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The pearl thief

by Wein, Elizabeth,

Format: Book on CD 2017
Availability: Available at 1 Library 1 of 1 copy
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Mt. Lebanon Public Library Young Adult Audio Books YA CD WEIN Elizabeth
Location  Mt. Lebanon Public Library
Collection  Young Adult Audio Books
Call Number  YA CD WEIN Elizabeth

Sixteen-year-old Julie Beaufort-Stuart is returning to her family's ancestral home in Perthshire for one last summer. It is not an idyllic return to childhood. Her grandfather's death has forced the sale of the house and estate and this will be a summer of goodbyes. Not least to the McEwen family - Highland travellers who have been part of the landscape for as long as anyone can remember - loved by the family, loathed by the authorities. Tensions are already high when a respected London archivist goes missing, presumed murdered. Suspicion quickly falls on the McEwens but Julie knows not one of them would do such a thing and is determined to prove everyone wrong. And then she notices the family's treasure trove of pearls is missing.

This beautiful and evocative novel is the story of the irrepressible and unforgettable Julie, set in the year before the Second World War and the events of Code Name Verity . It is also a powerful portrayal of a community under pressure and one girl's determination for justice.

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "*Starred Review* Those who had their hearts broken by Julie in Code Name Verity (2012) will relish this prequel opportunity to meet the brash girl who grew into the brave spy. Julie, almost 16, is returning for the final cleanup of her family's Scottish estate, about to be turned into a boy's school to pay off its debt. Before her mother knows she's returned, Julie is conked on the head and winds up in the hospital, missing a few days of memory. Out of this singular event come knotted ropes of story that overlap and intertwine. One strand is the introduction of siblings Euan and Ellen, locally despised Travellers who enlighten and complicate Julie's life. Another is the disappearance of a cache of glowing river pearls originally found in the estate's waters. Hanging over everything, like a moldering net, is the death of a scholar cataloging the estate's holdings, a death Julie may have witnessed. Yet, for all the story's mystery and history some of it quite ancient two other elements take hold: the intriguing characters, brimming with life, and the evocative language seeded with Scottish words and phrasings that forces the audience to read the book as carefully as it deserves. A finely crafted book that brings one girl's coming-of-age story to life, especially poignant for those who already know her fate.--Cooper, Ilene Copyright 2017 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "This coming-of-age adventure set in 1938 Scotland has 16-year-old Julia Beaufort-Stuart on a final summer visit to the Scottish estate of her late grandfather, which has been sold to cover his hospital bills. There, Julia learns that the person hired to assess the estate's antiquities has gone missing. Then Julia is knocked out while on a walk by the lake and left for dead. She's rescued by Euan and Ellen, twin teens of the McEwen traveler clan, and when Euan is blamed for the assault, Julia has to find the real attacker. Actor Service is particularly adept at quick-changing from Julia's sweetly open, unconsciously aristocratic yet self-aware narration to the voices of an assortment of other richly developed characters, including her worldly dowager countess grandmother, the unemotional Inspector Milne, and the bullying Sergeant Henderson. The rough Scottish burr Service provides Julia's grandad contrasts nicely with the more lyrical voices of the twins, pleasant Euan and his spikier sister Ellen. A nearly-15-minute author's note includes a fascinating history of Scottish travelers and their connection to freshwater pearl mussels, capping off this swift-moving audiobook. Ages 12-up. A Hyperion hardcover. (July) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Additional Information
Subjects Friendship -- Fiction.
Prejudices -- Fiction.
Missing persons -- Investigation -- Fiction.
Murder -- Investigation -- Fiction.
Scottish Travellers (Nomadic people) -- Fiction.
Scotland -- History -- 20th century -- Fiction.
Young adult fiction.
Detective and mystery fiction.
Romance fiction.
Mystery fiction.
Love stories.
Publisher [Grand Haven, Michigan] :2017
Edition Unabridged.
Contributors Service, Maggie, narrator.
Participants/Performers Read by Maggie Service.
Language English
Notes Title from container.
Compact discs.
Description 7 audio discs (8 hr.) : CD audio, digital ; 4 3/4 in.
ISBN 9781489403681
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