Ally Carter is a writer living and working in the American Midwest. She loved school so much she kept going ... and going ... and going ... until finally she had to graduate. She has degrees from Oklahoma State University and Cornell University. She is the author of two adult books. I'D TELL YOU I LOVE YOU, BUT THEN I'D HAVE TO KILL YOU and CROSS MY HEART AND HOPE TO SPY are her first young adult novels in the Gallagher Girls series. Previous Books: I'D TELL YOU I LOVE YOU, BUT THEN I'D HAVE TO KILL YOU (Gallagher Girls Book 1, 2008), CROSS MY HEART AND HOPE TO SPY (Gallagher Girls Book 2, 2008), DON'T JUDGE A GIRL BY HER COVER (Gallagher Girls Book 3, 2009).
The daughter of notorious thieves, Kat Bishop has enrolled in the exclusive Colgan School to escape the family business and try to live a normal life. But when she is kicked out, Kat has to return to her roots. She is informed that five priceless paintings have been taken from the powerful mobster Arturo Taccone, and that her father is Taccone's only suspect. It is up to Kat to return the paintings before Taccone takes matters into his own hands. Kat embarks on a daring, dangerous heist, immersing herself in the world of art, money, and extreme power. With the help of her friend (and crush), Hale, and a band of teenage coconspirators, Kat crisscrosses the globe to locate Taccone's paintings. Carter takes on large themes-family, friendship, loyalty, and good versus evil-and effectively gives readers light lessons in geography and art, as well as thought-provoking commentary on artwork stolen during the Holocaust. With a smart and stealthy heroine who should appeal to Gallagher Girls fans, Carter's story is fast-paced and popcorn-ready. Readers will likely look forward to Kat's next adventure. Ages 11-up. (Feb.) Copyright 2009 Reed Business Information.
Fifteen-year-old Katerina's family business specializes in the "distribution" of fine art. So when Kat was three, she visited the Louvre (to case it!) and four years later, she stopped over in Austria (to steal some crown jewels). These days, she has given up stealing for a more normal life at a prestigious boarding school. But when five priceless paintings are stolen from a mobster and Kat's father is the number-one suspect, she returns to her old ways and has only two weeks to pull off the heist of the century. Narrator Angela Dawe moves seamlessly between depictions of a steely mobster, a British bloke, Scotland Yard detectives, and Kat in Ally Carter's edge-of-your-seat thriller (Hyperion, 2010). This is solo narration at its absolute best. (c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.