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City of lies



1st American ed.
Publication Information:
New York : Delacorte Press, ©2011.
Physical Description:
278 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
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bk. 2.
Paperback -In the last few months she had had more than a dozen messages from the museum, asking when she was going to take up her position as Fifth Keeper. Tonight she would reply. 'Never.' Goldie Roth is a trained thief and a skilful liar. She's supposed to be one of the keepers of the mysterious Museum of Dunt, along with her friend Toadspit. But although she desperately wants to be a keeper, her parents are ill and she will not leave them. Then Toadspit's sister Bonnie is stolen, and Goldie is forced into action. She and Toadspit follow the child-stealers to the neighbouring city of Spoke. Along the way, Toadspit is also captured, and Goldie discovers some dangerous secrets -- secrets that the child-stealers will kill to protect. She will need all her skills as a thief and a liar if she is to survive and save her friends. But survive she must. Because the Fugleman has returned to Jewel, and the Fifth Keeper will soon be needed more than ever ...
Twelve-year-old Goldie, impulsive and bold, relies on her skills as a liar and a thief to try to rescue her captured friends from the child-stealers running rampant in the City of Spoke.


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Goldie Roth is a trained thief and a skilled liar. Along with her friend Toadspit, she's supposed to be one of the Keepers of the mysterious Museum of Dunt. But although she desperately wants to be a Keeper, she will not leave her sick parents to do so.
But when Toadspit's sister Bonnie is stolen, he and Goldie are forced to follow the child-stealers to the neighboring city of Spoke. Along the way, Toadspit too is captured, and Goldie is caught up in the Festival of Lies, where every word she says means something else and no one can be trusted. There, Goldie discovers some dangerous secrets--secrets that the child-stealers will kill to protect. She will need all her skills as a thief and a liar if she is to survive and save her friends.

Author Notes

LIAN TANNER is a playwright and a captivating storyteller. She lives in Australia.

Reviews 4

School Library Journal Review

Gr 4-8-In this fast-paced and lively sequel to Museum of Thieves (Delacorte, 2010), Goldie Roth struggles to accept her destiny as Keeper of the Museum of Dunt even as she becomes embroiled in another adventure. Mysterious villains snatch her friends Toadspit and Bonnie, shipping them to Spoke. Goldie follows their trail and faces the labyrinthine challenges of the city's annual Festival of Lies. The festival demands citizens speak only untruths, with a lucky few winning a "Big Lie," a prize that allows magic to make the falsehood true. Searching for the criminal who kidnapped her friends, she meets some new comrades, including a mute boy whose pet mice tell frighteningly accurate fortunes and a large cat with uncanny instincts. When Goldie locates her friends, she must try to tap into a big, time-traveling lie to save them from a sticky situation. The "Big Lie" transforms the characters into legends from the past and explains Goldie's unique abilities. The novel ends with Goldie and company heading off to face the evil Fugleman once again. Goldie's puzzle solving, the prescient mice and enormous cat, and the tricky dialogue will appeal to children who like memorable characters and a twisting and untwisting plot. Libraries that own the first book will want to purchase this installment.-Caitlin Augusta, Stratford Library Association, CT (c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Horn Book Review

As the second volume in the Keepers trilogy opens, it's been six months since the climactic events of Museum of Thieves (rev. 11/10). Goldie Roth is hesitant to accept the position she desperately wants -- the Fifth Keeper of the Museum of Dunt -- because of her ailing parents, but when Bonnie, the younger sister of her friend Toadspit, is kidnapped, Goldie and Toadspit follow her trail to the neighboring city of Spoke. Toadspit, too, is captured, and Goldie must navigate the strange city during the Festival of Lies, when everything is topsy-turvy -- especially the truth. While the first volume had a complete narrative arc, the second lacks resolution, ending with a cliffhanger. The storytelling remains just as accomplished, and the tantalizing mysteries deepen, but be aware that this book serves primarily as a bridge to the third and concluding volume. jonathan hunt (c) Copyright 2011. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Kirkus Review

The second title in Tanner's Keepers Trilogy delivers a fantasy as thickly plotted as but less successful than Museum of Thieves (2010).When Goldie and Toadspit witness the kidnapping of Toadspit's sister Bonnie, the two stow away in pursuit on a boat bound for the city of Spoke. When Toadspit is likewise captured, it's up to Goldie to find the siblings and bring them safely back to the city of Jewel. At times aided by two street urchins, Pounce and mute Mouse (whose dozen white mice play supporting roles), and accompanied by a mysterious cat and the Museum's slaughterbird, Morg, Goldie tracks elusive villains during Spoke's Festival of Lies. Everything's back to front and upside down, and masked people talk in opposites. When Goldie captures one of the Big Liesa maelstrom-like force in which one's spoken question is enacted like a wild dreamshe connects with her mythical warrior alter-ego, Princess Frisia. By leveraging the Museum's power and through their own wits, the children thwart their captors. Goldie vows to fight anew for Jewel, where a war fomented by the duplicitous Fugleman is about to begin. The chapters depicting powerful activity in the Big Lie and at the Museum aren't fully integrated into the main plotand the clunky Festival of Lies can't hold a candle to the alluring tumult of the magical Museum.Muddy, if often riveting. (Fantasy. 9-12)]] Copyright Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.

Booklist Review

The second book in the Keepers Trilogy finds intrepid Goldie Roth, having helped bring down the Flugelman and his Blessed Guardians, home caring for her parents instead of becoming the Fifth Keeper as she has been called to do. When her pal Toadspit and sister Bonnie are spirited away by snottie stealers, Goldie must leave her parents to find her friends. The backstory is neatly delivered, and the adventure and its new locale are exhilarating. Still, this seems mostly an interesting interlude until Goldie and crew return home to Jewel to fight for the fate of their city.--Cooper, Ilene Copyright 2010 Booklist