A teen pickpocket attends a school for the criminally minded.
Tough, 17-year-old loner Flick lives on the streets of Manhattan’s Lower East Side and makes ends meet by relieving the upper class of their wallets. His only ally is a teen girl named Joi, who operates an underground rescue camp for homeless teens and wields surgical tools like a pro. Enter well-dressed, smooth-talking Lucian Mandel, the headmaster of the infamous Mandel Academy, who makes him an offer he can’t refuse: If Flick agrees to enroll in Mandel Academy, Lucian will hand over the evidence that connects Flick’s wealthy father to the murder of his brother. Flick agrees, and he soon finds himself immersed in a student body of teen sociopathic murderers, liars, thieves and embezzlers—all embroiled in a violent race to the top of the class. Miller pens an enjoyable, fast-paced action novel that’s full of danger, mystery, humor and violence, with lots of gross-out scenes and plenty of hairpin-turn plot twists that will keep readers guessing. Her only misstep in this exciting read is an overdose of references to Barrie’s Peter Pan, but readers will still make the right connections to the characters and probably devour the novel in one setting.
An enigmatic page turner full of intrigue. (Adventure. 14 & up)