Stealing Heaven

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My name is Danielle. I'm eighteen. I've been stealing things for as long as I can remember.

Dani has been trained as a thief by the best there is—her mother. They never stay in one place long enough for Dani to have real connections, real friends—a real life.

But in the town of Heaven, everything changes. Suddenly, Dani must question where her loyalties lie: with the life she's always known—or the one she's ...

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Overview

My name is Danielle. I'm eighteen. I've been stealing things for as long as I can remember.

Dani has been trained as a thief by the best there is—her mother. They never stay in one place long enough for Dani to have real connections, real friends—a real life.

But in the town of Heaven, everything changes. Suddenly, Dani must question where her loyalties lie: with the life she's always known—or the one she's always wanted.

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Editorial Reviews

A. M. Jenkins
“With characters ranging from the insincerely charming to the charmingly sincere, Stealing Heaven just may steal your heart.”
Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books
“This blend of old–fashioned love story with lively contemporary details will satisfy readers fond of a solid summer romance.”
Booklist
“Scott tells a surprising story…Dani is a brave teen who can and does shape a strong future for herself. ”
The Bulletin for the Center for Children's Books
“This blend of oldfashioned love story with lively contemporary details will satisfy readers fond of a solid summer romance.”
Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books
“This blend of old–fashioned love story with lively contemporary details will satisfy readers fond of a solid summer romance.”
Jennifer Lee
Stealing is all Danielle knows. She and her mother have been breaking into houses for as long as she can remember. Moving from town to town, finding just the right house to rob, and fencing their "finds," Danielle knows no other way of life. Her mother yearns for silver, but Danielle longs for something just a little more "normal." It's only after she and her mother land in a small beach town called Heaven that Danielle actually makes a friend for the first time in her life. Also, she meets a guy who is interested in her and seems nice, but who also happens to be a cop. Heaven, a place where the beach homes are as majestic as the name of the town, seems to be a place where Danielle could actually settle down and have a real life, which is something she‘s always dreamed of having. Will she throw that all away and continue the life she's always known? Reviewer: Jennifer Lee
Children's Literature - Jennifer Waldrop
Stealing Heaven is the kind of book you think you've read before—and you probably have. It is the very typical story of a mother and daughter who want different things and have reached a crossroads in their shared lives. Dani and her mother have never stayed put for long; they have always moved to where the silver was. After all, they are thieves. Once they have stolen what they can from one town, they move to the next. Dani's capricious mother raised her this way and would not consider any other life. Dani, on the other hand, longs for a settled existence. When Dani becomes friends with her mother's next target and the love interest of a policeman, who is by profession her mother's worst enemy, the girl realizes she has to make a choice between the life her mother wants and the life she wants for herself. Although the book is predictable, it is a good read. Reviewer: Jennifer Waldrop
KLIATT - Ashleigh Larsen
Stealing has been the way of life for 18-year-old Dani for as long as she can remember. Dani and her mom have moved around to more places than she can count and in each area, they settle in quietly, meeting only a few people who they can use in their scheming plans. Dani has never attended school and has awkward social skills. But in Heaven, a wealthy, historic coastal town, everything changes for Dani. She finds people her own age who show her what friendship really is, without manipulating her to be someone else. Through tragic and exciting twists in the plot, it comes down to who she chooses to be loyal to: her mother or her new friends. Dani struggles to discover who she really wants to be: being only what she's ever known is not a valid excuse in Heaven. Dani, with her witty dialogue, gives a new perspective full of hope to YAs who feel trapped between family and friends. Reviewer: Ashleigh Larsen
School Library Journal

