The Thief of Always is the chilling tale of Harvey Swick, a young boy who is so bored with his life that he wishes himself away to Mr. Hood's Holiday House, where the food is always good and Christmas comes every night. Just don't go to the lake or ask any questions about the enigmatic Mr. Hood. Part fairy tale, part nightmare, this an all-ages book for anyone who enjoys a fun and chilling read.
Mr. Hood's Holiday House has stood for a thousand years, welcoming countless children into its embrace. It is a place of miracles, a blissful round of treats and seasons, where every childhood whim may be satisfied.
There is a price to be paid, of course, but young Harvey Swick, bored with his life and beguiled by Mr. Hood's wonders, does not stop to consider the consequences. It is only when the House shows its darker face--when Harvey discovers the pitiful creatures that dwell in its shadows--that he comes to doubt Mr. Hood's philanthropy.
The House and its mysterious architect are not about to release their captive without a battle, however. Mr. Hood has ambitions for his new guest, for Harvey's soul burns brighter than any soul he has encountered in a thousand years...
“Charming and pleasantly shuddery.” -Washington Post Book World
“Barker...sets up his enchanted kingdom with plenty of wit and atmosphere.” -Chicago Tribune
“A modern fable written with literary flare and storytelling-with-a-twist style that will entertain and enchant.” -San Diego Union-Tribune
“In a tale that manages to be both cute and horrifying, bestselling novelist and screenwriter Barker puts the dark side back into childhood fantasy.” -Publishers Weekly