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Uncommon Criminals (A Heist Society Novel) Hardcover – June 21, 2011

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Book 2 of 3 in the Heist Society Series

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Refreshingly different Bliss A quick-witted and daring book rammed with suspense. Kiss A quick-witted and daring book, rammed with suspense. If you love The Gallagher Girls series you'll dig this Kiss Refreshingly different. Bliss --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author

Ally Carter ( is theNew York Timesbestselling author ofHeist Societyand the Gallagher Girls series, includingI'd Tell You I'd Love You, But Then I'd Have to Kill You;Cross My Heart and Hope to Spy;Don't Judge a Girl by Her Cover; andOnly the Good Spy Young. She lives in Oklahoma, where she's busy masterminding her next big heist.

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 11 and up
  • Grade Level: 6 - 9
  • Lexile Measure: 790L (What's this?)
  • Series: A Heist Society Novel
  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Hyperion Book CH; 1st Printing edition (June 21, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1423147952
  • ISBN-13: 978-1423147954
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (142 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #285,207 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Kale on June 21, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Among the vast sea of dystopian universes and paranormal creatures currently inhabiting a majority of shelves in the YA section of bookstores, Ally Carter's tales of teenage spies and thieves adds a refreshing twist to being extraordinary. Carter's characters aren't superhuman or special in any other way then in their ability to learn and become exceptional at whatever they put their minds to being. Part of why I read fiction is to get lost in another world, but sometimes the best fantasies are the ones not too far removed from reality.

Katarina's struggles are always an interesting study in contradiction.

I mean really, how does one rebel when they come from a long line of thieves? Kitty Kat may be back, but she's having a go at it alone. It seems her stint at the Colgan School was just the first of her dissent from the family. She's trying to define herself and create her own path in the world she grew up in. But in adhering to her new moral code, distancing herself, and alienating her crew, Kat's forgotten the most important rule: Family First.

Of course, being fifteen and an old pro in the family business can give a girl the illusion of knowing everything, but some lessons you can only learn with time and experience. Katarina Bishop is taking her talent and applying it for good instead of greed. Morally Kat knows stealing is bad, but it's what she's good at. Toting the line between right and wrong, she's trying to use her skills to help return priceless items that were taken from their owners long ago. But someone is about to use Kat's altruistic endeavors against her and con the con artist.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Mundie Moms & Mundie Kids Book Reviews on June 21, 2011
Format: Hardcover
I absolutely love this series. There's something about Ally's writing that completely hooks me and captures my attention from the moment I sit down to read her books. I get so caught up in the world travels, the excitement of the plot and of course the chemistry between Kat and Hale is AWESOME! I love the way Ally creates the right about amount of tension, and desire between the two of them. There's the little moments between them, and the scenes were the two of them are so close to each other makes me want to shove the two of them together and tell them to kiss already. I true adore these two characters and the history they have together.

Mixed in with the fabulous character chemistry is the enticing plot. The cons are greater and have much higher stakes in this fabulous, must have sequel to The Heist Society. I felt like I got to understand Kat more and her motivates for the things she does. I sympathized with her and I of course love the team that supports her with Hale, Gabrielle and the rest of her family, and I can't forget Nick. Like Hale, I still have my reservations about him, but there's a moment with Kat on the yacht when he says something to to her that made me like him even more. Even with Nick back for part of the story, I'm team Hale all the way.

I love both the story's plot and settings. The plot itself is full of some great twists, and this time it involves a little old well kept family secret. One of the things that I find fascinating with the story and the series, is the way in which Ally ties together classic art and it's history. She vividly describes the places Kat, Hale and team venture to around the world to find these pieces.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By sarah on July 5, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Uncommon Criminals by Ally Carter is exactly what we always hope sequels will be - even better than the original. While I enjoyed the series opener, Heist Society, I feel like Carter really stepped up her game with this followup effort.

The biggest change is that Carter spends a lot more time investigating and fleshing out the characters in Uncommon Criminals. Kat and Hale in particular are both marvelously fleshed out - we get a better handle on who they are and what their motivations and feeling are. Which of course, makes it easier to relate to them. I felt like Heist Society was missing that emotional connection to the characters and Carter remedies the situation in Uncommon Criminals.

The basics of the plot remain true to form; we follow around a group of (basically) unchaperoned teenagers as they glamorously make a living as high class thieves. That being said, the story is different enough that it keeps you guessing until the last page. There are certainly plenty of plot twists and a-ha moments to be had.

The writing style is also similar and so is the tone of the book. It's sleek, fast paced and incredibly polished. It's almost like a shine has been added on top of everything; making it irresistibly glossy. I hope that makes sense to you - honestly, it does in my head.

Carter does a fabulous job with all of the characters. She creates a dynamic cast in which each character makes an impression. Well, with the exception of the brothers Hamish and Angus, they kind of blend into one character.

Uncommon Criminals is a decidedly adventurous and exciting book that will leave readers with a smile on their faces. There is nothing particularly ground breaking about this sting operation story, but it is plenty of fun.
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