A king orders a young thief to carry out a near-impossible heist under threat of death. "In addition to its charismatic hero, this story possesses one of the most valuable treasures of all--a twinkling jewel of a surprise ending," said PW 's starred review of this 1997 Newbery Honor book. Ages 10-up. (Jan.)[Page 67]. Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.