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When Katarina Bishop was three, her parents took her on a trip to the Louvre . . . to case it. When Kat turned 15, 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.

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When Katarina Bishop was three, her parents took her on a trip to the Louvre . . . to case it. When Kat turned 15, 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.For as long as she can remember, Katarina has been a part of the family business-thieving. When Kat tries to leave "the life" for a normal life, her old friend Hale conspires to bring her back into the fold. Why? A mobster's art collection has been stolen, and Kat's father is the only suspect. Caught between Interpol and a far more deadly enemy, Kat's dad needs her help.
The only solution is to find the paintings and steal them back. Kat's got two weeks, a teenage crew, and hopefully enough talent to pull off the biggest heist in her family's history-and, with any luck, steal her life back along the way.

With its glamorous international settings, intriguing suspense, complicated cons and even more complicated romance, Heist Society is stealing the hearts of Ally Carter fans everywhere.

Specifications

Series Title
A Heist Society Novel
Publisher
Disney Publishing
Book Format
Paperback
Original Languages
English
Number of Pages
304
Author
Ally Carter
Title
Heist Society
ISBN-13
9781423116615
Publication Date
May, 2011
ISBN-10
1423116615

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Average Rating:(5.0)out of 5 stars
When Katarina Bishop w...
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. Now at 15, Kat is in the middle of the biggest con she has ever attemped... she's attending boarding school (using a fake identity, of course), but nonetheless, she has broken free of her family and their thieving ways and is striving to be a "normal" girl. But all her dreams of normalcy are ripped away from her when she is framed as the perpetrator of a prank at school and eventually ends up expelled... their goes that dream. But even worse then getting expelled is the fact that her father has also been framed. If the 5 paintings that he is rumored to have stolen are not returned within the allotted he will suffer a greater punishment then just a mere expulsion. It is up to Kat (who makes a deal with the evil man who owns said paintings) to return them even though her father did not commit the crime of stealing them. She rounds up her own crew to get the job done (including her Lolita-esque cousin who looks innocent and sweet with her mini skirts and high heels; the billionaire boy next door and the computer nerd that can hack into any system). But can a bunch of teens pull off an Ocean's 11 worthy heist or will their plans land them in the slammer? This is fast-paced, full of unpredictable plot turns, danger, adventure, some great characters and a little romance sprinkled in for good measure. It really is just perfect. I think the plot was just brilliant - I found it to be original and well-orchestrated, unbelievable at times, but that's what made it so great. Ms. Carter's writing style is witty, funny and she definitely has a way of connecting with the reader. I loved the various twists and turns that always had you on your toes. Who was Visily Romani? What happened to the paintings? Will these kids actually get away with this? Everything was a mystery and just when you thought you had it figured out, you'd be thrown for another loop. I enjoyed Heist Society so much! I loved all the shenanigans that Kat and her ragtag crew have to go through. Ms. Carter made Kat such a strong young woman - she was the perfect female lead. Her crew brought the perfect amount of comedy and techy geekiness as well as the villain brought the perfect amount of villainy/creepiness. Overall this is one that can be enjoyed by everyone no matter what the age. I can't wait to see where we will go to next.
Most helpful negative review
Average Rating:(1.0)out of 5 stars
Not my favorite. This...
Not my favorite. This book moves along like a movie script - scene by scene. That works in a movie as you watch the characters and you learn about them by seeing them interact and grow. I don't think it works as well as a book. I constantly felt like I was missing something. There were back stories and forshadowing and it was really hard to keep it all on target. The basic story is about Katarina Bishop, a regular old boarding student. Yet - as the story begins she is in the process of getting expelled from school for putting the headmaster's car on top of the fountain in the middle of campus. But she didn't do it. The school is her attempt at leaving her crime family and becoming a normal teenager. And it quickly ends as she is framed for a great prank that her friend Hale actually carried out to get her out of school and back with her family. Turns out her art heisting dad is being accused of a crime he didn't commit by a madman who will stop at nothing to get his paintings back. Then the madman contacts Ally and makes a deal with her to let her get the paintings back to save her dad. Seriously??? A ruthless criminal known around the world by his reputation of killing and mayhem is willing to make a deal with a 15 year old girl. Seriously??? Oh yeah and she just happens to have a millionaire for a best friend/boy friend. See the problems? This may be a hit with the middle school crowd - but I really didn't like it. Too predictable and too movie like and too...well just too much!
Most helpful positive review
Average Rating:(5.0)out of 5 stars
When Katarina Bishop w...
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. Now at 15, Kat is in the middle of the biggest con she has ever attemped... she's attending boarding school (using a fake identity, of course), but nonetheless, she has broken free of her family and their thieving ways and is striving to be a "normal" girl. But all her dreams of normalcy are ripped away from her when she is framed as the perpetrator of a prank at school and eventually ends up expelled... their goes that dream. But even worse then getting expelled is the fact that her father has also been framed. If the 5 paintings that he is rumored to have stolen are not returned within the allotted he will suffer a greater punishment then just a mere expulsion. It is up to Kat (who makes a deal with the evil man who owns said paintings) to return them even though her father did not commit the crime of stealing them. She rounds up her own crew to get the job done (including her Lolita-esque cousin who looks innocent and sweet with her mini skirts and high heels; the billionaire boy next door and the computer nerd that