Tokyo Heist by Diana Renn

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The perfect mystery for fans of Ally Carter's Heist Society

When sixteen-year-old Violet agrees to spend the summer with her father, an up-and-coming artist in Seattle, she has no idea what she's walking into. Her father's newest clients, the Yamada family, are the victims of a high-profile art robbery: van Gogh sketches have been stolen from their home, and, until they can produce the corresponding painting, everyone's lives are in danger--including Violet's and her father's.

Violet's search for the missing van Gogh takes her from the Seattle Art Museum, to the yakuza-infested streets of Tokyo, to a secluded inn in Kyoto. As the mystery thickens, Violet's not sure whom she can trust. But she knows one thing: she has to solve the mystery--before it's too late.

About Diana Renn

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Diana Renn ( grew up in Seattle and now lives in Boston. She has taught ESL and writing, most recently at Boston University. Her short stories and essays have appeared in various publications, and she is the author of several ESL textbooks. Tokyo Heist is her first novel.
Published June 14, 2012 by Puffin. 384 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Travel, Children's Books.

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Violet's an otaku—a comics-loving Japanophile, derided as a "Manga-loid" by her school's mean girls—who draws her own manga and makes scarves out of vintage kimonos.

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Renn’s fun debut takes a kitchen-sink approach, throwing together romance, mystery, and action in a way that echoes the manga that 16-year-old Violet loves to read (and hopes to create herself someday).

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In the Chicago area, try Anderson's Bookshop in Naperville and Downer's Grove, The Book Stall at Chestnut Court in Winnetka, the Lake Forest Book Store, or The Book Bin in Northbrook.

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Teen Reads

Sometimes it’s nice to get lost in a different place in a summer read, and TOKYO HEIST provides the perfect getaway.Reviewed by Benjamin Boche on August 18, 2012 Tokyo Heistby Diana Renn Comment Rules: Comments will be closed thirty (30) days after this article is published.Comment ...

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Our star rating assesses the media's overall quality.Find out more Parents need to know that teen heroine Violet and her friend Reika are sometimes in real danger in Tokyo Heist, since they've gotten mixed up with a missing Van Gogh painting sought by the yakuza (an organized crime sy...

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