Schoolgirl by day, cat burglar by night...Scarlet McCall thinks she has it all figured out. She and her dad are on a mission to return stolen treasures to their rightful owners. But when they take an ancient Aztec bracelet, her world turns upside down. Dad goes missing, and mysterious powers erupt inside Scarlet. She's hunted by sinister people, who will stop at nothing toSchoolgirl by day, cat burglar by night...Scarlet McCall thinks she has it all figured out. She and her dad are on a mission to return stolen treasures to their rightful owners. But when they take an ancient Aztec bracelet, her world turns upside down. Dad goes missing, and mysterious powers erupt inside Scarlet. She's hunted by sinister people, who will stop at nothing to possess the bracelet. Searching for her dad, Scar must learn who to trust before it's all too late....
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Cat Burglar Reviews
This is the first in a new series of books featuring Scarlet McCall. With 224 pages, 33 chapters and no illustrations, this is best for readers comfortable with reading slightly longer chapter books. My nine year old daughter devoured this and I would imagine it would be best for ages 8+.I have been heartened lately by the number of great books I have come across with girls in more active, exciting roles. My daughter recently read a novel called, “Electrigirl,” by Jo Cotterill, also published by Oxford University Press, which had a girl superhero. This novel features Scarlet and her father, who steal stolen treasures in order to return them to their rightful owners.This is an exciting and fast paced adventure, which features Scarlett, a lost Aztec artefact and mysterious powers. When Scarlett’s father disappears, it is up to her to find him and I find that children always love books where the children are in the reversed role of having to protect the adults in their life. This is really a thrilling and exciting read and I am sure my daughter will read on in the series.
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great read for kids
Scarlet McCall is not your average thirteen year old. In school she spends her time trying to attract as little attention as possible, while at home she’s constantly trying to prove to her dad that she’s the perfect partner for his cat burgling business. Spirited and resourceful, Scarlet is a quick learner and determined to show her dad how good she can be. But even though she thinks she knows how serious the family business is, she’s about to learn that she doesn’t know the half of it – and even what she does know, might not be quite so true after all.This was fun. Yes, it does all rather revolve around illegal activities, but with a title like this, it’s hardly a secret that Scarlet and her father are thieves. Ones with good intentions – returning ancient artifacts to their rightful owners. Mostly. Or that’s what Scarlet chooses to believe, when she thinks about it at all. At first she’s much more interested in showing how clever and smart she is and getting away with the whole thing. It’s not until Ethan starts helping that she begins to question things and they become a little less straightforward.If I’m honest I found Scarlet a little irritating at first, the way she doesn’t always do as she’s told because she thinks she knows better than her dad. But as the danger mounts and Scarlet is on her own, I really admired her cleverness and quick thinking. It was also fun to see the tables turned and have her trying to keep a less experienced partner under control. Scarlet definitely has a lot to learn throughout this book, but it’s fun to see her try.The thing I liked best, though, was the Aztec storyline. The bracelet and the masks and the myths and the magic. It made a glorious change from Greek/Roman/Norse and I am thoroughly in favour of jaguars. I also loved that Scarlet was completely in charge here. While Ethan was the one checking his hair and making sure he looked good, Scarlet was too busy trying to save her dad and avoid attention for any of that. They make a good team, with each having their own strengths and weaknesses that aren’t confined to traditional gender roles.Overall this is a great, fast-paced, action-packed read, with a fun set of characters, some intriguing mythology and much more magic than I expected. It gets a bit violent at times, with some scenes that might scare younger readers, but for confident readers who enjoy adventure this will go down a treat. I look forward to seeing what Scarlet gets up to next.(I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.)
