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Heist Society (Heist Society Series #1)

Heist Society (Heist Society Series #1)

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by Ally Carter, Angela Dawe (Read by)

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For as long as she can remember, Katarina has been a part of the family business-thieving. When Kat tries to leave "the life" for a normal life, her old friend Hale conspires to bring her back into the fold. Why? A mobster's art collection has been stolen, and Kat's father is the only suspect. Caught between Interpol and a far more deadly enemy, Kat's dad needs her


For as long as she can remember, Katarina has been a part of the family business-thieving. When Kat tries to leave "the life" for a normal life, her old friend Hale conspires to bring her back into the fold. Why? A mobster's art collection has been stolen, and Kat's father is the only suspect. Caught between Interpol and a far more deadly enemy, Kat's dad needs her help.

The only solution is to find the paintings and steal them back. Kat's got two weeks, a teenage crew, and hopefully enough talent to pull off the biggest heist in her family's history-and, with any luck, steal her life back along the way.

With its glamorous international settings, intriguing suspense, complicated cons and even more complicated romance, Heist Society is stealing the hearts of Ally Carter fans everywhere.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
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.)
Children's Literature - JoAn Watson Martin
Katarina and her thieving family and friends plan a heist of art treasures from museums. But Kat becomes uncomfortable with the life she is leading and makes a drastic change by enrolling herself into Colgan School. Life is definitely different in a school with other teens. She longs to be a normal teen who wears squeaky shoes. Kat is expelled after several illegal incidences occur, which she learns later were instigated by Hale, who set her up for expulsion. On purpose he got her kicked out to assist him in a heist. Her cousin, Gabrielle, helped him by impersonating Kat. Arturo Laccone tells Kat that he is sure her father stole five paintings and he expected her to use her expertise to return them. Her deadline is two weeks away. Kat realizes that Interpol is following her father, who seems to disappear from her life. At the beginning of each chapter, tension builds as the author indicates how many days until the deadline. Uncle Eddie is the nearest family member Kat can find at home. She and Hale ask for his help in clearing her father. His suggestion is she refuse to follow the quest Taccone has set for her. Angus and Hamish come blowing into Uncle Eddie's with their loot from picking pockets. Shades of Dicken's Oliver Twist! From New York to Las Vegas, from Italy, Austria, Poland, London, France Katarina is eternally traveling. The Henley Gallery with its state of the art security presents a challenge. Taccone finds it rare to find someone who is both so young and so wise, both so fresh and so jaded. The author offers many sad true facts in this fictional story. During the Second World War, the Nazis plundered family treasures across all of Europe. Historians, activists, and survivors work tireless to this day to right those terrible wrongs. Reviewer: JoAn Watson Martin
VOYA - Ed Goldberg
Kat Bishop wants to give up her life of crime, which began at age five when she assisted her father in a heist. She gets herself admitted to the exclusive Colgan School seeking anonymity only to get framed for hoisting the headmaster's 1958 vintage Porche on top of the fountain in the quad. Few people could pull off such a stunt, but fifteen-year-old Hale—also a thief—is one. When Kat is expelled from Colgan, Hale meets her in a long, black limousine with a proposition for her. She must steal back some paintings that her father allegedly lifted from gangster Arturo Taccone if she wants her father to remain among the living. Kat flies from New York to Paris to confront her father who has a steadfast alibi—he was in the midst of another heist at the time. Taccone refuses to believe this defense, however, so Kat recruits five teenagers amongst family and friends to pull the bravest heist ever. If one can suspend belief, this novel is enjoyable. The characters are funny, and the action is nonstop. The fifteen-year-old protagonists will appeal to teens—the light-fingered team hops planes like adults drive cars. Kat's teen angst about her looks when comparing herself to her peer jet-setting cousin Gabrielle and her feelings for Hale come through loud and clear. Although the protagonists are male and female, this novel will primarily draw in girls, as do Carter's other books. It will have a ready readership. Reviewer: Ed Goldberg
VOYA - Nicole Drago
As enthralling as her last book, Heist Society will keep you turning the page until the end. The book is witty and comical, and you are rooting for Kat throughout the adventure. It shows the problems of growing up, family, and true friendship. It also gives insight on what happened to priceless paintings during World War II. I would recommend this book to girls who are interested in mysteries and realistic fiction. Reviewer: Nicole Drago, Teen Reviewer
Melanie Hundley
Katarina Bishop, born into a family of art thieves, wants to have a normal life, so she forges the documents necessary to get into a prestigious New England boarding school. She can't escape her past, however, and soon finds herself leading a team of young thieves. In this one caper, she will attempt to prove her father's innocence, return the property of a dangerous billionaire, and pull off the world's most impossible art theft. Katarina has been a part of some pretty intense family scams; however, pulling off this one will take all of her considerable talents. Betrayals, art history, and European cities provide a lush backdrop for this tale of family and thievery. Katarina worries about her father, deals with family members and family history, and juggles relationships with boys—all while planning complex heists. From the author of the Gallagher Girls series, this exciting story is a winner. Reviewer: Melanie Hundley
School Library Journal
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

