found it a very entertaining story. Claudia Black, who starred on Farscape and Stargate, did a great job as the narrator. She does a whole host of voices and accents, and they illustrate this story beautifully. It's a short listen, and I think that it's worthwhile if you enjoy this sort of book. Three stars seems like a low rating from me, but it reflects the fact that while I enjoyed it, it wouldn't be a favorite of mine, and I wouldn't listen to it again. That doesn't mean that you won't like it more than I did.

  • Bookyurt
    2019-04-27 01:01

    Confession – I’m a museum nerd. A full fledged, card carrying, Smithsonian loving, history geek. Pack a delightful fantasy adventure into a fantastical museum, and to me it’s like Christmas morning – add to that careful plotting and deft characterization and you have Museum of Thieves.The world of Museum of Thieves is an original, fascinating place – as for the Museum itself, think Narnia, if Narnia had taken everything scary from its history and stuffed in into one place, where it all lives on, forgotten and ignored, barely held back from bursting forth and wreaking havoc once again. It’s a fantasic metaphor for the power of history. The city of Jewel is the antithesis of the museum, a world sanitized of fear and danger, filled with citizens so ridiculously over-protected they have forgotten how to think and act for themselves. This strictly enforced infantilism makes it shockingly easy for The Fugleman, leader of the Blessed Guardians, to enact his scheme to use the museum for his own nefarious purposes.Enter Goldie, a young girl who runs away and hides in the museum, where she struggles to overcome her own indoctrinated helplessness. Not only does she have to learn to protect herself, soon she is called on to help protect the museum and the entire city from what the museum could unleash. I really enjoy Goldie – she is exactly the right combination of daring and afraid. Her courage isn’t the lack of fear, it’s the struggle to overcome it. She learns about the museum from Toadspit, a boy who came to the museum before her. He is the perfect blend of bratty, resentful, and loyal, and the scenes of them together are my favorite parts of the book.I almost had one complaint about this story, and that was triggered by the first scene of The Fugleman and The Protector together, when Fugleman is obviously setting his Evil Scheme of Evil into motion. It was so overt, I felt mustache twirling could have broken out at any moment, and The Protector, his opposition, seemed naive to the extent it strained credulity. But then Goldie’s arc made clear all the reasons for that naivety, and the scene fell neatly into place within the larger architecture of the story, which smothered my objections. And happily, after that one scene, there was never such telegraphing again – The Fugleman got down to business and everyone quickly came to realize something shady was going on.Tanner goes on to dole out tidbits that deepen our understanding of exactly what The Fugleman is:The Protector’s scalp prickled and, for the first time in years, she found herself remembering her seventh birthday. Her father, a talented whitesmith, had made her a mechanical dog. When she wound it up with a tiny key, it whirred along behind her, wagging its tail. She had loved that dog the minute she saw it. And so had her brother – loved it even more because it was hers. Loved it especially because it was hers. He was only five, but by nightfall he had somehow persuaded their father that the dog was really meant for him. With an awkward apology to his daughter, their father handed it over. Within a day the dog was broken, and the clever little key lost forever.Across the board, I love the character work in this book. Tanner has sown the story with little discerning insights into all her characters, making them all authentic and unique.I also love what this story has to say about what happens to a society when fear is given rule and too much is sacrificed in the name of safety. It’s depressingly relevant to today’s world.While this book does have interesting things to say, it is first and foremost a fun fantasy adventure. On a pure story level, it surprised and delighted me. And there is much, much more to be explored, in this world and in the museum. I for one am delighted there are more books to come.So if you’ve ever had Professor (Indiana) Jones type daydreams of exploring dusty corners, lost worlds, and forgotten history, you will love this book.Fans of Jeanne DuPrau’s City of Ember, definitely check this one out.Byrt Grade: A

  • Jan
    2019-04-30 22:13

    I suppose every parent has sometimes wished they could wrap their little ones in bubble wrap so they will never get hurt, physically or emotionally. But what kind of people would we be if we had never been allowed to stand on our own? Slender trees, dense in a forest, develop shallow roots, and can easily be blown over in a high wind. But the oak standing alone in a meadow, bearing rain and winds year after year, develops deep roots and stands strong. Lian Tanner envisions a world in which children are sheltered until they are 16 years old -- not only sheltered, but literally chained to their parents, so they cannot even run around. In the City of Jewel, all the children are safe. All dogs, hawks, and other dangerous animals have been eliminated because they might hurt the children. Loose nails, broken glass and wood splinters are forbidden by law. War, disease, and dangerous winds have been locked up. To make sure that they don't get lost or injured, the children are chained to their parents. As the book opens, we meet Goldie on the day of her Separation Ceremony, eager for the Separation to be done. When an explosion is heard in the distance, the shocked Guardians decide the the world is not safe, and all the Separations must be canceled. Goldie can't bear to stay chained any longer, so she slips her temporary Ceremony ties, and runs away. It is a frightening world for a child who has never had to make her own decisions. Where should she run? How can she even run when her un-exercised legs have no experience? Goldie finds surprising difficulty in slipping away quickly. She knows that if the city's Guardians find her, they will lock her up forever in a Care facility for rebellious children. With the Guardians actively searching for her, Goldie slips into the city's Museum for refuge. There she is protected and befriended by all the museum keepers, and by a boy named Toadspit, who is also a runaway. Goldie finds that the museum is filled with magic, and also with all the things that have been hidden from her protected world. Highly entertaining for grades 4-8.

