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Heist Society (A Heist Society Novel) Hardcover – February 9, 2010

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Book 1 of 3 in the Heist Society Series

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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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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

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 11 and up
  • Grade Level: 6 - 9
  • Lexile Measure: 800L (What's this?)
  • Series: A Heist Society Novel
  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Hyperion Book CH; First Edition edition (February 9, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1423116399
  • ISBN-13: 978-1423116394
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (252 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #484,083 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Ally Carter is the New York Times Best-selling author of the Embassy Row, Gallagher Girls and Heist Society series. Her books have been published all over the world, in over twenty languages.

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"Carter knows how to construct a gripping thriller." -- PUBLISHERS WEEKLY

"Action packed and meticulously plotted. . . . Keeps readers guessing." -- BOOKLIST

"With its intrigue and clever plot twists, this series opener will leave readers hungering for more." -- SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL

"Will appeal not only to psychological-thriller fans, but to those who want a little glamour, some A-list social politics, and a bit of high school nastiness mixed in with their suspense." -- KIRKUS REVIEWS

"Grace is a fighter, and she will stop at nothing to find out what happened to her mother. Readers will love this first book in what promises to be an exciting, thrilling mystery series." -- VOYA

"An amazing book." -- THE GUARDIAN

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30 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Karen Newman on February 9, 2010
Format: Kindle Edition
I always love Ally's books, and this was no exception. Heist Society has it all-suspense, adventure, travel, a smidgen of romance, a boarding school, a crazy family with a history that matches, and an all teenage crew of thieves. Katarina Bishop is a smart girl who just wants out of the family biz and be normal, but doesn't realize all she's left behind. Kat and her delicious billionaire friend, Hale, round up a merry band of thieves that are their best friends to help get Kat's father out of a tight spot. If they don't return what a seriously evil guy thinks her father stole, there will be some serious consequences. Kat and the team scramble to perform one of the most difficult and risky heists anyone in her family have ever attempted, before time runs out. If that doesn't reel you in I don't know what will. This was a seriously good and fast- paced book, pretty much impossible to put down. Take my advice, and read it ;)
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22 of 26 people found the following review helpful By H. Bala TOP 500 REVIEWER on September 4, 2010
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I can, I guess, see why Ally Carter's HEIST SOCIETY draws in the teen girl crowd; this book, after all, is tailored for them. The premise is certainly attention-catching, especially if you're into heist and caper stories. HEIST SOCIETY affects the off-handed elan and cool of, say, OCEAN'S ELEVEN and succeeds at certain levels. To me, that book cover suggests a sort of callback to Audrey Hepburn circa BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY'S. HEIST SOCIETY is a brisk and breezy read, and pretty good. But there are some issues.

I don't know that there are other books out there that feature teens more worldly and self-possessed than 15-year-old Katarina Bishop and the young crew she establishes. Kat, a larcenous prodigy, comes from a family of elite professional thieves, except that three months ago she abandoned that life of crime, her final con (or so she thought) that of enrolling herself into the prestigious Colgan boarding school. But - as they say - just when you thought you were out, they pull you back in...

Kat is lured back to the family business when her master thief of a dad becomes the primary suspect for the audacious theft of a private collection of paintings. Or Kat's family thinks so, as well as several Interpol agents. Kat's father denies having done the caper, but what really galvanizes Kat into action is that the seriously sinister hombre Arturo Taccone also believes her father to be the culprit. Taccone gives Kat a two week deadline to recover the paintings or dot dot dot... Two meager weeks for Kat not only to learn where the vanished paintings have gotten to but also to gather her own thieving crew to break in and steal them. There's no question that this is by far her most ambitious heist, and this with three months of rust on her.
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24 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Irish of Ticket to anywhere on February 18, 2010
Format: Hardcover
When I first heard that Ally Carter was coming out with a new series I was both excited and wary. Excited because I really enjoyed her Gallagher Girls books and wary because I wasn't sure if a new series would live up. Well, I shouldn't have worried because not only did Heist Society live up to the goodness of Gallagher Girls it surpassed it. I really enjoyed this book. To get an idea of what its like think about if the characters in Ocean's 11 or on the tv show Leverage had children who grew up in their world....these are the teens that you find in Heist Society they live on the edge of the law and stealing and pulling cons is as easy for them as breathing air is for us.

I loved the cast of characters in this book. They were all just so much fun! And where Cammie Morgan can sometimes get annoying and repetitive Kat does not. She is smart and feisty and she tries to leave the life she's always known to be a normal teen. But normal isn't what its cracked up to be and its hard to turn your back when your family needs your help. So she's pulled back into the life of cons and we are taken along for the ride across the US and Europe. Heist Society was a well told story, it was fast paced and filled with enough witty lines that had me laughing aloud as I read the book. I couldn't put this one down and I hated for it to end. There wasn't anything that I can say that I disliked in this book it just seemed to have it all. Adventure, strong characters, strong plot, romance, etc etc etc. I can't wait for Carter to come out with a sequel for this book. If you decide to only read one series of Ally Carter, then choose this one....its worth the trip.

As originally posted on my blog Ticket to Anywhere
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mundie Moms & Mundie Kids Book Reviews on February 23, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Every now and then there's a story you sit down to read where the pages just come to life. The plot flows perfectly, the history makes the story believable, the characters are ones you'd like to hang out with in real life, and the setting leaves you feeling like you've traveled to those places, even though you haven't left your home. The Heist Society is one of those books.

Kat walked away from her family and their world she grew up having a natural talent for, but even a con artist doesn't stray far like she wants to, especially when someone close to you is being framed for something they didn't do and those you love are threatened. Kat has a family who never turns their backs on each other and will do anything to help each other, even when the next con job is next to impossible to pull off. What I love about Kat's family is your considered family, whether by blood relation or from knowing this close knit family for years. I enjoyed getting to be apart of this family, though I would never want to know the person who crosses them.

Take intelligence, mix in down to earth and add in beauty, and you've got Kat. She is such a fabulous character to get to know. Kat isn't some young teen girl who doesn't know what she's getting into you. She's fully aware of the costs, and she isn't alone. She has her beautiful bombshell cousin, Gabrielle who has the brains to match her beauty. The Bagshaw Brother's, and the Hale, the fantastic love interest who has a complicated history with Kat.

Kat and Hale have this chemistry that just screams brilliance. Their scenes are sizzling and their lines together make me laugh out loud. It's not hard to see why they've quickly made their way onto my favorite's couple list.
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