After 15-year-old Julie Beaufort-Stuart returns to her family estate in Scotland for a final summer before it’s sold, she’s struck unconscious by a blow to the head. Upon regaining consciousness in the hospital, she learns that her grandfather’s river pearls have been stolen and the scholar who’s been cataloging the estate’s antiques is missing. A mystery drives The Pearl Thief (Hyperion, $18.99) forward, but within its twists and turns author Elizabeth Wein develops a complex picture of life around the Scottish hamlet of Strathfearn. Fans of Code Name Verity will savor this prequel, while newcomers to Wein’s novels will enjoy the novel as a stand-alone tale. Ages 14-17.
The Pearl Thief - Elizabeth Wein