  • Zahra Dashti
    2019-05-12 20:50

    خوب بود ، موضوع جدیدی در داستانهای dystopian داشت. روند خوب و سریعی داشت. البته سادگی طرح واقعا مناسب بچه های نوجوان هست. اگر به ادبیات فانتزی نوجوان ها علاقه دارید ، انتخاب خوبیه

  • Lauren
    2019-05-02 20:51

    SOOOOO GOOD! I know I could probably come up with a more savvy "hook" than that, but....THIS BOOK IS SOOOOO GOOD! Lian Tanner's Museum of Thieves blew me away. It is scary and dark and thrilling and inspiring and clever. But beyond being thoroughly entertaining, Museum of Thieves raises some very thought-provoking questions. It never ceases to amaze me how authors create elaborate fantasy worlds that on the surface seem to have nothing in common with ours, but soon are revealed to examine deep truths about the cultures and societies of our own humdrum world. Museum of Thieves is just such a book.The story begins with one of the best, most-tension-filled opening scenes I have read in a long time. We are introduced to the city of Jewel. Ages ago, this land used to be filled with dangers (flood, kidnapping, murder, famine, plague, etc.), and it made the people fearful. A law was declared that all children under the age of 16 must be safely chained to an adult at all times. At home, children are connected to their parents by a "guardchain," and out in the world, they are connected to "Guardians" (who are basically like teachers/nannies/body-guards). But the times have changed, and Jewel's leader (the "Grand Protector") has become concerned about the power of the Guardians and their leader (the "Blessed Guardian"). The Grand Protector, much to the Blessed Guardian's dismay, has decided to lower the age of separation from 16 to 12. The book begins on this controversial "Separation Day," and Goldie, our bold and rebellious 12-year-old protagonist, is going to be the first one to have her chain removed. But (in one of the best introductions of a plot's conflict that I have read in a long time) suddenly, the Separation Ceremony is cancelled due to a mysterious explosion in the city. Panicked at the thought of having the freedom she longs for snatched away from her at the last moment, Goldie runs away, and so her adventure begins. She discovers the mysterious museum of the book's title and quickly learns that there is much more danger left in Jewel than anyone realizes.This book is a genuine page-turner. As the end of each chapter drew near, I would promise myself that I would set the book aside and get some sleep, but when I got to the last line, I just couldn't bring myself to close the book. I had to keep going. Goldie is very likable--extremely bold and defiant but also frightened, at times, and unsure of herself. And she is surrounded by an entertaining posse of strange characters. The villains of the book are despicable and the moments of danger (which are many) feel extremely real and urgent.But beyond being entertaining, there is a lot we can learn from Museum of Thieves, as it reveals truths about our own often-paranoid culture. The panicky, control-obsessed people of Jewel made me think of the ways we try to escape the necessary dangers of living life. I found myself thinking of security measures (in airports, and even in schools, etc) and people's willingness to trade their privacy (even dignity) to feel a little safer. Museum of Thieves shows that risk and danger are not something we can simply get rid of. They exist and are a part of life, and when you try to pretend they aren't, it only backfires--often in ways that are even more dangerous than you first feared.

  • Mike (the Paladin)
    2019-05-08 20:55

    This book caught my interest very quickly. Opening as the story of the bold young girl who escapes the oppressive control of the Guardians. Unfortunately the book started losing my interest just as quickly.It seems to me that the author had "a" good idea. The problem seems to have come in because she had a couple of "good ideas" that began clamoring to be the main idea of the book.Are we telling a story of the young girl (and boy, lest we forget Toadspit) who want to rebel against the evil oppressive government that holds everyone under a spell of paralyzing fear? A government that knows it has to control everyone and every thing from cradle to grave to remain in power... Or is it a story about evil humans who have driven "nature" out and damaged it? A novel about how nature has to be brought back? Or to paraphrase an old TV commercial is it "two, two, two plots in one"?The book is okay and I think younger readers who get caught up in Goldie's story may not be bothered so much by the confusion and the somewhat openly "indoctrinative" (yes I suppose it may be a made up word, but you get the meaning...right?) parts of the book. I wasn't taken with it that much and probably won't follow it up, but I suppose I didn't really dislike it. To quote a friend here (Ala) it's just a bit..."meh".

