- Reading level:Ages 11 and up
- Hardcover:304 pages
- Publisher:Hyperion Book CH (February 9, 2010)
When Katarina Bishop was three, her parents took her on a trip to the Louvre…to case it. For her seventh birthday, Katarina and her Uncle Eddie traveled to Austria…to steal the crown jewels. When Kat turned fifteen, she planned a con of her own—scamming her way into the best boarding school in the country, determined to leave the family business behind. Unfortunately, leaving “the life” for a normal life proves harder than she’d expected.
Soon, Kat's friend and former co-conspirator, Hale, appears out of nowhere to bring Kat back into the world she tried so hard to escape. But he has a good reason: a powerful mobster has been robbed of his priceless art collection and wants to retrieve it. Only a master thief could have pulled this job, and Kat's father isn't just on the suspect list, he is the list. Caught between Interpol and a far more deadly enemy, Kat’s dad needs her help.
For Kat, there is only one solution: track down the paintings and steal them back. So what if it's a spectacularly impossible job? She's got two weeks, a teenage crew, and hopefully just enough talent to pull off the biggest heist in her family's history--and, with any luck, steal her life back along the way.
It took me a little while to get into this one, but once it grabbed me it didn't let go! I am a huge Ocean's 11 fan and this book reminded me of those movies, but with teenagers, which I think actually makes it cooler (sorry George! lol) These characters were pretty kick butt. Kat was the right mix of confident/insecure. Gabrielle was someone I thought I wasn't going to like but she really ended up being not that bad. Hale seemed pretty awesome! The brothers were just fun, and Simon holds a special place in my heart. I love a good geek! reading about these kids traveling all over and making plans to pull an impossible job was awesome. I sat here the whole time thinking I would love to see this as a movie! Great characters and story! This one gets 4.5 stars from me!