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On a foggy night in Amsterdam, a man falls from a rooftop to the wet pavement below. It's Alfie McQuinn, the notorious cat burglar, and he's dying. As sirens wail in the distance, Alfie manages to get out two last words to his young son, March: "Find jewels."

But March learns that his father is not talking about a stash of loot. He's talking about Jules, the twin sister March never knew he had. No sooner than the two find each other, they're picked up by the police and sent to the world's worst orphanage. It's not prison, but it feels like it.

March and Jules have no intention of staying put. They know their father's business inside and out, and they're tired of being pushed around. Just one good heist, and they'll live the life of riches and freedom most kids only dream about.

Watch out! There are wild kids on the loose and a crime spree coming . . .

Hardcover, 272 pages
Published on June 24, 2014 by Scholastic Press
ISBN-10: 0545468027
ISBN-13: 9780545468022
77 Book Reviews
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  • happypug12
    happypug12Friday, September 30, 2016 at 10:32 am33 starsFeatured
    The tides are turned in Loot. You will end up rooting for the thieves and not the cops. This book shows that everyone has a different side, whether they're a criminal, a misfit, an orphan, or a fired cop. Loot really does have a lot of potential, but when I was reading it, I felt like I was eating a half-baked pizza. The first 40 chapters of the book were ant-climactic and slow, and the last 40 chapters were pulse-pounding mayhem, making the book inconsistent. Mrs. Watson gave the book a feel that she was either half-asleep some days while writing Loot, or hyper on coffee on other days. But I have to say, the villains were designed wonderfully, and you never know who to trust. Allies turn out to be enemies. And the last 40 chapters of the book were page-turners, and my heart WAS beating louder than the actual character's hearts in the book. This book was a thriller and had a good concept. I suggest to people who haven't read to much mystery, and whose expectations aren't super high; but there are a few good parts in this book, so don't be hindered by me if you are curious, you may end up liking Loot. I never did learn how to steal a fortune, though.
    • hermione14
      hermione14Monday, October 10, 2016 at 9:22 am
      I'll try to read.
    • adamaka6909
      adamaka6909Monday, September 26, 2016 at 3:34 pm
      I love this book
      • iismael15
        iismael15Friday, September 23, 2016 at 7:45 am
        Its a very good book about a thief that is only 13 years old. Has a lot of descriptive word like foggy and dark night.
        • sushi321
          sushi321Sunday, September 4, 2016 at 11:56 am
          Really good book. On a foggy night in Amsterdam,Alfie McQuinn falls from a rooftop to the wet pavement below. Alfie manages to get out two last words to his young son, March: "Find jewels." But March learns that his father is not talking about a stash of loot. He's talking about Jules, the twin sister March never knew he had. Then, they're picked up by the police and sent to the world's worst orphanage. March and Jules have no intention of staying put. They know their father's business inside and out, and they're tired of being pushed around. What will they do? Read and find out.
          • helloTuesday, August 30, 2016 at 5:18 am
            If you like thrilling action packed books this is for you.
            • annabethluna
              annabethlunaFriday, August 26, 2016 at 1:34 pm44 stars
              One night March( a boy) is with his father while he dies. The father tells the boy go find treasure and he doesn't mean actual treasure, but instead his long lost twin sister. So, March goes on his adventure to go find his long lost twin sister.
              • strawberry1234
                strawberry1234Thursday, August 11, 2016 at 7:00 am11 star
                I thought this was a little to creepy. It gave me nightmares i would not read this book it was not very good. You can read it if you want
                • nonstopreader
                  nonstopreaderThursday, July 14, 2016 at 9:11 pm55 stars
                  This book is probably one of my favorites of the Summer Selection. The back and the first chapter hook you and almost everything come back. This book, is great, intense, humorous, and much more. I would like to know if there is another book by the author or another book in the series.
                  • coolgirlintown
                    coolgirlintownThursday, July 14, 2016 at 8:17 am44 stars
                    I really like this book a lot and totally recommend it to any one. You guys would love so so so so so so so much.
                    • jsmyth
                      jsmythFriday, July 8, 2016 at 7:29 pm44 starsFeatured
                      There is a lot to love about Loot. Jewel heists? Master plans? Kid criminals? Yes, please! I love stories about kid spies or criminals (both would be even better!) and this book had potential. Sadly, I can't call it a favorite. I don't love it, but I don't hate it either. The main characters were Jules, March, Darius and Izzy. They were all pretty awesome and even though the likelihood of kids having their abilities is practically non-existent, I enjoyed the humor and energy between them. The teamwork is incredible. For example, even though Darius is the stereotypical "tough guy," he is very protective of Izzy, who is practically a younger sister to him. I think my main issue I have with this book is that the whole story is highly improbable, particularly the ending. This book is meant to be entertaining. I get it. But these kids are easily breaking into heavily-guarded places with merely a few hours of planning. How likely does that sound? Not very probable. The ending was also highly unrealistic. This ruined the reading experience for me. That being said, there were many aspects of Loot that I enjoyed a lot. Besides stellar action scenes, this book could also be very funny. I don't laugh out loud very often but this book cracked me up sometimes. Here's an example taken from the ARC in which Jules and March are visiting Hamish, one of their father's business associates. "Jasmine, can you cover the register?" "You told me to concentrate on e-commerce orders today," she said. "Change messes up my aura." "The universe has many paths, and yours leads to the cash register," Hamish said. "Peace out," she answered with a shrug, and left. See? Funny. Before beginning Loot, I wasn't sure how the whole "being a criminal" thing would be handled. This is a MG novel after all! In real life, criminality is absolutely horrible. Gang wars, drugs, guns, etc. It wasn't all covered, but Jude Watson didn't do a bad job of representing the backstabbing and treachery of the criminal world without going into gruesome details It was an entertaining and funny read that I can recommend to MG fans of Gordan Korman.