  • Lydia Presley
    2019-05-07 19:12

    Hurray for fantastic, middle-grade level adventures! I think the last book I read that I enjoyed this much was Gregor the Overlander by Suzanne Collins. Lian Tanner has created a fantastic world in Museum of Thieves and provided middle-schoolers with a strong, female lead character (and a strong, male secondary character), no romance (none needed!), a mysterious building and a world that could be so real it's frightening!Have you ever seen parents walking about with their children tied to them? Take that and magnify it 100 times and you have the basic idea behind this book. In Jewel, children are strapped to their parents until the age of separation. But Goldie, a 12 year old girl, decides this is not the life she wants to lead... and so she takes measures to change it.Enter an interesting crew of thieves (although.. I would have liked a bit more fleshing out of them). A building that, rather than using the Harry Potter-style of staircases, actually lives and moves about according to its moods. Caught your interest yet?Let me just say.. when this book came in I set it on the counter in the kitchen. The moment my 7 year old nephew (who is becoming quite the prolific reader) saw it he wanted to know what it is about. Then, his father stopped as he passed it and checked it out. I took it with me to babysit, and one of the adults of the house picked it up off the table when it was lying out. This is a book that inspires interest and, especially if you have a pre-teen reluctant reader, will beg to be read.

  • Thoraiya
    2019-05-09 01:08

    Wow, Lian. What a thrilling journey! Your museum is the coolest. If I'd had the opportunity to read this book in primary school, it would have become one of my instant favourites, and I would have wanted Broo to be my best friend, and I would have spent hours trying to think of nothing so that nobody could see me. 8-year-old-me would have tried hard to remeber what she had stolen in the duration of her short life to qualify her as a thief, and probably settled on the meringue crust from a lemon meringue pie that she crept out to the kitchen and devoured in the middle of the night.When, actually, as a writer, I am more a thief of lives than I am a thief of meringue.Yes, yes. That's how I'll get a job at the Museum of Dunt, the Museum of Thieves!Kudos to last year's Aurealis jury that gave this book its well-deserved crown, and I look forward to sharing this with the Small One when she gets old enough for slaughterbirds to send shivers down her spine.

  • Andrea
    2019-05-01 22:56

    A did not finish review.Museum of Thieves is basically a pre-teen dystopian story, of a world which is surely the nightmare of most children, one where all children are so overprotected that they are kept chained (to their parents or Keepers). This apparently is to save them from child thieves, or plagues, or robbers, or any of dozens of dangers.How being chained makes you safe from a plague isn't exactly clear.I suspect many readers will like this story better than I did. I should definitely stay away from dystopias because the worldbuilding usually makes it impossible for me to stick at it. Otherwise, I wasn't quite captured by the characters, thought it a little heavy-handed (the so Good but not too politically wise leader and her patently a bad guy brother, for instance).I found myself disinterested enough to not even bother to flip to the end to find out if the explosion was a set up by the brother. Just not for me.

  • Rochelle
    2019-05-02 18:11

    Being an adult, I don’t read much middle grade fiction (but I do love my YA) but when I saw the cover of this and then read the blurb I was hooked and reeled in. To me, a good story is a good story whether it is written for children or adults, and this was a very good story.Museum of thieves was a thrilling fantasy with heart pumping action that would be enjoyed by both girls and boys. It is set in a world much like our own except that children are the most precious commodity and therefore always chained to an adult or one of the Blessed Guardians, never able to really be children.Goldie, who is always getting in trouble, can’t wait to be separated. Separation Day is upon her, until a terrible incident causes the day to be cancelled. Goldie cannot stand the thought of spending another hour in chains let alone who knows how long. She frees herself and escapes to the Museum of Dunt the only safe place to hide in the city. But the museum is unlike a normal museum, full of magic and mystery.We follow Goldie as she gets to know the museum and its keepers, including a boy her age named Toadspit. Each have a role to play in keeping the museum settled and the people of Jewel safe.But the Guardians will not stop until they have found Goldie, and when the museum is brought to their attention, they won’t stop until they discover its secrets.Goldie is brave and bold and doesn’t let fear hold her back. She is also smart and strong willed. Toadspit is also very brave, but he is headstrong and disgruntled by Goldie’s presences. When everything goes wrong and the adults cannot save the day, it is up to Goldie and Toadspit to do it.The evil characters where evil indeed and I just wanted to pull my hair out at some of their actions.Overall Museum of Thieves was a delightful and intriguing fantasy adventure. Both magical and spine-tingling in parts, I highly recommended it to the young (children 9 plus), and the young at heart.

  • Abdollah zarei
    2019-05-01 20:00

    به عنوان یه کار کودک بهش 3 دادمعنوان کتاب موزه ی دزدان هست. کاش یکی بتونه اینجا ویرایشش کنه