can hack into any system). But can a bunch of teens pull off an Ocean's 11 worthy heist or will their plans land them in the slammer? This is fast-paced, full of unpredictable plot turns, danger, adventure, some great characters and a little romance sprinkled in for good measure. It really is just perfect. I think the plot was just brilliant - I found it to be original and well-orchestrated, unbelievable at times, but that's what made it so great. Ms. Carter's writing style is witty, funny and she definitely has a way of connecting with the reader. I loved the various twists and turns that always had you on your toes. Who was Visily Romani? What happened to the paintings? Will these kids actually get away with this? Everything was a mystery and just when you thought you had it figured out, you'd be thrown for another loop. I enjoyed Heist Society so much! I loved all the shenanigans that Kat and her ragtag crew have to go through. Ms. Carter made Kat such a strong young woman - she was the perfect female lead. Her crew brought the perfect amount of comedy and techy geekiness as well as the villain brought the perfect amount of villainy/creepiness. Overall this is one that can be enjoyed by everyone no matter what the age. I can't wait to see where we will go to next.
Most helpful negative review
Average Rating:(1.0)out of 5 stars
Not my favorite. This...
Not my favorite. This book moves along like a movie script - scene by scene. That works in a movie as you watch the characters and you learn about them by seeing them interact and grow. I don't think it works as well as a book. I constantly felt like I was missing something. There were back stories and forshadowing and it was really hard to keep it all on target. The basic story is about Katarina Bishop, a regular old boarding student. Yet - as the story begins she is in the process of getting expelled from school for putting the headmaster's car on top of the fountain in the middle of campus. But she didn't do it. The school is her attempt at leaving her crime family and becoming a normal teenager. And it quickly ends as she is framed for a great prank that her friend Hale actually carried out to get her out of school and back with her family. Turns out her art heisting dad is being accused of a crime he didn't commit by a madman who will stop at nothing to get his paintings back. Then the madman contacts Ally and makes a deal with her to let her get the paintings back to save her dad. Seriously??? A ruthless criminal known around the world by his reputation of killing and mayhem is willing to make a deal with a 15 year old girl. Seriously??? Oh yeah and she just happens to have a millionaire for a best friend/boy friend. See the problems? This may be a hit with the middle school crowd - but I really didn't like it. Too predictable and too movie like and too...well just too much!
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. Now at 15, Kat is in the middle of the biggest con she has ever attemped... she's attending boarding school (using a fake identity, of course), but nonetheless, she has broken free of her family and their thieving ways and is striving to be a "normal" girl. But all her dreams of normalcy are ripped away from her when she is framed as the perpetrator of a prank at school and eventually ends up expelled... their goes that dream. But even worse then getting expelled is the fact that her father has also been framed. If the 5 paintings that he is rumored to have stolen are not returned within the allotted he will suffer a greater punishment then just a mere expulsion. It is up to Kat (who makes a deal with the evil man who owns said paintings) to return them even though her father did not commit the crime of stealing them. She rounds up her own crew to get the job done (including her Lolita-esque cousin who looks innocent and sweet with her mini skirts and high heels; the billionaire boy next door and the computer nerd that can hack into any system). But can a bunch of teens pull off an Ocean's 11 worthy heist or will their plans land them in the slammer? This is fast-paced, full of unpredictable plot turns, danger, adventure, some great characters and a little romance sprinkled in for good measure. It really is just perfect. I think the plot was just brilliant - I found it to be original and well-orchestrated, unbelievable at times, but that's what made it so great. Ms. Carter's writing style is witty, funny and she definitely has a way of connecting with the reader. I loved the various twists and turns that always had you on your toes. Who was Visily Romani? What happened to the paintings? Will these kids actually get away with this? Everything was a mystery and just when you thought you had it figured out, you'd be thrown for another loop. I enjoyed Heist Society so much! I loved all the shenanigans that Kat and her ragtag crew have to go through. Ms. Carter made Kat such a strong young woman - she was the perfect female lead. Her crew brought the perfect amount of comedy and techy geekiness as well as the villain brought the perfect amount of villainy/creepiness. Overall this is one that can be enjoyed by everyone no matter what the age. I can't wait to see where we will go to next.
Not my favorite. This book moves along like a movie script - scene by scene. That works in a movie as you watch the characters and you learn about them by seeing them interact and grow. I don't think it works as well as a book. I constantly felt like I was missing something. There were back stories and forshadowing and it was really hard to keep it all on target. The basic story is about Katarina Bishop, a regular old boarding student. Yet - as the story begins she is in the process of getting expelled from school for putting the headmaster's car on top of the fountain in the middle of campus. But she didn't do it. The school is her attempt at leaving her crime family and becoming a normal teenager. And it quickly ends as she is framed for a great prank that her friend Hale actually carried out to get her out of school and back with her family. Turns out her art heisting dad is being accused of a crime he didn't commit by a madman who will stop at nothing to get his paintings back. Then the madman contacts Ally and makes a deal with her to let her get the paintings back to save her dad. Seriously??? A ruthless criminal known around the world by his reputation of killing and mayhem is willing to make a deal with a 15 year old girl. Seriously??? Oh yeah and she just happens to have a millionaire for a best friend/boy friend. See the problems? This may be a hit with the middle school crowd - but I really didn't like it. Too predictable and too movie like and too...well just too much!

