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This clever, fast-paced adventure is a mix of the Story Thieves series and Ready Player One! Oliver Nelson has a terrible secret-he's a thief. But he only steals books from the Garden Grove Library that are old, musty, brittle, or incomplete, like his favorite book, The Timekeeper's Children. No one reads anymore, and surely no one will miss them, right? Wrong. The Pribbles a This clever, fast-paced adventure is a mix of the Story Thieves series and Ready Player One! Oliver Nelson has a terrible secret-he's a thief. But he only steals books from the Garden Grove Library that are old, musty, brittle, or incomplete, like his favorite book, The Timekeeper's Children. No one reads anymore, and surely no one will miss them, right? Wrong. The Pribbles are famous inventors of the most popular toy in the world, alternate-reality goggles. They are also book collectors who are searching for The Timekeeper's Children, so the Pribbles hatch a plan. They invite Oliver, the last person to have checked it out, to their mansion and use special software from their goggles to steal the last remaining copy of the book--from inside Oliver's mind. Now, Oliver is thrust into the middle of the story and must help the main characters steal pieces scattered around the fictional world of Dulum to build a magical clock that can turn back time before the evil sorcerer Sigil takes over. They'll encounter hideous giants, bloodsucking bats, vicious eels, a Nasty Rodent Eater, a gang of wicked children, and a strange, dark figure that follows them from chapter to chapter, all the while with the Pribbles in pursuit. Can Oliver save Dulum before Sigil destroys everything? And will he finish The Timekeeper's Children before the Pribbles steal it from his mind?


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This clever, fast-paced adventure is a mix of the Story Thieves series and Ready Player One! Oliver Nelson has a terrible secret-he's a thief. But he only steals books from the Garden Grove Library that are old, musty, brittle, or incomplete, like his favorite book, The Timekeeper's Children. No one reads anymore, and surely no one will miss them, right? Wrong. The Pribbles a This clever, fast-paced adventure is a mix of the Story Thieves series and Ready Player One! Oliver Nelson has a terrible secret-he's a thief. But he only steals books from the Garden Grove Library that are old, musty, brittle, or incomplete, like his favorite book, The Timekeeper's Children. No one reads anymore, and surely no one will miss them, right? Wrong. The Pribbles are famous inventors of the most popular toy in the world, alternate-reality goggles. They are also book collectors who are searching for The Timekeeper's Children, so the Pribbles hatch a plan. They invite Oliver, the last person to have checked it out, to their mansion and use special software from their goggles to steal the last remaining copy of the book--from inside Oliver's mind. Now, Oliver is thrust into the middle of the story and must help the main characters steal pieces scattered around the fictional world of Dulum to build a magical clock that can turn back time before the evil sorcerer Sigil takes over. They'll encounter hideous giants, bloodsucking bats, vicious eels, a Nasty Rodent Eater, a gang of wicked children, and a strange, dark figure that follows them from chapter to chapter, all the while with the Pribbles in pursuit. Can Oliver save Dulum before Sigil destroys everything? And will he finish The Timekeeper's Children before the Pribbles steal it from his mind?

30 review for The Thieving Collectors of Fine Children's Books

  1. 4 out of 5

    Belles Middle Grade Library

    If you are a lover of stories & books, you will fall in love with this. It’s amazing! I really loved it. Who hasn’t wished they could go into their favorite book, & live the story with their favorite characters. To meet them, become friends, & have that adventure WITH them that you’ve read about time & time again?! Are you kidding me?! That would be awesome. Oliver’s real life world, however, is my worst nightmare! A world where kids no longer read for fun, or have hardly any imagination of thei If you are a lover of stories & books, you will fall in love with this. It’s amazing! I really loved it. Who hasn’t wished they could go into their favorite book, & live the story with their favorite characters. To meet them, become friends, & have that adventure WITH them that you’ve read about time & time again?! Are you kidding me?! That would be awesome. Oliver’s real life world, however, is my worst nightmare! A world where kids no longer read for fun, or have hardly any imagination of their own? But are basically zombies to their alternate reality goggles? No thank you! I can’t even do audiobooks or ebooks!😆The story collectors were awful people. Determined to own all the books in the world, & only give kids stories they choose to give them? Ugh Books are meant to be read by anybody & shared. I loved all the characters, & thought they were done so well-even the ones I didn’t like: the Pribbles, & Cora annoyed me too lol Oliver was an amazing MC, & I loved him. My heart belongs to Nasty though. That bird with his polite posh way of speaking, even when he’s being rude lol, he’s the best. Blumpf also has my heart though. Amazing, unique character who says so much with only being able to say one word! The humor in here is great. And the “narrator” really feels like they are narrating directly to you-especially since they speak directly to you quite often lol it’s great. Sometimes even seeming to poke fun at itself! This was also so creative & unique. Every detail of the world Oliver goes to inside his favorite book is so detailed & vivid. So many amazing things we encounter along the way. And the CORTEXIA machine-frightening! Just awful. This also makes you think-what if we found out we were only characters in a story? But aren’t we? We’re all characters in our own stories in a way really. The ending was also so great. Never saw the twists coming, & LOVED how it all came together & wrapped up. So much action, adventure, imagination, danger, suspense, & sheer determination in here. Highly recommend, & can’t wait for another book by this author! BEAUTIFUL cover by the AMAZING David SanAngelo too!💜