  • Caitlyn Gallot
    2019-05-15 20:54

    I read The Keepers because I had many good reviews bout the book, and one of my good friends had raved that it was an excellent book. So I decided to read the first book of the trilogy, "Museum of Theives" and I got really into it, it was really exciting and I couldn't put the book down!This book comes under the category of "a book with themes related to those we've studied in class in the 2nd half of the year." It comes under this category as it is a dystopian text."The book is basically about a girl called Goldie Roth who lives in the tough city of Jewel. She finally decides to run away from this city of crime and finds herself in the Museum of Dunt, where she meets a boy named Toadspit. She finds out that the museum holds terrible and dark secrets. The Museum is not a normal museum though, it has shifting rooms that only a theif could understand, and fortunately Goldie is talented in that area. But when the guardians from back in Jewel come to the museum and threaten to ruin everything, Goldie needs to bring her theiving skills to the table.My favourite character in the book is definitely Goldie Roth. She really interests me because even though she is a theif and exceeds in that, she is still a caring girl. This is shown as she doesn't want to leave her sick parents, and she will do anything to protect the museum, her new home. My favourite scene in the book is absolutely the ending. I always hate endings to books, but I loved this one. When everything seems to have worked out Goldie yells out "I'm Goldie Roth. I am the Fifth keeper of the Museum of Dunt!" I adore this scene as you have gotten so into the book and so attached to the characters, you cant help but feel the joy that Goldie feels as she says this. The ending is also very frustrating aswell, as it leaves you wondering what is going to happen next, and you refuse to leave it at that. But I guess that's how a good book should end, leading up to the second book.Since this is a dystopian novel, the thing obviously learnt is to appreciate what we have now, and to be careful with the future and how we go about it. But this book also gets you really thinking about how much we could change, and that the future is scary but very intriguing.I loved the book! Normally I wouldn't read this type of book, but I'm very glad I did!

  • Kathy
    2019-05-22 21:01

    Museum Of ThievesBy Lian TannerCritique by Failenn AseltaThis book was about a trying to be utopian city called Jewel. The people of he city would put chains on the children until separation date when kids could take their chains off. Any one who did something wrong were put into the House of Representatives. The museum of dun was were all the animals were placed so no animals lived inside the city. Goldie a twelve-year-old child escapes the City and finds refuse in the museum of dunt where she discovers thievery and secrets that could destroy the city.The main charters in the book are Goldie Roth a bold and impulsive 12-year-old girl who runs away to the Museum of Dunt. Toadspit is a young boy who stole himself and lives in the museum as one of the keepers. Broo is a large great daneish dog that can speak. He is over 200 years old and can change form from a huge dog to a small little, white, fluffy dog. Guardian Hope is an evil woman who tortures Goldie for all the years she was on her chains.The main conflict of the book is that the Museum of Dunt is moving faster and getting all riled up and this will eventfully destroy the City. “Imagine a kettle coming to the boil. If you hold the lid down and don’t let any steam out escape, the pressure will build and build. Eventually it will explode.” (Pg. .197). Goldie, Toadspit and Broo take Olga Ciavolga’s another one of the keepers wind napkin. Goldie releases the great wind from the wind napkin creating a great storm. Then every thing goes back to normal and the City is saved.I think the book was interesting because or the unique people and methods. That every single wild thing was kept in that museum and that it would shift. If you sang The First Song to the museum it would sing with you. “Herro Dan reckons it’s the very first song, from the beginning of time. From even before humans even existed. He reckons every other song in the world grew out of this one. The museum doesn’t take any noticed of anything else. Mm mm mm oh-oh oh-oh. Mm mm mm mm oh oh oh-oh.” (Pg. 158). I also enjoyed the book because it ended in a mystery that makes you want to read the next book.

  • Doret
    2019-05-20 18:49

    Goldie lives in the city of Jewel. The city has lived through disastrous times and now the people live in fear of everything. For their protection kids are raised and chained to a Blessed Guardian until they are 12 yrs old.When the book opens 12 yr old Goldie is being punished on Separation Day. Goldie has spent much of her time with The Blessed Guardians in trouble, the last day is no different. Many of the kids are excited about separation day but they worry about everything from colds to kidnappers. Goldie only wants to be free.Separation Day is canceled after Fugleman, leader of the Blessed Guardian gives word that there was an explosion. Goldie couldn't take it anymore and dared to escape. Goldie finds shelter at Dunt, an old museum with many secrets and hidden doors. The museum is home to four keepers who disagree with the power of the Blessed Guaridans and are dedicated to doing what's best for the city. One is a boy named Toadspit. Everyone at the museum teaches Goldie, not to be scared of everything and how to fight the Guardians. This was a great page turner. I found myself holding my breath for Goldie. Even more so, because its visually well done. "As they crept from wagon to wagon, Goldie's skin itched with the knowledge that the sentries might return at any moment. She tried to tell herself that this was a war from hundreds of years ago, that it was over and done with, that surely it could not hurt her. But the camp around her was as real as anything she had ever seen. Flies settled on her face and arms. her feet kicked up little clumps of mud. High above her, the slaughterbirds wove a dance of death." There were moments when the message of , the need for freedom and living should not be sacrificed for fear was a little heavy handed. Though I liked Goldie so much I was more then willing to focus on what worked, which was a lot. The author created a great bad guy in Fugleman. One of the books many strengths are the developed secondary characters. I am really looking forward to seeing where Tanner takes this series.

