Mallory Richards, a bright American college senior with serious hacker chops, is on the precipice of landing her dream job printing the Euro, the first new currency in the twenty-first century.
When an accident leaves Mallory’s father dead and her mother in a coma, Mallory discovers that her parents were once international art thieves—and that an original Monet still hangs in their basement. In a letter written before his death, Mallory’s father reveals that he had been planning to steal 30 million of the new Euros before their official release. He challenges his daughter to follow in his footsteps by pulling off this “perfect job,” to pilfer the very money she had been so excited to help create.
Using her father’s plans, Mallory hooks up with his former partners and heads to France for the heist. The theft goes down, and Mallory is comforted by a sense of being closer to her lost parents—but it isn’t long before she discovers that the thrill of being in league with criminals is not worth the risk.
The best time to steal something is before it’s worth anything.
Help Me Rhonda
Ten-year-old Rhonda realizes how she feels about herself is more important than her name. Tormented by the song “Help Me Rhonda” and feeling cursed by an unusual name, she changes it and feels more popular. When she learns her name came from her father’s favorite aunt, she changes her name back to Rhonda. Inspired by song that haunts her, she begins a school newspaper advice column. The column provides the opportunity for a series for illustrating constructive solutions to issues that worry children.
The book also explores the meaning and origins of names in a lively multi-cultural dialogue. Because the topic will spark the reader’s interest in their own name it includes an appendix with instructions and references for researching names on the Internet. This short chapter book is written for young readers
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