  2. 4 out of 5

    Ms. Yingling

    E ARC provided by the author Oliver Nelson and his father live in somewhat straightened circumstances after the death of his mother, and he takes a lot of solace in reading in the Garden Grove library. Ms. Fringlemeier, the librarian, always has a smile and a book for him, and he immerses himself in books like the Swordflinger Saga. When the Pribbles, who are very wealthy because of their technology business that produces the wildly popular Pribble Entertainment Goggles, realize that the library E ARC provided by the author Oliver Nelson and his father live in somewhat straightened circumstances after the death of his mother, and he takes a lot of solace in reading in the Garden Grove library. Ms. Fringlemeier, the librarian, always has a smile and a book for him, and he immerses himself in books like the Swordflinger Saga. When the Pribbles, who are very wealthy because of their technology business that produces the wildly popular Pribble Entertainment Goggles, realize that the library has a book they want for their collection, they buy the entire library and shut it down. Unbeknownst even to the librarian, Oliver has been stealing books from the library. He has a strict code of what he will take (it has to be in poor condition and seem unread), but one book in his possession, The Timekeeper's Children, is one that the Pribbles want. This book is a particular favorite of Oliver's, even though the last chapter is missing. He no longer has the book, but the Pribbles invite him to their home because he is the last person to have checked out the book. While there, he finds that the Pribbles have a device called a Cortexia that can harvest the book from Oliver's mind. Wearing the Entertainment Goggles, the three are thrust into the story of The Timekeeper's Children. Written in the 1980s and having sold few copies, this tale of adventure is one of Mr. Pribble's favorites, and he wants to program the tale into the goggles. As Oliver advances through the tale, he meets Jack and Cora, the children of the timekeeper, who are on a quest to steal the crown of the King of Dulum and deliver it to a villain called Sigil. They hope to use their father's clock to turn back time and save their mother. In order to do so, they must work with the narrator, a creature named the Nasty Rodent Eater, and work their way through the story with the Pribbles hot on their trail. They also are shadowed by a mysterious figure whom they find out is the author of the story! They must face bats, eels, the Gang of Impervious Children, and figure out a riddle in order to get to the end of the book. But what is the end? Since Oliver doesn't remember, he needs to figure out what the best ending is for Jack and Cora. This reminded me, in the best way, of Townley's The Great Good Thing, while being a fresh, adventure filled tale. Like Claire, who had the only remaining copy of The Great Good Thing and who had a close relationship with the author, Oliver is determined to save The Timekeeper's Children. I loved this comment that he makes (in the uncorrected proof): "This is my book, too. I created it along the way, making it different and better than the author could ever dream." Claire and Oliver both get to live in the story, make changes, and put important characters in so that they continue to live. It doesn't hurt that the title of Oliver's book is very close to a book my daughter checked out of the public library so many times that I had to buy her a copy. The cover of the 1989 The Children of Time by Deborah Moulton is what I saw in my mind's eye as I was going through this book. I sometimes find fantasy hard going, and the intricate, interwoven plots were sometimes hard for me to follow, but these will enthrall fantasy readers who would dearly love to read The Swordflinger Saga if they were a real books. Oliver's love of literature is great to see, and his story is one that young readers can imagine themselves into. The Pribbles are delightful villains who are just quirky enough to be interesting and dangerous rather than annoying. The technology of the Entertainment Goggles is fascinating, and also makes a great point about imagination, and how the lure of constantly being connected to a phone or electronic device is damaging the ability of many children to enjoy books and use their imagination. The Thieving Collectors of Fine Children's Books is a great choice for readers who have a good background in high fantasy books like McMann's The Unwanteds or Anderson's The Dungeoneers, but also for those who enjoy a story-within-a-story novel, such as O'Donnell's Homerooms and Hall Passes, or McKay's The Last Dragon Charmer series. There are several mentions of one of my favorite books as well: Mary Norton's The Borrowers (1952). Perhaps readers will be encouraged to pick up that series when they are finished, but I hope they check it out of the library instead of stealing it!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Kathie

