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(Loot #2)

4.08  ·  Rating details ·  1,189 ratings  ·  155 reviews
Never do a favor for a friend.

Twelve-year-old March McQuin forgot rule number one for cat burglars, which is how he and his twin sister, Jules, found themselves dangling upside down twenty feet above a stone floor at three in the morning. Their target was a set of stunning diamonds and it should have been an easy job, in and out. Except another thief got there first. Marc
Hardcover, 272 pages
Published August 30th 2016 by Scholastic Press
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Jan 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
When I finished the previous book Loot, I thought that there was more to the story that needed to be told, and really hoped the author would write a sequel to let us know what happened to the four kids and the huge fortune they ended up with. I guess she heard me because here it is. Lots of action in this one, some of it hard to follow at times, but still a great conclusion to a terrific series. I think middle school students will really enjoy this one. ...more
Jan 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book kind of just reuses the plot of the first book with more cursed gems and also some villains making a return appearance but it's just so much fun that I can't help but enjoy it. Again you need to suspend a bit of disbelief to accept some of the things these kids pull off, but they play off each other so well and it's nice to read a heist story that is entertaining and fun but not necessarily overly complicated. I also think it was good that she wrote this book because it teaches the kid ...more
Bailey Canham
Nov 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The book "Sting" by Jude Watson is a wonderfully written book about two kids who go on a crime spree to break a curse and to win back their fortune that they lost from the previous book "Loot" which I also highly recommend. I really enjoyed this novel for three main reasons. The first reason why I couldn't put down this book is that you can really relate to all the characters, mainly because they are living the kid dream/paradise. I began to see how similar I was to all the characters in the boo ...more
Lonna Pierce
Sep 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The same "family" of young, misfit thieves from the first book, "Loot" is lured back into their criminal life when it is discovered that the fortune left them by March & Jules's cat burglar father, Alfie McQuin, is gone. What they thought was a safe investment of their millions turned out to be an elaborate swindle and con. Homeless and desperate, Darius, Izzy, Jules, and March (Marcello) try to steal a trio of cursed sapphires. Even better than "Loot," this heist is chock-full of suspense, doub ...more
Ms. Yingling
Feb 10, 2016 rated it liked it
March and his friends find out that Darius invested their money with someone who has run off with it, so they are destitute. Hamish helps them out, and they try to steal back some stones for a buyer who will generously fund them. There are lots of funny moments, such as when they make a fake casting call at a country club in order to distract someone long enough to steal a jewel. The first book, Loot, has been really popular, and this book doesn't disappoint. ...more
Aug 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I loved this action-packed sequel as much as the first one, and I will definitely recommend it to my students in the fall!
Sep 08, 2016 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Someone I know
I liked this book! It was confusing at times, but I'll deal.
Nice book, I'll say...
Jun 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
I didn't love it as much as the first one, but this book was still a really fun read. ...more
Kelly (BookWtch)
Not typically the genre of book you catch me reading independently, I'll admit to rather enjoying this quirky little story.

I selected this book to read aloud in a middle school setting, after the first installment, Loot, was read last year with our sixth grade group.

Dealing with at-risk students a lot of the issues addressed such as abandonment, homelessness, and poverty are relatable and make for empowering discussion.

"People get broken. Sometimes they take that and make themselves strong."

Literary  Chanteuse
Jan 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: middle-grade
4.5 stars
Maggie B
Apr 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
A good sequel to loot tho not as good- very confusing
Sep 17, 2020 rated it liked it
Good follow-up to Loot. Not sure if more books are planned after this one.
Nov 06, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: middle grade readers
This is the second book in the Loot series by Jude Watson. The story is just as far-fetched as the first book, but it is a lot of fun and very dramatic.

I really enjoyed listening to Michael Crouch narrate the story on audiobook. He is a very talented narrator and was very adept at changing his voice to match the myriad characters.

Overall, it's an entertaining story for middle grade readers and I am hoping that the author continues this series.

interesting quote (page number from paperback edit
Nathan Usher
March McQuin forgot rule number one for cat burglars, which is how he and his twin sister, Jules, found themselves dangling upside down twenty feet above a stone floor at three in the morning. Their target was a set of stunning diamonds and it should have been an easy job, in and out. Except another thief got there first. March and Jules were lucky to escape with their lives, and one measly stone.
Now the heist has created a world of trouble. The stone they grabbed was the Morning Star, one of a
Mar 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: children-s, mystery
Great follow up to Loot! March, his twin sister Jules and their friends Darius and Izzy are living their dream life after their last big caper when their father's friend Hamish convinces them to go on one last heist. They are pulling the job in London when things go horribly wrong. Instead of a bag of diamond, they end up with one lone sapphire. Unbeknownst to them, the sapphire was part of a set of three, cursed by the original owner. Hamish has a buyer, but only if they get all three. Full of ...more
It was really slow at the beginning, and the author reused the whole "cursed gems" thing, but this time there was an actual ghost who haunted the stones and that was so unrealistic. But after the supernatural side of the story died down a little bit, it was a really fun read. Blue makes a return, along with another villain (okay, a group of villains) and kind of ruins the day for the Throwaway Gang.
To anyone who loved the book Loot, this is a must-read.
Leith Fattouh
Dec 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
Sting by Jude Watson is and adventure book.

