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Asbury High and the Thief's Gamble

4.45  ·  Rating details ·  64 ratings  ·  42 reviews
Asbury, although a haven to shoobies (tourists) in the summer, is a divided coastal town. With the rich half living in the East, and the rest living in the West, most friendships stay within their boundaries. Luckily for a spunky-smart tomboy, a clever billionaire athlete, a gossipy-in-the-know cheerleader, and a wrong side of the tracks technological genius, boundaries ar ...more
Paperback, 259 pages
Published February 3rd 2020 by Purple Milk Publishing
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Andrea Hintz
Mar 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Amazing book with so much suspense and mystery! I am so excited to read the next books in this series!
Apr 23, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya, cozy-mystery
Asbury High and Thief’s Gamble. A captivating, engrossing, fun Young Adult mystery novel. Interwoven between snippets of high school life of four main characters, this book reveals a string of mysterious burglaries targeting the wealthy resides in the East Asbury.

First and foremost, the setting - the town of Asbury is divided into two parts immediately caught my attention. The riches take up residence in the East whereas the rest live in the West. A hint of condescension from the East Absuryan t
Carla Johnson-Hicks
4.5 Stars: Kelly Brady Channick's story, Asbury High and the Thief's Gamble, is a wonderful YA mystery where four best friends solve a string of burglaries. Asbury is a seaside town that is economically segregated. The rich live in East Asbury, while everyone else lives in West Asbury. The richest family in town, the Gibbz, have son Cornelius. He is a rebel to his mega-rich, governor father and is best friends with Carly, also from a rich family, as well as Maddie and Pilot from the wrong side o ...more
Cameron Ayers
Asbury High and the Thief’s Gamble is a teen-focused novel about four high school freshmen who take it on themselves to solve a spate of burglaries in their small coastal town by relying on the power of friendship, preposterous theories and dumb luck.

My biggest problem with this book is that nothing makes sense. The Justice Department is called in to investigate one of the burglaries with no explanation, while all subsequent investigations are handled by the local police. A restaurant run by the
Feb 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Kelly Brady Channick's debut novel Asbury High and the Thief's Gamble is a captivating story where four, unlikely best friends try to solve the shore town of Asbury's recent burglaries. Asbury is a financially segregated shore community where the mega-rich live East-side and the rest of the town lives in the West. Despite the stresses of starting freshmen year of high school, Maddie, Cornelius, Carly and Pilot find time to discover evidence, narrow down suspects and plan out how to prove legitim ...more
Nico Genes
Apr 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
3,5 stars
Interesting YA mystery - Who did it?

Maddie, Cornelious, Carly, and Pilot have been friends for years, even though they came from different parts of Asbury. Cornelious and Carly lived on the Eastside, the part of the city where the wealthy lived, Maddie and Pilot, came from the Westside. They didn’t care about this difference, on the contrary, Cornelius often wished to be more like Maddie and Pilot, free from the burden of coming from a wealthy family and making sure to live up for his s
Ambitious Bibliophile
Jul 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Asbury high and the thief's gamble, this book has so much more, I never expected that it will fulfill the need. It has mystery - crime fiction , teen -romance, little drama and much more. This book is perfect for young adults and teens,
The story revolve around four pubescent kids of Asbury high school, they are smartly and bravely fight the crime and find out the real perpetrator of crime in their town.
Although it is little boring in beginning but when you connect yourself with storyline you wil
Joshua Grant
Feb 22, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Kelly Brady Channick brings us a brand new cozy mystery set in high school with Asbury High and the Thief’s Gamble! Four friends begin their career in high school doing what they can to fit in. But when one of them is framed, the four must band together to figure out who really dunnit. I loved the lighthearted feel of Channick’s writing harkening back to the classics like The Hardy Boys! This charm and the endearing characters really made this one a fun read! If you love cozy mysteries and more ...more
J.J. Lair
Apr 16, 2020 rated it liked it
I like these characters. They are good friends that joke, confide and trust each other. Each teacher has a personality, not just boring adults.
The robberies start late and when it starts it doesn’t take over the story. We get a little teen romance. Maddie is a great character. Pilot has potential in future books. Eric Henry wasn’t very present, but he seems likable.
The story wraps up efficiently and with some good twists.
I look forward to more from this author.
Amanda D'Amico
May 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Liza Jacobs
May 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
So much adventure! Loved it!
Jonathan Hayes
May 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Can’t wait for the sequel!
Debbie Krzyk
Feb 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed reading Asbury High and the Thief's Gamble. This book is an appealing story for middle-schoolers. It is a great example of the theme Friendship where characters are very supportive of each other. ...more
April Chischilly
Great book!

This is a great book about a group of high school friends who go out to try to solve some burglaries around the town of Asbury. This is a youth detective book. It's an excellent comedy mystery! Highly recommended!
Feb 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Asbury High and the Thief's Gamble is an engaging mystery novel for young adults full of fun and insight. 4 high schoolers experience the obstacles encountered with life & friendship in the beach town, Asbury. Add the novel’s touch of suspense, and you won’t want to put it down.
It is also very entertaining for me (a 30 year old), my friends, and family - so you get the point. I really recommend this book for people who are looking for a quick enjoyable read. Can’t wait to read the next book in
Feb 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Cool whodunit story...The four teen characters take you on a ride filled with twists and adventures... A very tasty ending...
Feb 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
My next favorite series! This mystery novel is sure to entertain any reader - can’t wait for the next book to be released! It is intelligently written with captivating characters & plot.
A City  Girl's Thoughts
Aug 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: dark-academia, ya
I would like to thank Kelly Brady Channick for reaching out and providing me with a free e-copy in exchange for my honest review!