Gr 10 Up

Danielle, 18, has been a thief all her life. Moving from town to town, she and her mom stay around only long enough to canvas the rich and steal their silver. When she was 15, they moved on at Danielle's request, after she had sex for "the first and only time" with her mother's 20-year-old boyfriend. It's a lifestyle the teen is used to, but she's beginning to long for something more. She wants roots, friends, and a place to call home. When they hit the small resort town of Heaven, Danielle knows the routine. Her mom will chat up the men for information and she, now using the name Sydney, is supposed to do the same with her peers. Only something goes wrong, and "Sydney" begins to make friends with the mark, flirt with a local cop, and generally do everything her mom's always told her to avoid. And when it's time for the heist, Danielle is no longer sure she can follow her mom's demands. This story is deceptively touching. Danielle and her mother are both fully developed, as are the secondary characters of Allison (the friend) and Greg (the young cop). The overriding theme of living up to a parent's expectations instead of following your own path is universal, but the twist of a family of thieves gives the story originality.-Heather E. Miller, Homewood Public Library, AL

Kirkus Reviews
Other teens spend their evenings eating home-cooked meals and trudging through homework; Danielle, 18, has always lived on the run with her professional-thief mother, memorizing floor plans of estate homes and quickly calculating the worth of silver place-settings. When they arrive in Heaven, a quaint, affluent New England beach town, the lonely girl thinks it is just one more stop on an endless road to nowhere. While Danielle is meant to be gathering information on the Donaldson mansion, she inadvertently becomes chummy with Allison Donaldson, enters into a secret romance with Greg, a cop, and imagines the freedom of friends, love and a place to call home. Although her mother's persistent cough telegraphs the book's ending and makes it awfully convenient for Danielle finally to take root and realize her own dreams, teens will focus on the story's real crime-a stolen life. The fast-paced, conversational first-person narration makes for good escapist entertainment for chick-lit readers. (Fiction. YA)
Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
"This blend of old–fashioned love story with lively contemporary details will satisfy readers fond of a solid summer romance."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061122828
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 6/23/2009
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 289,761
  • Age range: 13 years
  • Product dimensions: 4.90 (w) x 7.10 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Elizabeth Scott grew up in a town so small it didn't even have a post office, though it did boast an impressive cattle population. She's sold hardware and panty hose and had a memorable three-day stint in the dot-com industry, where she learned that she really didn't want a career burning CDs. She lives just outside Washington, DC, with her husband; firmly believes you can never own too many books; and would love it if you visited her website, www.elizabethwrites.com.

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Stealing Heaven

Chapter One

My first memory is staring through a window into a house that isn't mine. I'm not very old, three or four at the most, and a hand rests on my head and fingers tap twice softly on my left ear. I know this means I must be extra super quiet and wait exactly where I am. I am good at being quiet. I am good at waiting.

The window opens. Through it I see a carpet. It's all different colors and enormous, stretching out as far as I can see. I stare at it for a long time and then I hear a bag fall, clinking softly as it lands. I am scooped up in a pair of arms and held tight, the only sound the rhythmic slap of feet hitting the ground over and over again.

My name is Danielle. I'm eighteen. I've been stealing things for as long as I can remember.

Stealing Heaven. Copyright © by Elizabeth Scott. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 6, 2008

    Adult Content...Parents Beware!

    This book was bought by my 11 year old in the young readers section for 7-12 year olds. Although my daughter is emotionally healthy and is aware of male/female relationships, this book has material in it that parents should be made aware of...see chapter 7. I was appalled and my daughter was very upset and asked to return the book immediately. It would be great if 'sexual content' was included on the covers for the younger readers.

    19 out of 41 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 22, 2009

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    Stealing Heaven is another hit

    This story was amazing in every sense and Elizabeth Scott has out done herself yet again. I'm really not sure how it's possible, but her novels just get better and better as they come out! This is by far my favorite of her novels, though they are all excellent. The story was completely original and was beautifully written. There were no hitches between paragraphs where I felt myself wondering what was going on, everything just flowed. Danielle's character was also one of a kind. She had so many emotions that she thrust upon the reader that I truly felt like she was telling me her story I wasn't just reading it. Also Elizabeth Scott has once again shared an important lesson, not accepting the life your parents had as your own, and made it clear to the readers in a fun way. I was really intrigued to read about how Danielle struggled deciding what kind of life she wanted to live, not just the life she was always used to. I think this is definitely a prominent issue with teens today and like I said before, Elizabeth made thinking about the importance of this decision very real and significant. I absolutely cannot wait to read more by Elizabeth Scott as she is truly a gifted, wonderful, and fabulous author.

