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Money Run

Money Run

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by Jack Heath

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When a heist goes wrong, teen thief Ash finds herself in a high stakes game of cat-and-mouse.

Ashley "Ash" Arthur is a teen thief. Motivated by the thrills as much as the money, she's pulled off some amazing heists with the help of her childhood friend Benjamin, who acts as tech support. Now she's got the world's richest man in her sights, convinced that Hammond


When a heist goes wrong, teen thief Ash finds herself in a high stakes game of cat-and-mouse.

Ashley "Ash" Arthur is a teen thief. Motivated by the thrills as much as the money, she's pulled off some amazing heists with the help of her childhood friend Benjamin, who acts as tech support. Now she's got the world's richest man in her sights, convinced that Hammond Buckland has 2 million dollars hidden away in his corporate HQ.

Ash isn't the only one with an interest in Buckland. The Australian government gets his fortune if he dies on their soil, so they've sent their #2 assassin, Peachey, to kill him. With Ash and Peachey both sneaking around the office building and working at cross purposes, it's only a matter of time before their paths cross and Peachey decides Ash has seen too much to live.

Once it's a matter of life and death, can Ash keep her eye on the prize?

Set over the course of a single night within a single building, this is a page-turning thriller with gadgets, guts, and summer-blockbuster action.

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Praise for THE LAB:

"Fans of Anthony Horowitz's "Alex Rider" (Philomel) or James Patterson's "Maximum Ride" (Little, Brown) series will be hooked on this novel. An action-packed, suspense-filled story." - School Library Journal

"Even though it was written when the author was in high school, this action-packed page-turner features steady pacing, taut prose, and even a little character development. . . . This personal progress is accomplished amidst a barrage of video game-style spy stuff, battles, rescues, car chases, explosions, escapes, and surprisingly well-oiled wheels within wheels. A strong start; stay tuned for sequels." - Booklist

"Australian author Heath balances the flashy fight scenes with enough introspection to please both lovers of action and fans of character development, and readers will appreciate the sharp realism of the slight but highly clever twist at the end." - BCCB

VOYA - Bethany Martin
Ash Arthur is used to the pressure that comes with high-stakes heists. The fifteen-year-old thief has successfully taken on increasingly difficult jobs, along with her partner, Benjamin. Their latest job is to find two hundred million dollars hidden in the corporate headquarters of the world's richest man, and Ash and Benjamin have a plan. Things do not go as expected, however, and Ash finds herself deviating from the plan in order to find the money before a hit man, the police, and the government's antiterrorist organization catch up with her. Heath has created a thriller that will have readers on the edge of their seats, waiting to see what will happen to Ash and if she and Benjamin will be able to pull off their heist. Readers will have to suspend disbelief related to some details of Ash's life, notably her reason for becoming a thief: to support her father after her divorce-lawyer mother ran off and somehow managed to get out of paying child support. Does her father not wonder where the money is coming from or ask where his daughter goes when she disappears on jobs? Regardless, those willing to overlook some of the far-fetched scenarios will be rewarded with an action-packed adventure. The book may appeal to fans of Ally Carter's books or the Alex Rider series, although Heath's characters are not as well developed. The page-turning plot and relatively short length make Money Run a good choice for reluctant readers. Reviewer: Bethany Martin
Children's Literature - Sandra G. Brody
Ashley Arthur is a fifteen-year-old thief, which is not a common occupation for a young teen. When her best friend, Benjamin, helped her recover a houseful of possessions that had been stolen from her, Ash decided that stealing was her calling. Now she is after the 200 million dollars that Ash believes is hidden in billionaire Hammond Buckland's corporate headquarters. To gain entry to Buckland's HQ, Ash enters an essay competition and wins first place, a personal interview with Buckland. Buckland reveals some startling information about himself, and Ash leaves his office in search of his hidden fortune. With Benjamin feeding her help through her mobile phone headset, Ash secretly works her way through Buckland's building. Unbeknownst to Ash, as she leaves Buckland's office, Michael Peachey, the world's second most deadly assassin, enters it. What follows is a series of breathtaking attacks, mistakes, and double crossings, which will leave the reader unsure of who is who and what will happen. When the police get involved things heat up even more, until the very end when the story is finally resolved. As a page-turner the book works. As a story that has positive role models and behaviors that teens might emulate it does not. As long as the reader treats this as pure fiction it will leave her on the edge of her seat. Reviewer: Sandra G. Brody
School Library Journal
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
Kirkus Reviews
Ashley and Benjamin are two teen partners in crime--real crime, as in major heists--who rely on their youth to avoid suspicion. A foiled attempt in the prologue makes it seem that they might be inept, but nothing could be further from the truth. Ash is the frontwoman, and shy retiring Benjamin stays connected from his home base, at all times advising, monitoring and supporting. The advising part only happens when Ash lets him, as she has a tendency to act first and talk later. As for romance, there isn't any, as each time Benjamin asks for a date, Ashley smilingly refuses. It's part of their game. Their prey today happens to be a billionaire businessman who has sponsored an essay contest with a prize of $10,000 (Ash has won with an essay ghostwritten by Benjamin), but that's peanuts compared to the $2 million they hope to loot. Like a good movie thriller, the caper includes a villain or two, a somewhat clueless cop and nonstop techno gadgets that make the derring-do possible. It is reminiscent of adventure movies also in that thinking is not only not required, it would hinder the fun. In particular, readers should not look for character depth, realistic settings or even any particular logic to be at work. It's not that kind of book. Take a deep breath, go with it, and never look back. (Adventure. 10-16)

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Scholastic, Inc.
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5.60(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.10(d)
730L (what's this?)
Age Range:
12 - 15 Years

Meet the Author

Jack Heath is the award-winning author of six action-packed thrillers for young adults. He started writing his first novel, The Lab, at age 13. He lives in Australia. Visit him online at

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