I like how Channick wrote about 14 year olds starting HS, which isn't the norm for YA authors. She captured Maddie, Cornelious, Carly, and Pilot's friendship with all the ups and downs, highs and lows, and teen drama that's common during that time period teenagers face when they're transitioning from middle to high school! I loved their friendship and how they fought
Feb 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This was an intriguing young adult crime novel, filled with humor and action. I especially enjoyed the sports scenes and the plots twists throughout.
Karen (BaronessBookTrove)
I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy from the Great Escapes Book Tours. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Asbury High and the Thief's Gamble by Kelly Brady Channick is a modern-day Scooby-Doo gang in high school solving crimes.
Can Maddie, Cornelious, Pilot, and Carly figure out who the culprit is before the police arrest the wrong person?
The teenage sleuths
The teenage sleuths are Maddie, Cornelious, Pilot, and Carly. Each one is very different b
Anastasia Hunt
Nov 05, 2020 rated it it was ok
I had a really hard time getting interested in this novel. There were several things about it that bothered me and eventually turned me off altogether.

First, the writing. The editing is messy, which is incredibly distracting from the story itself. Not to mention the obnoxious amount of all-caps words. It might be a personal preference, but I don't think all-caps belongs in books. Italicizing words for emphasis is so much cleaner and more attractive format-wise. There were several places where
Asbury High and The Thief's Gamble is a little bit "Scooby Doo"/"Nancy Drew" with a little bit of "Riverdale" thrown in.  The main characters in the book have been friends for years even though two of them are from the East side of town and two are from the West side. The East-siders are the ones with money, but that hasn't stopped these friends from sticking together. As we know, high school comes with challenges. The gang are involved in sports and activities plus they've got their homework. T ...more
Hayleigh Sol
Sep 15, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Maddie, Cornelious, Carly and Pilot have been friends since the second grade. Freshmen in high school in this first book in the series, their community is shaken by a string of robberies of certain wealthy homes in East Asbury. At precocious Maddie’s prodding, the gang is soon spending their study hall period investigating. As we follow the clues, they search for motive, opportunity and, most importantly, the perpetrator of the crimes. The investigation hits a little too close to home when one o ...more
Kevin Carlin
Dec 20, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is bonkers. It falls somewhere in the wide gap between satire and sci-fi, in that it seems to take place in a bizarro alternate universe where everyone is completely out of their minds. It's a universe I would gladly spend some time in, mind you. The taco waffles sound delicious.

The story contains a few of the standard pitfalls that are common in a debut novel, but I'm confident the next installment will iron out many of those kinks. As long as you can keep your disbelief heartily susp
Kaia Misk
May 27, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Asbury High and the Thief’s Gamble by Kelly Brady Channick, was an enjoyable teen mystery. The students of Asbury High are divided by economic extremes, yet, Carly, Maddie, Cornelius and Pilot have been best friends since elementary school. Intelligence and their other personal qualities surpass the economic divide, while their lifetime friendships survive the pull of high school popularity.

These four students choose to solve the mystery of a local robbery during their freshman year of high sch
The Thief's Gamble is the first book in the YA mystery series Asbury High. Set in the seaside town of Asbury the book follows a foursome of BFF's as they maneuver their first year of high school, eat pancake tacos and solve the crimes the local police department can't seem to be bothered to.
The group is vaguely reminiscent of the Scooby gang; Cornelius, the super rich but down to Earth leader, Maddie the beautiful best friend who is oblivious to the chemistry between them, Carly the rich but
Sep 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Full of mystery and suspense, this story follows four friends as they try to solve a case of burglaries plaguing the town. Juggling high school and home life, they are still able to do what others can't, locating clues and figuring out things that had been missed. If not careful, it could end up leading down a path that some might not wish travel.

With unique characters who fit together like abstract puzzle pieces, playing off one another to beautiful effect, and plenty   going on at any given m
Amanda Stuntz
May 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
Four teenagers in their freshman year of high school set out to solve the mystery of the robberies in their town.
It’s an interesting story and i loved the ending. It started out a little slow and i wish it would have gotten to the mystery/ robbery part a little sooner, and would have focused a little more on solving the robberies during the middle of the book.
There were a few parts in the book that didn’t make sense, or feel realistic. such as the reporter who jumps out of the closet, or Pilot
Oct 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
"Asbury High and the Thief’s Gamble" is about four high school freshmen. Carly is a born gossip. Maddie is both bold and brave. Cornelious has a quick-wit and is smart. Pilot has knack for technology. Together they form a mystery-solving gang that can out-think and out-perform the law enforcement community. But this doesn't happen until much later in the story, long after the opening chapters.

It's the interaction between these kids that is the real focus of the story. The east-side-of-town robbe
Kelsey Ruud
Nov 19, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
We follow four friends as they navigate freshman year of high school and all the drama that goes along with it. There is a distinct division between the rich and the poor in Adsbury, but now someone is breaking into rich people's houses and stealing their stuff. The police are fairly useless in this town so the gang of teenager spend all year trying to solve the case themselves.
There's a bit of violence for a kids' book and some editing errors but overall it was a good representation of freshman
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