Pretty Little Liars meets Heist Society in this exciting and flirtatious book about a high school girl whose innocent game of Robin Hood spirals way out of control.
At first, Willa’s plan to take from the rich kids at Valley Prep and give to the poor ones seems easy. Her daredevil stunts are thrilling. And keeping secrets helps her play hard-to-get with Aidan Murphy, Prep’s most notorious bad boy. But when the cops start investigating and her friends begin to seek revenge, Willa realizes her walk on the wild side is just beginning.
Fans of Sarah Mlynowski, Ally Carter, and Sara Shepard will love the feisty heroine, clever heists, and playful romance in this series.
When Willa’s single mom sells several paintings for big money, life suddenly looks up. Newly ensconced in a tony Arizona neighborhood and enrolled at an exclusive prep school, the teen begins to learn how the other half lives. Willa’s joy, though, is tempered when she learns her new top-of-the-heap friends are cyberbullies who viciously taunt the school’s Hispanic scholarship students. In an effort to seek justice, Willa takes to a life of petty crime, stealing from rich students to give to those poorer. Ludwig wisely allows room for Willa’s doubts about her newfound pursuit, while convincingly dealing with the ways bullies can wield power over even those who question their actions. Meanwhile, a subplot involving Willa’s mother hints that the artist isn’t who she seems to be. Tantalizing last-minute clues, along with an impending romance for Willa, seem to suggest a sequel. This should be an easy sell to fans of Sara Shepard’s Pretty Little Liars books. Grades 7-10. --Karen Cruze
“Packed with romance, humor, and adventure, PRETTY CROOKED will steal your heart.” (Sarah Mlynowski, author of Ten Things We Did (But Probably Shouldn't Have))
“Pretty clever, pretty funny, pretty adorable. I loved it!” (Lauren Henderson, author of Kiss Me Kill Me )
“A pretty twisted, modern-day Robin Hood story full of fun, fashion, and mischief.” (Melissa de la Cruz, New York Times bestselling author of Blue Bloods series )
“Filled with mystery, high-tension heists, and flirting with an enigmatic bad boy, PRETTY CROOKED kept me hooked right up to the action-packed ending.” (Tera Lynn Childs, author of Oh. My. Gods., Forgive My Fins, and Sweet Venom )
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.
Elisa Ludwig studied writing at Vassar College and Temple University. She has been pickpocketed twice, and once caught someone mid-pocket. She lives in Philadelphia with her husband and her cat, Beau. Elisa is the author of Pretty Crooked and Pretty Sly, the first two books in a trilogy about kindhearted teenage outlaw Willa Fox.