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Tower of Treasure

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As an acrobat in a traveling circus, 14-year-old orphan Dessa Redd flies through the air with ease. Still, she is weighed down by troubling memories. But when her ragtag circus troupe pulls into the city of Kingsbridge, Dessa feels a tickle of hope. Maybe here in the royal city she will finally find her twin brother -- or the mysterious man who snatched him away when they were just children. Meanwhile, Topper, the circus juggler, recruits Dessa and the circus strongman, Fisk, for the job of robbing the royal ...
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Overview

As an acrobat in a traveling circus, 14-year-old orphan Dessa Redd flies through the air with ease. Still, she is weighed down by troubling memories. But when her ragtag circus troupe pulls into the city of Kingsbridge, Dessa feels a tickle of hope. Maybe here in the royal city she will finally find her twin brother -- or the mysterious man who snatched him away when they were just children. Meanwhile, Topper, the circus juggler, recruits Dessa and the circus strongman, Fisk, for the job of robbing the royal treasury. Hungry and desperate, both agree, setting off a series of adventures that will take the three thieves from one end of the world to the other in search of Dessa's long-lost brother. Scott Chantler's fast-paced story will engage readers while his bold-lined art with richly detailed backgrounds is a tribute to classic comic books.
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Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
Gr 4 Up—Fourteen-year-old Dessa is an orphan who witnessed her brother's kidnapping years earlier. Now she is working as an acrobat in a traveling circus, but she still continues to search for her twin and the man who took him. She hopes that she will find them in the royal city of Kingsbridge. Topper the juggler and Fisk the strongman plan to rob the royal treasury, and because Dessa is also desperate for money, she reluctantly joins them. Little does she know how much this one decision is going to change her life. This book contains a lot of action, but there are also numerous instances where readers will want to slow down and think about the story more deeply, as when Dessa has flashbacks about her family. Chantler's illustrations range from sepia-toned images to bright and colorful drawings that are full of life and action. The fantastic cover, featuring the three thieves leaping over rooftops as they try to avoid the arrows being fired at them from below, will definitely draw many readers into this engaging book. The exciting story and excellent illustrations will make Tower of Treasure an especially good choice for reluctant readers.—Andrea Lipinski, New York Public Library
Publishers Weekly
Dessa, a 14-year-old acrobat, struggles with her values as they are compromised by the pressure of her traveling circus peers. Hugo, her mean and domineering master, refuses to pay anyone after a show, and troupe members are forced to find their own means to get money and food. Topper, a sky-blue eel-like creature destined to be the world’s greatest thief, pickpockets peasants for money to buy food, but recruits Dessa and Fisk the strong man to help break into the queen’s treasury using a map he found. Things don’t go well, and the struggle to find money and nourishment quickly turns into an escape for survival and many unanswered questions. Told in three acts, the story uses medieval slang sporadically without being overbearing. Chantler effectively presents action and adventure, with atmospheric coloring to convey the mood. It’s an entertaining and action packed new fantasy-adventure series that will appeal to fans of the genre. Ages 8-12. (Aug.)
Children's Literature - Kathie M. Josephs
What an exciting adventure in this first book! Dessa is a fourteen-year-old orphan who is an outstanding acrobat and part of a traveling circus. In every town they stop, Dessa scans the audience to look for her brother who was kidnapped years before. Her two best friends in the circus are Topper, who is a juggler, and Fisk, who is the strongman. Dessa needs money so her friends decide they are going to rob the Queen's treasure. Of course they are caught and the Queen's punishment is that they are to be hanged the next morning. They find a way to escape the jail and the city. The author creates empathy, excitement, and includes beautiful illustrations. The illustrations are detailed right down to the fat Queen's wart. This is not so much a mystery as it is an adventure, and is filled with page-turning text. The story line is believable and the readers will become attached to the characters. The ending does not give away anything and readers will just have to anxiously wait for the second installment. Reviewer: Kathie M. Josephs
Kirkus Reviews

In this lively opener to the Three Thieves series, young gymnast Dessa, searching for her kidnapped twin brother, joins two fellow circus performers in an attempted heist, a prison escape and a merry chase through and out of the fortress of Kingsbridge. Along the way she spots the kidnapper, who escapes her and so sets up a continuing plotline. Artfully using exchanged glances and wordless panels to add both humor and emotional depth, Chantler introduces a likable trio of thieves in a medieval-ish setting and throws in several worthy adversaries—including an intelligent, conflicted guard captain who spends much of the tale hot on their trail. He further spices things up by rendering Dessa's companions as nonhuman: Topper, "the greatest thief in North Huntington," is a small, blue, irascible gnome-like creature, and Fisk is a large, slow, lavender troll-like thing with a hairstyle ever-so-slightly reminiscent of the Human Torch's. The banter among the three is sharp and witty and balances the visual pacing effortlessly. Fast paced, cleanly illustrated, great fun. (Graphic fantasy. 10-12)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781554534159
  • Publisher: Kids Can Press, Limited
  • Publication date: 8/1/2010
  • Series: Three Thieves Series
  • Pages: 112
  • Sales rank: 978,432
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • Lexile: GN400L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Scott Chantler is an award-winning cartoonist and commercial illustrator. He lives in Waterloo, Ontario.

Scott Chantler is an award-winning cartoonist and commercial illustrator. He lives in Waterloo, Ontario.

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