Gr 6-10--Kat, 16, is one of the top international art thieves for hire. Her parents were thieves and apples don't fall far from trees. She learned well from them and is now pitching in on a heist of the famous Cleopatra Emerald with her friend and crush, Hale. Kat and her friends are jetsetters and move in a society far removed from the average teen. Listeners can live vicariously as Kat and Hale sun themselves on a yacht or play roulette in Monaco. Money is no object and the heist itself is all they care about. Kat has become involved in a plot to steal the emerald because she was tricked into believing that it was going to be given to its rightful owner. When she discovers the truth, Kat is determined to get it back from the woman who tricked her into stealing it in the first place. There is one complicating factor--the emerald is cursed. Angela Dawe narrates Ally Carter's novel (Hyperion, 2011) in a clear and straightforward performance, capturing the voices of the teens well. Different pronunciations of Uruguay are bothersome as is the whiny voice of fellow thief, Simon. The print versions of "Heist Society" novels are popular, so this audiobook should also fly off the shelves.--Joan Kindig, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA[Page 72]. (c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Gr 7-10--Fifteen-year-old Katerina (Kat) Bishop is not your average world-class traveler. She's been to the Louvre (to case it at age 3) and to Austria (to steal crown jewels at age 7), and she owns a Fabergé egg. The Bishop family business, which specializes in the "distribution" of fine arts, allowed Kat to grow up all over Europe, learning from an early age that a picture is worth, quite literally, more than a thousand words. However, she also learned that all that glitters is not diamonds in the life of a thief and decided to pursue a more normal life in a prestigious boarding school. When five priceless paintings are stolen from a mobster living in Italy, Kat discovers that her father is the number one suspect. She returns to the life she tried so hard to leave. She has two weeks to pull off the heist of the century, while learning that "time is the greatest thief of all." Kat assembles a teenage crew, including several cousins and handsome Hale, her former co-conspirator. When they include one more player, an outsider named Nick, they discover that they are part of a "con within a con." With a global cast of characters in Ally Carter's edge-of-your seat novel (Hyperion, 2010), narrator Angela Dawe moves seamlessly between a steely mobster, a British bloke, Scotland Yard detectives, assorted foreign languages, and Kat. This is solo narration at its absolute best. Sprinkled with humor and romance and a mixture of intrigue, espionage, and suspense, this is a must-have audiobook.--Cheryl Preisendorfer, Twinsburg City Schools, OH[Page 52]. Copyright 2010 Reed Business Information.