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Average Rating:(5.0)out of 5 stars

When Katarina Bishop w...

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. Now at 15, Kat is in the middle of the biggest con she has ever attemped... she's attending boarding school (using a fake identity, of course), but nonetheless, she has broken free of her family and their thieving ways and is striving to be a "normal" girl. But all her dreams of normalcy are ripped away from her when she is framed as the perpetrator of a prank at school and eventually ends up expelled... their goes that dream. But even worse then getting expelled is the fact that her father has also been framed. If the 5 paintings that he is rumored to have stolen are not returned within the allotted he will suffer a greater punishment then just a mere expulsion. It is up to Kat (who makes a deal with the evil man who owns said paintings) to return them even though her father did not commit the crime of stealing them. She rounds up her own crew to get the job done (including her Lolita-esque cousin who looks innocent and sweet with her mini skirts and high heels; the billionaire boy next door and the computer nerd that can hack into any system). But can a bunch of teens pull off an Ocean's 11 worthy heist or will their plans land them in the slammer? This is fast-paced, full of unpredictable plot turns, danger, adventure, some great characters and a little romance sprinkled in for good measure. It really is just perfect. I think the plot was just brilliant - I found it to be original and well-orchestrated, unbelievable at times, but that's what made it so great. Ms. Carter's writing style is witty, funny and she definitely has a way of connecting with the reader. I loved the various twists and turns that always had you on your toes. Who was Visily Romani? What happened to the paintings? Will these kids actually get away with this? Everything was a mystery and just when you thought you had it figured out, you'd be thrown for another loop. I enjoyed Heist Society so much! I loved all the shenanigans that Kat and her ragtag crew have to go through. Ms. Carter made Kat such a strong young woman - she was the perfect female lead. Her crew brought the perfect amount of comedy and techy geekiness as well as the villain brought the perfect amount of villainy/creepiness. Overall this is one that can be enjoyed by everyone no matter what the age. I can't wait to see where we will go to next.

Average Rating:(4.0)out of 5 stars

(Sigue leyendo para en...

