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How to Lead A Life of Crime

Miller, Kirsten (Book - 2013 )
Average Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5.
How to Lead A Life of Crime
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A teenaged pickpocket, haunted by the ghost of his brother killed by his father, is recruited for Mandel Academy, a school for criminals where only one student survives each semester.
Authors: Miller, Kirsten, 1973-
Title: How to lead a life of crime
Publisher: New York :, Razorbill,, [2013]
Characteristics: 434 pages :,maps ;,22 cm
Content Type: text
Media Type: unmediated
Carrier Type: volume
Summary: A teenaged pickpocket, haunted by the ghost of his brother killed by his father, is recruited for Mandel Academy, a school for criminals where only one student survives each semester.
ISBN: 1595145184
9781595145185
Statement of Responsibility: Kirsten Miller
Copyright Date: ©2013
Subject Headings: Survival Fiction. Schools Fiction. Criminals Fiction. Ghosts Fiction. Survival Fiction. Schools Fiction. Criminals Fiction.
Genre/Form: Young adult fiction.
Ghost stories.
Topical Term: Survival
Schools
Criminals
Ghosts
Survival
Schools
Criminals
LCCN: 2012031576
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Jul 03, 2014
  • tigerlilies rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Such an interesting novel with many twists some as a reader you predict, but some catch you by surprise. A great story with mystery mixed in.

Jul 13, 2013
  • _sherry_ rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I loved this book. With so many brilliant characters, it's only natural for this book to have a complex plot full of many twists and turns. The characters are witty and humorous and have many surprises up their sleeves. Rather than being a typical "kill or be killed" kind of book, How to Lead a Life of Crime shows us what happens when characters refuse to play by the rules.

"Mandel Academy: the elite training ground for the next generation of criminal masterminds. With a student body of drug dealers, hackers, thieves, and assassins, it’s “Hogwarts for hustlers”… and if teen pickpocket Flick can only survive there until graduation, he can finally take down his evil father (a Mandel grad) for his brother’s murder. However, Flick's revenge plans are sidelined, when his girlfriend Joi is enrolled at Mandel as well. Can the two cooperate to protect each other, or will the vicious competition and deadly treachery of the school destroy them? Find out in this fast-moving, unpredictable, and intriguingly gruesome page-turner." June 2013 Teen Scene newsletter http://www.nextreads.com/Display2.aspx?SID=5acc8fc1-4e91-4ebe-906d-f8fc5e82a8e0&N=640668

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Jul 02, 2013
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Jul 03, 2014
  • tigerlilies rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Shortly after the novel begins, Flick begins a journey to avenge his brother's death. He is promised evidence his father murdered his brother if he attends Mandel Academy and graduates. Essentially the school teaches the students how to successfully become crooks. As graduates they would be a linked community that plays the system without being caught. The students have to fight to survive. Literally fight for their lives. While attending the school Flick begins to uncover and discover the academy's hidden secrets. As he rises to the top and manipulates other stars of the academy, his friend Joi whom he left behind to keep safe is integrated into the student body. She begins removing Flick from power and upturning the academy's ways. At first s he appears to ruin all his progress and prove to be a threat to his mission, but she soon becomes his greatest ally. She successfully undermines the school system by blackmailing the headmaster, while saving the students and destroying the school.

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