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Watson, Jude.
New York : Scholastic, 2014
IL 5-8, RL 4.2
ISBN 0545468027

(2 booktalks)
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Booktalk #1

Advice from Alfie McQuin to his son, March:

*Never trust a guy who says “trust me”.

*If you think nothing can go wrong---you’d better think again.

*Panic doesn’t get you anything but arrested.

March McQuin has led an “interesting” life so far.  Being raised by his widowed dad, who also happens to be an international jewel thief, has resulted in many moves to many countries and countless transfers from one school to another.  Through it all, though, they’ve always had each other, and Alfie has passed on his wisdom as well as “homeschooling” March in the art of burglary.

But Alfie’s latest heist has gone terribly wrong.  Now March is on his own, and he’s being followed.  He’s going to need all of the skills and wisdom his father gave him just to survive, let alone to solve the mystery of Alfie’s last request---“Find jewels…”

What jewels? Or, maybe, who is Jules? March will find friends and allies where he least expects them, but there are enemies out there, too.  And they’re all trying to be first to find….the loot.

This high-speed adventure will have you hooked from the first chapter to the last.  (Booktalk by the NH Great Stone Face Committee)

Booktalk #2

March McQuinn and his father live a life most kids can only dream about, summer in Milan, winter in Spain, but there are problems too. March is often alone, waiting for his father to complete his latest heist. When the unthinkable happens, March is left with no one and ends up being taken back to America with a twin sister he has never met to live in a group home. When the twins begin to examine their father’s mysterious past, they find themselves on a bigger high stakes adventure than either has experienced before. (Booktalk by the Louisiana Young Readers' Choice Committee)

SUBJECTS:   Robbers and outlaws -- Fiction.
                        Jewelry -- Fiction.
                        Twins -- Fiction.
                        Brothers and sisters -- Fiction.
                        Orphans -- Fiction.
                        Adventure and adventurers -- Fiction.
                        Adventure fiction.

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