Friday, January 9, 2015

Kid's Books Where the Con Is On

Today I have fun one.  There is just something about a book where cons are being played and you are never quite sure who to trust that makes for a can't put down read.

Of course to con someone you have to have charm and who doesn't like to read about someone who is so charismatic.  Also, you have to understand human behavior and it's entertaining to see how someone else is taken in by traits and insecurities we all posses.

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Title:Trust Me, I’m Lying

Author:Mary Elizabeth Summer

Target:Grades 6 and up

Series:This is the first book in a planned series

What this book is about: 
Julep Dupree attends a private school in Chicago, but she is anything but swanky.  In fact, she and her father are con artists, and this school is her attempt to turn her life around.  However, when her father mysteriously disappears, she has to turn to her grifting ways, not only try and find him, but also to earn enough money to pay tuition and keep a roof over her head.  Thankfully her school is full of marks, but also friends who will help her at every turn.

Why I love this book: 
This is just a fun caper story filled with cons and twists.  I actually enjoyed the con she did for her fellow classmate the best - getting the most popular girl in school to go to the dance with the established nerd.  However, the meat of the story is Julep’s attempts to find her father and to do that she has to outwit the mob!

I do have to note that there is one instance where the word “bitch” is used in the text.  It is almost at the end and there were no other swear words in the book, so I was so bummed.  Not needed and now I have to let you know about it.  Other than that everything was age appropriate.

Who this book is for: 
Kids who liked Loot and Heist Society will absolutely enjoy this one.  

Final thoughts: 
I really appreciated Julep’s understanding of human behavior.  Most of her cons are based on simply understanding how people think.

To purchase this book:
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