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Title:
Story thieves. The stolen chapters

Story thieves The stolen chapters

Stolen chapters

Story thieves ;

Story thieves series ;
Title:
Story thieves. The stolen chapters
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Edition:
First edition.
Publisher Info:
New York, New York : Aladdin, an imprint of Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing Division, [2016]
Physical Description:
354 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm.
Series:
Story thieves ; book 2

Story thieves series ; book 2.
Abstract:
Mysteries abound as memory-erased Owen Conners, boy magician Kiel Gnomenfoot, and their half-fictional friend Bethany confront secrets, stolen memories, hidden clues, surprising twists and endings, and some very familiar faces.

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Summary

Summary

Owen, Kiel, and Bethany confront secrets, stolen memories, and some very familiar faces in the follow-up to the second book in the New York Times bestselling series, The Story Thieves -- which was called a "fast-paced, action-packed tale" by School Library Journal-- from the author of the Half Upon a Time trilogy.

Owen Conners's whole life changed the day he found out his classmate Bethany was half-fictional, and could take him into any book in the library. Which story would they jump into next? Another fantasy, like the Kiel Gnomenfoot, Magic Thief books? Maybe something with superheroes? Owen's up for anything except mysteries--those just have too many hidden clues, twists that make no sense, and an ending you never see coming.

Then Owen wakes up in a real-life mystery with a memory that's been erased and too many questions. How did Kiel Gnomenfoot lose all of his magic? Where is Bethany? And who's the annoying guy wearing the question mark mask and Sherlock Holmes hat, taunting Owen and Kiel that Bethany is in grave danger?

Bethany is trapped in a hidden room that's slowly filling with water, and she can't escape until her friends find her. But is she imprisoned by more than just chains and a locked door? What's she hiding from Owen and Kiel?

Maybe some mysteries just shouldn't be solved...

Please note: The black bars in the first nine chapters are intended.


Author Notes

James Riley is the New York Times bestselling author of the Half Upon a Time and Story Thieves series.

(Bowker Author Biography)


Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Owen and Bethany are back in this twisty, mystery-filled follow-up to Story Thieves (2015). Cleverly starting several chapters in, Riley begins with Owen and Kiel, who have had their memories wiped and must save Bethany from drowning in exactly 90 minutes. Readers will be just as confounded as the heroes as they try to figure out what's happening in the real world or is it the fictional world? Riley includes many clever nods to classics, and in the metaliterary narrative, Bethany and Owen discover that Story Thieves, the first volume in the series, is being published in the fictional world and that an author, James Riley, is mysteriously writing about their adventures. Can Owen and Bethany stop all the fantasy madness before fiction takes over real life? The search is still on for Bethany's missing father, ensuring further volumes, and the twists and turns in this volume are sure to keep readers coming back for more.--Thompson, Sarah Bean Copyright 2015 Booklist


School Library Journal Review

Gr 4-6-The second installment of the series, in which regular kid Owen meets Bethany, a half-fictional girl who can travel into and out of books, starts out with a bang and an explosion. Owen and Kiel, who's a fictional character from Owen's favorite series, wake up inside of a mystery-Owen's least favorite genre. Bethany is nowhere to be found, though a strange kid in a Sherlock Holmes hat claims that she is in great danger if Owen and Kiel can't figure out the mystery of where she is and why. Unfortunately, the pair face several problems: Kiel has lost his magical powers, the mysterious kid has blown up the library, the police are after Owen, and neither of them can remember anything that happened before they woke up. Owen has to face his worst fears and courageously save his friends in this lively sequel that will keep even the most reluctant readers on the edge of their seats. VERDICT A must-buy where there are fans of the first book.-Terry Ann Lawler, Burton Barr Library, Phoenix © Copyright 2016. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