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Brilliance Audio
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Heist Society Series , #1
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5.10(w) x 7.00(h) x 1.50(d)
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

Meet the Author

Ally Carter is the New York Times best-selling author of Heist Society and the Gallagher Girls series, including I’d Tell You I Love You, But Then I’d Have to Kill You; Cross My Heart and Hope to Spy; Don’t Judge a Girl by Her Cover; and Only the Good Spy Young. She lives in Oklahoma, where she’s busy masterminding her next big heist. Visit Ally online at www.allycarter.com.

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Heist Society 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 701 reviews.
theReader278 More than 1 year ago
I loved reading this wonderful book! It is a story that keeps you entertained for hours.
DanceBree17 More than 1 year ago
I have always loved Ally Carter's other books so when I saw Heist Society, I thought I would take a shot. Wow!! There is more intrigue than the Gallagher Girls series she has written before, and way more cool toys than a James Bond thriller. Kat Bishop is a girl you would want as your best friend. Not only could she keep you out of trouble, she could add to your art collection. There are cute guys, great characters, and a story that really has its roots in history, and is very touching. If you like Gallagher Girls, this is a must read!!
TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
Kat used to lead a life of danger before she pulled her biggest con ever and walked away from a life of thievery to attend boarding school. Her enrollment lasts a few months before her old life comes crashing in on her and her plans. She's framed for a prank she didn't commit, but that will nonetheless result in her expulsion from school. Quickly she realizes this dismissal is the work of an old family friend. He's here to tell her that her master thief father needs her help. Turns out her father's been set up, too. Only the consequences are nowhere near as soft as being kicked out of boarding school. Kat secretly meets her father's deadly enemy and works out a deal. She has two weeks to find the paintings and steal them back. If successful, it will be the biggest job she'll ever pull off - and also the most dangerous. Can she do it? I adore THE GALLAGHER GIRLS series, but this new series may be even better. HEIST SOCIETY is my new favorite book. The combination of finding the art, the major heist, saving a relative, and going against the family makes for a thrilling, edge-of-your-seat read.
FoglemanLover25 More than 1 year ago
I just got Heist Society on Feb. 14th and I have finished it. It was thrilling and the characters are so real you can connect with them. I loved the book and I can't wait to meet the actual ALLY CARTER today at Bethesda Library at 7:00 for the Poetry and Prose Event. I hope you found this helpful!! The 4th Gallagher Girl book-"Only The Good Spy Young"-comes out June 15th. Please read all 3 books first!
JenniferLK More than 1 year ago
As a young woman nearing the end of her teenage years, I have read only too many young adult books of many genres. This, Heist Society, has been one of my favorites! I ordered Heist Society many months ago and finally got to it in my stack of books recently. I read it ALL in one night, I just couldn't put it down! The characters are interesting, the back stories are riveting, and all you want is to know what happens next in Katarina's journey from leaving the family business to getting back into it! The mix of girlie glamor with tomboy thieving is just pure perfection! I would easily recommend this book to any teen girl!
wannabeaspy More than 1 year ago
This book kept me holding on the whole time. Taking place all over Europe and US, this book teaches people to appreciate art and not take it for granted. No matter where you are, you have to go back to your family, because they are the most like you... Great job Ally! i can not wait for the next!
SugarPie1994 More than 1 year ago
This novel is amazing. It makes the reader instantly gripped by the characters and their thoughts, feelings, and histories. The storyline is not petty and unappealing, it has emotion and antiquity wrapped up inside it, centering on Kat's relationship with her parents. The ending is well-worth the journey, giving answers and leaving questions that end the book the way it started: with a heist.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Lol. Anyway, this may just be my favorite series of all time, and I've read at least a hundred series. Ally Carter has outdone herself. While I loved the Gallagher Girls series, that was nothing compared to this. Maybe it's just because I think spies are cliche. Whatever the case, Heist Society is a masterful creation of wit, humor, suspense, mystery, and romance. I particularly love Kat's crazy thief family. If there was any series I'd want to own, it would be this one. Keep writing Ally!