Master Crook's Crime Academy #1: Burglary for Beginners Award-winning author by Terry Deary (author)

Burglary for Beginners

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Come to the school where scoundrels save the day! At Master Crook’s Academy, top thieves teach you how to rob the rich and give to the poor. And now that new boy Smiff Smith is enrolling, he knows that his life will never be the same again. Mayor Twistle is one of the richest men in Wildpool. But when it comes to helping the poor, his hands are kept firmly in his pockets. Now Smiff has the job of robbing the mean Mayor. But he has no idea what adventures lie in store – or what danger he’s about to face… First in a hilarious series from Horrible Histories author Terry Deary, this book is so funny it should be illegal!

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Master Crook's Crime Academy (book 1)





Date published

May 4th, 2009

Accelerated Reader

AR book level: 4.2; Middle years; 4.0 points

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  • 192 pages



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  1. dizzydancing
    on 23 November 2013

    This book is an amazing and quick read- it took me a day to finish! You could read it on a rainy day or read it over a long period of time. The characters in the book are very interesting and you can really connect with them in the way that Terry has written it. The setting is in the 1830’s so it gives you a real chance to see what people, adults and children alike, did in those times. If you are feeling adventurous you could compare everyday life back then to your life now! Anyway I would recommend this book to anyone over the age of 8. Suitable for both boys and girls and maybe even the odd adult will give it a go! Recommend this review to your friends and family. Could this book be on your Christmas list?

    4out of 5
  2. Sherlock25
    on 6 March 2013

    I love this book! so funny and a great quick read, terry deary is hilarious!

  3. bugzy72
    on 6 March 2013

    its a good book

  4. jmpc
    on 3 March 2011

    This is the first book in a new set of fiction adventures by Terry Deary. Set in the 1830s – Smiff Smith is invited to join Master Crook’s Crime Academy whose aim is to rob the rich and give to the poor! When Smiff enrols he meets his first partner in crime, Alice White, and after a few lessons and top tips from Bert the Burglar they are soon set for their first burglary – robbing the mayor of Wildpool. This is a great adventure story with lots of laughs along the way. No sooner does one adventure end, Smiff and Alice are back to the classroom to meet new recruits and eager to learn what their next crime will be.

    4out of 5
  5. rose17035
    on 17 October 2010

    very funny book

    5out of 5
  6. madrid123
    on 11 September 2009

    way goood and they are a good stiler

    4out of 5
  7. tomboy03
    on 10 September 2009

    you will laugh ur socks off it its really funny and good of course