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Coin Heist [Kindle Edition]

Elisa Ludwig
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Book Description

The last place you'd expect to find a team of criminals is at a prestigious Philadelphia prep school. But on a class trip to the U.S. Mint - which prints a million new coins every 30 minutes - an overlooked security flaw becomes far too tempting for a small group of students to ignore. United by dire circumstances, these unlikely allies - the nerd, the slacker, the athlete, and the perfect student - band together to attempt the impossible: rob the U.S. Mint. This diverse crew is forced to confront their true beliefs about each other and themselves as they do the wrong thing for the right reasons. Elisa Ludwig's COIN HEIST is a fun, suspenseful and compelling thriller, told from the revolving perspectives of four teens, each with their own motive for committing a crime that will change all of their lives - if they can pull it off.

"Jackpot! Smartly plotted, morally fascinating, and featuring the most engaging crew of prep school outlaws, Elisa Ludwig's COIN HEIST is a heist story with heart." -- Diana Renn, author of Tokyo Heist and Latitude Zero

"COIN HEIST is indeed a tale of an epic break-in at the Philadelphia Mint. But that's only half the story. The other half is a touching coming-of-age story and the third half is a wonderful character study of teenage life in America as it's lived now. Look, maybe I'm not good at math and maybe three-halves is impossible. Or maybe COIN HEIST is just that good." -- Josh Berk, Edgar Award finalist and author of The Dark Days of Hamburger Halpin and Guy Langman: Crime Scene Procrastinator

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From School Library Journal

Gr 7 Up—Four teens devise an audacious plot to rob the U.S. Mint. The aspiring thieves attend a prestigious private high school, but come from disparate social groups—a football scholarship student; a cool, popular prom organizer; a science nerd, and a rock band slacker. In this novel that is The Breakfast Club meets Ocean's Eleven, the characters are somewhat clichéd, as is their unlikely partnership. Chapters are narrated in the first person by each teen, revealing the protagonist's strengths and inner turmoil. These in-depth looks into each character's persona makes for a slow beginning, as well as the explanation of the mint's inner workings. Once the plan to rob the location evolves, the plot picks up and moves along at a faster pace. Despite the fairly stock characters, the planned heist is original, and the ending quite unpredictable. The teens' voices are authentic, using a lot of American slang, and inject some sexual innuendos. Readers will increasingly sympathize with the protagonists as their backstories are developed more. This title will find a place in most collections, especially where Kiersten White's "Kiki Strike" series (Bloomsbury) and Ally Carter's books are popular.—Michelle Anderson, Tauranga City Libraries, New Zealand


"This light yet suspenseful romp has a cinematic, Oceans 11 quality."  --Booklist

Product Details

  • File Size: 1650 KB
  • Print Length: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Adaptive Studios (June 6, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #214,888 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Breakfast Club with a plan to steal! June 10, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition

The Breakfast Club with a plan to steal!

What happens when your father embezzles your school's money and you become a pariah? You come up with a plan to repay the money by minting "error" coins at the Philly mint! Just a few of these coins, sold on the market, could be enough to repay the funds that Jason's dad has lost to day trading.

Four high schoolers are thrown together in a design class and visit the US Mint as part of their class. You have Alice, queen of the nerds, who hasn't met a math problem she couldn't solve. Jason, whose father is responsible for the financial downfall of the school and a bit of a rebel. Dakota, picture and paper perfect, but has several dark secrets and has some self esteem issues. And Benny, the star football kid and scholarship student who wants out of the crushing poverty he lives in. Each has their own reason to save the school, but these four unlikely friends overcome their inner voices to pull this off. Except they don't quite do it right or according to plan.

I really enjoyed this almost perfectly clean read. There is just a bit of language that is well placed, but nothing out of the ordinary. There is a bit of romance between Jason and Alice (the nerd who is actually unknowingly cute) and between Benny and Dakota. These four kids are from all opposite ends of the social spectrum and wouldn't normally have never come together. So yes, you get that special kiss at the perfect moment. There is just enough suspense to make your heart rush in parts, wondering if these kids can hack into the mint's computers and then actually steal the newly minted coins. I look forward to more from this author!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic heist story! June 7, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
What a terrific heist story! Four private high school students band together to rob the Philly Mint to save their school! Talk about a huge undertaking.

I love how Elisa Ludwig approached this story from all their different points of view. We learned all the private motivations for the heist and the troubles in their personal life. When the storyline with the heist was in a waiting period, the story tension came from events in their lives and between the four of them.

I looked forward to seeing what kind of trouble the author could pile onto the students toward the end, and I wasn’t disappointed. Plans are changed. Big things go wrong. And they scramble not to get caught.

I loved reading the story and didn’t want it to end. The writing, story, and character development was fantastic. If you enjoy heist story and movies, then I highly recommend Coin Heist. You won’t be disappointed.

Thank you to Adaptive Books via Net Galley for a free copy of Coin Heist.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun Contemporary Read! June 10, 2014
If you think contemporary, young adult novels are only fluffy love stories, think again! I recently had the opportunity to read an advance, e-copy of Coin Hesit by Elisa Ludwig, and I'm excited to share my thoughts on the book before it comes out tomorrow on June 10, 2014.

