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Heist Society [Bargain Price] [Hardcover]

Ally Carter
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Editorial Reviews

From School Library Journal

Grade 6–10—Tired of her lifelong involvement in her family's illicit dealings, teenager Katarina Bishop enrolls herself in a prestigious boarding school. Then after a mere three months there, 16-year-old billionaire Hale arranges for her to get kicked out. He informs her that five paintings have been stolen from the menacing Arturo Taccone and that her father is the prime suspect. Determined to save him by locating the real thief and stealing the paintings back, Kat gathers a crack team of larcenous teens for the heist to be pulled off before the two-week deadline. However, her resolve falters when she learns that the paintings are Nazi war spoils. She negotiates complicated relationships in an action-packed plot, and the unknown identity of the thief suggests a sequel. This irresistible light-fingered fairy tale is elevated by glamour and mystery. Carter's style is conversational, smooth, and clever, exposing Kat's wry humor and her steely determination. Amid themes of family loyalty and identity, the protagonist comes to understand herself, her beliefs, and her place in her family. Daring, delicious, but filled with a sense of purpose, Heist Society mixes classic elements of the adolescent bildungsroman into a high-stakes escapade.—Caitlin Augusta, Stratford Library Association, CT
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From Booklist

After a childhood spent assisting her father, one of the world’s most talented art thieves, Katarina Bishop tries to leave the family business behind when she forges her way into a New England boarding school. She quickly discovers, though, that her past is inescapable. Her father has been accused of stealing already stolen masterpieces from a dangerous Italian billionaire. Certain that her father is innocent, Kat resolves to find the missing paintings and return them to their unsavory owner, who has given her a two-week deadline. Carter, the author of the Gallagher Girls series, skillfully maintains suspense as Kat assembles a team of teen accomplices, travels across Europe, and plots an impossible art heist to save her dad. This is a thoroughly enjoyable, cinema-ready adventure, and the details of thieving tools and techniques, lavish settings, and cast of eccentric characters, including possible spies and love interests, all add texture and depth to the action. Readers will hope for a sequel to answer the book’s central mystery: if Kat’s father isn’t guilty, then who is? Grades 6-10. --Gillian Engberg

Review

A punchy new teen crime series. Bookseller Rammed with suspense. Heist Society Funny, exciting and intriguing. Bookbag A good, pacy read. Bournemouth Daily Echo Rammed with suspense. If you love the Gallagher Girls, you'll dig this. 5/5 Kiss Fast moving, action packed, slick. School Librarian Stylish, cool, quick-witted and daring. Carousel --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Ally Carter is the New York Times best-selling author of the first three books in the Gallagher Girls series, I'd Tell You I Love You, But Then I'd Have to Kill You; Cross My Heart and Hope to Spy; and Don't Judge a Girl by Her Cover-as well as Heist Society, the first in a brand new series. She lives in Oklahoma.

From AudioFile

Carter, author of the fabulous Gallagher Girl spy series, strikes gold again with this sophisticated young-adult mash-up of OCEAN'S ELEVEN and THE THOMAS CROWN AFFAIR. Narrator Angela Dawe does the story full justice, delivering a stylish performance with panache and a soupçon of humor. Katarina is trying to get out of the family business--she's an up-and-comer in a long line of exceptional art thieves--by getting herself into prep school. But she gets pulled back into her criminal life when her dad is accused of a major heist from a major bad guy. Kat assembles her crew and starts planning the most risky job of her career. Dawe engages listeners with a feather-light performance expertly suited to this classy story. D.G. © AudioFile 2010, Portland, Maine --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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