The Dungeoneers
The Dungeoneers
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Annotation: When his gift for pickpocketing is noticed by the mysterious Finn Argos, Colm begins training to become a member of Thwodin's Legions, a strange group of warriors, mages, and hunters who search for treasure.
Catalog Number: #107937
Format: Publisher's Hardcover
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Publisher: HarperCollins
Copyright Date: 2015
Edition Date: 2015
Pages: 437 pages
Availability: Available
ISBN: 0-06-233814-5
ISBN 13: 978-0-06-233814-3
Dewey: Fic
LCCN: 2014949457
Dimensions: 22 cm.
Language: English
ALA Booklist
The only boy in a sea of eight sisters, Colm has developed a knack for hiding, sneaking, and escaping. He is also a deft pickpocket. His honest father is horrified when he learns of his thieving, but before he can turn Colm in, a mysterious adventurer intervenes. Finn Argos, a self-professed rogue, observes Colm's pilfering talents and bargains with the magistrate to apprentice him to a guild of dungeoneers. Colm is whisked away to Thwodin Castle, where he is paired up with other trainees: a warrior who faints at the sight of her own blood, a mageling who stutters his spells, and a druid who can speak to animals but is afraid of most. As Colm's team trains to conquer treasure-filled dungeons (and the monsters that guard them), others scheme to sabotage the guild. Anderson mines fantasy convention for its best bits and presents them with humor and depth. Beneath the lighthearted cleverness is a thoughtful examination of loyalty, betrayal, and fairness, bolstered by lovable characters and unpredictable plotting.
School Library Journal
Gr 47 Living with eight rambunctious sisters has primed Colm Candorly to be the perfect pickpocket: stealthy and quick. Not only that, missing a finger lets his hands slip easily into others' pockets. When one of his sisters becomes ill, Colm decides to use his talents to pick the pockets of the wealthy in the village square, amassing a pile of gold. The problem comes with explaining the gold to his stickler father. Colm's dad insists that he come clean to the magistrate in hopes that his son will be dealt a lenient punishment. Enter Colm's savior, Finn Argos, a smooth-talking rogue who whisks Colm off to a school where such talents are valued, a school for treasure-seeking dungeon raiders. There the real adventure begins. Colm is paired with a redheaded barbarian girl, a stuttering mage, and a timid druid to form the ideal dungeoneering party configuration. Trolls, goblins, and orcs pose the obvious danger for dungeoneers, but what hidden danger lurks behind the castle walls? Colm and his friends are engaging characters with distinct personalities. VERDICT Anderson's latest fantasy is an exciting examination of friendship, morality, and loyalty; readers will look forward to Colm's future exploits. Tiffany Davis, Mount Saint Mary College, Newburgh, NY
Word Count: 107,929
Reading Level: 5.7
Interest Level: 4-7
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 5.7 / points: 17.0 / quiz: 178736 / grade: Middle Grades

An action-packed, funny, and unexpected middle grade fantasy-adventure from the acclaimed author of Sidekicked.

The world is not a fair place, and Colm Candorly knows it. While his parents and eight sisters seem content living on a lowly cobbler's earnings, Colm can't help but feel that everyone has the right to a more comfortable life. It's just a question of how far you're willing to go to get it.

In an effort to help make ends meet, Colm uses his natural gift for pickpocketing to pilfer a pile of gold from the richer residents of town, but his actions place him at the mercy of a mysterious man named Finn Argos, a gilded-toothed, smooth-tongued rogue who gives Colm a choice: he can be punished for his thievery or he can become a member of Thwodin's Legions, a guild of dungeoneers who take what they want and live as they will. Colm soon finds himself part of a family of warriors, mages, and hunters, learning to work together in a quest to survive and, perhaps, to find a bit of treasure along the way.

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