The Fire Thief

The Fire Thief

Terry Deary

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Now available in paperback, The Fire Thief hilariously reimagines the myth of Prometheus, the Greek demigod who stole fire from the gods and gave it to the human race. To escape the gods' revenge, Prometheus travels through time to Eden City in 1858. There, he befriends a young orphan, actor, and petty criminal named Jim. When Jim runs into trouble with the law, Prometheus is torn -- if he uses his powers to get his friend out of trouble, he will betray his hiding place to the gods. Terry Deary masterfully interweaves two plots, with action jumping at a whirlwind pace from Mount Olympus to the seedy taverns and elegant mansions of Victorian Eden City. Packed with puns, wisecracks, and sarcastic footnotes, The Fire Thief turns Greek mythology into a laughing matter.

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Chapter One
<p
Greece—the dawn of time
<p
This is where my story begins. I wasn't there myself in ancient Greece, but
one of the actors in this terrible tale told me the story, and I believe him. Let
me tell you his story as if I was a writer—I've always wanted to be a writer.
Who am I? Wait and see. Let's start at the dawn of time . . .
<p
The bird soared and wheeled in the cloudless sky over the silent earth.
Beneath it lay valleys of rich green and white-topped mountains. A crystal
blue sea shone in the distance.

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Terry Deary

Terry Deary is the author of over 160 books. He writes both fiction and nonfiction to much acclaim and has a hand in the television, theater, and radio worlds as well. His Horrible History series has sold twenty million copies worldwide, and his books have been translated into twenty-eight languages. Deary has won numerous awards, including Blue Peter's Best Nonfiction Author of the Century in the United Kingdom. He was named a Doctor of Education by Sunderland University. For more information please visit www.terry-deary.net.

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The Fire Thief
Terry Deary

Trade Paperback

Trade Paperback
Kingfisher
April 2007
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9780753461181
ISBN10: 0753461188
Middle-Grade Fiction
6 4/5 x 4 9/10 inches, 256 pages
Age Range: 9 to 12
Grade Range: 4 to 7
$6.99

Paper Over Board

Paper Over Board
Kingfisher
October 2005
Paper Over Board
ISBN: 9780753458181
ISBN10: 0753458187
Middle-Grade Fiction
7 1/10 x 5 1/10 inches, 253 pages
Age Range: 9 to 12
Grade Range: 4 to 7
$10.99
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