Pilfer Academy: A School So Bad It's Criminal
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"Troublemaking George has never heard of Pilfer Academy, a top-secret school for cultivating young crooks, until he's kidnapped as its newest student. The teachers are kooky at best, and naughty does not even begin to describe his sneaky, smart, and morally bankrupt new classmates. Between disguise classes, cracking safes, and DIY gadgets, George becomes an expert bandit and finds true friendship with Tabitha, his new partner-in-crime. But everything is ruined when George comes to a shocking realization- He is just tooagood-heartedato be a thief!a Unfortunately, not thieving is not an option at Pilfer Academy, and 'misbehaving' students face Dean Deanbugle's favorite punishment-the Whirlyblerg! In order to gain their freedom, George and Tabitha must pull the biggest heist the school has ever seen and reveal their true colors not as thieves, but as kind (and, okay, mischievous) kids. Praise foraPilfer Academy- 'Magaziner creates another weird and silly world that mirrors Hogwarts without the magic . . . A fun fantasy romp.'aKirkus Reviewsa Praise foraThe Only Thing Worse Than Witches-a'CombinesaRoald Dahl's WitchesaandaLouis Sachar's Wayside School . . .areaders will banish themselves from the ordinary world to finish this book in a flash.'aKirkus Reviews, starred review'A rollicking tale . . . first-time novelist Lauren Magaziner fashions a rich and compelling alternative reality.'aThe Chicago Tribune'Magaziner's debut has echoes ofaDahl's Matilda . . .aa fun, frothy story that will, well, charm its readers.'aPublishers Weekly'Mrs. Frabbleknacker is as awful as her name, with antics reminiscent of scenes fromaLouis Sachar's Sideways Stories from Wayside Schoolagone wrong.'aSchool Library Journal'Ideal for middle-grade readers who loveaRoald Dahl's Matildaa(1988) and enjoy humor with their fantasy, this debut novel is madcap and fantastical. It's the perfect thing for kids not quite ready foraDiane DuaneaorMadeleine L'Engle.'aBooklist'The kids' slowly forming friendship has real grace and authenticity . . .aEva Ibbotsonafans will appreciate the quirky humor.'aBCCB'This hilarious, light-hearted debut would be a great read-aloud for middle grade classrooms.'aLibrary Media Connection"