Reviews for Heist Society

AudioFile Reviews 2010 September
Carter, author of the fabulous Gallagher Girl spy series, strikes gold again with this sophisticated young-adult mash-up of OCEAN'S ELEVEN and THE THOMAS CROWN AFFAIR. Narrator Angela Dawe does the story full justice, delivering a stylish performance with panache and a soup├žon of humor. Katarina is trying to get out of the family business--she's an up-and-comer in a long line of exceptional art thieves--by getting herself into prep school. But she gets pulled back into her criminal life when her dad is accused of a major heist from a major bad guy. Kat assembles her crew and starts planning the most risky job of her career. Dawe engages listeners with a feather-light performance expertly suited to this classy story. D.G. (c) AudioFile 2010, Portland, Maine

School Library Journal Reviews 2010 June

Gr 7-10--Fifteen-year-old Katerina (Kat) Bishop is not your average world-class traveler. She's been to the Louvre (to case it at age 3) and to Austria (to steal crown jewels at age 7), and she owns a FabergÚ egg. The Bishop family business, which specializes in the "distribution" of fine arts, allowed Kat to grow up all over Europe, learning from an early age that a picture is worth, quite literally, more than a thousand words. However, she also learned that all that glitters is not diamonds in the life of a thief and decided to pursue a more normal life in a prestigious boarding school. When five priceless paintings are stolen from a mobster living in Italy, Kat discovers that her father is the number one suspect. She returns to the life she tried so hard to leave. She has two weeks to pull off the heist of the century, while learning that "time is the greatest thief of all." Kat assembles a teenage crew, including several cousins and handsome Hale, her former co-conspirator. When they include one more player, an outsider named Nick, they discover that they are part of a "con within a con." With a global cast of characters in Ally Carter's edge-of-your seat novel (Hyperion, 2010), narrator Angela Dawe moves seamlessly between a steely mobster, a British bloke, Scotland Yard detectives, assorted foreign languages, and Kat. This is solo narration at its absolute best. Sprinkled with humor and romance and a mixture of intrigue, espionage, and suspense, this is a must-have audiobook.--Cheryl Preisendorfer, Twinsburg City Schools, OH

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School Library Journal Reviews 2011 November

Gr 6-10--Kat, 16, is one of the top international art thieves for hire. Her parents were thieves and apples don't fall far from trees. She learned well from them and is now pitching in on a heist of the famous Cleopatra Emerald with her friend and crush, Hale. Kat and her friends are jetsetters and move in a society far removed from the average teen. Listeners can live vicariously as Kat and Hale sun themselves on a yacht or play roulette in Monaco. Money is no object and the heist itself is all they care about. Kat has become involved in a plot to steal the emerald because she was tricked into believing that it was going to be given to its rightful owner. When she discovers the truth, Kat is determined to get it back from the woman who tricked her into stealing it in the first place. There is one complicating factor--the emerald is cursed. Angela Dawe narrates Ally Carter's novel (Hyperion, 2011) in a clear and straightforward performance, capturing the voices of the teens well. Different pronunciations of Uruguay are bothersome as is the whiny voice of fellow thief, Simon. The print versions of "Heist Society" novels are popular, so this audiobook should also fly off the shelves.--Joan Kindig, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA

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