    I heard a lot of buzz about this book on social media, so I finally picked up a copy from McNally Robinson. Wow. It hooked me from the very first page (who can resist when “blood” is the first word?) right until the end. This book takes place in a time when children rarely read for pleasure. Alternative reality goggles are the most common form of entertainment, created by The Pribbles, who are famous inventors. Oliver is one of the few exceptions who still loves books, but he also has a secret h I heard a lot of buzz about this book on social media, so I finally picked up a copy from McNally Robinson. Wow. It hooked me from the very first page (who can resist when “blood” is the first word?) right until the end. This book takes place in a time when children rarely read for pleasure. Alternative reality goggles are the most common form of entertainment, created by The Pribbles, who are famous inventors. Oliver is one of the few exceptions who still loves books, but he also has a secret he’s hiding – he steals them from his local library. When The Pribbles discover Oliver was the last person to check out The Timekeeper’s Children, a title they desperately need for their extensive book collection, they are willing to go to extreme lengths to get it from Oliver by extracting it from his mind using a new invention called CORTEXIA. Oliver and The Pribbles are thrown into the story, but Oliver goes off course and changes the story’s trajectory while The Pribbles chase him through it. Oliver makes friends (and enemies) of the characters, encounters deadly beasts, has to help find items to build a device to turn back time before the evil Sigil tries to wipe out children altogether. I loved the humour in this story and that I never knew what would happen next. It was richly detailed, imaginative, and moved at a quick pace. It’s definitely on my list of favorite fantasy reads for the first half of 2021, and I predict this book will appeal to many of my fantasy-loving patrons. Recommended: Gr. 5-7 (5 stars)

  4. 5 out of 5

    Jessie

    This is a book that makes you lean over to the person next to you and exclaim, "You have to see this!" It would make a great read aloud with 4th-6th graders! Can you tell that I'm a teacher? This is a book that makes you lean over to the person next to you and exclaim, "You have to see this!" It would make a great read aloud with 4th-6th graders! Can you tell that I'm a teacher?

  5. 4 out of 5

    Ben Gartner

    A funny, laugh out loud, cheeky adventure novel kids and adults will love. It's an exciting page-turner reminiscent of The Phantom Tollbooth. Or sorta like Alice in Wonderland, but with more blood. The cliffhangers at nearly every chapter are brutal! Hard to put down. The video game aspect and the story-within-a-story reminded me of aspects of Ready Player One and the Neverending Story. The author at times inserts himself in a self-deprecating way that is irreverently amusing and endearing. There A funny, laugh out loud, cheeky adventure novel kids and adults will love. It's an exciting page-turner reminiscent of The Phantom Tollbooth. Or sorta like Alice in Wonderland, but with more blood. The cliffhangers at nearly every chapter are brutal! Hard to put down. The video game aspect and the story-within-a-story reminded me of aspects of Ready Player One and the Neverending Story. The author at times inserts himself in a self-deprecating way that is irreverently amusing and endearing. There's also some mind-bending, Inception-style concepts toward the end, but I won't spoil them. Definitely provided good fodder for imaginative discussion with my 13-year-old! This Roald Dahl-esque action thriller earned five stars from both myself and my son and we'll be sure to recommend it to anyone looking for a good time. Great as a read-aloud. Thank you to the author for an advance review copy. This is my honest review.

