The Classy Crooks Club

The Classy Crooks Club

Book - 2016
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"Twelve-year-old AJ is dreading spending the summer with her uber-strict grandmother--that is, until she's recruited to join Grandma Jo's madcap band of thieves"--
Publisher: New York, New York : Aladdin, 2016.
Edition: First Aladdin hardcover edition.
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9781481446372
Branch Call Number: XF CHERRY, ALISON
Characteristics: 322 pages ; 22 cm


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Janelle Tan
Oct 08, 2017

This book was full of suspense which I did like lots. There were lots of repeats but overall, it didn’t matter much.

Mar 11, 2017

So it's not a secret: AJ's grandma is in a heist club. This is VERY much a 5th graders book. Girl wants approval of adult but adult won't give it. Has a best friend but AJ's actions/ words are misunderstood. There's a mean girl but actually she's misunderstood too. Around page 175, that got real old because it kept repeating the same style scenarios. There's an odd twist towards the end. Even though the book dropped hints along the way, it still was very much out of left field.

There are 4 grandmothers to showcase different styles. However Grandma Jo is the second main character. She was sour and negative. It was clearly conveyed why AJ had trouble speaking up both to her friends and her granny. However her grandmother's callous way of handling matters was never really addressed. I strongly disliked the negative way grandmothers were depicted. And I couldn't find the humor although others said they did.


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