Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Con Academy

Everyone likes a good caper ... heist ... fleece of the undeserving entitled rich kid!  Well today your wish has been answered in the form of Con Academy.  Take a fun ride in to a world where money is no object and revenge is for the weak.

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Title: Con Academy

Author: Joe Schreiber

Target: Grades 6 and up

Series: No

What this book is about: 
Will Shea is a con artist who has finagled his way into an exclusive prep school.  But it turns out he isn’t the only grifter on campus and there isn’t room for both of them.  So Will and his counterpart, Andrea, devise a contest to see who stays.  The first one to fleece Brandt Rush, the resident super rich kid, out of $50K gets to remain a student at the illustrious institution.  The looser must go home packing.  May the best con win!

Why I love this book: 
This book is a fun read.  While not particularly deep and developed, it moves quickly and readers will want to see how these two intend to fleece their intended target. Think a book version of Oceans Eleven or Mission Impossible.  There are some nice twists and turns at the end that will keep the reader guessing. 

I liked Will a lot and so despite the con, you are rooting for him to win.  There is a nice redemption section at the end, so you need not worry that your child will be tempted into a life of crime.  I actually could have done without the romance, but it is minimal, so boys won’t get bogged down in anything too romantic.  

Who this book is for: 
 Reminded me a lot of the book Trust Me, I’m Lying but with a male protagonist.  Kids who like books where the con is on, like Loot and Heist Society should enjoy this one.

Final thoughts: 
Love the title!  Our students use Kahn Academy here, so the play on the name gets quite a few smiling eye rolls.

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