The Diamond Thief by Sharon Gosling
Published February 1 2013 Curious Fox
Firstly, lets take a moment to appreciate the stunning cover on this book. Ooooh shiny! It is gorgeous and shiny and appealing and shiny and ties in wonderfully with the novel.
Sixteen year old Remy Brunel or "The Little Bird", is a circus performer - a trapeze artist to be exact, and she is extremely good at it too, flinging herself into the air, balancing with ease and executing perfect landings.
But when Remy is not flying through the air with the greatest of ease, Remy is forced by Gustave, the evil owner of the circus, to be a jewel thief and steal The Ocean of Light diamond from the Tower of London.
Can she do it, and free herself from Gustave? With young detective Thaddeus Rec on the case and on Remy's tail, anything can happen!
I LOVED this book. Victorian setting, adventure and high-jinx, a hint of romance, a bit of Steampunk-iness and fabulous characters. I especially love the names the author has chosen - Remy, Thaddeus, Gustave - fitting and stretches the junior/teen fiction reader.
This is a real winner - read it!