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Crookhaven The School for Thieves: Book 1

J.J. Arcanjo

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For National Curriculum Key Stage 2, Interest age: from c 9 years, Romance & relationships stories (Children's / Teen, School stories (Children's / Teenage)

"So this is really a school for criminals."

"We are so much more than that. We are a home for the forgotten, a sanctuary for the lost and ... yes, a training ground for the greatest crooks of the future."

An irresistible new series about chosen family, high stakes thievery, and what it really means to do good.

ONE OF THE THE SUNDAY TIMES BEST BOOKS FOR CHILDREN 2023

The first book in the 'criminally good' Crookhaven series, the secret school where students are taught to do wrong, so that one day, they can put the world to rights.

"So this is really a school for criminals." It was meant as a question, though it came out more as an accusation. "We are so much more than that," Caspian said, sitting in a plush leather chair and gesturing for Gabriel to sit in a similar one across the table. "We are a home for the forgotten, a sanctuary for the lost and ... yes, a training ground for the greatest crooks of the future."

13-year-old Gabriel is a brilliant pickpocket, a skill which he uses to keep his often empty belly not quite so empty. And then one day, he's caught.

But instead of being arrested, he is invited by the mysterious Caspian Crook to attend Crookhaven - a school for thieves. At Crookhaven, students are trained in lock-picking, forgery and 'crim-nastics', all with the intention of doing good out in the world, by conning the bad and giving back to the innocent.

But ... can you ever really trust a thief?

With a school wide competition to be crowned Top Crook and many mysteries to uncover, Gabriel's first year at Crookhaven will be one to remember...

An irresistible series about chosen family, high stakes thievery, and what it really means to do good. Perfect for fans of M.G. Leonard and Anthony Horowitz.

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J.J. Arcanjo

J.J. Arcanjo is a half-Portuguese, half-English writer who grew up between the Algarve and Devon. He has a masters in Creative Writing and Publishing from City University, London, and has previously worked in publishing.

He spent the early years of his childhood in Portugal and when he moved to the UK learned English through reading - instilling the importance of books in him from a young age.

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