March 13, 2012; Katherine Tegen Books
Willa's secret plan seems all too simple.
Take from the rich kids at valley prep and give to the poor ones.
Yet Willa's turn as Robin Hood at her new high school is anything but. Bilking her "friends"—known to everyone as the Glitterati—without them suspecting a thing is far from easy. Learning how to break into lockers and Beemers is as hard as she'd thought it would be. Delivering care packages to the scholarship girls, who are bullied just for being different, is more fun than she'd expected.
The complication Willa didn't expect, though, is Aidan Murphy, VP's most notorious ace-degenerate. His mere existence is distracting Willa from what matters most to her—evening the social playing field between the haves and have-nots. There's no time for flirting, especially with conceited trust-funders like Aidan. But when the cops start investigating the string of thefts at Valley Prep and the Glitterati begin to seek revenge, could Aidan wind up being the person that Willa trusts most?
Elisa Ludwig's Pretty Crooked is the first book in an adventurous teen caper series filled with mystery, humor, and heart. (courtesy of Amazon)
Please welcome Elise Ludwig, the author of the upcoming book Pretty Crooked to Alison Can Read!!
Elise's Tens List:
My (and Willa's, too, probably) Favorite Heist Movies
10. Bonnie and Clyde
Classic, and Faye Dunaway's costumes are incredible.
9. Take the Money and Run
Woody Allen and a gun made out of soap: What not to do!
8. Sexy Beast
Ben Kingsley is terrifyingly badass in this movie about a retired gangster on one last job.
7. The Usual Suspects
With more twists than a bag of slinkies, this mystery keeps you guessing until the end—and maybe after, too.
6. To Catch a Thief
Prime Hitchcock in a thriller about a thief who's suspected of a crime he didn't commit.
5. Jackie Brown
An underrated heist flick from Quentin Tarentino—Pam Grier is fierce.
4. Time Bandits
It's silly, fun and John Cleese plays a Robin Hood to remember.
3. Dog Day Afternoon
Al Pacino is amazing as a bumbling bank robber who needs the money for his boyfriend's sex change operation.
2. Ocean's Eleven (Soderburgh)
Is there a better movie about a casino robbery? I think not.
The heist scene unfolds meticulously, almost in real time. The problem is not getting the jewels, but what happens afterward.
Thanks so much for having me! This was fun.