Katherine Rundell's first novel, Rooftoppers, was awarded the Blue Peter Book Award and the Waterstones Children's Book Prize, while her 2017 novel, The Explorer, won the Costa Children's Book Award and the London Book Fair Children's Travel Book of the YearHer books have sold over half a million copies through UK TCM, and The Explorer alone has sold over 200,000 copies in the UK since its publication in 2017. She is published in over 30 countries worldwideAnother modern classic from Katherine Rundell, this is told with all her trademark humour and bravery - she's even had lessons on the flying trapeze to help her researchWith beautiful cover and chapter head illustrations and top quality production values, this brand new paperback edition is a must for all Rundell fans and a perfect gift purchaseA United States Board on Books for Young People (USBBY) 'Outstanding International Books List' pick for 2020Katherine Rundell will be one of the World Book Day authors for 2021. Skysteppers is a standalone story, set a handful of years before Rooftoppers, and explores the adventures of the second principal character, Matteo.Katherine Rundell is a bestselling author whose novels for children include Rooftoppers, The Wolf Wilder, The Explorer and The Good Thieves. She has won the Costa Children's Book Award, the Blue Peter Book Award and the Waterstones Children's Book Prize, amongst many others. She was a 2021 World Book Day author and has also published two picture books for children and three non-fiction books for adults, including Super-Infinite: The Transformations of John Donne, winner of the 2022 Baillie Gifford Prize, and The Golden Mole and Other Living Treasure, shortlisted for the 2022 Waterstones Book of the Year. Her books have sold millions of copies worldwide. Katherine spent her childhood in Africa and Europe before taking her degree at the University of Oxford and becoming a Fellow of All Souls College. As well as writing, she studies Renaissance literature and occasionally goes climbing on the rooftops late at night.Go on an adventure with Katherine Rundell ... _______________ FOYLES CHILDREN'S BOOK OF THE YEAR 2019 From the winner of the Costa Children's Book Award _______________ 'An amazing adventure story, told with sparkling style and sleight of hand' - Jacqueline Wilson 'Read everything she writes' - Daily Mail _______________ Fresh off the boat from England, Vita Marlowe has a job to do. Her beloved grandfather Jack has been cheated out of his home and possessions by a notorious conman with Mafia connections. Seeing Jack's spirit is broken, Vita is desperate to make him happy again, so she devises a plan to outwit his enemies and recover his home. She finds a young pickpocket, working the streets of the city. And, nearby, two boys with highly unusual skills and secrets of their own are about to be pulled into her lawless, death-defying plan. Katherine Rundell's fifth novel is a heist as never seen before - the story of a group of children who will do anything to right a wrong.A glittering, page-turning adventure set amidst the streets of New York, this is a modern classic from the Costa Award-winning author of The Explorer, Katherine Rundell - now available in a glorious paperback editionLikely to be the best children's book you'll read this yearRundell is the real deal, a writer of boundless gifts and extraordinary imaginative power whose novels will be read, cherished and reread long after most so-called "serious" novels are forgottenAn amazing adventure story, told with sparkling style and sleight of handCaptivating ... Not only is [Rundell's] latest an irresistible journey, but every inch of it is a delight . At its heart the book is about courage, friendship and loveA new Katherine Rundell book is always an event, but this is another triumph and then some. A wickedly exciting heist with heart, I can but marvel at this new delight from one of my favourite storytellers everWith a gripping plot and unforgettable characters, Rundell's latest is another triumphA total showstopper of a story. Rundell's finest yetRundell orchestrates the fast-paced, thrilling action and vivid, endearing characters with the precision of a watchmakerPurring mafiosi, breathtaking feats of nerve and a crackling sense of atmosphere throughout make this book a single-sitting treat, showcasing Rundell at the peak of her powersI love the way Katherine puts Impossible on hold while she tells her wild, warm, shimmering storiesThe Good Thieves is another suspenseful and beautifully written book that will delight Rundell fansThe Good Thieves is a story-telling spectacle - it glitters with adventure, family, friendship, and an irresistible sprinkling of impossibilityIncreasingly, I feel that doctors should prescribe Katherine Rundell books to patients - all that wisdom, all that humour, all that irrepressible joy. The Good Thieves is, predictably, superbIt's full of mischief, vibrance, tenacity and wonderRundell's books are as breathlessly intrepid as each sentence is elegantly sculptedLights a spark in your heart from