  • PEI Public Library Service
    2019-05-18 00:51

    Museum of Thieves by Lian Tanner All the wildness has been taken out of the city of Jewel. All citizens have been protected from disease, war, and bad weather from birth. Everyone must conform. Children are protected by their parents and the Blessed Guardians and are kept within safe distances with silver leashes. They don’t know how to run. Birds are metal clockwork figures and there are no dogs. Goldie is on the very verge of being separated ( having her leash removed), which would give her some freedom. Then trouble comes to the city in the form of a bomb attack and religious leader insists that all children continue to have their leashes and that even more protection should be provided in the form of Resident Guardians. During the confusion Goldie runs away so not to be leashed again. It is frightening being on her own and having to care for herself. A mysterious man guides her to shelter in the museum of Dunt. An extraordinary place that tentatively holds all the city’s exiled wildness. As Goldie is instinctively a good thief she will be needed to help the museum’s keepers protect the hapless city and its cowed inhabitants from possible upcoming troubles. This is this first in a trilogy about the keepers. This book has well rounded characters, imaginative scenarios, tension and excitement. I read it in one sitting and was very anxious about the safety of the main characters. After a satisfying ending, the final chapter creates anticipation for the next book.Borrow a copy:

  • Nicole
    2019-05-07 17:51

    I really enjoyed this juvenile fiction book of fantasy! There were several passages I marked to remember that I just loved the wording of:"With each movement, with each sound, her skin prickeled.But at the same time the blood surged through her veins and she had never felt so alive. I've been asleep! she thought. I've been asleep all my life, and now I'm waking up!" p. 80"But there are some things, child, that you should steal. That you must steal, if you have enough love and courage in your heart. you must snatch freedom from the hands of the tyrant. You must spirit away innocent lives before they are destroyed. You must hide secret and sacred places." p. 123"...I am not saying that it is a good thing to give children such heavy responsibilities. They must be allowed to have a childhood. But they must also be allowed to find their courage and their wisdom, and learn when to stand and when to run away. After all, if they are not permitted to climb the trees, how will they ever see the great and wonderful world that lies before them..." p. 185"They tried to nail life down. They wanted to be completely safe and happy at all times. The trouble is, the world just isn't like that. you can't have high mountains without deep valleys. You can't have great happiness without great sadness. The world is never still." p. 197

  • Brenda
    2019-05-18 20:00

    Ever had one of those books where you feel like you jumped right into the middle of it and your slowly catching up? Well, this book was mine. The story begins in the city of Jewel with Goldie going to her separation ceremony. To protect the children of Jewel they are placed in guard chains until the age of sixteen. Unfortunately, Goldie's separation day was canceled this year. This does not sit well with her, so she runs away. Eventually, Goldie finds refugee in a Museum and is introduced to the four keeper of the Museum and her new purpose within its walls is revealed. The story's underlining theme reminds me of the expression "being tied to your mother's apron strings," but in this case the children of Jewel are being overprotected by their parents and the rules of the city. The story was a fairly easy read. I enjoyed the playful bantering of Goldie and Toadspit, so much like a brother and sister would argue. The character of Broo was also entertaining and heightened the adventure as well. Overall an enjoyable read with many side themes on allowing children to grow up and learning how to solve problems.

  • Shanshad Whelan
    2019-04-22 22:57

    Not a bad read overall. It's the first in a series and has an appealing main character and some interesting secondary characters. I do enjoy the fact that Goldie is able to be strong and capable without turning into uber warrior woman or some such. I did feel that the world Goldie lives in was not fleshed out as well as I would have liked--it was hard to picture it in real detail and get a notion of what kind of time period it was, how people worked and schooled with the rules that were set up in the city, etc. It's too bad we didn't really get to see some of a typical day of life in the city of Jewel. Still, didn't make it bad, but I did think that there could have been more meat to the setting. I'll likely look to read the second book when it comes out, though this one had a satisfactory ending without resorting to cliffhangers.

  • Caitlin
    2019-05-06 00:13

    We loved Museum of Thieves, it had my daughter whirling around the room, completely transfixed in the fantasy of the story whilst I read it at bedtimes. We also read it on trains, planes and across a number of holiday places. The story was all consuming and the two child characters are just so gritty and fantastic, thank you Lian, from Caitlin and Olive

  • Maddy
    2019-05-21 01:15

    Loved this book so much!

  • CCB
    2019-05-10 01:05

    Great story. Liked it !! I loved the characters :)

