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Stealing Death: Rlb Edition
ISBN: 9781606840450
Author: Carey, Janet Lee
Publisher: Egmontusa
Published: September 2009
Retail: $19.99    OUR PRICE: $2.99
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Binding Type: Hardcover
Annotation: After losing his family, except for his younger sister Jilly, and their home in a tragic fire, seventeen-year-old Kipp Corwin, a poor farmer, must wrestle with death itself in order to save Jilly and the woman he loves.
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Bargain Category: Social Issues, Middle School, High School, Growing Up, Fantasy
Grade level(s): 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.
Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2009 September)

Gr 7 Up—With this novel, Carey goes beyond common fantasy fare in several dimensions. Unusual for this day and age of series that go on and on, Stealing Death is a complete story in a single volume. "Pales" are immigrants who have fled south from their northern continent's troubles and who are looked down upon by the native Zolyans. One morning Kipp, 17, leaves his little brother in charge of lighting the stove so that he can attempt to capture a wild horse whose sale might save the family farm during this time of drought, when there is no money to pay the landlord. He fails and returns to find his home engulfed in flames. Kipp manages to save his sister, but not his parents or brother. It is at this moment that his Naqui powers come to him, allowing him to see the Gwali, "the collector of souls." Kipp cannot stop his family's souls from entering the Kwaja, the Gwali's sack, but vows to do whatever it takes to steal it and prevent others he loves from dying. Steal it he does, but that is only the beginning. Carey's wonderful language weaves family, love, wise teachers, and petty villains together in a vast landscape. It calls to mind Hilari Bell's "Farsala" trilogy (S & S), but this is truly a unique work. Verdict: This is quite simply fantasy at its best—original, beautiful, amazing, and deeply moving.—Eric Norton, McMillan Memorial Library, Wisconsin Rapids, WI

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