I’m so thrilled to be kicking off the blog tour for Elizabeth Wein’s new book The Pearl Thief, a prequel to her smash-hit novel Code Name Verity! This book delves into the story of a younger Julia Beaufort-Stuart, my personal favorite character from Code Name Verity.
The Pearl Thief is not only a fascinating, multi-layered mystery, it is also a brilliant coming-of-age tale that tells the story of how Julie became the young woman that we all fell in love with in Code Name Verity. While this has a much different tone and feel than that of its predecessor, this book is must read for fans of Code Name Verity. It adds so much depth and development to Julie’s character that it truly contributes to the reading experience of Code Name Verity, which is everything I really look for in a prequel.
The Pearl Thief has such a fascinating cast of characters and depth of emotion that it stands very well on its own, so even if you haven’t read Code Name Verity, I would recommend this novel to anyone who enjoys historical fiction or novels that have a classic mystery feel to them.
About the Book
Title: THE PEARL THIEF
Author: Elizabeth Wein
Pub. Date: May 2, 2017
Formats: Hardcover, eBook
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 landed 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 the prequel to Printz Honor Book Code Name Verity, this exhilarating coming-of-age story returns to a beloved character just before she learned to fly.
Freshwater pearl fishing is a favorite activity that Julie shares with her grandfather in her younger years, and it also plays an important role in the mystery of this novel. Because of that, I paired The Pearl Thief with this Black Pearl Cabernet Sauvignon. I also chose a Cabernet Sauvignon, because the grapes this wine is made from are renowned for their durable skin, which is certainly a defining attribute in Julie’s character.
*All wine recommendations are strictly for those of legal drinking age only.*
About Elizabeth Wein
I was born in New York City in 1964, and moved to England when I was 3. I started school there. We lived practically in the shadow of Alderley Edge, the setting for several of Alan Garner’s books and for my own first book The Winter Prince; that landscape, and Garner’s books, have been a lifelong influence on me.
My father, who worked for the New York City Board of Education for most of his life, was sent to England to do teacher training at what is now Manchester Metropolitan University. He helped organize the Headstart program there. When I was six he was sent to the University of the West Indies in Jamaica for three years to do the same thing in Kingston. I loved Jamaica and became fluent in Jamaican patois (I can’t really speak it any more, but I can still understand it); but in 1973 my parents separated, and we ended up back in the USA living with my mother in Harrisburg, PA, where her parents were. When she died in a car accident in 1978, her wonderful parents took us in and raised us.
I went to Yale University, spent a work-study year back in England, and then spent seven years getting a PhD in Folklore at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. While I was there I learned to ring church bells in the English style known as “change ringing”, and in 1991 I met my future husband there at a bell ringers’ dinner-dance. He is English, and in 1995 I moved to England with him, and then to Scotland in 2000.
We share another unusual interest–flying in small planes. My husband got his private pilot’s license in 1993 and I got mine ten years later. Together we have flown in the States from Kalamazoo to New Hampshire; in Kenya we’ve flown from Nairobi to Malindi, on the coast, and also all over southern England. Alone, most of my flying has been in eastern Scotland.
We have two children.
Enter the Giveaway!
3 winners will receive a finished copy of THE PEARL THIEF, US Only.
Follow the Blog Tour
Thanks so much to Rock Star Book Tours for hosting this tour! Be sure to check out their website here!
5/1/2017- YA and Wine– Blogger Post
5/2/2017- Beauty and the Bookshelf– Review
5/3/2017- The Blonde Bookworm– Review
5/4/2017- The Autumn Bookshelf– Blogger Post
5/5/2017- Rants and Raves of a Bibliophile– Review
5/8/2017- Booklove– Review
5/9/2017- Tales of the Ravenous Reader– Blogger Post
5/10/2017- Mundie Moms– Review
5/11/2017- YA Books Central– Spotlight
5/12/2017- History from a Woman’s Perspective– Review
How many of you are fans of Code Name Verity? Are you looking forward to reading The Pearl Thief? What are some of your favorite YA Historical novels?