The Good Thief is a quick-moving adventure/heist tale featuring a classic orphaned main character who would feel right at home next to Pip or Oliver. The story skirts the shifting line between young adult and adult, which is right where I like my coming-of-age narratives. The characters weren't too whiny, and the danger was real enough for adult audiences. It doesn't dig too far into any moral quandaries, but that's okay! Good story, fun characters, a good, light read.
Growing up in a New England orphanage unaware of his family and how he lost his left hand as an infant, twelve-year-old Ren is terrified of the future until a young man shows up claiming to be his long-lost brother.