Thief Girl

( 1 )

Overview

Sixteen-year-old Avvy Go straddles the line— between the immigrant neighborhood were she lives and works and the established neighborhood where she attends high school, the line between right and wrong, and the line between telling secrets and keeping them.
Set in an urban Chinatown neighborhood, Thief Girl is a frank look at the challenges faced by one teen caught between two worlds.

Read More Show Less
...
See more details below
Available through our Marketplace sellers.
Other sellers (Paperback)
  • All (5) from $4.74   
  • New (1) from $4.97   
  • Used (4) from $4.74   
Close
Sort by
Page 1 of 1
Showing All
Note: Marketplace items are not eligible for any BN.com coupons and promotions
$4.97
Seller since 2014

Feedback rating:

(294)

Condition:

New — never opened or used in original packaging.

Like New — packaging may have been opened. A "Like New" item is suitable to give as a gift.

Very Good — may have minor signs of wear on packaging but item works perfectly and has no damage.

Good — item is in good condition but packaging may have signs of shelf wear/aging or torn packaging. All specific defects should be noted in the Comments section associated with each item.

Acceptable — item is in working order but may show signs of wear such as scratches or torn packaging. All specific defects should be noted in the Comments section associated with each item.

Used — An item that has been opened and may show signs of wear. All specific defects should be noted in the Comments section associated with each item.

Refurbished — A used item that has been renewed or updated and verified to be in proper working condition. Not necessarily completed by the original manufacturer.

New
2010 Paperback New Open Books is a Non-profit literacy organization and proceeds from the sale benefit literacy programs.

Ships from: Chicago, IL

Usually ships in 1-2 business days

  • Canadian
  • International
  • Standard, 48 States
  • Standard (AK, HI)
  • Express, 48 States
  • Express (AK, HI)
Page 1 of 1
Showing All
Close
Sort by
Note: Kids' Club Eligible. See More Details.
Sending request ...

Overview

Sixteen-year-old Avvy Go straddles the line— between the immigrant neighborhood were she lives and works and the established neighborhood where she attends high school, the line between right and wrong, and the line between telling secrets and keeping them.
Set in an urban Chinatown neighborhood, Thief Girl is a frank look at the challenges faced by one teen caught between two worlds.

Read More Show Less

Editorial Reviews

Booklist
"Told from an immigrant child's authentic viewpoint, the story's fast, contemporary action never gets preachy…Readers will feel for the desperate thief even as it is clear that she is wrong. And the suspense builds: Whose wallet is it?"
Resource Links
"A short, easy read...Reluctant readers will enjoy the pace, the easy dialogue and the moral issues that pop up."
CM Magazine
"Densely plotted and fast paced, making it ideal for teen readers. The characters are compelling, and Avvy's realistic motivations create a character to whom readers can relate. The crisp, efficient writing makes Thief Girl an easy and engaging read. While the content is appropriate for teens, Thief Girl is written at a much lower reading level, thereby making it an excellent choice for students who read below grade level or are learning English as a second language...An emotionally engaging novel...Recommended."
What If? Magazine
"A well-written and suspenseful book, with a message that appeals to all teens with its simple question; Is keeping a secret worth losing yourself?"
The Horn Book Guide
*No details
Children's Literature - Nancy Partridge
Fifteen-year-old Avvy is a first-generation Chinese-American teenager with a whiny little brother and hard-working parents who run a food stand at the mall. Due to a zoning glitch she gets to attend Oak Ridge High, the ritzy high school across town. Helping her parents out after school, Avvy's life straddles two worlds. One evening, walking home with her brother after work, she finds a leather wallet on the street. It has already been rifled through and the only thing left is a picture of a dog. It's a nice wallet; unthinkingly, she throws it in her backpack. Later, as she pries the dog picture out of the plastic cover, she discovers a bank card tucked in behind it. When her well-meaning mother, clueless about high prices, gives her just thirty dollars to buy a new winter jacket, Avvy is sorely tempted to use the card, but she resists. Only when she gets the idea to teach martial arts to her brother, who is bullied almost every day at school, does Avvy overcome her natural unwillingness to steal. She tries using the card at an ATM machine and discovers the account has five hundred dollars in it. One thing leads to another, as she feels the ground shifting beneath her feet. Searching for herself in a world where it's much easier to remain invisible, Avvy's voice is so authentic and compelling, it will pull even reluctant teen readers right in. Set in a totally realistic world of high school classes, art projects, and hallway drama, this is a modern teen novel with emotional veracity and real intelligence. Reviewer: Nancy Partridge
School Library Journal
Gr 6 Up—Avvy Go lives and works in Chinatown, Toronto, where the immigrant community struggles, but she goes to school in a beautiful, wealthy neighborhood that features large houses and entitled peers. When she finds a bank gift card loaded with money, the dualities of her life really begin to pile up. Avvy becomes the keeper of many secrets but she longs to tell them. She wants friends but also wants to go through school unnoticed. She wants to do the right thing and help her family but cannot find a way that does not involve stealing. Lee's tale provides all the angst of young adult fiction with a reading level appropriate for struggling readers, which is laudable. However, the story and characters are developed in a facile manner. The narrator tells readers that Avvy is conflicted but this confliction is never demonstrated. Ultimately, the story feels too light and cannot carry the necessary weight needed to propel the characters.—Naphtali L. Faris, Youth Services Consultant, Missouri State Library, Jefferson City, MO
Kirkus Reviews

"Bad choice, good choice always come back—like ghosts." Avvy Go's mother's words haunt her. Avvy Go, a student at Oak Ridge High School, lives in a community of immigrants across a railway bridge separating her from the older, richer part of town. Her parents run a Chinese take-out restaurant at the food court, where Avvy works, but she wants to fit in at school, to cross that bridge separating the two communities and cultures. She's tried the disappearing act, keeping to herself—trying to fit in by not being seen—but realizes that "if you act like a nobody, that's what people see. No body." But to fit in, she makes a series of bad choices—stealing, lying and befriending her sister's enemy. A good girl with a powerful conscience, Avvy consults "The Oracle" in her school newspaper, who advises her to face up to her mistakes. Though Avvy's first-person voice is didactic, her story ends realistically, with no simple solutions—just a determination to get on with her life, as complicated as it may be. Lee's prose in this high-interest/low–reading level novel for teens is simple, adorned with an occasional glittering phrase: Avvy's brother, in his new, too-big white karate outfit, "drooped like an ice cream melting on a stick." A brisk tale with an important message. (Fiction. 10-15)

Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781552775387
  • Publisher: Lorimer, James & Company, Limited
  • Publication date: 3/1/2011
  • Series: Lorimer SideStreets Series
  • Pages: 152
  • Age range: 13 - 17 Years
  • Lexile: HL570L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 4.20 (w) x 6.90 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

An avid reader of Grimm's fairy tales as a child, Ingrid Lee enters the world of the imagination with ease. She herself has made sandy shapes on many beaches over the years. And always, she says, she has trouble leaving them to fend for themselves at the end of the day. She lives in Toronto, Ontario, where, in addition to writing, she teaches art and English.

Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Average Rating 2
( 1 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(0)

4 Star

(0)

3 Star

(0)

2 Star

(1)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously
Sort by: Showing 1 Customer Reviews
  • Anonymous

    Posted August 5, 2012

    Like it but must read

    I likit but you read it to

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
Sort by: Showing 1 Customer Reviews

If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
Why is this product inappropriate?
Comments (optional)