  6. 4 out of 5

    nerd culture is mainstream now. [jo]

    The Thieving Collectors of Fine Children’s Books- Adam Perry 3/5 stars This is a great book! It has an engaging plot, and has a lot of twists and turns throughout the story. I really like the author’s writing style and the different techniques he uses to grow the characters and their personalities. The content is for anyone. For parents, it could be scary for kids with sensitive imaginations.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Fleur Bradley

    If you have a kid reader in your life who loves books, you must buy them The Thieving Collectors of Fine Children's Books. The language is fun, charming and whimsical (think Roald Dahl), the fantasy will sweep you away, the adventure and cliffhangers keep you turning the pages, and the story-within-a-story element of this novel is perfect for sharp readers. Highly recommend! I was sorry to finish reading this book; I look forward to Adam Perry's next novel... If you have a kid reader in your life who loves books, you must buy them The Thieving Collectors of Fine Children's Books. The language is fun, charming and whimsical (think Roald Dahl), the fantasy will sweep you away, the adventure and cliffhangers keep you turning the pages, and the story-within-a-story element of this novel is perfect for sharp readers. Highly recommend! I was sorry to finish reading this book; I look forward to Adam Perry's next novel...

  8. 4 out of 5

    Gretchen

    This was a real "surprise me" book. I'd seen it on lists and the premise sounded interesting but... I just wasn't sure. After page 2, I was sure! I enjoyed this book immensely. Being a reading addict myself, Mr. Pribble's library sounded like an absolute dream, and keeping my books all pristine was something I used to do in my youth. Just as Mr. Pribble learned, the best kind of book is one that has been passed around, read, and discussed by as many friends and children as possible! The adventur This was a real "surprise me" book. I'd seen it on lists and the premise sounded interesting but... I just wasn't sure. After page 2, I was sure! I enjoyed this book immensely. Being a reading addict myself, Mr. Pribble's library sounded like an absolute dream, and keeping my books all pristine was something I used to do in my youth. Just as Mr. Pribble learned, the best kind of book is one that has been passed around, read, and discussed by as many friends and children as possible! The adventure and the idea of how the book changes inside someone's mind was a great idea and fun to imagine. This will be a book I recommend to students who like fantasy and/or adventure because it is a great combination of both.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Hoover Public Library Kids and Teens

    In the near future, the ubiquitous alternative reality goggles invented by one Edmund R. Pribble have rendered children’s literature obsolete—except to 10-year-old Oliver Nelson, who copes with poverty and grief by hiding in a nigh-abandoned library and stealing his favorite volumes. But when Mr. and Mrs. Pribble discover that the last extant copy of an obscure book resides only in Oliver’s memory, they use the goggles to force him into the story, intending to steal it from his mind. [from Kirku In the near future, the ubiquitous alternative reality goggles invented by one Edmund R. Pribble have rendered children’s literature obsolete—except to 10-year-old Oliver Nelson, who copes with poverty and grief by hiding in a nigh-abandoned library and stealing his favorite volumes. But when Mr. and Mrs. Pribble discover that the last extant copy of an obscure book resides only in Oliver’s memory, they use the goggles to force him into the story, intending to steal it from his mind. [from Kirkus]

  10. 5 out of 5

    Laura

    This book was just fun. I really enjoyed it. Probably not for everyone, but I really liked it. My brother would love this one.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Mary

    Oliver Nelson is a ten-year-old boy growing up poor in a future filled with children who seem to have lost their ability to imagine. Instead of reading books, youth in Oliver’s time wear alternative reality goggles that create fictional worlds on their behalf, circumventing the need for imagination at all. Sadly, Oliver cannot afford goggles of his own, so he spends his days escaping the sadness of his mother’s death in the corners of his vacant local library. One day, the wealthy couple respons Oliver Nelson is a ten-year-old boy growing up poor in a future filled with children who seem to have lost their ability to imagine. Instead of reading books, youth in Oliver’s time wear alternative reality goggles that create fictional worlds on their behalf, circumventing the need for imagination at all. Sadly, Oliver cannot afford goggles of his own, so he spends his days escaping the sadness of his mother’s death in the corners of his vacant local library. One day, the wealthy couple responsible for the popular goggles comes to the library in search of a rare book—the very last copy of which is secretly hidden beneath Oliver’s bed. When the book is accidentally discarded and the only memory of the story resides in Oliver’s mind, his very memory is at stake. Thrust into a very real version of his favorite tale, Oliver must team up with its characters to save everything they hold dear. Breaking from many conventional storytelling techniques, this book shatters the fourth wall and often speaks directly to the reader. Surprising characters appear throughout the narrative, their presence explaining concepts like the narrator’s perspective and deus ex machina in delightfully comical ways. A story within a story in which a linear approach is not always suitable, readers will love the unpredictable plot twists that propel this story forward. Short chapters filled with dialogue, direct narration, and comic relief make this book at once well suited to middle grade readers and enjoyably accessible to older readers, as well. Whether spoken aloud or read silently, the captivating writing will occasionally make readers laugh out loud at a well-placed joke or groan inwardly at the delivery of a bad pun. A pictorial map at the beginning depicts one Oliver makes in the story and gives readers context about the land which is the focus of the book. Thorough descriptions of people and places make both come alive in the mind of the reader. Death and violence are intrinsic elements of this story, though readers are warned whenever a particularly grotesque scene is approaching. Uniquely executed, The Thieving Collectors of Fine Children’s Books celebrates the importance of stories in a way that will be enjoyed by readers of all ages for years to come.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Sam Subity

