Monday, August 11, 2014

MMGM: Loot

by Jude Watson
(June 24th, 2014, Scholastic Press)

Book Description:

The son of a thief, nearly-thirteen March McQuinn has led an unconventional life.

When his world renowned jewel thief father Alfie McQuinn falls to his death while on a job in Amsterdam, March is left an orphan and on the run. Unfortunately he doesn’t get far. March is quickly caught and shipped back to the States along with a twin sister, Jules, he didn’t know existed.

March and Jules soon learn that the reason behind their separation was a curse, one their father died trying to break. Together, they embark on a mission to retrieve the seven moonstones which hold the key to breaking the curse, making friends and foes along the way.


Loot is definitely a lot of fun, chockfull of likeable characters and interesting locales. The protagonist, March, though not particularly well-realized, is competent and easy to root for.

The plot is fast-paced and the action non-stop and I really enjoyed the globe-hopping style the book took. The writing is funny and sparse but never too simplistic or condescending, giving the book the perfect measure of immediacy and urgency.

Another thing worth noting was the inclusion of children with less-than-perfect lives. Though Watson never dwells on the difficulties these kids face, she doesn’t sugarcoat them either. It was a nice change from the clean-cut kids who usually populate these kinds of books.


At certain points, the plot was almost too fast-paced, leaving little room for world-building or character development. I had a hard time keeping a mental image of the numerous characters and locations.

March’s father’s death also felt too abrupt, and March really wasn’t given any time to absorb what happened, much less deal with it.

Although the book isn’t exactly realistic, I really couldn’t get onboard with some of March’s rationalizations for stealing. Though the author does make a few good points, I don’t think that it’s okay to steal from people because they’re rich and apathetic.


With an intriguing premise, taut writing, and a very strong beginning, Loot is a smart, wish-fulfillment thriller prefect for young readers, even the most reluctant.

Rating: (7.5/10)

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  1. I'm adding this one to my TBR list. Interesting story line and the cover pulled me in from the start. Thanks for your review.

    1. Awesome! I hope you enjoy it, and thanks for commenting!

  2. It sounds intriguing, and made me think of Artemis Fowl, though perhaps that comparison isn't accurate. I'll have to pick it up and give it a read!

    1. I love Artemis Fowl! But I wouldn't say this is similar to's more like the Italian Job for kids. You most certainly should! :)

  3. Aaaaand...another must read for me. Thanks for sharing---love that cover!

    1. Yes, that's cover's great! Thanks for commenting!