The Pearl Thief
by Elizabeth Wein
My rating: 4 stars
Publisher: Disney Hyperion (May 2, 2017)
Publication Date: May 2, 2017
Genre: YA Historical Fiction
Print Length: 336 pages
Before Verity . . . there was Julie. When fifteen-year-old Julia Beaufort-Stuart wakes up in the hospital, she knows the lazy summer break she'd imagined won't be exactly what she anticipated. And once she returns to her grandfather's estate, a bit banged up but alive, she begins to realize that her injury might not have been an accident. One of her family's employees is missing, and he disappeared on the very same day she landed in the hospital. Desperate to figure out what happened, she befriends Euan McEwen, the Scottish Traveller boy who found her when she was injured, and his standoffish sister, Ellen. As Julie grows closer to this family, she experiences firsthand some of the prejudices they've grown used to—a stark contrast to her own upbringing—and finds herself exploring thrilling new experiences that have nothing to do with a missing-person investigation. Her memory of that day returns to her in pieces, and when a body is discovered, her new friends are caught in the crosshairs of long-held biases about Travellers. Julie must get to the bottom of the mystery in order to keep them from being framed for the crime. This exhilarating coming-of-age story, a prequel to the Printz Honor Book Code Name Verity, returns to a beloved character just before she first takes flight.
The Pearl Thief by Elizabeth Wein
She was coming home, not for a visit, but to help liquidate her deceased grandfather’s estate. The debt collectors were at the door and the house was to become a school. Fifteen-year-old Julia must be part of the dismantling of lifetimes of accumulated family treasures and heirlooms, but an attack by a shadowy figure leaves her comatose, awaking a victim of amnesia. She is only alive because of two young Travelers, (gypsies).
When things go missing, the Travelers are accused and now it is up to Julia, her brother and the Traveler siblings to uncover the mystery that shrouds their lives. Enter the world of Britain in the 1930’s when prejudice, wealth and power determine the worth or veracity of a person and watch Julia grow as a person and come of age as a young lady as her eyes are opened to the worst and best in humanity.
THE PEARL THIEF by Elizabeth Wein is a rich historical tale that precedes her CODENAME VERITY tale. Exquisite details, and lyrical prose invites the reader to sit back and travel to a time long ago, feel the atmosphere of the times and witness the determination of four young people against all odds on a mission to discover the truth.
I received an ARC edition from the Disney Book Group in exchange for my honest and voluntary review.