How to Steal A Fortune

Book - 2014
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"Loot hits the jackpot." - Rick Riordan, #1 New York Times bestselling author

On a foggy night in Amsterdam, a man falls from a rooftop to the wet pavement below. It's Alfie McQuinn, the notorious cat burglar, and he's dying. As sirens wail in the distance, Alfie manages to get out two last words to his young son, March: "Find jewels."

But March learns that his father is not talking about a stash of loot. He's talking about Jules, the twin sister March never knew he had. No sooner than the two find each other, they're picked up by the police and sent to the world's worst orphanage. It's not prison, but it feels like it.

March and Jules have no intention of staying put. They know their father's business inside and out, and they're tired of being pushed around. Just one good heist, and they'll live the life of riches and freedom most kids only dream about.

Watch out! There are wild kids on the loose and a crime spree coming . . .

Publisher: New York : Scholastic, c2014
ISBN: 9780545468039
Branch Call Number: J WAT
Characteristics: 266 p. ;,20 cm


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Love a good heist movie (who doesn't?) with diamonds and escape from orphanages? This high-stakes new action book with have you reading late into the night.

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Aug 18, 2018

It's reasonable to expect a substantial amount of suspense when reading a novel about jewel thieves, which is the basis of Loot. Younger readers are presented with an endearing story of the son of an infamous thief, who left clues for him to find his sister and obtain precious moonstones to take them out of the possibility of foster care. The author sympathizes well with readers as the characters relate to the intended audience, making the adventure more genuine. It involves a play on emotion as the protagonist's father dies from a fall of an Amsterdam building, leaving him a witness to his own orphanage. His sister is the last person he has to rely on, adding to a meaningful unity later on. Together, they must use their intuition to solve the clues, and fight through the tense streets of other untrustworthy criminals. This brings about action scenes that fit well into the genre. Watson's writing revolves also around real-world applications, making for an informative yet fun read. Diction itself is relatively easy to understand for young readers. Loot is a worthwhile book, and showcases the author's ability to create a well-told story. Rating: 3.5 of 5 @Mercurial_Series of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

Jun 19, 2018

great book! one sad part tho.

Feb 27, 2018

i do not agree with sulav shakya

Aug 06, 2017

This book was a great book overall, and provided amounts of suspense that was satisfactory. The plot was interesting, and the way the author showed the characters were similar to the way used in the series "The Heroes of Olympus". However, I felt that the plot was not very thick sometimes and it was frankly sometimes quite easy to foresee what would come next. It would be a good casual read, but if you are looking for suspense and thrill, I wouldn't really recommend it to you.

Jun 27, 2017

This is overall not a good book. It is very cliche and has a very undeveloped story. The feelings attempted to be put in this story are very limited and are overall not used very often only to make, "confronations" between the members are the group that change nothing.

(Slight spoiler?)

The constant mistrust of Jules is a given, only that it is used two times during the entire book, if that was used more, it would have been more effective in building a slight mistrust/trust with her. Overall I would not read this book, it was put together in a hurry. Mabye the sequel would be better, but the first one was crap.

Mar 16, 2017

I liked this book a lot but some parts were boring. Most of it was at the end. Beware of boringness at the end. -CryptedData

Nov 15, 2016

It was so awesome. I like this book so much, but a little sad.

LPL_KarenA Oct 14, 2016

Jewel thieves, acrobatics, and magic moonstones! After watching his father fall to his death during a heist, March must figure out what his father's last words mean: "Find Jewels". March is thrust into a globe-trotting adventure that he has to see through to the end or it could mean his life and the life of his newly found twin sister. If you've ever wished you could fool grown-ups, travel across the country on your own, and steal a fortune to make things right, you can live out your dreams in Loot!

Feb 27, 2016

This is a very good book and I would definitely suggest it to young readers.

andiejpg Jul 29, 2015

A great adventure!

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