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Con Academy



by
Joe Schreiber

Edition
Hardcover edition
Publisher
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Imprint
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
ISBN
9780544320208
POTENTIALLY SENSITIVE AREAS
Crime: General
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Will, a teen con artist, bluffs his way into one of the country’s most exclusive private schools. But classmate Andrea is a grifter too, and she gives him a run for his (well, other people’s) money.

POTENTIALLY SENSITIVE AREAS
Crime: General

Details

Format

Print

Page Count

240

Trim Size

5 1/2" x 8 1/4"

AR

5.2: points 8

Lexile

HL810L

Genre

Fiction

Scholastic Reading Counts

14

JLG Release

Nov 2015

Book Genres


Topics

Swindlers and swindling. Conduct of life. Preparatory schools. Schools.

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Praise & Reviews

Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books, Booklist, The Horn Book Magazine, The Horn Book Guide^, Kirkus Reviews, School Library Journal

School Library Journal

The author successfully weaves a plot that is humorous and intriguing. Shea is an active con artist who has stealthily gained admission to one of the most prestigious prepatory high schools in New England, Connaughton Academy. However, he hits a snag when a fellow student Dufrescne figures out his well-orchestrated plan. Readers are then left to follow Shea as he tries to navigate life at Connaughton. This novel successfully mirrors such films as Ocean’s Eleven as well as Mission Impossible and makes the text accessible to a younger audience. The language is realistic and there is no overt graphic violence. Themes such as deception, camaraderie, and power are also present in this work. Teens who enjoy reading about strong male protagonists and intelligent, quirky titles, such as Mary Elizabeth Summers’s Trust Me, I’m Lying (Delacorte, 2014) and J.D. Salinger’s The Catcher in the Rye, will connect with the characters in this volume. Similarly, fans of books about underdogs will find themselves rooting for Shea. Teens might have to suspend disbelief about the ease with which Shea was able to get into this prestigious prep school. This plot-driven narrative is entertaining and the characters are likable. VERDICT A worthwhile purchase for most library collections.—Katie Flynn, Williston Northampton School Library, MA

Horn Book

New England’s elite Connaughton Academy sure does attract interesting students. Will Shea, for one, is on scholarship from the tiny Pacific island of Ebeye. Andrea Dufresne is a “poor scholarship student from a displaced village in the Balkans.” Problem is, none of that is true. They both faked identities and forged transcripts to get into Connaughton, and now, wary of detection, a high-stakes contest develops between them: whoever cons a classmate into handing over ten thousand dollars gets to stay at Connaughton. Enter Brandt Rush, a rich wheeler-dealer who practically runs Connaughton, and the trio of unlikable characters is in place. Halfway through the novel, though, just when the story fairly sags with meanness and duplicity, it turns out there’s an “antidote” to the influence of such students—a secret society called the Sigils into which a cute girl named Gatsby tries to recruit Will. (“‘We’re outsiders, Will…Like you.’ I just look back at her…I’m an outsider, all right. She has no idea.”) Though the setting is a stereotype of any wealthy boarding school, Schreiber’s plot is pure fun, deliciously convoluted and full of surprises, not the least of which is the possibility that Will might actually stay in school, stop running, and maybe even learn to play lacrosse. The lessons he learns are didactically drawn, but readers will enjoy the scams and appreciate the note of hope on which the novel concludes. dean schneider

Praise & Reviews

School Library Journal

The author successfully weaves a plot that is humorous and intriguing. Shea is an active con artist who has stealthily gained admission to one of the most prestigious prepatory high schools in New England, Connaughton Academy. However, he hits a snag when a fellow student Dufrescne figures out his well-orchestrated plan. Readers are then left to follow Shea as he tries to navigate life at Connaughton. This novel successfully mirrors such films as Ocean’s Eleven as well as Mission Impossible and makes the text accessible to a younger audience. The language is realistic and there is no overt graphic violence. Themes such as deception, camaraderie, and power are also present in this work. Teens who enjoy reading about strong male protagonists and intelligent, quirky titles, such as Mary Elizabeth Summers’s Trust Me, I’m Lying (Delacorte, 2014) and J.D. Salinger’s The Catcher in the Rye, will connect with the characters in this volume. Similarly, fans of books about underdogs will find themselves rooting for Shea. Teens might have to suspend disbelief about the ease with which Shea was able to get into this prestigious prep school. This plot-driven narrative is entertaining and the characters are likable. VERDICT A worthwhile purchase for most library collections.—Katie Flynn, Williston Northampton School Library, MA

Horn Book

New England’s elite Connaughton Academy sure does attract interesting students. Will Shea, for one, is on scholarship from the tiny Pacific island of Ebeye. Andrea Dufresne is a “poor scholarship student from a displaced village in the Balkans.” Problem is, none of that is true. They both faked identities and forged transcripts to get into Connaughton, and now, wary of detection, a high-stakes contest develops between them: whoever cons a classmate into handing over ten thousand dollars gets to stay at Connaughton. Enter Brandt Rush, a rich wheeler-dealer who practically runs Connaughton, and the trio of unlikable characters is in place. Halfway through the novel, though, just when the story fairly sags with meanness and duplicity, it turns out there’s an “antidote” to the influence of such students—a secret society called the Sigils into which a cute girl named Gatsby tries to recruit Will. (“‘We’re outsiders, Will…Like you.’ I just look back at her…I’m an outsider, all right. She has no idea.”) Though the setting is a stereotype of any wealthy boarding school, Schreiber’s plot is pure fun, deliciously convoluted and full of surprises, not the least of which is the possibility that Will might actually stay in school, stop running, and maybe even learn to play lacrosse. The lessons he learns are didactically drawn, but readers will enjoy the scams and appreciate the note of hope on which the novel concludes. dean schneider

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