    This book grabbed me from the very first word and had me hooked through every mind-bending plot twist! The comparisons with Story Thieves and Ready Player One are apt, as it tells the story of a boy who through a pair of high-tech goggles is able to become a character in an out-of-print book that exists only in his mind, on the run from a pair of book collectors determined to add the story to their collection. The Thieving Collectors is a wonderfully unique, imaginative, and hilarious story!

  13. 4 out of 5

    Robert

    Amazing book. Think READY PLAYER ONE meets ... well, any children’s fantasy book. A must-read.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Sandra Guerfi

    This was a thrilling adventure perfect for young readers ten and up. Being able to jump from book to book to book by simply getting book recommendations from the characters themselves feels like being in a private book club open only to the initiated. What could be better than that? What if you were the only one who could save a story and make it stop from disappearing? Would you steal a story like that? Would you become a book thief and secret it away? Is the story you read and the one that sta This was a thrilling adventure perfect for young readers ten and up. Being able to jump from book to book to book by simply getting book recommendations from the characters themselves feels like being in a private book club open only to the initiated. What could be better than that? What if you were the only one who could save a story and make it stop from disappearing? Would you steal a story like that? Would you become a book thief and secret it away? Is the story you read and the one that stays with you the same? Or does it even matter if you're the only thing that can make a difference. Stand up and fight or become just another oblivious bystander. Sometimes choices cost more than you realize but sometimes the rewards are astonishing. Would definitely recommend for that child or adult that loves to submerge themselves into a book and not look up till they're done. Add it to the bookshelf.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Kyle Herman

    This is a very fun and exciting book to read. I've been reading it to my kids, and they love the characters and the story. It's also a pleasure to read as an adult. I like to have some fun when I read out loud, so whether it's always saying "trademark" when discussing the CORTEXIA(TM), or realizing I'm narrating the narrator's speech, and figuring out how to distinguish the two, I've really enjoyed reading this book. Furthermore, the story is very unique and interesting, and keeps getting better This is a very fun and exciting book to read. I've been reading it to my kids, and they love the characters and the story. It's also a pleasure to read as an adult. I like to have some fun when I read out loud, so whether it's always saying "trademark" when discussing the CORTEXIA(TM), or realizing I'm narrating the narrator's speech, and figuring out how to distinguish the two, I've really enjoyed reading this book. Furthermore, the story is very unique and interesting, and keeps getting better as you reach the end. Your kids will love it, and I know you'll enjoy reading it too!

  16. 4 out of 5

    Anayeli

    Such a fun read! The most clever juvenile fiction book I have ever read. I absolutely adore this book.

  17. 4 out of 5

    LS Johnson

    So try to imagine a book within a game within a book.....and possibly all of that within a book. This was so clever and creative. My rating is based purely on my ability to try and stay caught up with what was happening. I’m a fan of any book that is about the value of books.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Deanna Holdsworth