As you may be able to guess from the title, this story involves an epic plan to rob the Philadelphia location of the United States Mint. The story follows four teenagers who attend a prestigious, private high school. When it's discovered that the school's headmaster embezzled away the school's endowment, it seems the historic high school will have to close its doors forever at the end of the semester. Not wanting this to happen, our main characters join forces to hack into the mint and make enough money to repay the headmaster's debts and ensure the school will live on.

Coin Heist is told in an alternating, first person point-of-view, with each of the four teens getting an opportunity to tell his or her part of the story. I always love having more than one point-of-view in a book, and I thought it worked really well here. In fact, it propelled me to keep reading at points in the story where I otherwise might have taken a reading break between chapters – that was a great choice by Ludwig to keep a consistent ordering of the storytellers (except for one part, which was jumbled for some odd reason).

Overall, I really enjoyed Coin Heist. It was very well-written, and the characters were all very likable. I connected easily with the characters, and I thought it was interesting that even though they were plotting a huge, criminal act I was still rooting for them to pull it off without getting caught!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun, light, Teen heist read - perfect for summer... June 18, 2014
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To begin I must confess: I love heist themes. Heist movies? Love them! Bring on the Ocean's, Italian Job, Inside Man type movies and keep 'em coming! Heist books? Love, love, love! (My absolute favorite being the YA Heist society series by Ally Carter). In my opinion, we need more YA/Teen Heist books because there are just not enough out there - so needless to say, I was a teeny-tiny bit excited for this and one I got the chance to read the E-Arc a happy dance may or may not have occurred!
               So, as you can probably gather from the picture and blurb, Coin Heist is about an unlikely group of teens who join forces to plan a heist on the US Mint in order to save their school. To me it was really Heist Society (or for movie reference Ocean's) meets Breakfast Club.
               So fans of awesome 80's films unlikely groups/teams working together - type stories, heist themes, and/or fun, adventure YA books - this book is probably looking for you!

* The heist! - I loved reading about the teens getting together, plotting, planning, strategizing and coordinating a heist.
*The  Plot - Can't say much more for fear of spoilers but: it was fun, it was amusing, and it was engaging!
*The characters - I really enjoyed getting to know each character, I liked learning about their personalities and motivations. I also liked that the book did this by changing POVs. This, of course, is always interesting for looking at and learning about other characters as well - I like getting an interpretation of the main characters not just from their own perspective but from others as well.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Coin Heist
Coin Heist has the feel of an ABC Family made-for-TV movie. It's cheesy, fun, and there's no way in heck it would ever happen in real life! Read more
Published 26 days ago by Angie
5.0 out of 5 stars High school drama +...
More turns than alpine race... with more than a little high school drama to boot. Ludwig is a fresh voice in the suspense genre. Can not wait to see what her next story brings... Read more
Published 2 months ago by manna man
2.0 out of 5 stars Try again
“Oh hey let’s rob the U.S.Mint!”
Actually I thought this could be an interesting and funny start of a great plot. Sadly it didn’t really turned out to be that great. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Katja Berger
4.0 out of 5 stars Creative and Imaginative Story!
This was a very imaginative story. The plot itself with the entire coin heist is highly unlikely to happen in real life but you never know. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Chubby Bookworm
5.0 out of 5 stars My two bits
Great characters and a solid, compelling plot. If you love heist stories and have ever gone to high school, check this out.
Published 4 months ago by Eugene
3.0 out of 5 stars NOT BAD
One of the reasons I added Coin Heist to my wishlist of books I’d like to read in 2014, is because I imagined it to be a YA version of something action-packed like the movies,... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Books4Tomorrow
4.0 out of 5 stars Quick, fun read
Short, fun read. Enjoyable but relatively mindless. In other words, perfect summer reading.
Published 5 months ago by Matt Lau
5.0 out of 5 stars Coin Heist
Thanks to Adaptive Books and NetGalley, I received an arc of Coin Heist by Elisa Ludwig. I really enjoyed the clever wit and the characters were more developed than I had... Read more
Published 5 months ago by LynnDell P. Watson
2.0 out of 5 stars Copious amounts of fact, even some amount of less than...
I am officially going to start referring to Coin Heist as " which we have a whole lot of average". Just kidding. Read more
Published 5 months ago by endlesswonderofreading
2.0 out of 5 stars Book just didn't do it for me
Well written, and in fairness this was a recommendation, so I didn't know the whole premise of the book. I just didn't think the outcome and ending were remotely realistic.
Published 6 months ago by Lee M Hansen
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More About the Author

PRETTY SLY, the second book in the PRETTY CROOKED trilogy, was published in March 2014 (Katherine Tegen/HarperCollins), with the final installment to follow in 2015. COIN HEIST, my YA thriller from Adaptive Books, was published in June 2014. I live in Philadelphia with my husband and son. Visit me at, @ElisaLudwigYA and

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