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Fire & Heist (Library Binding)

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Filled with snark, magic, and above all the most important heist of Sky Hawkins's life, Fire and Heist is a fun read that honors the importance of family and friendship. This adventure whisks you along on a journey where secrets are uncovered and an unlikely crew could be the key to saving everything Sky lost when her mother disappeared on a heist gone wrong. Durst’s writing is fun and fast-paced giving readers an adventure that speaks to the dreamer in all of us. There is nothing you can’t do when you embrace yourself, whether it be pulling off your first heist and showing society what’s what (though maybe leave that to the fictional characters) to spreading your wings and becoming who you’re meant to be. Did I mention there were fire breathing teenagers…. hoards of gold….. and dragons!

- Constance


Fans of Cassandra Clare and Julie Kagawa will devour this contemporary fantasy about a teen were-dragon who must steal her first treasure. But a dark discovery during her heist could put her family in incredible danger.

In Sky Hawkins's family, leading your first heist is a major milestone--even more so than learning to talk, walk, or do long division. It's a chance to gain power and acceptance within your family, and within society. But stealing your first treasure can be complicated, especially when you're a wyvern--a human capable of turning into a dragon.

Embarking on a life of crime is never easy, and Sky discovers secrets about her mother, who recently went missing, the real reason her boyfriend broke up with her, and a valuable jewel that could restore her family's wealth and rank in their community.

With a handpicked crew by her side, Sky knows she has everything she needs to complete her first heist, and get her boyfriend and mother back in the process. But then she uncovers a dark truth about were-dragon society--a truth more valuable and dangerous than gold or jewels could ever be.

About the Author

Sarah Beth Durst is the award-winning author of numerous fantasy books for children, teens, and adults, including Conjured, Drink Slay Love, and The Queen of Blood. She won an ALA-YALSA Alex Award and a Mythopoeic Fantasy Award for Children's Literature, and has been a finalist for the Andre Norton Award for Young Adult Science Fiction and Fantasy three times. Sarah lives in Stony Brook, New York, with her husband, her children, and her ill-mannered cat. You can follow her on Facebook, on Instagram, and on Twitter at @sarahbethdurst, or visit her at

Praise For…

"Durst serves up an intriguing take on dragon mythology with this high-stakes YA adventure featuring a spunky heroine." —Booklist

"Sky is easy to root for, whether she’s going up against nasty fire beasts or power-hungry humans." —The Bulletin

"The author set out to write a stand-alone fantasy that combines elements of Ocean’s Eleven with were-dragons, and she delivers." —SLJ
Product Details
ISBN: 9781101931011
ISBN-10: 1101931019
Publisher: Crown Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: December 4th, 2018
Pages: 304
Language: English