    8 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 21, 2009

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    A great read!

    A truly enjoyable, gripping novel. I loved it, and I think teens all around can gobble this one up.

    6 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 15, 2008

    Liv's Book Reviews

    I loved this book! I had heard tons of good things about it, and it definitely did not disappoint. I think that Elizabeth Scott's novels just keep getting better and better. I've read all of them so far I think and I've liked all of them a ton so I'm really glad that Stealing Heaven was able to keep up that good-ness streak for me. I really liked how all of the characters were really in depth and relatable. The story put a girl whom we could all think of ourselves as being into a situation that none of us could imagine being in. I think the author portrayed the most normal and sincere teen girl in a beautiful way. You could see all the things that she was feeling and going through as she was put into many different situations. I also adored the character of Greg. Seriously though, what's with all of the perfect and utterly unreal guy characters?! It just makes me ache whenever I read about these flawless guys, the likes of which I believe do not exist in the real world. Even though Greg's character was realisticly unattainable, you can't help but love guys like him anyways. I think the thing I liked the best about the book though was the whole flow of the writing. Nothing was rushed and the story moved at a perfect pace. I loved being able to read about the events through Dani's eyes and I think that if the book hadn't been narrated by her it wouldn't have been as good just because she had such a fluid and relatable voice. I think the only teeny thing that bothered me was that in the end, the issue that Dani and Allison had with each other wasn't wrapped up like I would have liked it to have been. Other than that, Stealing Heaven was perfect from the beginning sentences to the adorable ending. It's a perfect summer read.

    6 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 24, 2013

    Good read

    Good book to read if you want something quick. Author also has other good books too.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 17, 2008

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    Reviewed by Jaglvr for TeensReadToo.com

    Dani goes by many names. Her name changes depending on where she and her mother have moved for their next job. Dani and her mother are thieves. Her father is no longer in the picture. He was caught during a robbery and was sent to prison when Dani was younger. Once he was paroled, he faded from their lives. Now Dani and her mother travel all around the country planning their next big job. <BR/><BR/>Since she was little, Dani's mother has always taught her to believe in silver and things she can hold and sell. But now, at eighteen, they have moved to Heaven, a coastal town. Her mom has her sights set on the huge mansions along the beach. Dani's thoughts are changing toward the future. She keeps having thoughts about what it would be like if they settled down and she could be normal. <BR/><BR/>While scouting the area for her mother, Dani meets Allison and Greg. Allison turns out to be the daughter of the house her mother has decided to hit. Allison accepts her, no questions asked. Greg turns out to be intrigued by Dani. He's also a cop. Greg is the worst possible type of guy for a girl in her position to be interested in. Yet Greg keeps turning up, and for the first time in her life, Dani finds herself telling him the truth about things. She even goes so far as to tell him her real name. Allison knows her as Sydney, but Greg has met the real Dani. <BR/><BR/>Complications arise in Heaven for Dani and her mother, and the story comes to a satisfying conclusion for the reader. Dani is torn between what she wants to do and what she's obligated to do for her mother. Dani struggles with doubts of her mother's love, as well as her attraction to Greg. She wants desperately to fit in and finally make friends, but the life she's always lived keeps getting in the way. <BR/><BR/>STEALING HEAVEN is the second book I've been fortunate enough to read by Ms. Scott. And I have to admit that I loved this one even more than PERFECT YOU. Of course, now I must go back and read BLOOM, and wait eagerly for her future release, LIVING DEAD GIRL. Ms. Scott was an unknown author for the Class of 2007. Well, I'm pleased to say I believe she will be around for many years. Her stories keep evolving and her audience will surely grow along with her increasing library.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 8, 2009

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    A wonderful Book

    This book is about a girl who was raised by a thief. She moves to a town with her mother for their next big "Job" but finds staying anonymous fairly difficult in the new town. Especially when one of the very small town's police officers shows an interest for her. So much for the low profile. I loved Stealing Heaven. It had a wonderful writing style, a character that everyone will love, chalked full of laughs as well as being thought prevoking... A must read

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 6, 2008

    She Steals, She Scores!

