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Bank Job
     

Bank Job

by James Heneghan, Norma Charles
 

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Nell has been in foster homes all her life—most of them have been horrible. She finally gets moved to a home she likes, and the ministry threatens to close it down unless an expensive renovation is made to the house. Nell and the two boys in the home, Billy and Tom, decide to raise the funds themselves. How do kids get large amounts of money quickly? By robbing

Overview

Nell has been in foster homes all her life—most of them have been horrible. She finally gets moved to a home she likes, and the ministry threatens to close it down unless an expensive renovation is made to the house. Nell and the two boys in the home, Billy and Tom, decide to raise the funds themselves. How do kids get large amounts of money quickly? By robbing banks, of course. Their first few heists are successful, but when they almost get caught on their sixth robbery, the friends start to fight about whether they should continue. The bank jobs that were meant to keep their family together just might tear it apart.

Editorial Reviews

CM Magazine
"[Heneghan and Charles] convincingly portray shockingly contemporary adolescent social behaviour while upholding the dominant moral position that such behaviour is problematic...Smoothly written, carefully paced, and convincingly plotted... Recommended."
Washington State YA Review
"Fast-paced with growing tension which should appeal to reluctant readers."
Ottawa Citizen
"The crime adventure component of the plot—written in spare, easily accessible prose, skilfully executed and paced—makes for an involving, suspenseful read, particularly for younger readers."
Booklist
"A satisfying moral tale...described in gripping detail. The effects of peer pressure and the desire to please those we love and admire are clearly illustrated. While not condoning robbery, Heneghan and Charles make valuable points about the importance of family, especially family of choice, in young people's lives."
Quill & Quire
"[Heneghan and Charles] do a good job of creating tension and keeping us wondering if (and when) something will go horribly wrong. The pacing is right and the details realistic enough to give the story plausibility."
Resource Links
"A concise and fast-paced novel ideal for reluctant readers."
Southwestern Ohio Young Adult Materials Review Group
"This straightforward choice for junior high readers has a good balance of action tempered with morality and the unusual addition of adults who really seem to know what is going on."
Children's Literature - Elizabeth Young
The "Three Musketeers" as they call themselves will do just about anything to keep their family together, even robbing a bank! Nails, Tom, and Billy all live in the same foster home in Vancouver. When they learn their loving home comes under scrutiny for not meeting the standards of the Foster Parents Association, they take matters into their own hands to get money enough to add another bathroom. Based on their age and their feeling of safety in numbers, the three resort to criminal activity. Who would believe kids could get away with robbing a bank? They do—for a while—until guilty feelings set in and the kids fess up, taking their punishment in stride. The main characters are well developed and could easily be anyone's next door neighbors; they are likeable and believable. This book has a good ending and a story that discusses ethical behavior, family dynamics, and social services systems all in one quick read! Hopefully there will be more stories from this team of authors. Reviewer: Elizabeth Young

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781551438559
Publisher:
Orca Book Publishers
Publication date:
04/01/2009
Pages:
176
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 7.60(h) x 0.50(d)
Lexile:
HL550L (what's this?)
Age Range:
10 - 13 Years

Read an Excerpt

He passed a note across the counter. THIS IS A BANK ROBBERY. YOU WON'T GET HURT IF YOU DO AS YOU'RE TOLD. I knew what the note said because I had written it.

Meet the Author

Norma Charles has written many books for kids, including The Accomplice, nominated for the Sheila A. Egoff Children's Literature Prize. Norma has been a teacher and a teacher-librarian and has taught Creative Writing at UBC. Bank Job is Norma's first book with Orca. It was inspired by a newspaper account of three teens who robbed seven banks in Vancouver, British Columbia, where Norma lives.

A former fingerprint specialist with the Vancouver Police Department, James Heneghan has won numerous awards for his books for young readers, including the Sheila A. Egoff Children's Literature Award three times for Flood, Wish Me Luck and The Grave. James lives in North Vancouver, British Columbia.
www.jamesheneghan.com

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