PATRON THIEF OF BREAD

SKU 9781536229608 Category
SKU 9781536229608 Category

Fished from the river as an infant and raised by a gang of young pickpockets who call themselves the Crown, eight-year-old Duck has only known an itinerant life of petty larceny governed by strict loyalty to the group’s derisive leader, Gnat.  It is a life of always being on the run until the ragtag group settles into an abandoned, unfinished cathedral in the French town of Odierne.  It’s all part of a bold new plan hatched by Gnat designed to keep his group fed.  Duck will apprentice to the local baker, a kindly woman named Griselde, pilfering the bread and coins that will relieve some of the pressure the kids are under to steal what they need.  Despite a reluctance to leave the only family she has ever known, Duck agrees to the scheme, working alongside the gentle baker.  As Duck unexpectedly discovers a talent for baking, however, her allegiances start to blur.  Who is she really – a Crown or an apprentice with a growing connection to her mentor?  Meanwhile, an old and ugly gargoyle on the roof of the unfinished church grows weary of waiting to fulfill his own destiny – to watch and protect.  Told in alternating viewpoints, this timeless tale will appeal to lovers of medieval stories like The Tale of Despereaux and The Thief Lord. 

Fished from the river as an infant and raised by a gang of young pickpockets who call themselves the Crown, eight-year-old Duck has only known an itinerant life of petty larceny governed by strict loyalty to the group’s derisive leader, Gnat. It is a life of always being on the run until the ragtag group settles into an abandoned, unfinished cathedral in the French town of Odierne. It’s all part of a bold new plan hatched by Gnat designed to keep his group fed. Duck will apprentice to the local baker, a kindly woman named Griselde, pilfering the bread and coins that will relieve some of the pressure the kids are under to steal what they need. Despite a reluctance to leave the only family she has ever known, Duck agrees to the scheme, working alongside the gentle baker. As Duck unexpectedly discovers a talent for baking, however, her allegiances start to blur. Who is she really – a Crown or an apprentice with a growing connection to her mentor? Meanwhile, an old and ugly gargoyle on the roof of the unfinished church grows weary of waiting to fulfill his own destiny – to watch and protect. Told in alternating viewpoints, this timeless tale will appeal to lovers of medieval stories like The Tale of Despereaux and The Thief Lord.

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