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Friday, August 24, 2012

Review: Island of Thieves by Josh Lacey

Island of Thieves by Josh Lacey.

Island of Thieves by Josh Lacey

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication Date: June 2012
List Price: $15.99
ISBN-13: 9780547763279

Review: Thieves, guns, and more! Island of Thieves by Josh Lacy is an awesome book that will hook you to the very last page.

"Only boring people get bored…Interesting people can always find something to be interested in," according to Josh's father in Island of Thieves. This mantra leads to Josh accidentally burning down his parents' shed - after all, he was bored! Afterwards, his parents decide to take a vacation, and the only willing family member to watch Josh is his Uncle Harvey's who is a little different. Uncle Harvey embarks on a treasure hunt in Peru in order to pay back a Peruvian slum lord the money he owes him. As there is potential for danger, he refuses let Josh come. However, Josh soon enough persuades him to let him join him on a quest filled with danger, mystery, intrigue, and life lessons. If you want to find out what happens to Uncle Harvey and Josh, read Island of Thieves.

Island of Thieves deserves 4.5 stars out of 5 stars. The book for the most part stays on track but will sometimes drift off topic. This was not a significant issue, but is worth mentioning. Also Island of Thieves has an autobiography on John Drake in the back for historical references throughout the book. As far as action goes, Island of Thieves has high octane action throughout the whole story. This is a very action packed book. The characters are not that easily relatable because they sometimes have moments where readers would really question the character's actions. However, readers can easily visualize the setting with the incredible details provided by the author. Island of Thieves is a great book to read on lazy days, days at the beach, and on long car trips. Island of Thieves is an awesome book and deserves 4.5 out of 5 stars. Buy Island of Thieves now!

Review written by Max (6th grade student).

We would like to thank Houghton Mifflin Harcourt for providing a copy of Island of Thieves for this review.

Have you read Island of Thieves? How would you rate it?


  1. I like your review. I liked the part where you said, only boring people get bored. 4.5 is about right if the book drifts off from the main topic.

  2. GREAT REVIEW!You encouraged me to read the book

  3. Thank you for taking the time to write a review on this book, Max. It really made me want to read the book. The action you described got me excited to read. I plan to search for this book in the next book fair. I can't wait to read your next book review!

  4. Thank you Max! You helped me find a book that is just right for me. Now even Lazy Days get me excited to read a book.

  5. this book sounds very good and i will be looking for it

  6. Thank you for the review Max. Your description of Island of Thieves made it sound like a great book! I will be looking for it.