Monday, September 19, 2011

Summer Book Club, Wk 5 - Uncommon Criminals

Uncommon Criminals
by Ally Carter
Bk 2 in the Heist Society Series
Published by Disney Hyperion
Book: $9.61 Amazon
Kindle: $8.44 Amazon
CD/MP3/Audio Book: $14.39 Amazon

About the book: 
Katarina Bishop has worn a lot of labels in her short life life. Friend. Niece. Daughter. Thief. But for the last two months she’s simply been known as the girl who ran the crew that robbed the greatest museum in the world. That’s why Kat isn’t surprised when she’s asked to steal the infamous Cleopatra Emerald so it can be returned to its rightful owners.
There are only three problems. First, the gem hasn’t been seen in public in thirty years. Second, since the fall of the Egyptian empire and the suicide of Cleopatra, no one who holds the emerald keeps it for long, and in Kat’s world, history almost always repeats itself. But it’s the third problem that makes Kat’s crew the most nervous and that is simply… the emerald is cursed.

My thoughts: 
This is a great book! First you have a SMART girl raised in a family of thieves and con men. Then you have Gabrielle (her cousin), Hale (a love interest with money and the means to get where they all need to be fast), Simon (another cousin and boy genius) and a great tale about a emerald - that's cursed.

Kat is tricked into stealing one of the emeralds when a older woman (with a connection to 'The Family") uses a forbidden name making Kat think the woman is for real and therefore deserving of being helped. When she finds out that she has been tricked she decides to steal the emerald back and from there we travel with Kat from Brooklyn, NY to Lyon, France and on to Monaco - the tiny country with the tightest security.

I really liked how the time line of the adventure is used to set up the story and each section of the story. It makes it easy to keep everything straight in the story and to keep both sections of the story apart. Ideal for kids 13+, the main character Kat in the book is a 15 year old girl. Trained in the "art" of thieving and belonging to a Family who has honed the craft for centuries.

Kat has left the family crime life behind to use her skills to steal from the criminals and give back to the original owners (picture paintings the Germans stole from Jewish families and kept or made to disappear). Now she needs to learn to tell the good from the bad to keep from being conned....

Read the first chapters here.

The Heist Society Series and another series "The Gallagher Girls" by the same author are a new type of series for girls 13+. You have strong female characters trying to solve crimes or mysteries in the way kids do. Brilliant, genius level kids trained to steal or be spies. The action is fast paced and never stops - you're kids will LOVE these books.

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Summer Book Club Wk 5: Uncommon Criminals by Ally Carter - awesome NEW type of series for girls 13+: #teen #fiction

Ally Carter B&W Portrait
Ally Carter is a writer living and working in the Midwest. She loved school so much she keptgoing... and going... and going... until she finally had to graduate. Now she has degrees from Oklahoma State University and Cornell University and a house and a job and other very grown-up things. If you'd like to learn more about Ally's books, click here.

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