  • TerryC
    2019-04-23 22:52

    I. Just. Watched. A. Movie. And. I'm. Too. Tired. To. Write. A. Review. Good. Night. So. Here's. 19. Sentences.

  • KatHooper
    2019-04-23 01:14

    Originally posted at FanLit.’s Separation Day and 12-year old Goldie is finally going to be separated from her parents and guardians. Literally separated. For in the town of Jewel, where the most important value is safety, children are always chained to a parent or guardian during the day and tied to the bedpost at night. And when they do something wrong, as Goldie is prone to do regularly, they’re put in heavy “punishment chains.”This year the Grand Protector has lowered the separation age from 16 to 12 because she believes that Jewel is much safer than it used to be. But her brother, the Fugleman, and his henchmen, the Blessed Guardians, have conspired to ruin this year’s Separation Day and to keep the kids in chains. But Goldie escapes and that means her parents have to go to the dungeons. Can Goldie stay free and get her parents out of captivity, too?Goldie ends up at a strange place called the Museum of Dunt where, it turns out, they were expecting her. The basement of the Museum is the last stronghold of some of the things the original Blessed Guardians, 200 years ago, protected the children from — war, famine, plague, and dangerous animals. The Museum is starting to stir because it’s sentient and it senses trouble coming. The job of the Museum keepers — and it’s obvious that Goldie is being groomed as a keeper — is to make sure the museum stays calms so the bad things can’t escape again. When the Fugleman finds out what’s in the museum, he plans to use its horrors for his own advancement. Now Goldie, who has never even been allowed out by herself, must figure out how to stop him.I listened to the auidobook version of Lian Tanner’s Museum of Thieves with my 10-year old daughter, Tali. Tali enjoyed the story and was entertained by Claudia Black’s animated narration. However, I found it difficult to become absorbed in Tanner’s story because I just couldn’t suspend disbelief. I found myself constantly thinking “that would never happen” or “these adults are too stupid to live.” I read a lot of speculative fiction, so I am used to suspending disbelief, but Museum of Thieves asked too much of me. An entire society of adults putting up with children attached to them all the time? Children punished by their loving parents by being restrained with heavy clanking chains? Parent sent to the dungeon if their kids are bad? And why would people who hate children (all the Guardians are harsh and hateful) sign up for a job as a Blessed Guardian when it involves having children tied to you all day long? And while the Guardians are spouting all sorts of nonsense such as “When we endanger ourselves, we endanger others! It is our duty to be safe! It’s our duty to be afraid!” it’s really hard to believe that all those adults could be so fearful and idiotic.There were some aspects of Museum of Thieves that I liked such as the shape-shifting dog, the slaughterbird named Morgue, and the museum whose dimensions keep changing. Most of the characters, though, except for Goldie and a boy named Toadspit, were caricatures — the tyrannical villain, the troop of brutish soldiers, the despotic Guardians. None of these were truly convincing.There’s a message for children in Museum of Thieves: be brave, do the right thing, even if it’s scary. But I’m not sure that message comes across when the context is something so extreme that children in our society can’t even relate to it. It’s not hard to say “be brave” when the things that these kids have been afraid of were little dogs, scissors, and water-filled ditches.Claudia Black’s narration made the story go even more over the top. She has an awesome voice and performed with much enthusiasm, probably just as the author intended, and I loved her voices for some of the characters, but mostly the narration just emphasized the problems I had with the book — the adults sound really stupid and the bad guys sound really eeeeeevil. There’s some singing required, and that did not go well — it sounded like moaning. During the climactic scenes, Black yelled and screeched so much that my husband came running to see if Tali and I were okay.I’m not interested in continuing with the KEEPER trilogy, but Lian Tanner did please my daughter. Tali said that she loved the museum “because it’s like a different world” and that she found the story “mysterious” and “adventurous.” She also gave the narration a thumbs up. Since Tali is the target audience, I’m giving Museum of Thieves 3 stars for succeeding there. However, I think the best children’s fantasy appeals to both children and adults.

  • Sarah Morenon
    2019-05-04 19:54

    Great, where's book 2.

  • Michael Fitzgerald
    2019-05-14 21:17

    The last quarter or so was very rushed. There was a lot that was left undeveloped. The narrator was mostly OK, but seemed confused about accents, lapsing into a fuzzy French one. We have a character named "Olga Ciavolga" - which forever makes me think of The Tales of Olga Da Polga.

  • Barb Middleton
    2019-05-08 23:55

    All children in the city of Jewel are chained to a Blessed Guardian until their Separation Ceremony. This is for their own good and protection. On her way to the Separation Ceremony, 12-year-old Goldie, is in trouble again and is wearing the heavier, more cumbersome chains of punishment around her wrists for not obeying the Blessed Guardians. Goldie longs to be free and cannot wait for her chains to be cut, but while the ceremony is in process the man in charge of the Blessed Guardians, Fugelman, bursts into the auditorium announcing to the parents that there was a bombing that killed a child. Horrified, the adults stop the ceremony because they feel the children should not be separated from their protectors, the Blessed Guardians, with a Bomber on the loose.Goldie cannot stand the thought of being so close to her freedom only to have it snatched away. She escapes from the ceremony and finds refuge in the Museum of Dunt while her parents are imprisoned for her running away. The museum is alive and keeps balance in the city. Goldie is taught to be a “keeper” of the museum with the help of another runaway named, Toadspit, a magical dog, and three adults. When the museum comes under attack, Goldie is the only one who can save it and the city.The story is full of action and has some some strong characters. The plot has some incidents that are never explained such as who set off the bomb. I think it is Fugelman who wants to control the city but it is never confirmed. Also, why does the museum need Goldie as a Keeper? I think it’s because she can withstand the wildness of it better than the others when they sing the First Song, but again, it never says exactly why. I also found it too unbelieveable when the levee broke that the people wouldn’t run to higher ground for safety because the city had crippled them so much with the inability to think for themselves. The citizens do show signs of disobeying the system with Goldie. I think survival instincts would have kicked in for them to run. I thought Fugelman was a one-dimensional villian and that the friction between him and his sister, The Protector, should have been explained more. Why was he jealous of her? There is a scene at the end of the book where she basically says good ridance to her brother who is probably dead and deserves it. She’s a kind person and it was out of character. I would have shown her to be sad as well as angry. I think their relationship should have been fleshed out more and made more complicated. But these were small incidents in a book that overall had fine pacing and a strong main character.One reason Goldie is chosen as a Keeper is that she is a thief like Toadspit. The author tries to explain through the adult, Olga, that she doesn’t mean thieving but being brave and standing up for what is right. She means civic duty or civic responsibility but uses the word thief. I thought Olga got preachy at one part about overprotective parents as well. It wasn’t really necessary because the whole novel shows this. I feel like I’m nitpicking this book because I know students will like it, but I think all the little things make it an average read.