Cat Burglar by Tamsin Cooke is the story of Scarlet McCall, 13-year-old completely unremarkable schoolgirl by day, apprentice cat burglar by night. Her dad is in the business of stealing back stolen art and antiquities – and given that this involves balaclavas, night-vision goggles, and grappling hooks, Scarlet is only too happy to accompany her dad on his missions.When they steal an ancient Aztec bracelet, things take a turn for the mystical. This is no ordinary archaeological find – it’s a magical artefact that gives Scarlet mysterious powers. Which is just as well, as the people who want the bracelet kidnap her dad, and she needs every bit of help she can get to rescue him before it’s too late…If there’s one thing you can say about this book, it’s “blimey it’s fast paced!” From the initial heist, through Scarlet’s dad’s disappearance, through to the dramatic rescue, the pace doesn’t let up for a minute. I blasted through the book in two sittings – the last hundred and fifty pages in one go, even though it was past midnight and I had work this morning.Scarlett is a great character, too. She’s been forced to be anonymous and unobtrusive – cat burglars don’t want anyone to notice them, ever – but when she needs to step up, she’s fierce and determined. Her growing understanding of her need to trust other people is touching – and Ethan, the gel-haired pretty-boy hacker who provides her with support, provides an excellent foil. She’s not just a vessel for the plot to advance, though, as she has her own values and morals – some of which provide a little comic relief when her vegetarianism comes into conflict with some of her new carnivorous abilities!The Aztec mythology is woven seamlessly into the narrative, and provides fantastic depth to the story. It made me want to pop along to the British Museum to have a look at their artefacts from the Americas.OUP have done a nice job with the book production, too. There’s a jaguar-pattern motif throughout the book, and a bright foiled cover that makes it virtually impossible to photograph! (Cover and inside illustration credit goes to “okili771/Shutterstock.com” which doesn’t sound like much of a name to me…)The ending wraps up the story nicely, but even better, it sets us up for further adventures of Scarlet, her dad, and Ethan. Can’t wait. It has all the makings of a fantastic children’s series.
Burglars, kidnapping, escaped wild animals – the content in this book could easily leave one to believe that this is not a children’s book. However, sometimes the most unpredictable content makes for the best read.Thirteen year old Scarlet is a cat burglar – along with her father they break into properties restoring stolen antiquities and treasures to the rightful owners. And they’re rather good at it. But then one day they steal an ancient Aztec bracelet with strange and magical powers, and Scarlet’s world begins to change - not least herself and her physical being. With elements of fantasy mixed with real world life and death decisions, this is a gripping tale, far from anything else aimed at this readership.It’s a page-turning action adventure. The language is simple, keeping up with the pace of the plot with little time for lengthy description or in-depth exposition, or indeed too much character development. Scarlet is brave, plucky, canny and worldly – although her lack of expertise in modern technology is rather surprising. To fill the gap, Tamsin Cooke introduces the boy next door – not just a heartthrob, but a savvy geek who is able to hack computers and provide backup techy assistance.To read the rest of the review visit http://wp.me/p5mtrm-vW
Here are three things I think you need to know about this book:1) Scarlet McCall is a great character, she gets to do fantastic things, even if nearly all of them are slightly illegal or full of absolute peril! This is probably what makes them fantastic.2) The baddie is fabulous. As a person who likes her Baddies to be really bad, I approved of the villain in this story. My only criticism - not enough baddie, but this may be a good thing! #scarycrazyevilbaddie3)This is a pacey book full of adventure and risk and shape-shifting, which in my opinion can never be a bad thing! Unless you shape-shift into a relative, which is just wrong, but luckily Scarlet is limited to super cool animal transformations that will have you looking up Aztec artefacts and contemplating the benefits of time released grappling hooks!In addition to the above, and about a hundred other things that I liked about this book, it also has a super shiny cover! If Captain Phasma went into a bookshop on Jakku this is the book she would pick up, and on those long voyages on the Imperial Star Destroyer, she would totally be rooting for Scarlet McCall.
A very strong start to a new middle-grade series with a great new heroine in thirteen-year-old cat burglar, Scarlett McCall. This is fast-paced and full of action with a set of likeable characters - I especially liked Scarlett's dad, and her side-kick, Ethan. The plot, involving Aztec artefacts and kidnappers, is great fun.Looking forward to the next one already.
A fantastic story that takes you in a completely unexpected direction. Fast paced and full of fun. Scar is a new, exciting and unusual hero. The reader is brought completely into her world, making everything seem unnervingly real. And the next book is due out soon. I can't wait!!
Full of mystery, action and excitement. Scarlet and her Dad are an awesome duo. Just don't go trying on any Aztec bracelets...