Monday, February 14, 2011

Heist Society by Ally Carter

Heist Society by Ally Carter was the first book picked for my local book club.  Ally Carter is known for her Gallagher Girls books, but this was the first book of hers that I had read.  Katarina's family has a business, but it is not your typical family business, and she wants out.  Her family are professional thieves, and she has been in the business helping since she was three, and now she is 15.  She decides she wants out and wants a normal life and tries to go to a boarding school, but her family has an emergency and needs her back.  Her dad has been falsely accused of stealing some paintings from a very bad guy, but Katarina knows he is innocent.  The only way she can prove he is and get her dad out of trouble is to steal the painting back from whoever really stole them, and that is what this book is about.  Katarina puts together a teen group of top of the line thieves and tries to steal the paintings back from the most secure art museum in the world.  A good, fun read.  The story is fiction, but it is actually based on the real fact that during WWII the Nazi stole many works of art from whoever they wanted and then kept them or sold them, and there are people working today trying to return those stolen pieces of art to their rightful owners.

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