The Thief of Always Book Summary and Study Guide

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When a boy named Harvey feels like he's dying of boredom from the long winter months, a stranger comes along and takes him to a strange and wonderful house where everyday is a whole year, with all the associated holidays, and there are no rules, only fun. Of course, there is a price, which Harvey finds out about when he finds a lake where lagoon creatures live who were once children like himself. When he escapes, he finds that every day was really a year and his parents are thirty years older. Seeking revenge and the lost years, he goes back to challenge the house, who is really a magical being and who really wants Harvey to stay to be its appretice.
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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book Descript. of chases or violence 10%planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 30%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 30%Descript. of society, phenomena (tech), places 30% Tone of book    -   suspenseful (sophisticated fear) FANTASY or SCIENCE FICTION?    -   part earth & part fantasy world Horror story?    -   Yes Horror plotlets    -   the haunted house chased me!

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   student Age:    -   a kid


Earth setting:    -   20th century Takes place on Earth?    -   Yes Planet outside solar system?    -   Yes

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   explicit references to torture How much dialogue?    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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