the very first line and sets it blazing with danger, daring, high-wire thrills and a vivid, unstoppable spirit of love and hope. I adored itAnother satisfying instalment in Rundell's ongoing saga of adventure and derring-do. Filled with all the tension, justice and excitement you expect from her, The Good Thieves doesn't put a foot wrong, as it plots and plans, twists and turns, flies and falls as Vita and her gang plot the heist of the decade, on the side of goodA truly excellent book ... Stolen castles, daring heists, prohibition, pickpockets, animal adventure, the circus, a truly terrifying villain and four of the best protagonists I've ever encountered. Plus Katherine Rundell's glorious proseKatherine Rundell's writing is always beautiful, but The Good Thieves hits a whole new level for me. It's just dazzling! I adore fierce, vibrant Vita, and the plot is SO compelling'Captivating . A glorious heist ... Rundell's unbelievable twists and turns will have young readers, and any family members luck enough to be reading along, on the edge of their seats until the very last momentA dazzling take on the traditional and timeless treasure hunt story, and an excellent read from one of today's most talented storytellers.Full of tense moments and dramatic twists and turns, this is a great story of triumph over adversity and the value of trust, friendship and self-belief.Exquisite characterisation meets sublime storytelling in this thrilling, spectacular ride of an adventure. Another classic in the making from Katherine RundellBeautifully written and full of scenes that both thrill and enchant, The Good Thieves is Rundell at her classy bestAnother exceptional book from one of our favourite storytellers. It's a showstopping heist glittering with New York City magic and wonder, blazing with danger and bravery. Her best book yetRundell has a gift for precise and beautiful descriptions ... as well as a generous-hearted sense of adventure and companionshipA new book from Katherine Rundell is always a treat, and this wonderful heist story is no exception. It's a thrilling adventure with a fierce and determined heroineA burning sense of injustice propels the latest book by the excellent, award-winning Katherine RundellOne of the most talented children's authors aroundWHAT a writer Rundell is. She creates the heady atmosphere of Prohibition-era New York, wonderfully engaging characters and a fast-paced mystery adventure and weaves them together with the most beautiful writing style ... An exciting read for all agesA beautifully plotted heistAn inspiring story with loads of escapismThe Good Thieves pulled me in and made me want to keep readingAs well as the vividly presented setting, I particularly loved the strong will that made the characters so memorableThis is a standout children's adventure ... Rundell's writing is clear and lyrical, effortlessly conjuring up a diverse cast in a well-drawn milieu and putting together a thoroughly enjoyable readA sparkling heist adventure told with wit and styleA story of courage and love about a gang of children with circus skills who take on armed heavies to right a wrong ... It has delicious prose and a tear-jerking endingThis fast-paced, thrilling story has it all - a charismatic 1920s New York setting, a sensationally sinister villain, a determined, likeable heroine and feats of daring couched in engaging proseA pacy and satisfying tale written with the imaginative flair one has come to expect from this superb storytellerIn this masterful children's adventure, a girl finds herself entangled in the criminal underworld of Prohibition-era New York.Katherine Rundell continues her winning run with The Good ThievesSkilfully plotted, beautifully written and with memorable characters, Costa award-winner Rundell just gets better with every book.The Good Thieves [.] combines a galloping plot and beautiful writing in a book that will delight Rundell fans.You can't really describe Katherine Rundell as a rising star any more, so fixed is she in the kid-lit firmament. Rundell flexed her historical thriller muscle in The Good Thieves which pitted a young British girl and an unlikely alliance of streetwise youngsters and circus performers against New York gangsters and crooked politicians: justice was served with relish.Rundell is an astonishing young talent and her books combine old-fashioned, edge-of-your-seat adventure with richly imagined characters... Read everything she writes...suspenseful and beautifully writtenA great adventure story with a very engaging and exciting plot
Katherine Rundell is the bestselling author of five children's novels and has won the Costa Children's Book Award, the Blue Peter Book Award and the Waterstones Children's Book Prize amongst many others. Katherine spent her childhood in Africa and Europe before taking her degree at the University of Oxford and becoming a Fellow of All Souls College. As well as writing, she studies Renaissance literature and occasionally goes climbing on the rooftops late at night. Katherine will be a World Book Day author for 2021.