Title: Thieving Weasels
Author: Billy Taylor
Recommended for: 8th grade and up
Call Number/Link: TEEN FICTION TAYLOR, B.
Synopsis: Cameron Smith attends an elite boarding school and has just been accepted to Princeton University alongside his beautiful girlfriend, Claire. Life for Cameron would be perfect, except that Cameron Smith is actually Skip O’Rourke, and Skip O’Rourke ran away from his grifter family four years ago…along with $100,000 of their “earnings” (because starting a new life is not cheap). But when his uncle Wonderful tracks him down, Skip’s given an ultimatum: come back to the family for one last con, or say good-bye to life as Cameron.
“One last con” is easier said than done when Skip’s family is just as merciless (and just as manipulative) as they’ve always been, and everyone around him is lying. Skip may have given up on crime, but there’s one lesson he hasn’t forgotten: always know your mark. And if you don’t know who your mark is . . . it’s probably you.
I enjoyed this book. Ally Carter’s Heist Society books are some of my favorites and this book has some of the same feel. It’s not quite as fanciful as the Carter books (where they talk about cons with names like Rapunzel or Big Bad Wolf with a twist). This seems a bit grittier but still very entertaining for lovers of heist and con artist books. Light and fun with no teen drama and angst to slow things down.