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Ella and Madeleine don’t know it yet, but they’re about to embark on the strangest romantic adventure of their lives, and it’s not just their hearts that are getting stolen in this laugh-out-loud, capering graphic novel.
“A cute queer graphic novel set in France during the last year of high school...What follows is a charming coming-of-age story with lovely, emotive illustrations.”
“Such a sweet and funny story with complex, flawed characters that you can’t help but love.”
—Alice Oseman, creator of Heartstopper
"With distinctive characters, lush art, and an off-kilter sapphic romance at its core, this will surely steal teen readers' hearts."
—STARRED REVIEW, Booklist
"Bryon renders both characters and backgrounds in lovely, lithe manga art, capturing the sheen of wealthy abodes and populated party scenes, as well as small gestures and moments between the lovebirds...This energizing work from a rising comics talent has YA crossover appeal."
—STARRED REVIEW, Publishers Weekly
"Thieves is a rambunctious, charming story about high schoolers partying, falling in love, and committing acts of reverse larceny. The drawing style is incredibly appealing, with delightful acting and visual jokes that make this an absolute pleasure to read."
—Molly Knox Ostertag, creator of The Witch Boy series and The Girl From the Sea
"Reading Thieves is like going on a decidedly queer adventure - full of heart, tension, beauty, and so much love. Add in to that the gorgeous art, and you’ve got yourself a truly wonderful book."
—Tillie Walden, creator of Are You Listening and Spinning
"Lucie Bryon brings shōjo manga–inspired artwork to this queer high school romance."
"Our favorite graphic novel this year."
What happened last night? Ella can’t seem to remember a single thing from the party the night before at a mysterious stranger’s mansion, and she sure as heck doesn’t know why she’s woken up in her bed surrounded by a magpie’s nest of objects that aren’t her own. And she can’t stop thinking about her huge crush on Madeleine, who she definitely can’t tell about her sudden penchant for kleptomania… But does Maddy have secrets of her own? Can they piece together that night between them and fix the mess of their chaotic personal lives in time to form a normal, teenage relationship? That would be nice.
Lucie Bryon is a cartoonist and illustrator. She studied graphic design in Orléans, France and comics at the ESA St Luc Brussels, Belgium. She now lives in France and works for children’s publishing, video game companies and various publications as an illustrator and comic artist. Her work has been published by ShortBox, Éditions Milan, BDkids, Kaboom Studios, Cicada Magazine, and France Inter.