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Beginning Part: Ally Carter’s Heist Society begins with a girl, Katrina Bishop, who gets expelled from her prep school, Colgan, because her head master claims she had done something she really did not do. When she was leaving the school she ran into to a man named W.W. Hale the fifth and this is where the story starts. Katrina is trying to help her father avoid trouble with a very mean, bad guy. As the reader, I enjoyed this part of the book because it gets the back story explained and the past of the two main characters and how they are friends. The beginning was also very well written; I liked how the characters are talked about along with how their history is given before the character is introduced into the story. An example of this is that they tell the reader about Katrina’s Uncle Eddie, by saying that he is the best thief around and his life history is told before we meet him in this story. In the beginning the background of some of the major characters and the problems that the team is facing are introduced to the reader. Middle Part: The middle part of this amazing book, Heist Society, introduces more of Katrina’s family; their names are Gabrielle, Hamish, Angus, and Simon. These people are all focused on in this part of the book because they will always help Katrina in whatever way she needs them. The characters are very well written by Ally Carter with great detail and emotions. This book also talks about the different art museums around the world because Katrina’s family members are thieves that steal art work from all the major and minor art galleries. At the end of this section they introduce another thief named Nick, he has a major role in the climax of the story; he is a very believable character. This part also tells you about how much Katrina and her group travel around the world and how much trouble they will get into to save Katrina’s father. End Part: In the end of Heist Society all the story lines in the book are ended in a fantastic way. The end also holds some surprises that the reader would probably never have guessed and the main purpose of this book was given in a very good manner. This shows how the different characters are the same in more ways than just being thieves and it shows the emotion behind the whole book. This is a very well told part of the book, it demonstrate an amazing end of an amazing story. Best Part: The best part of this book was how well the story is crafted. The flashbacks, that are Katrina’s past, are very well told and are completely about the topic on hand. The characters backgrounds are given when the character is first introduced or before you learn more about them as the story progresses. Another good thing about this book is that it is very entertaining to the reader and keeps the reader engages in the whole story. A great part of the book is the emotional side of the entire book, this is shown when Katrina tries to do everything possible and that she is cable of to keep her family and friends save from harm’s way. This book had very much good literacy and literature, this is one of the best books to read, and it is very enjoyable. Worst Part: The worst part of this book is how the middle part is a little bit boring. What also was bad about this book was that it was based off of such a story amount of time, it could have been better if the story was a bit long to give even more detail about the characters. The last thing that was bad about this book was that the book kept repeating what the group though about the people that they were with. Over all, this book had really very few bad qualities about it. Mary N., 14
Dark-Writer6 More than 1 year ago
Very good. One of my favorites.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is a refreshing read from the vampires, werewolves, and wizards. The whole actual teenager without any magical powers makes the whole book exciting. Plus, all the characters have a realistic feel to them (aside the fact that most of them thieve.) I highly recomend for anyone (boys included, this book isn't all romance.)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really liked this book its the first one i bought for my new nook and i really enjoyed reading it!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am a huge Ally Carter fan. I love her other series, The Gallagher Girls, so I thought I'd give this series a try, too. The action and storyline is good and well thought out, but it's pretty boring. If you're looking for a thrilling read that keeps you locked on the edge of your seat, this isn't it. I had to pretty much force myself to sit down and read it most of the time. It's easy to follow and pretty creative, but it leaves no room for the reader's mind to wonder about the possibilities of what could happen next. If you want a suspenseful action series (with a hint of funny), I'd recommend her other series.
