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The Good Thief by Hannah Tinti

In The Good Thief, twelve year-old Ren lives in an orphanage, left on their doorstep as an infant. He's also missing his left hand and doesn't know what might have happened to it in his past. Ren is one of those children who never expects to be adopted, but a man named Benjamin Nab shows up to claim him one day, saying he's Ren's long-lost brother. Ren soon discovers that Benjamin is a con man and his group of strange acquaintances are petty thieves and grave robbers. His choice is to stay with them and adopt their lifestyle or go back to the orphanage. What Ren begins to find, though, are clues to some of the answers about his past. Hannah Tinti's debut novel has received positive reviews with the Washington Post saying, "Before this is all over, you can bet there are shocking murders, close scrapes, rooftop chases and last-minute escapes. But what's most enjoyable is watching Tinti draw all these crazy elements together with Ren's destiny. The dark secret of his past could destroy his last chance for happiness, or -- just maybe -- it could lead to the family he never had."
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