For Teachers


“My students were reading ahead of class for the very first time. The Good Thief got them excited about books.”—Sparhawk High School

“I saw a lot of lights go off in their creative brains as to the importance of structure and adventure in novels. I think Hannah Tinti showed them that readers want to believe in wonderous events—they’re just looking for writers to lead the way”–Stanford University

The Good Thief stands among classic stories such as Great Expectations, Johnny Tremain and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. At the same time it is written in tight, modern prose, fast paced but also addressing serious subjects such as family, loneliness, violence, and the difference between right and wrong. The Good Thief would be a great pick for any classroom, and Hannah is more than happy to do interviews with students, guest lectures, or in-class visits.

To order a desk or exam copy of The Good Thief, please visit Random House Academic Services.

Research/Teaching Links for The Good Thief:


  • The Knife Man by Wendy Moore
  • The Italian Boy by Sarah Wise
  • Stiff by Mary Roach
  • The Diary of a Resurrectionist by James Blake Bailey
  • The College of Physicians of Philadelphia’s Mütter Museum
  • Religion:

  • History of Saint Anthony
  • Catholicism in 1800s America
  • The Lives of the Saints
  • Old Saint Patrick’s Cathedral
  • 1834 Burning of the Ursuline Convent in Charlestown, MA
  • New England:

  • History of New England
  • History of Whaling
  • Gloucester, MA and History of New England Fishing
  • History of Lowell Factory Girls
  • History of Salem
  • The House of the Seven Gables
  • Old Sturbridge Village
  • Peabody Essex Musuem
  • Some books that inspired The Good Thief:

  • Great Expecations by Charles Dickens
  • Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë
  • Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson
  • Billy Bathgate by E.L. Doctorow
  • The Brothers Grimm Fairy Tales
  • The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
  • The Leatherstocking Tales by James Fenimore Cooper
  • Pinchpenny Mouse by Robert Kraus/Illustrated by Robert Byrd
  • Some art that inspired The Good Thief:

  • Edward Gorey
  • Lee Bontecou
  • David Frankland
  • Edward S. Curtis
  • Robert Byrd