By Jack Heath
(Scholastic Inc., Hardcover, 9780545512664, 256pp.)
Publication Date: April 2013
Other Editions of This Title: Paperback
When a heist goes wrong, teen thief Ash finds herself in a high stakes game of cat-and-mouse.
Ashley "Ash" Arthur is a teen thief. Motivated by the thrills as much as the money, she's pulled off some amazing heists with the help of her childhood friend Benjamin, who acts as tech support. Now she's got the world's richest man in her sights, convinced that Hammond Buckland has 2 million dollars hidden away in his corporate HQ.
Ash isn't the only one with an interest in Buckland. The Australian government gets his fortune if he dies on their soil, so they've sent their #2 assassin, Peachey, to kill him. With Ash and Peachey both sneaking around the office building and working at cross purposes, it's only a matter of time before their paths cross and Peachey decides Ash has seen too much to live.
Once it's a matter of life and death, can Ash keep her eye on the prize?
Set over the course of a single night within a single building, this is a page-turning thriller with gadgets, guts, and summer-blockbuster action.
Jack Heath is the award-winning author of six action-packed thrillers for young adults. He started writing his first novel, The Lab, at age 13. He lives in Australia. Visit him online at jackheath.com.au.
Praise for THE LAB:
"Fans of Anthony Horowitz's "Alex Rider" (Philomel) or James Patterson's "Maximum Ride" (Little, Brown) series will be hooked on this novel. An action-packed, suspense-filled story." - School Library Journal
"Even though it was written when the author was in high school, this action-packed page-turner features steady pacing, taut prose, and even a little character development. . . . This personal progress is accomplished amidst a barrage of video game-style spy stuff, battles, rescues, car chases, explosions, escapes, and surprisingly well-oiled wheels within wheels. A strong start; stay tuned for sequels." - Booklist
"Australian author Heath balances the flashy fight scenes with enough introspection to please both lovers of action and fans of character development, and readers will appreciate the sharp realism of the slight but highly clever twist at the end." - BCCB