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Author: Watson, Jude
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Year Published: 2014
Grades: Grade 5, Grade 6, Grade 7, Grade 8, Grade 9

Loot – How to Steal a Fortune

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Jude Watson is known to young readers for her Star Wars books, and for her contributions to the 39 Clues series. Aimed at a Division 2/3 audience, Loot is a compelling mix of fantasy and adventure, featuring twins ヨ a boy and a girl. Their father is a famous jewel thief; their mother died when they were two years old after falling during the heist of the seven moonstone pearls rumoured to carry a curse. In order to save the twins from the curse, their father separated them. Both children led bizarre childhoods ヨ the sister raised by her circus-owner aunt, and the brother by his father who continued as a thief and taught his son the business. Through a series of unfortunate events, the twins are reunited at twelve years of age. Joined by two other orphaned friends, the four take on the mission of recovering the moonstones and reversing the curse. Their lives depend on it! Engaging and sincere, with four likable ‘tweens from disadvantaged backgrounds who find themselves in interesting settings, this novel uses realistic dialogue and dynamic encounters between the youth and various adult figures, some who are criminals wanting to gain the treasure for themselves. The spunky heroes who want to do the right thing, short chapters, and non-stop action will engage even the reluctant readers.

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