  • Cass -Words on Paper
    2019-04-27 20:11

    4/5I received a copy from the publisher (AU PB) for an honest review.This review will be posted on the blog, mid July.Watch the trailer (!The presentation of this book is top-notch. In the version I have ( the children on the cover look a BIT younger than I'd imagine twelve year olds to be, but the background and word placement - well, I couldn't have dreamed up anything better. It looks great. 'The Keepers' is embossed, 'Museum of Thieves' is shiny and neat, and the book as a whole has a nice feel to it. Inside, it gets better ...MUSEUM OF THIEVES is the first book in a new MG fantasy series. In the city of Jewel, all children below the age of 16 are tethered to their parents and the Blessed Guardians at all times. That might suit some children just fine, but when the 1st annual Separation Ceremony (where children become no longer bound by silver chains) where the Separation age was promised to be lowered to 12 is stopped, Goldie Roth runs away in frustration. With nowhere else and no one else to turn to, Goldie is drawn to the museum as shadows lurk in the dark. As she learns the secrets of the museum, trouble is brewing in the city, and the museum is in danger.From the moment this came in the mail I knew that I had to read it. I don't read a lot of MG fiction, but hey, Harry Potter was MG and look where that went? What I found within the covers of THIS book, was a thrilling and unreal story.I loved that the museum assumed an entity all its own - its rooms shift, it sings, it breathes and reacts to its surroundings. Every room is different, and as Goldie discovers and explores, so too did I. The museum was never boring. It felt like I was there; Tanner does a great job creating vivid images and fantasy environments.Goldie is such a great heroine - bold and impatient, smart and independent. Even when she gets into a seemingly hopeless situation, it doesn't take long before she snaps back into place and starts thinking of a way around it. Out of the four Keepers of the museum, I hope that there is more backstory in the next book. While we do get to see them a lot, we don't actually know an awful lot about any of them. Snippets of the past are indicated, but aren't fleshed out and are instead given a backseat while the action plays out.Broo was a really interesting 'character' and I hope to see more information on his kind, as well as what happened to the rest of them and whether there are any more around. I really don't want to give any more away about him, but Tanner introduced him in a great way. I didn't see it coming!The plot is fast-ish moving and the writing is simple and easy to read. I really enjoyed it and I can't wait to continue the series! The book ended at a good place - NOT MUCH OF A CLIFFHANGER, but something to go on by. I could easily see the events in MUSEUM OF THIEVES like a film when I was reading it. That's how a good book should be. Vivacity in colour and action, MUSEUM OF THIEVES is a great start to a mysterious and curious new fantasy series.

  • Mogsy (MMOGC)
    2019-04-29 18:13

    Museum of Thieves is a great middle-grade to young adult novel, but can most definitely be enjoyed by all. I suppose it would technically fit into the category of dystopian fantasy, but while reading it I sensed more of a "magical" and "fairy-tale-like" vibe coming off from it. Do yourselves a favor: if you ever get the choice between reading the book or listening to the audio version, choose the latter. Back when I was still an audiobook noob, I could never understand what the big deal was. So instead of reading the words off the paper, you're just listening to someone read them back to you. No huge difference, right?Except there is. Now that I've had more than a hundred audiobooks under my belt, I can understand how the choice of narrator can make or break a story. Claudia Black, the narrator for Museum of Thieves is probably best known to sci-fi fans for her role in the show Farscape, but I recognize her more from her voice work for video games like Dragon Age: Origins or Uncharted 2. And knowing her talent for voice acting, I guess I really shouldn't have been surprised what a brilliant narrating job she did here.Still, just because you have a seasoned actor doing the narrating, does not mean they will do a good job. In fact, I find that some of my favorite Hollywood actors and actresses have made for the absolute crappiest audiobook narrators. That talent they have on screen somehow doesn't translate well to this format. Because if the experience with audiobooks had taught me anything else, it's that, no, narrating a book is NOT just like reading back the words on paper out loud. You can easily screw it up.However, Claudia Black handles it all like the pro she is. She's got the different voices down with her use of tones and accents, so never once was I confused as to which character in the book was speaking. She's also great with other effects like infusing her voice with emotion or varying her volume. She's also got the most sensual voice, and even as a straight and happily married woman I must admit that listening to her always gives me pleasant tingly chills down my spine. I think I could listen to her read forever.But enough gushing about Claudia Black. Like I said, the book itself is a fantastic read, but this is one of the few cases where the audiobook narration makes it even better. Maybe it's the fact this book was meant for young audiences, but I just didn't find the characters to be that deep or well-constructed -- but again, one of those shortcomings that a good narrator can make up for. The setting is suitably fantastical, especially descriptions of the museum and all the wonderful treasures and places within. The story itself is fun and entertaining, even for adults, though its message of growing up and independence is admittedly more appropriate for younger readers.Seriously, though, if you're interested in this and can get your hands on the it. Full review at The BiblioSanctum.