Rachel Farley More than 1 year ago
It was ok but i took a break from it because it got kind of boring. If i were u i would not get it.
BOOKloverSMILES More than 1 year ago
I found that the book was o.k. Just o.k. Her Gallagher Girls series is a lot better. it took me awhile to get interested in the story line, and even then halfway through the book I was tired off it and just wanted it to be over. It was slow.
Helloo More than 1 year ago
This is my first Ally Carter book I've read. I've heard such great things about her, but I hesitated opening one of her books. When I say Heist Society, read the sleeve, then read a random page (yes, sometimes I stumble upon something important. But not this time thankfully!) I took it immediately the register. I have only one complaint about the book: too much Oceans Eleven comparison. Every other page I would think back to the movie. I'm sure some people liked the similarity but I found my self thinking of the movie more than the book at times. But that's it. Everything else I enjoyed to the highest degree. The plot was solid and full of twists and turns. Any tiny holes she quickly mended up with a quick paragraph or two. Kat was a perfect narrator for the job. She's the leader so she has to be somewhat serious, right? Kat was great in her role but it was Hale who swept me off my feet. Charming, funny, and outgoing. Seriously, I was cracking up the first few pages when he's introduced. The other characters are entertaining and fun too. Carter really has a talent for creating great people, dialogue and world of thieves that they all belong in. I can't wait for the sequel.
dancing_book_worm More than 1 year ago
o where do i start on this book? it was just such a great and original plot. i think if it had been written by someone else it wouldnt have been nearly as good! ally carter just has a touch with books in this genre i mean seriously not everyone can write about a 16 year old girl who was an expert thief by the time she was what 12? and make it believable! the characters were great and each had their own 'quirks' that made them seem like REAL people not just characters. cool ending that leaves it open for another book (which the author says she will write and im totally stoked about that!) and trust me by the time you read it you will want more! anyway what im saying is READ THIS! ps sorry for such a scatter brained review :~)
moongirl101 More than 1 year ago
OMG This was soooo good i'm speechless. i read it all in one day. it was so worth it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was simply amazing. At first i was a little unsure, but Ally Carter was able to captivate and entertain throughought. There were so many twists and surprises. It was so enjoyable. The characters were amazing and the writing was also top notch! Any fan of suspense and Ally Carter will enjoy this book.
AmiAB More than 1 year ago
This book is by far the best Ally carter book ever, it was perfect! I'd recommend this book to anyone and everyone!
mrdarcy3 More than 1 year ago
Kat used to lead a life of danger before she pulled her biggest con ever and walked away from a life of thievery to attend boarding school. Her enrollment last a few months before her old life comes crashing over her plans. She's framed for a prank, she didn't commit, but will nonetheless result in her expulsion from school. Quickly she realizes this dismissal is the work of an old family friend. He's here to tell her that her master thief father needs her help. Turns out her father's been set up too. Only the consequences are no where near as soft as being kicked out off boarding school. Kat secretly meets his deadly enemy and works out a deal. She has two weeks to find the paintings and steal them back. If successful, it will be the biggest job she'll ever pull off and also the most dangerous. Can she do it? Gorgeous Cover! I fully admit that I LOVE Ally Carter's Gallagher Girls series, but this new series may be even better . It's my new favorite book. The combination of finding the art, the major art heist, saving a family member, and going against the family makes for a thrilling edge of your seat read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
i've read the gallagher girl series by ally carter and they are AMAZING so i figured this would be too! i can't wait for this book to come out, it looks amazing! ally carter is an amazing author that really has a way of reeling in the reader.
Anonymous 9 days ago
I loved reading this and couldn't put it down no matter how many times I have read it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hale sounds so hot! Im tots a Hale girl!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Kiss ur hand three times send this message to three books look under pillow