Who's Conning Whom?


Katarina, aka Kat, knows a lot about running cons and robbery. It's the family business and everyone she knows is a professional thief. When she turns 15 she decides she wants to go out on her own and run her own con jobs. Kat gets into one of the best boarding schools in Europe. She has it all planned ... until her best friend Hale pulls a con to get her OUT of school.

Once she’s out of school, Hale tells Kat her dad is in trouble and that she needs to figure out a way to save him. Kat soon discovers that the types of cons she knows in her life up to this point are nothing compared to what she will have to do in order to save her father. She needs a team of people she trusts and who are capable of doing the job. Kat also has to figure out who is framing her father - and why. It's going to be dangerous and complicated - especially if she falls for Hale. 

BTSYA / Teen Reader (Age 15):
 I liked the mystery of it all the most. You don’t find out what is really going on until the end. I liked that a lot. It reminds me of The Da Vinci Code, which also has a mystery inside a mystery. In Heist Society there’s always the question what’s going to happen next? It wasn’t just the mystery, though. I also liked how Kat did the impossible (robbing the most secure museum in Europe) just to save her father.

What I did not like is how you never find out who steals the paintings: “He is no one; he is everyone.” At first, this affected how I felt about the book. After thinking about it though, I realized that the whole point was that nobody could ever find out. 

Get it from the library, and read it for entertainment! I recommend this book for ages 12-16 for readers who like mystery, twists, and action.

Reader Enjoyment Factors:

Mystery and adventure lovers (or those curious about the underworld) will find it hard to put this book down. It stays a mystery until the very end! Lots of fun, lots of action, too.

Content Awareness Factors:

None, really.

Type of Book:
Part 1 of a middle grade/young adult mystery series. A great choice for reluctant and remedial readers. [High Interest / Low Readability]
Educational Themes:

This book is a just-for-fun read. You can talk about the character and choices: can good people do bad things? If you're a criminal does that make you all bad? 

Reading Level:
Recommended Age To Read By Yourself:
11 and Up
Recommended Age To Read Together:
12 and Up
Age of child:
Teen STAR Review Team, Be the Star You Are!™ . Reviewer age: 15
Purchase Recommendation:
Borrow. Fun, fast, and then you're ready for the next one.

Title Heist Society

Heist Society, Book 1

Author Ally Carter
Publisher Disney-Hyperion, Disney Book Group © 2011
ISBN 9781423116615
Material Hard Cover
Cost $9.43
Genres Mystery, Crime
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