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Loot Paperback – May 26, 2015
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Gr 4–7—Twelve-year-old March McQuinn has lived a life that many kids can only dream about—world travel, no school, and exciting hijinks—but it comes at a cost. He has always felt as though something, or someone, was missing from his life. So when his father, the notorious jewel thief Alfie McQuinn, falls to his death during a burglary, March is left completely alone. That is, until he is reunited with his long-lost twin sister Jules, who has been traveling with their aunt's street performance group. Following a quick stint in a group home and armed only with street smarts and Alfie's clues, the twins and their friends set out to finish Alfie's last heist before Alfie's rivals do. With well-developed supporting characters and two likable protagonists, Watson has delivered an exciting, clever middle-grade mystery. Although her treatment of death and abandonment sometimes feel a bit too lighthearted, it is in keeping with the fanciful feel of the rest of the story. Throughout, the characters develop organically, and Watson doesn't shy away from real-world consequences. This helps give the book a real sense of urgency during each of the movie-quality action scenes, which makes it a perfect fit for fans of Stuart Gibbs's Belly Up (S. & S., 2011) or Gordon Korman's Swindle (Scholastic, 2009).—Amanda Augsburger, Moline Public Library, IL --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
When master jewel thief Alfie McQuinn dies, his stashed set of clues and cryptic last words to March, his 12-year-old son and apprentice, mark the beginning of a race against time. The first clue leads March to discover his twin sister, Jules, a traveling circus acrobat. Tossed into a group home, they meet Darius, a juvenile delinquent with a soft spot for Izzy, a code-cracking hacker. The four join forces, busting out of the home and into a series of high-stakes heists to reclaim seven cursed moonstone gems once stolen by Alfie. The reward promised is a sizzling seven million bucks, enough to set them up with the home Alfie never lived to realize. The problem? There’s a curse on the twins, prophesied to culminate before their thirteenth birthday next week. Sassy narration, smart quips, pigeon drops, and slang worthy of an episode of Dragnet make this fast-paced tale of topsy-turvy antics a joy from beginning to end. Don’t try these high jinks at home, but give this book to anyone who loved the 39 Clues series. Grades 4-7. --Jeanne Fredriksen --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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This story is about a kid’s dad who fall off a building and is dying, so he tells his son to find jewels. The son figures out that “jewels” is his twin sister, Jules. He finds her and they try to pull off a heist to steal moonstones. They hitch up a team, but there are bad guys who want to steal the moonstones too. The moonstones can tell the future, which I think is exceptionally cool.
I thought this book was exciting, but kind of scary in some moments, such as when March keeps seeing this cloaked figure, which scared me a little. But otherwise, it’s a fun, exciting book that I couldn’t put down!! I would recommend this book to kids who like suspenseful and mystery books. The end of each chapter ended in a cliffhanger and there were lots of questions to be answered about Jules and March’s past. —ABrown
That's what happens in Loot--and I loved it! There's much fun to be had in this one, and the action and plot strike a perfect balance between plausible and ridiculous that I won't hesitate for a second to recommend it to my kids.
Twists, sneaky heists, reunited twins, clever ideas, mysteries to solve, surprises, learning to trust, taking initiative, making plans. I especially appreciated that the writing was smart. It doesn't assume the kids reading it need to have it all spelled out for them--some thinking will be required! There's some good stuff here.
Could have been longer. I would have liked to see the characters develop more and more time spent on the heists. But, I think it will play perfectly well for its target audience. Should be enjoyable for all ages as a read-aloud or a read-alone as soon as they want to tackle it.
The story is mystery/suspence/action. I liked it just as much as my son. BTW, Jude Watson is an author of several 39 clues books. Thank you, Jude, for this gift to tweeny kids!
This. Was. An. AWESOME BOOK!!! Ms. Watson has written an amazing, thrilling, and completely action-packed book that kept me on the edge of my seat at all times. Gordon Korman (on the back of the book) wrote that is has “more twists than a pretzel factory” and he is totally right – in a good way! Ms. Watson has a way of drawing you in, and not letting you go until that final period. Just when I thought I had things figured out, the story took another turn. I loved that I never really knew who to trust in the plot. March is a great character and not even a bad guy (for the son of a thief). He hurts no one, and makes theft an art- form. The book is appropriate for all ages but the scene where Alfie dies may be a bit much for some young kids (nothing too graphic). The first ten pages of the story had me wondering. They were a bit slower than I am used to with Ms. Watson’s books, but then **BAM** she grabs you by the nose and doesn’t let it out of the book until the end. After I got done reading the book, I realized how much of the story was set up in those first ten pages. Ms. Watson is a masterful author.
*NOTE* I got an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review
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I also liked how March overcame his sadness on losing his father.....loved it !!!!😄😄😄😄😄