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HOW TO LEAD A LIFE OF CRIME
by Kirsten Miller

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary Young Adult

2013 Young Adult Contemporary Nominee

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A totally awesome, twist-filled book. Miller subverts the oft-times tired trope of a down-on-his-luck kid enrolling in a secret, special private school. An added delight is Joi, who is refreshingly surprising and stereotype-free.

Pickpocket Flick is living on the streets of New York City, sometimes sleeping at Joi’s makeshift orphanage. He’s approached by Lucien Mandel, dean of the storied Mandel Academy, the alma mater of Flick’s rich, successful and awful dad. Lucien offers admission to the elusive school. Flick’s ready to blow him off — until he hears that Lucien has evidence that can take Flick’s father down. (RAZORBILL, Feb., 358 pp., $18.99, ISBN: 9781595145185, HC, 15 & Up)

Reviewed By: Marie Bongiorno

Publisher: RAZORBILL

Published: February 2013

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