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The Secret Stealer

Jess Webster

Winner, IP Picks 09 Best First Book.

The Secret Stealer
is a creative and well-crafted fantasy story for young adults, and takes the reader on an entertaining ride as it looks at magic curses, good and evil, and the challenges of dealing with the adult world.

An exceptionally well-written, engrossing, compelling and easy to read novel. Jessica Webster’s characters are believable and fully developed, and the storyline is absorbing and exciting.
Humour flows throughout the piece, quirky and always clever, and invests the story with liveliness, originality and charm.

The book will appeal to young adults aged 15-18 years and older as well as readers of fantasy.

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ISBN 9781921479397
PB, YA Novel
AU $25 US $20
GB £11
NZ $28
€13 CA
eBook 9781921479564
Available in Kindle, ePub, Apple iBookstore, and PDF
AU $10 US $8

GB £5

NZ $12
€6 CA

"The Secret Stealer is a wonderful imaginative tale exploring what could possibly happen if someone knew your deepest, darkest secret. Children will delight in picturing James floating through the air and going through walls, eavesdropping on fellow school mates and adults and travelling the globe without the need of a plane. What marvellous fun.
Nine year old James Winchester IV should have never spoken to the strange and charming man in a morning suit, top hat and VERY shiny shoes. How was he to know that this man was the Secret Stealer and James would become next in line.
Once your deepest secret has been stolen from you, the Secret Stealers can manipulate you for wealth and possessions. There is one small problem. Secret Stealers are invisible to all but a few and they cannot touch or hold anything. It is like they are a ghost. So what good are wealth and possessions to them?
Domenic Mancini has been stealing secrets for over 200 years and has tired of it. He has found his true love and wants to be able to hold her in his arms. All he needs is to trick someone into taking over his role. Poor James Winchester IV is the target.
What Domenic didn’t consider was who might be there to help James. Could a nine-year-old outsmart a 200-year-old Secret Stealer?"
- The Reading Stack


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Jess Webster is the winner of the 2009 IP Picks Best First Book and has been short-listed for major competitions, including the Somerset National Novella competition.

She recently graduated with distinction from a Bachelor of Science (Biotechnology) at the University of Wollongong and has just commenced Medicine at University of Wollongong.


Lesson One: Introduction to the concept of stealing secrets…which is very, very bad, and should NEVER be done.

A very, very long time ago there lived a magician who became obsessed with secrets.

He wasn’t a very good magician – at least, not a very versatile one anyway. That is to say, he could only do one thing. But that one thing he did very well, and with a vengeance.

When he looked into a person’s eyes he could see their secrets – each and every one of them. And when night-time came (a person is most vulnerable in sleep) he could reach into their minds and take possession of any secret that he chose. In doing so, this magician became the only person in the world who could speak of that secret. It became his, to conceal or reveal at his own whim.

You see, this magician – Louis was his name, Louis d’Arlend – had had an epiphany: that information is the key to power. And so for years he amassed hundreds, thousands, hundreds of thousands of secrets – both delightful and devilish. And it is true that every single one of us has a secret or two (or more); whether it be that you like the girl next door, or that you killed your own father to acquire your inheritance. But one thing is true of all secrets, whether innocent or damning: a secret is only a secret because you wish to keep it from everybody else, at all costs.

And so Louis d’Arlend realised that he could become the most powerful man in the world (despite his shortcomings as a magician). If he could gather but a single secret from every person, he could control them, and make them do as he wished. For a person will go to extraordinary lengths to keep their deepest secrets concealed.