The Thief of Always [NOOK Book]

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Mr. Hood's Holiday House has stood for a thousand years, welcoming countless children into its embrace. It is a place of miracles, a blissful rounds of treats and seasons, where every childhood whim may be satisfied...

There is a price to be paid, of course, but young Harvey Swick, bored with his life and beguiled by Mr. Hood's wonders, does not stop to consider the consequences. It is only when the House shows it's darker face — when Harvey ...
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The Thief of Always

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Overview

Mr. Hood's Holiday House has stood for a thousand years, welcoming countless children into its embrace. It is a place of miracles, a blissful rounds of treats and seasons, where every childhood whim may be satisfied...

There is a price to be paid, of course, but young Harvey Swick, bored with his life and beguiled by Mr. Hood's wonders, does not stop to consider the consequences. It is only when the House shows it's darker face — when Harvey discovers the pitiful creatures that dwell in its shadows — that he comes to doubt Mr. Hood's philanthropy.

The House and its mysterious architect are not about to release their captive without a battle, however. Mr. Hood has ambitious for his new guest, for Harvey's soul burns brighter than any soul he has encountered in a thousand years...
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940148624561
  • Publisher: Crossroad Press
  • Publication date: 8/30/2013
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 83,099
  • File size: 2 MB

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  • Posted January 21, 2009

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    Thief of Always

    Thief of Always is a book about a boy who is ten years old name Harvey Swick.He is uniterested in school,teachers and homework just like any typical kid.Then he meets a man name Rictus,who to tell's him about a kid¿s paradise called The Holiday House. When he gets there he notice that Holiday House has everything a kid ever wanted or dreamed of. But as the days and weeks pass. Harvey begins to notice something odd about this so called PARADISE.Its a catch to this whole experience, and its something your never see coming. <BR/><BR/>I will stop there with that, and tell you if you would like to know more. Buy the book, this book is so great. Your never want to put it down. I read this great book in 2 days!!!!I L.O.V.E this book it is by far one of my best books by Clive Barker.

    6 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 3, 2011

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    Best book without a series!!!

    Its like a fantasy gone wrong. My 5th grade teacher showed it to me and I absolutely loved it! I was sad when it ended, its a very quick read. Disturbing at times but not in a bad way. The book is kind of hard to explain, but its amazing with its twists and the mystery of the Holiday House and the fish in the lake. Not many people know about this book but I highly recommend it. I cant say its the best book in the whole world, but it is to me the best without a series.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 14, 2010

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    I have read this so many times and still find something new every time I read it!

    I first read this book in middle school and found it an exciting tell of getting what you wished for only to learn there is always a price to pay. I have since read the book several more times. It seems every time I read it I notice something new. There are some good lessons the author is able to get across while still entertaining you. This book has it all: mysterious flying guys, ladies with cats, kids getting whatever they want, scary monsters, heros. But don't take my word for it read it for yourself.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 28, 2009

    A Modern Fable Perfect for All Ages

    This is actually my first Clive Barker story, and when I picked it up in my library, I did not know what to expect. What I got was a beautifully written fable woven by a very subtle master of the written word. The Thief of Always is a story I would have liked to have been read to when I was younger. I highly recommend it to classes fifth grade and up, and for older readers who would like a quick read.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 15, 2009

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    Wow...just wow

    I could sit here and write about how excellent Clive Barker is at composing words (neither too poetic nor too simple), or how imaginative and inventive he is; but that would just be pretentious. This was my first Clive Barker book and it has reminded me how much fun reading can be. I am officially classifying this as one of my favorites. If you're thinking, "All of Janus' favorites are probably similar types of books," then I invite you to look over my B&N profile to see what other types of stories I am ranking The Thief of Always alongside.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 5, 2006

    Pattie...The thief of always?

