Island of Thieves (Paperback)

By Josh Lacey

HMH Books for Young Readers, 9780544104853, 240pp.

Publication Date: October 8, 2013

Other Editions of This Title:
Hardcover (6/5/2012)
Compact Disc (6/12/2012)
Prebound (10/8/2013)
Paperback (7/7/2011)
Compact Disc (6/1/2012)

List Price: 7.99*
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"Only boring people get bored…Interesting people can always find something to be interested in."

That’s what Tom Trelawney’s father says, anyway. Tom shouldn’t have been interested in playing with matches but he was...bored. Now the shed is in ashes and strange Uncle Harvey is the only one willing to have him stay while his parents vacation
     Tom soon discovers Harvey is going to South America on a treasure hunt and though nephews aren’t invited, he manages to tag along. Before it’s over he’ll drive a car, fire a gun and run for his life. Tom realizes that life may be about following the rules, but survival may be about breaking them.

About the Author

Josh Lacey worked as a journalist, a screenwriter, and a teacher before writing his first book for children, A Dog Called Grk (writing under the name of Joshua Doder). He lives in London with his wife and daughter. Visit his website at

Praise For Island of Thieves

"An enjoyable escapade, delivered with wit, wisdom and just a bit of history thrown in for good measure."
Kirkus Reviews


"Nonstop action . . . This is a fine choice to add to a 'Guys Read' list."


"A thrilling adventure."
The UK Guardian


"Irresistibly funny and action-packed, this well-paced, smartly-written crime caper is just the thing for bored boys. Uncle Harvey is a wonderful comic creation; more, please!"
The London Times