The Pearl Thief

Publisher: Penguin Teen
A stunning new novel from New York Times bestselling author Elizabeth Wein, a prequel to the award-winning Code Name Verity.

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

PRAISE FOR

PRAISE FOR The Pearl Thief:

"Each thread of this novel is exquisitely woven; Wein is a deft plotter—the complex narrative is paced like a mystery—and vivid Scottish slang adds humor and texture. It isn’t necessary to have read Code Name Verity to enjoy this prequel, but readers who fell in love with Julia the spy will appreciate learning about where she first discovered what it means to be a friend." --Starred Review, Publishers Weekly

"Another ripping yarn from a brilliant author." --Starred Review, Kirkus Reviews

"A finely crafted book that brings one girl’s coming-of-age story to life." --Starred Review, Booklist

PRAISE FOR Code Name Verity:

"A carefully researched, precisely written tour de force; unforgettable and wrenching." --Starred Reviews, Kirkus Reviews
 
"[Code Name Verity] is outstanding in all its features—its warm, ebullient characterization; its engagement with historical facts; its ingenious plot and dramatic suspense; and its intelligent, vivid writing." --Starred Review, The Horn Book

"A fiendishly plotted mind game of a novel." --The New York Times Book Review

"[A] beautiful thriller about friendship, courage and daring at a desperate time." --The Star Phoenix