The premise: Orphaned Peter Nimble is blind. He is also a thief. Not just any thief, but the greatest thief who ever lived. One afternoon during his burgling, he steals a box containing three pairs of magical eyes. When he puts in the first pair, he's transported to an island and presented with a journey. A journey that involves rescuing a kingdom from a traitorous king - in a world beyond known borders. And so begins Peter's escapade into destiny.
What keeps readers reading: The suspense. The characters. The plot. The action. So very, very many things keep readers reading Peter Nimble and His Fantastic Eyes that I cannot name them all. Peter Nimble himself is a character who grows right in your heart. You love him, you want to help him, and you live his life as you read. Jonathan Auxier has a knack for writing a serious, action-packed scene that somehow has you laughing out-loud at the same time. And as a mom, I have to say, when I was reading, I wanted to take Peter Nimble aside, hug him, and tell him everything's gonna be okay. Luckily for Peter, he encountered friends along his journey that have his back.
If I haven't gushed enough, when I read the last sentence and closed this book, my son said, "That's an awesome story." My daughter took the book from my hands, hugged it to her chest, and asked, "Can we read it again?"
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