How to Steal A Fortune

Book - 2014
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When Alfie McQuinn, the notorious jewel thief, is killed on a job, his last words to his son, March, are to "find jewels" and this instruction leads the boy to Jules, the twin sister he never knew he had--and the perfect partner to carry on the family business.
Publisher: New York :, Scholastic Press,, 2014
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2014
ISBN: 9780545468039
Branch Call Number: PB J FIC WAT
Characteristics: 266 pages ;,22 cm.


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Sep 29, 2020

Loot is a fast paced heist book with charm and suspense. March and his father are con artists and thieves. March's father is killed at the beginning of the book during a heist, but leaves March enough clues to lead him to a treasure that will set him up for life. Along the way, March ends up in a group home, makes new friends, and finds a sister he didn't know he had. The suspense comes when March and his friends start to go after the seven "moonstones" that may have the ability to predict the future. Lots of people want those stones including an eccentric millionaire, an unscrupulous thief, and a crooked cop.

This story is a high stakes adventure with thrills and twists throughout. A good book for a quick, enjoyable read.

Dec 07, 2019

I sorta agree with SULAV SHAKYA it would make the book feel a slight more flowy . But overall the book was great the character development was queer and that make it good. The sequel was fast in the beginning the part when they steal the first few gems was slow then the part when they steal the last few stones was fast again . To younger readers its enjoyable but if your more mature it may not be a book for you.

Aug 18, 2018

Loot is a great book. I love how the main characters are thieves, not the usual good people. In most books the main characters are good people, heroes. In this book they are criminals. It’s a fun change of pace to root for the criminals instead of the people fighting crime. The characters also all have sad backstories. It makes you think about how these kids have had bad lives so they turn to crime and how other people in the real world probably have too. I really like reading this book because it’s a page turner. The chapters are short so I’m always thinking just one more chapter. Just one more. I love this book and definitely recommend it. 4/5 stars
@ToastieTaco of the Hamilton Public Library's Teen Review Board

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!

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