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Release Date
August 30, 2016
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978-0545863469
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So why is March McQuin dangling upside-down twenty feet above a stone floor in the middle of the night, instead of tucked in bed like a regular kid? Along with his twin sister, Jules, he’s set on stealing a set of stunning diamonds. It should have been an easy job, in and out. Except another thief got there first. March and Jules are lucky to escape with their lives, and one measly stone.

Now the botched heist has created a world of trouble. The stone they grabbed was the Morning Star, one of a trio of famous sapphires, and it’s cursed. The theft puts the twins and their friends in the crosshairs of Interpol, the FBI, and a vicious adult gang of criminals. And worst of all, the only way to break the curse and set everything to rights is by pulling off two more impossible heists... and stealing the other two sapphires in the set.

Break out the black gloves. Lay out the masks. There’s a full moon coming, and jewels to steal...

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A Thrilling Middle Grades Read

In LOOT, Jude Watson introduced readers to teens March, Jules, Izzy, and Darius as the four were brought together and forged into a family through various adventures. STING is a follow-up to that book, but it stands on its own quite well.

STING begins with a flashback to a past heist. An unidentified thief grabs three perfect—but curse--star sapphires, but has to change the planned exit strategy due to unexpected complications. The next chapter starts with a thrill as March and his crew go after those sapphires fifteen years later—only to find that there are others trying to steal the same gems. On the same night. At the exact same time. What follows is a breathless dash through the streets of Paris, Brooklyn, and Miami as March, Jules, Izzy, and Darius lose everything they own, try to regain their fortune, battle inner demons, and work to keep their family together all while making connections, planning heists, and putting together deals.

STING has short chapters that kept me engaged throughout the book. The action sequences and intricate plots were well described so that I was fully immersed in the story and never confused by ever-shifting events. The characters weren’t deeply drawn, but that could be the result of the book being the second in the series and the assumption that readers have read the first book (I haven’t). I would have loved to know more about Darius and Izzy as the brother-sister team of March and Jules is the focus of most of the backstory given.

All in all, this book is a great middle grades thriller with a bit of wit, a lot of thrill, a nod to the paranormal, and a warm take on what makes a family. Presuming the first book is as good as the second, I highly recommend the series to middle grade readers who like their books with a lot of action.

My thanks to the publisher and YA Books Central for a copy of the book in exchange for my honest review.

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Part of a series, but works well as a stand-alone book too

Something for everyone with wit, action, paranormal aspects, and family relationships
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