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Money Run

Meet Ash and Ben, teen master thieves; between them they can steal anything and they want it all. Ashley Arthur is a teen thief, stealing from the rich to keep her family above the breadline. While she is an expert in fast moving and fast thinking, her best friend Benjamin, an artist at manipulating all things electrical, provides technical support. The duo hatch a daring master plan to rob Hammond Buckland - the richest businessman in the world - of a mysterious item hidden in his company headquarters, reputedly worth $200 million, and it's going to take every trick in their arsenal to find it and smuggle it back out. But once inside the building, Ash comes face-to-face with Michael Peachey, a hitman hired to kill Buckland, and now she's seen Peachey, he won't stop until he's killed her too. In her desperation to escape - and still get the prize - Ash becomes embroiled in events more deadly than even she could ever have envisaged. Die Hard meets Hustle in an explosive collision of con-artistry, assassins and double-crosses in this fast-paced teen thriller.
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Author biography Jack Heath was first published at the age of 18. He's 23 now. When he's not writing or web-designing, Jack is performing street magic, composing film music, teaching or lecturing at schools and festivals, or playing a variety of instruments including the piano and the bass guitar. He stoically ignores his lack of qualifications or training in any of these areas. Author location: Canberra, Australia


Gr 8-10-Most readers will be hooked immediately as 15-year-old Ash Arthur, a professional thief, enters an office building to steal $200 million from Hammond Buckland, one of the world's wealthiest men. Ash is gifted and daring, and she has cool tools: handcuff keys, code-cracking magnets, and computer viruses to disable security cameras. The plot takes place in one location over a single night. People hide in refrigerators, leap out of open windows, and light their clothes on fire. A government-hired thug is trying to assassinate Buckland, who sets brilliant traps to throw his would-be murderer off course. Ash gets caught in the middle. The story unfolds from multiple perspectives as these characters pursue and dodge one another around the building. A lot more happens, too, and Heath manages his ever-increasing plot elements well. He's great at creating impossible dilemmas, which unfold in tantalizing, second-by-second detail. Somewhere in Part Three, though, the novel loses its juicy pace, probably because it becomes too much of a puzzle to solve. In the end, readers are left scratching their heads. Most of them won't have the energy to work it all out. Still, Money Run is a smart book. Ash Arthur loves danger, and teens will stick with her, especially if Heath gives them more of his best in sequels.-Denise Ryan, Middlesex Middle School, Darien, CT (c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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