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Stealing Heaven

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by Elizabeth Scott
     
 

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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—her mother. Together, they move from town to town, targeting wealthy homes and making a living by stealing antique silver. They never stay in one place long enough to make real

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—her mother. Together, they move from town to town, targeting wealthy homes and making a living by stealing antique silver. They never stay in one place long enough to make real connections, real friends—a real life.

In the beach town of Heaven, though, everything changes. For the first time, Dani starts to feel at home. She's making friends and has even met a guy. But these people can never know the real Dani—because of who she is. When it turns out that her new friend lives in the house they've targeted for their next job and the cute guy is a cop, Dani must question where her loyalties lie: with the life she's always known—or the one she's always wanted.

Editorial Reviews

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."
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
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
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.”
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.”
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.”

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780061122804
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
05/27/2008
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
7.42(w) x 5.34(h) x 1.12(d)
Age Range:
13 - 12 Years

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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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A.M. Jenkins
“With characters ranging from the insincerely charming to the charmingly sincere, Stealing Heaven just may steal your heart.”

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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