    Unlike the rest of the students at Oliver Nelson's school he loves to read. The other children spend all there free time wearing their alternative reality goggles. These goggles have made Mr. and Mrs. Pribble very rich. Mr. Pribble is a book collector and he wants all the books. When he learns that Oliver was the last person to read the last known copy of The Timekeeper's Children he comes up with a plan to get the memory of the book from Oliver's mind. A new edition of alternative reality goggl Unlike the rest of the students at Oliver Nelson's school he loves to read. The other children spend all there free time wearing their alternative reality goggles. These goggles have made Mr. and Mrs. Pribble very rich. Mr. Pribble is a book collector and he wants all the books. When he learns that Oliver was the last person to read the last known copy of The Timekeeper's Children he comes up with a plan to get the memory of the book from Oliver's mind. A new edition of alternative reality goggles is put on Oliver, much to his surprise. These goggles take Oliver into the story of Cora and Jack, the Timekeeper's children. As the story is revealed to Mr. Pribble it then disappears! Can Oliver, Cora, Jack and other fictional characters save the story so others can also read it or is the story going to only be in Mr. Pribble's own collection? A fun fantasy/adventure story that readers will enjoy, especially if they have always wanted to be another character in the story they are reading!

  19. 5 out of 5

    Ashley P.

    I think I would have enjoyed this more at about 100 pages shorter. It was just a lot of let’s go here and get in trouble, now let’s walk here and find more trouble.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Jenn Naughton

    This story within a story is, as the kids say- so meta. It's an interesting premise to think about whether you'd want to be inside one of your favorite stories. Oliver is, and he's being chased. He has some secrets, and there is so much fun, snarky adventure in this near-perfect read-aloud. Kids who love libraries, stories, and the type of Lemony Snicket asides will adore this book. This story within a story is, as the kids say- so meta. It's an interesting premise to think about whether you'd want to be inside one of your favorite stories. Oliver is, and he's being chased. He has some secrets, and there is so much fun, snarky adventure in this near-perfect read-aloud. Kids who love libraries, stories, and the type of Lemony Snicket asides will adore this book.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Beth Mendelsohn

    I received this e-ARC from Publisher’s Weekly and Little Bee Books in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own. Oliver Nelson, age 10, lives with his dad (mom has passed on) in the not-so-distant future. His father works hard to make ends meet so there not much money left for fun. What Oliver does have is a love of reading and spends many hours at the local library reading books. He loves some books so much that he steals them, but only the old, falling-apart, pages missing, etc., b I received this e-ARC from Publisher’s Weekly and Little Bee Books in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own. Oliver Nelson, age 10, lives with his dad (mom has passed on) in the not-so-distant future. His father works hard to make ends meet so there not much money left for fun. What Oliver does have is a love of reading and spends many hours at the local library reading books. He loves some books so much that he steals them, but only the old, falling-apart, pages missing, etc., books that no one will notice missing. While his classmates are immerged in the latest high-tech VR goggles, Oliver spends his bus ride reading. When Mrs. Fringlemeier, the town librarian, informs him that the library is closing for good, the guilt-ridden boy tries to return all the books he stole but he’s too late. The library has been bought by the Pribbles, the inventors of the aforementioned goggles, and who are now in possession of all the books, except the ones that Oliver tried to return as those, unfortunately, wound up being taken by the garbage truck. The Pribbles are looking for the only copy of a rare book, The Timekeeper’s Children, that Oliver had until the garbage truck incident. Now the only copy is in Oliver’s head and the Pribbles will do anything to get it. Using the goggles, the Pribbles go into the story in Oliver’s memory to extract the story and erase the plot from Oliver permanently. This book is similar to The Story Thieves series, except that Oliver can’t get out until he reaches the end of the book. This will especially appeal to those who like the twist of a story-within-a-story. It is a quick read that will have the reader rooting for Oliver and against the Pribbles. I would recommend this title for grades 3 and up. #TheThievingCollectorsOfFineChildrensBooks #LittleBeeBooks #PublishersWeekly

  22. 4 out of 5

    Sofia

    In a world where libraries are devoid of patrons and kids are obsessed with Alternate Reality goggles invented by the Pribbles, Oliver feels alone in his love of books. He steals them from the library, but he follows a strict code: the book must be old, musty, or incomplete. When the Pribbles come looking for one of his favorites, The Timekeeper's Children, Oliver knows he's in trouble. Will the Pribbles succeed in their plan to steal the story straight from Oliver's head? Lemony Snicket meets R In a world where libraries are devoid of patrons and kids are obsessed with Alternate Reality goggles invented by the Pribbles, Oliver feels alone in his love of books. He steals them from the library, but he follows a strict code: the book must be old, musty, or incomplete. When the Pribbles come looking for one of his favorites, The Timekeeper's Children, Oliver knows he's in trouble. Will the Pribbles succeed in their plan to steal the story straight from Oliver's head? Lemony Snicket meets Ready Player One in this fun, adventurous romp that is sure to please anyone who loves getting lost in a good book!

