Tuesday, May 27, 2014

To Miss Lawless Would Be Criminal

I like the idea of schools where unconventional things happen.  I think these stories always gave me hope, as a kid, that there was more out there than my day to day experiences.  It was also easier to imagine something in a setting that at least had some resemblance to my own!

In the book I am profiling today, kids go to school to learn to be master criminals, of the elite variety.  Now come on ... how cool is that?

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Title:       Lawless

Author:   Jeffrey Salane

Target:    Grades 5-7

Series:     This is the first book in a planned series

What this book is about: 
M Freeman has always been destined to go the Lawless School.  The only problem is that no one told her it is a school for up and coming criminals.  While she thought her father was an art restorer, it turns out he was a master thief of fine art work.  However, her unconventional home schooling has made her the perfect candidate and she excels at Art History (stolen masterpieces), PE (escaping on the run) and Language Arts (lies and alibis). But, who can you trust in a school full of criminals?  When a heist goes wrong she isn’t quite sure who to turn to!

Why I love this book: 
Ok, this is just fun stuff.  The book is well written and just hooks you in from the first chapter.  Who doesn’t love a school full of criminals with twists and turns at every corner?  Most kids will feel the classes at the Lawless School are a vast improvement over what they are currently taking.  

I also love that the main character is a girl and that it isn’t relevant in the least to the enjoyment of the story.  Boys will enjoy this book as much as girls which is a nice turn with a female lead.  

Who this book is for: 
Most kids will sink their teeth into this one.  It is a younger version of the HIVE series and Heist Society, so if those appealed to your kids, than this one will be a hit.

Final thoughts: 
Perhaps the lawless life for me? I am a fan.

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