    One of the amazing books of Clive Barker, I love is 'The Thief Of Always'. This is a great, magical book which is about a ten year old boy named Harvey. Harvey was tire of the same rutine everyday. Tire and bore of the same thing over and over again. Then he meets a misterious stranger that promises to end his boredom with a trip to a magical place, 'the holiday house'.Ten year old Harvey learns that his fun has a high price. Menacing demons, wondrous miracles, sinister magic and vivid characters make 'The Thief Of Always' a compulsive lighting tale. That begs for more. This book is the interplay between innocence and evil does have a refreshing familiarity. Clive Barker makes more than five stars, in this outstanding job of a book. Which is a dream world once read. a dream world gone bad in Clive Barker's imagination. I remember reading this book a few years ago. I was really young, I feel in love with this book ever since I read it that I would read it over and over again. I would never get enough of it. I personally will recommened this book to everyone. It's appropiate for everyone. It's a great successful book. I love it. I love Clive Barker. Other great books are 'Days Of Magic, Night Of War' and 'Abarat'. Not only that but he is not only a publisher, writer, author. But a great animation creator, and producer very successful and creative with his great films of all time. 'Hellraiser'. Which I love too. But all the 'turtoured souls' animation figures. Which are the best and very detail. All are very unique. I personally look up to him for all his great work, and supreme achievements. For me Clive Barker is the best of all times.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 10, 2005

    THE BEST BOOK IN THE WORLD!!!!!

    This book provides a milestone in literary history...the stars only let me go to five but i give this book 15 stars...i have recommended this book to ppl who HATE to read and so do i but me and my frineds agree this is by far the BEST book in the world!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 21, 2013

    One of my favorites!

    Loved this story. Love the characters.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 21, 2009

    Pretty Intense

    This could really scare late elementary readers. There were some very scary parts of the book. It had a nice message about courage.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 5, 2009

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    The Thieves Of Always

    I will never get tired of saying over and over again that Clive Barker is great! In The Thief of Always, we follow a young boy who is tired of doing things and just does not enjoy himself, and the wrong audience has been watching him. During the night a mysterious, apparently friendly vistor enters the room and offers the little boy a bordem-ridden world of fun. The child agrees to go, "for a short while," and finds that he and his new found friends must fight their way out into the real world once more. Clive Barker does a great job with this as a children's story, and provokes fans to make an "adult link" to his other books (where the little boy would be a grown man and the creatures and the alternate world are hell and demons tricking a soul with their desires). Great fun...recommended read.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 2, 2000

    The BEST book I have ever read!!

    I read the book, 'The Theif of Always' in the 6th grade. It was so good. Then I read it two more times in 8th grade because I enjoyed it so much. I am going to be writing an essay on it too. I thought it was the best book!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 12, 2014

    Wow is a great book

    Keeps you turning pages that is for sure very igood a must read

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 19, 2014

    Wonderful story

    It's everything it should be. The pace is quick, the tone serious and full of childlike wonder. The prose so beautiful you can't put it down. I regret it took me so long to get around to reading it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 5, 2014

    Great quick read

    Well written and good for all ages. Slightly dark at times for children, but a good story that would likely stay with them, as it has for me.

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  • Posted March 12, 2009

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    Holds you until the end!

    Another great work by Clive Barker. This story is very entertaining for adults and young adults alike.
    This is a good book, it will hopefully draw you to the great works of Barker, such as the Abarat series.

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  • Posted March 9, 2009

    A Magical Adventure!

    Clive Barker has an incredible imagination! As an adult, this story brought out the inner child in me. A great fantasy.

    A young boy is bored with his homelife when he is approached by a very strange character offering to take him to a place where everyday is a party. The boy goes not realizing that he can't come home. The magical house starts out fun but takes a turn. As the boy learns the secrets of the house as well as the occupants he starts planning a way to get out and return home safely.

    As I was reading it, a quote from The Wizard of Oz came to mind...There's no place like home.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 11, 2008

    Lovely

    Reading this book is like reading a dream! It's amazing, I really think you should read it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 15, 2008

    Very good book.

    This book is not very long, but it tell's a truly good story. From start to finish the auther has told a good moral, as well as uplifting story. This book was just captivating. I've always said that writing a good story without going on. and on,is a hard thing to do. And I must say that Clive Barker has written an outstanding crisp tale. It's worth your time to read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 26, 2008

    I would recommend this book.

    I was gave this book by a friend because i love to read. He said i have only read one book in my life but it was really good. So i took it even though it was really not my style, and im glad i did. It was an amazing, creative book. It captures the readers attention from page one. I have recommended it to several people and will continue too. Thank you!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 17, 2007

    I LOVED THIS BOOK!

    This book is full of fantisies and mysteries. It's like a dream.

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