Sting takes place in modern day Paris, France for a good portion of the book.

The main characters in the book are March and Jules (once again), Darius, Izzy, and Hamish. I will talk about March and Jules. They have the same personality as the previous book but changed in ways. March used to be a burglar until he decided to give up on that and live with the money the squad got from the previous book. [spoiler alert] Until Darius lost the money and they ha
Nathan Pozen
Jan 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
It Takes a Crook to Catch a Crook

"Sting", by the American author Judy Blundell, with leave you sore for even more. March and his crew are back, returning the threat to every cursed jewel owner in the world. The second book in the series is about revenge. After the team banked in 20 million for collecting all the moonstones in the last book, "Loot", they went onto live a life of luxury, but when they discover they have been robbed, they went back in business. They return to their old orchest
Jan 19, 2019 rated it liked it
I am sad to report that I did not like this one as much as I liked the first one, with apologies to the management.

There was still quite a bit of good:

There was still an exciting heist, this time paired more with a con. There was less of a "quest" feel to this book, which I think was more disappointing to me specifically, but there was still plenty of thievery and lawbreaking that was very good.

I am happy to report that the characters' races were much more clarified, with March and Jules as whi
Brenten Gilbert

This book falls in line with the likes of Gordon Korman's SWINDLE series in that it is a caper style tale with a cast consisting of kids. In that sense, you can expect some zaniness and unbelievable shenanigans. In this case, we follow the second entry in the lives of March and Jules - twin brother and sister duo whose father was a world-renown thief - along with their new "family" Darius and Izzy who come out of retirement to once again attempt to steal a series of infamous (an
Luke Losardo
Nov 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
The book Sting by Jude Watson is a fictional and fantasy book about a set of twins named March and Jules McQuin who take after their father, Alfie McQuin, and act as burglars to steal jewels alongside their friends, Darius and Izzy. They are all teenagers who all have criminal techniques, so they are very skilled in robbing places. This takes place present time in Paris, France through the story. Every chapter is very suspenseful and always leaves you with a cliffhanger, and the theme is that th ...more
Andrew Georgy-Embree
Mar 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
Name: Madelyn
Title: Sting
Author: Jude Watson
Published: Scholastic Inc.
Copyright: 2016
Pages: 263

At the start at the book, Sting, there is a group of kids and they’re trying to steal three special gems in Miami and L.A.
The action takes place where five kids live by themselves in a whole apartment building in Paris. They’re planning to take the first gem. At the end they try to keep the gems. There is also a curse if you have all three of the gems.
The time of year is probably somewhere in
Following up on the previous Loot title, this one continues the story of March and Jules McQuin, who, along with their friends and fellow thieves, Izzie and Darius, find themselves in big trouble when they manage to steal the Morning Star instead of the diamonds they were after. While the stone is undeniably valuable, it is less so since it's part of a set of three. The teens decide to go for the other two stones, a goal that becomes increasingly important after they realize that their new home ...more
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Nov 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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Tyler Cray
Sep 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Sting by Jude Watson, introduces us to March, Jules, Darius and Izzy who are living their dream after their last big robbery. Suddenly they are convinced to do one more robbery. When they get to there destination everything goes wrong. They only end up with one sapphire not a bag of diamonds. That sapphire ended up to be famous and cursed. Now they had to get the other two famous sapphires to break the curse. They realized that if you make a bad decision there can be bad consequences. For examp ...more
Viola Sung
Sep 06, 2018 rated it liked it
I'm not ashamed of admitting it - I had crazy high expectations for this book, because the first one was awesomeeeee!

I was overjoyed when I saw this book with its beautiful black and blue spine in Tseun Mun Library. I held off from reading it (torture) until I had read all the other books I also borrowed. I had thought none of them could compare to it.

But... sequels are hard, I know that. It's not easy to outwrite such an outstanding book as LOOT is in the first place. So, this book was not as u
Nov 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: bom, fiction
Sting, by Jude Watson, is the sequel to Loot, also by Watson. Sting is about March, Jules, Darius, and Izzy trying to bring the world's most famous sapphires together again and make the Gate of Heaven. It all starts when one of March's many 'uncles', Hamish, has the gang attempt to steal a case of diamonds but instead get the first sapphire. This launches them into their quest to find the other two sapphires and make another fortune! But, it all goes south once the FBI and Interpol are on to the ...more
Jun 12, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: i-own-it, crime
Good story. I think stories about heists like this are a lot of fun, and I enjoyed it. I can't say much one way or another, because I didn't love it or hate it, but I did come here to say something. If you have a thing about ghosts, don't read this. I have a 'fraidy-cat problem, so this book scared me. Which is why it took me two tries to read it. I couldn't read it in bed at night because, despite the fact that it's a kids book, it a-scart me. So yeah. If you have a thing, read this in the DAYL ...more
May 10, 2017 rated it liked it
I didn't read the first book in the series but that wasn't much of a problem for me besides some minor confusion whenever they would refer to the first book. What was a problem for me was the usual spy plot and such. For example when they are planning a heist they throw out the "usual" names for famous heist getaways/ideas like Orange Vest and Loutsenheizer.
It was kind of a mindless read for me as there was not many things to fugue out and a straight plot. This is to be expected as this is a boo
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