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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 best--her 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 friends--a 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 Dani--because 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 known--or the one she's always wanted.


What Others Say:

A 2009 YALSA Best Book for Young Adults

A 2009-2010 Texas Library Association Tayshas Reading List pick

A Bank Street College of Education Best Children's Books of the Year 2009

"Scott tells a surprising story that features a mature teen who longs for the straight and narrow even as the adults around her profit from crime and corruption... Dani is a brave teen who can and does shape a strong future for herself." -- Booklist

"Other teens spend their evenings eating home-cooked meals and trudging through homework; Danielle, 18, has always lived on the run with her professional-thief mother, memorizing floor plans of estate homes and quickly calculating the worth of silver place-settings. When they arrive in Heaven, a quaint, affluent New England beach town, the lonely girl thinks it is just one more stop on an endless road to nowhere...teens will focus on the story's real crime--a stolen life. " -- Kirkus

"Stealing has been the way of life for 18-year-old Dani for as long as she can remember. Dani and her mom have moved around to more places than she can count and in each area, they settle in quietly, meeting only a few people who they can use in their scheming plans. Dani has never attended school and has awkward social skills. But in Heaven, a wealthy, historic coastal town, everything changes...through tragic and exciting twists in the plot, it comes down to who she chooses to be loyal to: her mother or her new friends. Dani struggles to discover who she really wants to be; being only what she's ever known is not a valid excuse in Heaven. Dani, with her witty dialogue, gives a new perspective full of hope to YAs who feel trapped between family and friends." -- KLIATT

"Elizabeth Scott is amazing at creating wonderful, believable characters...Stealing Heaven is a well-written, absorbing book that grabbed me from the first page and refused to let go! I highly, highly recommend it." -- Teen Book Review

"Scott, author of the luscious Bloom, is developing a nice line in romances with genuine personality. Danielle is an unusual protagonist, convincing in her combination of evident plausibility (she mingles freely and unremarkably with the non-criminal world in order to obtain access) and complete outsiderness, and her struggle with the influence of her charismatic mother will be familiar to many readers, criminal or no. Touches of characterization fill our secondary characters, with Allison a better friend than Danielle deserves (a fact of which Danielle is acutely and uncomfortably aware) and Greg an effective romantic foil but a real guy beyond that, with human limitations and regrets. This blend of old-fashioned love story with lively contemporary details will satisfy readers fond of a solid summer romance." -- The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

"Touching. Danielle and her mother are both fully developed, as are the secondary characters of Allison (the friend) and Greg (the young cop). The overriding theme of living up to a parent's expectations instead of following your own path is universal, but the twist of a family of thieves gives the story originality."-- School Library Journal

"Elizabeth Scott has done it again: Stealing Heaven might be my favorite of hers yet. I loved the premise, loved the characters...They are still allowed to be vulnerable and often experience the fun side of being a teen later than most, but you get the feeling that they will grow up just fine. She doesn't rely on stereotypes in her storytelling, and manages to seamlessly build in sexuality for the female characters that is not based on trauma. She really respects her audience, which is huge." -- Avenging Sybil

"I read this book in a marathon of reading in 1 day...I totally got honked at at TWO green lights (impatient Jersey drivers) today because I wanted to finish this book. I toted it in the car, I read it at my desk, I followed this book around all day because I could not stop wanting to know what happened next. Scott sustains a lot of the emotional and external tension through the book in such a way that it had little ups and little downs, but was always escalating, to the point that I thought I was going to have to read while peeking through my fingers. I knew what was going to happen, sort of, but I hoped it didn't, even though I knew it probably would, etc...There's a good number of romances that glamorize thieves, but if you've ever had the violated feeling of being robbed yourself, knowing someone was in your home, helping themselves to your things and invading without your knowledge or permission and stealing what's precious to you, it's not too glamorous. And while Dani's mother has a very concrete and distant way of looking at her potential victims, and at humanity at large, Dani finds herself at an intersection between her growing desire for something different and more in her life, her growing shame and consciousness of what it is that she's doing, and her growing sense of panic that she's not suited for or even good enough for anything, or anyone, else. That intersection creates a challenge for the author, and Scott admirably balances Dani's past crime and her present moral crisis so that the reader can root for her and want her to want to change for her own good, even while acknowledging that Dani is really, really good at what she does...after being on the outside for so long, Dani's focus is simple: home and belonging, with belongings that are her own, in her own home. The price that Dani has to pay for that home of belongings is a high one, and it's a powerful story." -- Smart Bitches, Trashy Books

"I am a huge Elizabeth Scott fan, and I have been since I picked up her first book. I recommend all of her books, but I admit, I think Stealing Heaven is my favorite. This book was just that good." -- Book Divas

"Elizabeth Scott has written a gripping story about growing up, breaking free, and making some of life's most important choices. Stealing Heaven grabbed me on the first page and didn't let me go until the very last word." -- Carolyn Mackler, author of Guyaholic and The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big Round Things, a Printz Honor Book

"Stealing Heaven is an addictive book about a real world that feels like a fantasy--where everything gleams of silver and nothing stays in one place for very long. It will sweep you right along."--Maureen Johnson, author of 13 Little Blue Envelopes and Girl at Sea

"With characters ranging from the insincerely charming to the charmingly sincere, Stealing Heaven just may steal your heart." -- A. M. Jenkins, author of Beating Heart and Repossessed, a Printz Honor Book


Extras:

Read Chapters One through Three (note: .pdf file)

Read an interview about Stealing Heaven at cynsations

The idea behind Stealing Heaven: I wanted to write a book about a mother/daughter thief team, and I wanted the daughter to *not* want to be a thief. The only problem was, what could they steal? I didn't want them robbing banks or anything like that, and after reading an article about someone who'd tried to steal antique silver, I thought "huh." It was just such an unusual thing to steal, and the more I thought about it, the more it felt like it was the right thing for my two thieves to chase after. And as for Greg...well, he was always going to be part of the story!

Check out this amazing alternate cover, designed by Sebrina Schultz

ISBN:0061122807

Purchase

Stealing Heaven is available at your favorite local bookstore, or you can order it from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Books-A-Million, and Books Inc.