Angel Thieves by Kathi Appelt

This is what’s posted on Amazon about the book Angel Thieves by Kathi Appelt.

“Multiple perspectives spanning across time are united through themes of freedom, hope, and faith in a most unusual and epic novel from Newbery Honor–winning author and National Book Award finalist Kathi Appelt.”

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What that doesn’t say is that this is a wonderful book about two teens who, while learning who they are, live the best lives they can despite a few roadblocks.

It’s also an ancient story of Achsah, a slave, who is bequeathed her freedom, but not that of her daughters. So, she risks everything to find a way for all three of them to start new lives.

And the reader is introduced to an ocelot who, through no fault of its own, is trapped near the bayou and rides out a flood, waiting for a rescue that may, or may not, happen.

I’ve read every novel that Kathi has written and enjoyed them all. But Angel Thieves is a remarkable effort in which several stories are interwoven without ever missing an emotional beat. Readers need all kinds of young adult literature, and I’m happy to say that this book broadens the possibilities. It speaks to awareness, honor, and the fact that every story is part of our story.

Lola Schaefer