The Pearl Thief by Elizabeth Wein; 317 pages
A prequel to Code Name Verity
Julie is about to spend her last summer at her family's home before it is sold. Not long after arriving she is attacked and left for dead. Now her summer is full of mystery, pearls, and tinkers.
This book was definitely not what I was expecting, seeing as it is a prequel to a WWII female pilot novel.
Julie is such an eccentric teenager throughout the book. And the cast of characters around her only adds to that. You have Ellen and Euan, brother and sister tinkers, who help and befriend Julie. Julie's brothers, Jamie and Sandy, and the homely, partially deaf librarian Mary are just a few others.
I was expecting this book to be about how Julie got involved in the war when I heard it was going to be a Code Name Verity prequel. It was none of that. It ended up being a fun little mystery that took place over the course of a summer. There were new friendships formed, a little bit of love and immature love interests, lots of pearls and even some missing ones, missing persons and tinkers.
I really enjoyed this book, a lot more than I expected to, especially after I realized what it was about. I'm really glad I read it and I'm really happy it wasn't exactly what I thought it was about.
Rating: 4.5/5 stars
Goodreads Challenge: 54/105
Next review: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by JK Rowling