  • Susanti Priyandari
    2019-05-11 21:09

    museum of thieves penulis: lian tanner tebal: 256 halaman published September 28th 2010 by delacorte books for young readershidup di dalam berlian (jewel) tentu bukan hal yang menyenangkan. Demikian pula yag dialami oleh seorang gadis kecil bernama Goldie roth. kaki tangannya dirantai dan harus mematuhi peraturan dari guardian. ia baru bebas setelah berusia 17 tahun. Seperti umumnya gadis kecil pemberani dan (cenderung) pemberontak, goldie roth selalu memimpikan kebebasan, terlepas dari pengawasan para Guardian, dan berpetualang. ia selalu menantikan hari pembebasan itu (the separation day). hari pembebasan tu terlihat begitu nyata bagi Goldie saat mengetahui bahwa para guardian memutuskan bahwa the separation day tidak lagi pada usia 17 tahun tetapi 12 tahun! dan usia Goldie saat itu adalah 12 tahun! wow, what a wonderful day! Goldie dengan semangat menyambut hari pembebasan itu. Sayangnya, tepat pada hari pembebasan di mana Goldie dibebaskan tiba, the Separation day itu dibatalkan. Goldie sangat kecewa dan memutuskan untuk kabur. ia kabur dengan membawa gunting dengan kaki dan tangan yang masih terikat dengan rantai. Di luar sana, Goldie terseret arus petualangan memcahkan misteri Museum of thieves yang berlapis bersama teman2 barunya. kaburnya goldie juga memberikan konsekuensi tersendiri bagi keluarganya dari para Guardian--inilah yang mmbuat Goldie terus-menerus teringat kepada Ma dan Papanya selama dalam pelarian tiu--. tetapi di akhir petualangannya, goldie justru mengungkap bahwa salah satu dari anggota guardian itu adalah pengkhianat. nah loh?! dalam buku ini, lian Tanner membuktikan kelihaiannya sebagai penulis buku anak-anak dan penulis drama. untaian kalimat dan jalinan cerita yang sanagt apik mambawa pembaca seolah berpetualang dan terlibat langsung memcahkan misteri museum of thieves bersama goldie dan kawan-kawan. Lian Tanner juga lihai mendeskripsikan karakter setiap tokohnya melalui dialek yang khas dan gambar.walaupun buku ini ditulis untuk anak-anak usia 8-12 tahun, tetapi cerita ini bukanlah cerita yang sepenuhnya bisa dicerna oleh anak-anak, apalagi dijadikan teladan. Karena di dalamnya, si tokoh ini, goldie roth, memiliki sifat yang keras dan cenderung pemberontak. Alangkah baiknya, jika orang tua ikut memberikan penjelasan atau pengarahan tentang sifat baik dan sifat buruk dari setiap tokoh dalam cerita ini saat si anak membaca buku ini.

  • Christopher
    2019-05-03 18:10

    The museum of thieves holds many interesting mysteries and adventures. At the beginning of the book the reader is brought into a story that is on the verge of change, between the guardians and the problem of child protection. The world seems to have a confusing twist on safety and I really enjoyed the attempts at freedom with the children as well as the caring parent characters. Something that seems to kill a book for me now and then is when all the adults seem to be a negative force to the children of a book, rather than a positive one. This book shows a balance, the parents being both a negative and positive role model.This being said I felt that the book really kicked off mid way, where new characters were introduced and a number of plot twists began to form. I also think that there was more confusing parts than parts that made sense within these new ideas. I found myself asking why plot devices were not used earlier rather than later at a number of places within the story. For example the winds, which are secretly talked about, only come into play by the end and were not mentioned at all in the rising action of the book. I had thought that when we were first told about them that they would be used frequently or in any case sooner rather than later. This all being said, the ending was still great but I feel like it was rushed. A lot of suspense was had and the book had a good way of pushing me to the edge of my seat at times, especially in the very few and very small action scenes. Short and sweet seems to be the authors outlook and I believe that it worked well for them.Once again I have found that I am late for a series. The keeper trilogy seems to have more in store for its readers and even if one does not want to continue the journey with Goldie, they won't be disappointed with how this book ends. Many questions could be asked about the similarities and symbolism of child protection within our own society compared to Museum of Thieves. Looking back now though, one doesn’t need to really focus on such things to leave with a final product that gives one a smile. All in all Tanner does a great job at a mysterious story with a young female protagonist, questioning her way of life. Hopefully I can find the remaining books soon!