By Elizabeth Scott
(HarperTeen, Hardcover, 9780061122804, 320pp.)
Publication Date: June 2008
My name is Danielle. I'm eighteen. I've been stealing things for as long as I can remember.
Dani has been trained as a thief by the besther mother. Together, they move from town to town, targeting wealthy homes and making a living by stealing antique silver. They never stay in one place long enough to make real connections, real friendsa real life.
In the beach town of Heaven, though, everything changes. For the first time, Dani starts to feel at home. She's making friends and has even met a guy. But these people can never know the real Danibecause of who she is. When it turns out that her new friend lives in the house they've targeted for their next job and the cute guy is a cop, Dani must question where her loyalties lie: with the life she's always knownor the one she's always wanted.
Elizabeth Scott grew up in a town so small it didn't even have a post office, though it did boast an impressive cattle population. She's sold hardware and panty hose and had a memorable three-day stint in the dot-com industry, where she learned that she really didn't want a career burning CDs. She lives just outside Washington, DC, with her husband; firmly believes you can never own too many books; and would love it if you visited her website, www.elizabethwrites.com.
“With characters ranging from the insincerely charming to the charmingly sincere, Stealing Heaven just may steal your heart.”
-A. M. Jenkins, author of Damage
“Scott tells a surprising story…Dani is a brave teen who can and does shape a strong future for herself. ”
“The fast-paced, conversational first-person narration makes for good escapist entertainment.”
“Dani, with her witty dialogue, gives a new perspective full of hope to YAs who feel trapped between family and friends.”
“This blend of old–fashioned love story with lively contemporary details will satisfy readers fond of a solid summer romance.”
-Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books
“Deceptively touching…the twist of a family of thieves gives the story originality.”
-School Library Journal