May 2, 2017

Blog Tour: The Pearl Thief by Elizabeth Wein

Hello, thieves of words! Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for Elizabeth Wein's The Pearl Thief. If you're familiar with Elizabeth, then you might recognize her as the Hardy-riffic author of Code Name Verity (which I highly, highly recommend reading). In her latest historical novel she returns to the life of Maddie--pre-Verity. You heard me right: The Pearl Thief is a Code Name Verity PREQUEL. So sit back, relax, prepare for the feels, and get ready to enter a giveaway (no stealing of pearls necessary to enter).

TitleThe Pearl Thief
Author: Elizabeth Wein
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
Publishing Date: May 2, 2017
Pages: 336
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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 like 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 Scots Traveller boy who found her when she was injured, and his standoffish sister Ellen. As Julie grows closer to this family, she experiences some of the prejudices they’ve grown used to firsthand, 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.

In the prequel to Printz Honor Book Code Name Verity, this exhilarating coming-of-age story returns to a beloved character just before she learned to fly.

ELIZABETH WEIN was born in New York City in 1964, and moved to England when she was 3. She started school there. She lived practically in the shadow of Alderley Edge, the setting for several of Alan Garner's books and for her own first book The Winter Prince; that landscape, and Garner's books, have been a lifelong influence on her.

Her father, who worked for the New York City Board of Education for most of his life, was sent to England to do teacher training at what is now Manchester Metropolitan University. He helped organize the Headstart program there. When Elizabeth was six he was sent to the University of the West Indies in Jamaica for three years to do the same thing in Kingston. She loved Jamaica and became fluent in Jamaican patois (she can't really speak it any more, but she can still understand it); but in 1973 her parents separated, and they ended up back in the USA living with her mother in Harrisburg, PA, where her parents were. When she died in a car accident in 1978, her wonderful parents took them in and raised them.

Elizabeth went to Yale University, spent a work-study year back in England, and then spent seven years getting a PhD in Folklore at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. While she was there she learned to ring church bells in the English style known as "change ringing", and in 1991 she met her future husband there at a bell ringers' dinner-dance. He is English, and in 1995 she moved to England with him, and then to Scotland in 2000.

They share another unusual interest--flying in small planes. Elizabeth's husband got his private pilot's license in 1993 and she got her ten years later. Together they have flown in the States from Kalamazoo to New Hampshire; in Kenya they've flown from Nairobi to Malindi, on the coast, and also all over southern England. Alone, most of her flying has been in eastern Scotland.

They have two children.

Week One
5/1/2017 | YA and Wine | Blogger Post
5/2/2017 | Beauty and the Bookshelf | Spotlight
5/3/2017 | The Blonde Bookworm | Review
5/4/2017 | The Autumn Bookshelf | Blogger Post
5/5/2017 | Rants and Raves of a Bibliophile | Review

Week Two
5/8/2017 | Booklove | Review
5/9/2017 | Tales of the Ravenous Reader | Blogger Post
5/10/2017 | Mundie Moms | Review
5/11/2017 | YA Books Central | Spotlight
5/12/2017 | History from a Woman's Perspective | Review


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