    Danielle has been stealing things for as long as she can remember. She travels from town to town with her mother, robbing the rich of their valuable silver. That's how she ends up in Heaven, a beautiful beach town where many rich people vacation. But there's something different about this city. Danielle can't seem to keep a low profile. She becomes friendly with a talkative girl named Allison and starts falling for a cute guy named Greg. But the job isn't as easy as all the other jobs Danielle has done. She has to steal silver from the Donaldson's, but that would mean stealing from Allison, the first person Danielle has ever called a friend. And Greg turns out to be a cop. Danielle is torn between her loyalty for her mother and her yearning for a normal life. Stealing Heaven was an amazingly well-written novel. I got the sense that I really got to know all the main characters, and I felt a connection to Danielle, even though Thievery is not my life. But there is some much more to Dani than just being a thief. She is clever, careful, and above all things loyal. She often sacrifices for her mom, and although her loyalty to her mother sometimes gets in the way, I loved how at the end, Dani finally gets what she wants. I loved how the ending was neatly wrapped up and made me feel hopeful. I also like how most elements of this book can be applied to anyone who feels out of the ordinary sometimes. I can honestly say that I fell in love with this book. I definitely look forward to reading more of Elizabeth Scott's novels, and I highly recommend buying this novel.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 17, 2013

    This book is AMAZING! I would totally rec-amend  this book to a

    This book is AMAZING! I would totally rec-amend  this book to a friend.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 13, 2011

    Interesting book! really intriguing!

    Stealing Heaven by Elizabeth Scott is very interesting.When a 18 year old girl named Danielle goes from town to town, visiting rich peoples houses to steal there valuables with her mother. When all of a sudden she realizes there is more to life than money. Danielle doesn't want to steal anymore, instead she wants a house of her own and to get an education. She also meet a guy she really likes. Yet hes a cop so there is no way a criminal can steal and have a law enforcement boyfriend. The conflicts she faced were very unique compared to any other teenager. Like getting arrested for stolen silver, or running away from each state.The ending is somewhat foreshadowed throughout the reading. Yet the ending still becomes a big shock. It is not the normal happy ending like usual books. There are many conflicts in this book. Its a great book with intense events!

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 7, 2010

    A Little Disappointed

    I usually love Elizabeth Scott's books, but this...was just not her best work. I would stick with her other books.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 5, 2008

    FAVORITE SINCE TWILIGHT!

    A truly gripping story. I would reccomend this book to children over 12. To the lady who bought this for her daughter and said it was 'advanced,' I totally think your bookstore had this book in the wrong category. Or your daughter was to young or immature for the content. It's a great story about coming of age. I would read this book if you loved Twilight.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 17, 2013

    Cute

    It was a good book. I enjoyed it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 25, 2013

    Will

    Will someone please add me as a nook friend i really need one if you want to add me just leave yo info under to mrs.steal yo boii i will add you just leave yo stuff up here

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 17, 2013

    To ahanah

    R u there what is your email so we can be nook friends

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 14, 2013

    This book so far.....

    This book is a good book so far but how did they not get caught...............awnser me please

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 13, 2013

    Loved

    Really cute book. I would totally recommend this to a friend.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 18, 2012

    Six out of ten stars

    This book was an okay book... it was overall entertaining but it was slow and repetive and boring at some parts. The character frustrated me at times because even though the answers to her problems were obvious, she just couldn't figure out a soloution. It was a good book but its not the kind you want to read over and over again like other books.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 16, 2012

    No

    Nope

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 25, 2012

    Wtf

    Out of all the Elizabeh Scott books I have ever read his ome sucked!

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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