The Prairie Thief in Paperback

August 19, 2013 @ 6:36 pm | Filed under: Author stuff, Books, The Prairie Thief

The Prairie Thief by Melissa Wiley

Hurrah! I love it when a book comes out in paperback. Such a thrill to know it will reach a new audience. 🙂

Handy-dandy purchasing links for you, because I’m helpful like that:

AmazonB&NIndiebound

Do you know what I would love? If you happen to buy a copy (or if you have already purchased the hardcover) from your local indie, would you leave a comment to let me know the name of the bookstore? There are few things lovelier for a writer than knowing someone wandered into a bookshop and met your book on the shelf, and adopted it for keeps.

Here are some reviews:

“Wiley has created a charming, inventive tale that reads like a delightful mash-up of Little House on the Prairie and Tony DiTerlizzi’s ‘The Spiderwick Chronicles’ (S & S). Short chapters and the air of mystery and suspense keep the pages turning, and readers will be taken with Louisa, who is sweet and mild-mannered, yet has the strength to fight for what is right. The writing is breezy and lyrical…[a] top-notch story.” —School Library Journal

“Fans of the Little House books will recognize the setting and enjoy the fantastic twist. Stylized black-and-white illustrations capture key moments and add to the warm tone. The comedic, unexpected, satisfying conclusion hits just the right note. A pleasing folkloric/historical blend.” —Kirkus Reviews

“Wiley’s cleverly constructed story, which switches over to the circuit judge’s amusing perspective for a few chapters, is not only a fine tall tale but also gives some sense of nineteenth-century frontier life.” —Booklist

“Frontier fiction and folkloric fantasy are an unusual combination, but they actually blend remarkably well here, and Wiley does a fine job of staying true to the pioneer inflections of Louisa’s story while effectively integrating the magical brownie…The effective mashup of popular genres will make this a hit with a variety of readers, so try handing it to Little House fans and folktale-lovers alike.” —Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books

“…a delight from start to finish.” —Jen Robinson’s Book Page

“Every now and then a book makes me miss having a class to read to. Some books absolutely beg to be read aloud. The Prairie Thief by Melissa Wiley is that kind of book….And then, the must of all musts for reading a story aloud… the language. The Prairie Thief is rich with gorgeous, evocative language that begs to be heard as well as read. We feel as though we’ve been transported back in time when we listen to expressions like, ‘He was wailing loud enough to curdle milk,’ or ‘Ye look like last year’s scarecrow.’ Even the simple ‘Balderdash!’ sounds better out loud. Wiley uses big words too—words that some kids will latch on to and roll around in their minds and mouths—like audacious, gesticulations, rapscallion, scrutinizing—they add to the mood and help us sink into this world.” —Writing on the Sidewalk

“Wholly delightful. I found it impossible to put down and read it in one great gulp. I don’t think I could have loved it more, had I read it as a child. The characters are lovely, each and all. The story, while never veering from the path to a happy ending, had plenty of dips and bobbles and surprises. I grinned my way through much of it, and am not ashamed to tell you my eyes filled with tears at the end. It’s wholesome without being smarmy, and fun without being arch.” —Salamander House

“…a mystical mystery not to be missed.” —the kids at Bookie Woogie

The Prairie Thief is a Junior Library Guild selection, an SCBWI Crystal Kite Member’s Choice Award nominee, and a Bravewriter Arrow selection. It is currently a nominee for New Hampshire’s Great Stone Face Children’s Choice Award. (Check out the rest of the books on that list, you guys—looks like some fun reading there.)


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  1. Lissa, did I ever remember to tell you how much my Joshua loved The Prairie Thief? 🙂 He did. It’s on our list of Books-To-Buy 🙂

  2. I don’t remember where or when we bought our copy. I keep a shelf of about 50 books that I would like to read aloud to our 4 boys (ages 5, 6, 7, 15) and our 13 year-old daughter. I think The Prairie Thief was added to the shelf late last year. When we finish a book, Dad randomly picks a number between 1 and 50, thus choosing our next bedtime adventure. The Prairie Thief was selected in June. I thought the setting and plot were so unique, and the kids loved the intrigue and action. Our 6 year-old sat each night with his eyes bugged out of his head, begging for more. He screamed out loud when Mrs. Mack was introduced. If we ever have another sister join the family, we are seriously considering naming her Jessamine! We sign our books when we finish them, and this one is signed “June 9, 2013 — One of our favorite books ever!”

    When I read the author bio on the back flap — the half dozen kids and 3,000 books — I figured you and I must be kindred spirits.

  3. Christina, this story totally makes my day. 🙂 Thank you! And Ellie, I’m thrilled to know Joshua loved the book. Day made twice over!!

  4. I had it pre-ordered at our local indie, and they’ve already called to say it’s in. It’s going to be a Christmas present for my six-year-old nephew several provinces away.

    Melissa, if you really want the name of the store, can you shoot me an email? I’d be glad to tell you, but would rather not post it on a blog.

  5. Great book I loved it