Story Thieves by James Riley is a children’s book. It probably took me three to four hours, and once I got into it, I couldn’t put it down. This is a children’s book. It should not have been a book I couldn’t put down, but it was. It was so cute and refreshing. I’m sure it’s not meant to be cute, but for an adult and mother, it really was adorable.
Owen did not enjoy his boring life. Nothing ever happened to him. He wished his life was more like a book. Bethany has a secret, one that is about to blow Owen’s world open. They embark on separate adventures that test them and reveal their true natures. Which sounds a little extreme for a kids’ book, but it’s pretty accurate. And Owen learned that normal life isn’t that bad.
Like I said, I really liked this book. One of my favorite things about Story Thieves is that you get two stories in one. It’s simultaneously fantasy and sci fi, which is poetically appropriate.
Story Thieves is a fantastic middle grade book, including for people who aren’t middle grade readers. It is well written and engrossing. I rooted for the characters and loved the ending. I’m excited to read the other books in the series. I highly recommend this book for all people ages 7+.