Excerpts

Excerpts

Someone was trying to steal Owen's life, and there was nothing Owen could do about it. "Your life is mine now," said the story thief, a brown-haired boy wearing the exact same T-shirt, the exact same jeans, and the exact same face as Owen. "No!" Owen tried to shout, but he couldn't move or talk. His body just wouldn't respond. The duplicate leaned in, hands reaching out for Owen... And that's when Owen woke up with a start. Wait, he'd been asleep! It was just a dream! A scary, sweaty, awful dream. Owen wanted to laugh. "It was all a dream" was the worst possible ending to any story, but right now, it definitely felt comforting. It had felt much too real, though he supposed that was dreams for you. Owen ran his hands over his sheets, happy to still be in bed. Except his sheets felt a lot like carpet, and he wasn't lying on a pillow. Also, his carpet-feeling sheets were orange for some reason. "Uh?" Owen said. He picked his head up a bit from the carpet, only to wince and drop his head back to the floor, squeezing his eyes shut. A huge ache pounded through his temples, and everything smelled weirdly smoky. He tried opening his eyes again, but even the little bit of light in the room caused his headache to scream at him. But Owen knew that orange carpet. He knew it like the back of his hand. Which, admittedly, he didn't know all that well, but still. This was the library. He was facedown on the floor of his mother's library. And he had no idea how he'd gotten here. Gathering all of his courage, Owen opened his eyes again to look around. "Owen?" said a voice to his side, followed by a painful groan. "Kiel?" Owen said, and groaned too as he turned slightly to face the direction the voice had come from. Kiel Gnomenfoot, former boy magician and hero to millions as star of his own book series, looked like he wanted to burst into tears. "Owen," Kiel repeated, as if the word tasted bad. "Why...head...hurt?" Owen tried to bring up a word or two, something along the lines of I have no idea, but it's obviously for evil, evil reasons, but all he managed to croak out was, "Unnh." Figuring that wasn't enough, he slapped his hand a few times on the floor, then cringed at the noise. How had he and Kiel gotten to his mom's library? The last thing Owen remembered was...wait, what was the last thing he remembered? It was like everything in the recent past was just gone. He remembered Kiel being introduced to their class as Kyle, a new student, but that was the last thing. How long ago had that been? And why couldn't he remember anything else? Thunder crashed, and Owen grabbed his head as it erupted in pain, which made him face-plant onto the floor. After a moment of pure agony, something more urgent than the ache seeped through his brain. "Do you smell smoke?" he asked Kiel. Owen pushed himself up and over onto his back, so at least he wouldn't hit his face again if he fell. "Probably," Kiel moaned from his side. "Is something on fire?" Dark black smoke began to curl into sight above Owen on the library's ceiling, and in spite of the pain, Owen immediately sat up. "Kiel!" he shouted. "The library's on fire!" "No yelling!" Kiel shouted back, and they both groaned. Kiel slowly pushed himself up too and looked around. "Oh. Fire. That's not a good thing. Hold on, I'll use...whatever it is I do. Magic. To put it out." "Holding," Owen said, gritting his teeth and waiting. "Hurry. Hurty." A pause, and then Kiel gasped. "They're not there!" "What aren't?" "My wand-knives!" he said, then paused. "Owen, I can't remember any magic, and my spell book's gone too. I can't do magic without it or my wands." "A brilliant observation," said a too-deep, fake-sounding voice from behind them, as if someone was talking into a voice changer. "Which begs the question, what exactly can you do, Mr. Gnomenfoot? What use are you without your magic?" Owen turned to find himself staring at a short figure wearing a brown overcoat, a Sherlock Holmes hat, and a white mask with a black question mark where the face should have been. Well. That wasn't good. "Gentlemen," the masked figure said, crossing his arms over his chest. "I would say the game is afoot, but unfortunately, your game is already over."   Excerpted from The Stolen Chapters by James Riley All rights reserved by the original copyright owners. Excerpts are provided for display purposes only and may not be reproduced, reprinted or distributed without the written permission of the publisher.