In my opinion, Ally Carter is severely underrated as a YA author. She manages to combine great action, humor, history and romance in this well plotted...moreIn my opinion, Ally Carter is severely underrated as a YA author. She manages to combine great action, humor, history and romance in this well plotted novel marked by Carter's trademark smooth prose. I loved this story of teen thieves pulling the ultimate con/heist. Really well written and a fun plot. I hope there are more books in this series!
Katarina Bishop was born to the life. When she was three, her parents took her to the Louvre - to case the joint. Kat’s family members have been thieves and con artists for generations. Kat herself has participated in some of the most daring heists in recent history, but none were as audacious as the con she pulled on her own, one that got her out of the life and into one of the most prestigious boarding schools on the East Coast.
Kat’s stay at the Colgan School lasts just a few short months before Hale, an old partner in crime, runs a scam to get her expelled and back into the family business. Kat would be furious with Hale but it turns out he had an excellent reason for ruining her con. Someone has stolen five paintings from a very powerful, very scary Italian mobster. The list of people who could have pulled the job contains exactly one name - Kat’s dad. The only problem is, he didn’t do it.
Her dad is currently under surveillance by Interpol (a result of the job he was actually pulling on the night the paintings were stolen), so that leaves Kat to discover who pulled the art heist and get the mobster’s paintings back before he starts hurting the people she loves. Kat’s got two weeks, a crew of teenagers and (hopefully) all of the skills she needs to plan and pull off the biggest heist in family history - and given her family history, that’s saying something.(less)
Pitch perfect fiction for the tweens. I can't recommend Tracking Daddy Down highly enough. Any book that can make me laugh and cry at the same time is...morePitch perfect fiction for the tweens. I can't recommend Tracking Daddy Down highly enough. Any book that can make me laugh and cry at the same time is one I want to give to all my bookloving friends.
Just a few days before Billieanne Wisher’s eleventh birthday her Daddy steals $10,000 from the Henderson County Bank in Millerstown, Indiana.
“He did it in broad daylight with his older brother, Warren, and from what I heard, they never even bothered to disguise themselves. All they did was tie checkered bandanas over their mouth, so of course they were recognized right off.”
While everyone is Billie’s tiny home town of Myron is all agog with the news, she realizes two things: first, and most importantly, she has a good idea where Daddy and Uncle Warren are hiding; and second, she has to get to them before anyone else does and convince Daddy to give the money back and turn himself in.
This is all easier said than done. Her cousin Tommy (Warren’s son) is strangely reluctant to help Billie carry out her plan. On top of that, Billie’s stepfather, Daddy Joe, keeps turning up at exactly the wrong moment to foil Billie’s plans.
I adored this sweet funny story about a very smart young lady and her unexpected discoveries about what makes a family.(less)
Amy is preparing to leave the Pinewood Teen Treatment Center where she has spent the summer dealing with her binge-drinking and the crippling depressi...moreAmy is preparing to leave the Pinewood Teen Treatment Center where she has spent the summer dealing with her binge-drinking and the crippling depression that followed the death of her best friend. Her therapist suggests that she might like to keep a diary in order to chronicle “her journey.” Alienated, depressed and disconnected from her friends and parents, Amy cannot conceive of keeping any kind of a journal. The only person she wants to talk to, the only person she would even consider writing to, is her best friend, Julia. Julia, who has been dead for 75 days. Julia, whose death Amy caused.
This gut-wrenching novel of grief and understanding is made all the more fascinating by the absolute truth of Amy’s character. Like all of Elizabeth Scott’s protagonists, Amy is utterly real, with both flaws and strengths. Her struggles with self-image and her lack of any kind of relationship with her parents; as well as her ultimate acceptance of the nature of blame and choice are all told with shattering honesty. Seriously, this is one of the best Y.A. books I have ever read, so don't miss it.(less)