(Sigue leyendo para encontrar la reseña en español)This book is a bit like the art thieving part of White Collar, but without the FBI and with teenagers who are art thieves. You do need to accept a few unlikely things as true to enjoy it, because there's no way that so many people would take a few teenagers seriously. However, it's a very interesting novel if you imagine the characters to be in their early twenties instead of their late teenage years. This is the only negative thing that I found though.I loved how it kept my attention for so long, that I read it in one day. In fact, I only put it down to eat lunch. Even though it's the kind of book where you never get the impression that anybody is really in danger, I had to keep reading because I wanted to know how they solved the problem.Awesome book for fans of Ocean's 11 and White Collar, as long as they don't mind teenage main characters. There aren't enough books about thieves out there and I'll definitely read the rest of the series.-----------------------------------------------------------------------Este libro es un poco como la parte de robo de arte de Ladrón de Guante Blanco, pero sin el FBI y con ladrones adolescentes. Hay que aceptar algunas cosas improbables como verdaderas para que uno se divierta, porque no es probable que tanta gente tome en serio a un puñado de adolescentes. Sin embargo, es una novela muy interesante si uno se imagina a los personajes como personas de veintitantos en lugar de adolescentes. Esto es el único punto negativo que le encontré al libro.Me gustó mucho cómo capturó mi atención durante tanto tiempo que lo leí en un día. De hecho, sólo lo dejé para ir a comer. Aunque es la clase de libro que en ningún momento transmite la sensación de que nadie esté en peligro, necesitaba seguir leyendo porque quería saber cómo iban a solucionar el problema.Un libro genial para fans de Ocean's 11 y Ladrón de Guante Blanco, siempre que no les importe que los personajes principales sean adolescentes. No hay suficientes libros sobre ladrones y pienso terminar de leer esta serie.

Average Rating:(4.0)out of 5 stars

Heist Society was a ...

"Heist Society" was a spell-binding read!!!! I have never read any other book by Ally Carter before, so I wasn't quite sure what to expect. It actually turned out to be a good book. It was like no other book I had read before, surprising me and capturing my attention in ways I thought that never could be. The main character, Katarina Bishop; is an art(painting) theif that was just looking for a break from her family's long-time heist business. So she decided to go to a school for once. At last, she was satisfied; no more getting into trouble. But she wasn't there for long. Someone set her up and got her into trouble for something she didn't do. she was then kicked out. Who set her up? And why did they want her out of this school and into the real world again? Soon Kat finds herself all wound up in the family business again, and has a new case to solve: someone set her father up for a heist he DIDN'T do for once. A man named Arturo Taccone got his paintings stolen and believes that Kat's father IS the one and only suspect. But he didn't steal Arturo's paintings. And if her father didn't do it, then who did? There are many unanswered questions running around Kat's mind and its up to her to help her father out. Kat's adventure will soon become your adventure, too, as you help her solve this exciting mystery. "Heist Society", by Ally Carter was by far a fast-paced and interesting read!!!

Average Rating:(4.0)out of 5 stars

Since I have read The ...

Since I have read The Gallagher Girls series by Carter I thought I would read this book. This book added another series to my list of "to read books". Heist Society keeps you on your toes as they try to unravel the mystery of the art thief. I will defintely get my hands on the 2nd one when it comes out!

Average Rating:(4.0)out of 5 stars

This was my first time...

This was my first time reading Ally Carters work, and her reputation definitely preceded her. Luckily, I wasn't mislead by all the great word-of-mouth! Heist Society is a fun, super-fast-paced story with great, memorable characters, and a plot that has the nostalgia and class of the old original Ocean's 11-style capers. Kat is a great character with a voice that is almost wholly formed by her family's way of life. With every thought, there is a pause to think of what her family would do in her situation, what they would say, although she is incredibly smart in her own right. She's carefully conned her way into a normal life at a normal school, but that all comes to a halt when her father is threatened. She's pulled back into the "family business" to try and save his life. The pacing of this one is rocketed ever forward by a literal countdown that happens through the book. With every day that is counted down (3 days to Deadline, 2 days to Deadline, etc..) the tension builds as time runs out and Kat and her friends scramble to throw together a plan and pull off a heist that no one, especially not anyone their age, has dared before. I loved the progression of the characters, especially Gabrielle and Hale and their relationships with Kat. Absolutely loved the Bagshaw Brothers, I couldn't help but picture them as two of my other favorite twin mischief-makers, Fred and George Weasley. :) This is a great story about family, trust, beauty, and bravery when things looks downright hopeless...I can't wait to see what happens next for Kat and her brilliant crew!


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