  23. 4 out of 5

    Adam Perry

    I liked it.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Alissa

    Imagine, if you will, if The Neverending Story were penned by Lemony Snicket. This is the often dark and exceptionally cheeky vibe of Adam Perry's wonderfully creative novel about what it really means to Get Lost In A Book. Oliver lives in a world where everyone is plugged into their virtual reality devices. But Oliver prefers small, rectangular objects called books, which require a little effort on his part and make no beep-beep-beeps (Forgive me, but I've been waiting ages to use that quote! A Imagine, if you will, if The Neverending Story were penned by Lemony Snicket. This is the often dark and exceptionally cheeky vibe of Adam Perry's wonderfully creative novel about what it really means to Get Lost In A Book. Oliver lives in a world where everyone is plugged into their virtual reality devices. But Oliver prefers small, rectangular objects called books, which require a little effort on his part and make no beep-beep-beeps (Forgive me, but I've been waiting ages to use that quote! And finally, opportunity arose so I went with it). Besides, Oliver, who lives with his out-of-work father (his mom is dead), is dirt poor and he couldn't afford a device even if he wanted one. Which he doesn't. Let me make that clear. Kiddo has no interest in the latest technology. I like this kid! He hasn't been brainwashed and turned into a zombie by The Man. So let's recap: Poor hero with a dead parent who is considered a misfit and a weirdo even by the town librarian... Sounds like the setup for a Disney cartoon. And it would be, if not for all the (view spoiler)[blood (hide spoiler)] . But I really shouldn't give too much away. Spoiling awesome stories isn't exactly kosher. But Oliver doesn't care what people think of him. He's happy to live in his world of stories, reading and re-reading. And stealing his favorites, of course. Wait... I didn't mention that earlier? Sorry. But I'll say it now: Oliver is a kleptomaniac. But only when it coms to books he likes. And only if he truly believes no one will miss the stolen books. And no one HAS missed them.. YET! But Oliver's luck runs out when he is kidnapped by some truly diabolical people who wish to steal the only existing copy of Oliver's favorite book right out of Oliver's head! Now Oliver must experience the story and all its dangers in virtual reality format. If he makes it to the end alive, he will be free to go. If not... well, let's not go there. This story was lots of fun and I highly recommend it.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Jan farnworth

    What I loved: The majority of the story takes place within a book that exists mainly in Oliver Nelson's mind. Oliver has taken solace in books in a world where no one reads anymore, and everyone is engaged in using alternate reality eyewear created by the Pribbles. As a result of Oliver being one of the few children left who read, he has drawn the attention of the Pribble's, a couple who are Story Collectors but believe that no child should ever lay their grubby, dirty hands on the books. They b What I loved: The majority of the story takes place within a book that exists mainly in Oliver Nelson's mind. Oliver has taken solace in books in a world where no one reads anymore, and everyone is engaged in using alternate reality eyewear created by the Pribbles. As a result of Oliver being one of the few children left who read, he has drawn the attention of the Pribble's, a couple who are Story Collectors but believe that no child should ever lay their grubby, dirty hands on the books. They believe this so much they developed a machine that eats the stories and wipes them from your mind. What left me wanting more: Oliver has stolen books from the library, but he always takes ones that are less well-loved and that no one really would wish to, but that leaves him sometimes, like in the case of this book not know how the book ends cause the pages are missing. The missing pages leave us guessing how the book is supposed to end, and we wanted to learn more about what Oliver's imagination can cook up to save the day. I would like to see more of how the Pribble's changed once they realized the error of their ways at the end of the book. Final Verdict: The thieving collectors of fine children's book contains all the correct elements for a fantastic middle-grade novel. The characters are all well developed and thought out. The villains are cruel and mean but get their just deserts and a chance to redeem themselves. Oliver learns that his imagination can help in a pinch, and the author shines in the uniqueness of the various characters sprinkled throughout the story.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Robin

    An adventure story in a story. Good fit for kids who enjoy a lot of action in their fiction, as inmany of the stories by Michael Buckley and Rick Riordan.

  27. 5 out of 5

    PottWab Regional Library

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  28. 5 out of 5

    Nicole

  29. 5 out of 5

    Gina

  30. 5 out of 5

    Sean Latta

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