Title: Thieving Weasels
Author: Billy Taylor
Recommended for: 8th grade and up
Pages: 250 pages
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.
Witty and irresistibly readable, this standout debut will always keep you guessing.
I enjoyed this book. It reminds me a little of the Heist Society but darker. Where Heist Society was light and funny for the most part, Thieving Weasels is not. Cameron/Skip’s family is really horrible and the one last con is to kill a old gangster. I didn’t see all the differnet turns that came in the story at first, but by the end you are questioning what is real and what is a line your are being feed. I really admire the Cameron is trying to get out of the family buisness. The unfortunate thing is that he has to lie and con just to get away from the family. The plot is well thought out at every turn.