Episode # 24

Pilfer Academy
A School So Bad It's Criminal

Lauren Magaziner

In this wickedly funny middle grade, a troublemaking boy must steal his way out of a secret school for thieves.
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8 - 12 / 3 - 7
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Pilfer Academy: A School So Bad It's Criminal

George has never heard of Pilfer Academy, a top-secret school for training young thieves, until he’s kidnapped as its newest student. The teachers are kooky at best, and “naughty” does not even begin to cover his sneaky, smart, and morally bankrupt new classmates. Between disguise classes, cracking safes, and DIY gadgets, George becomes an expert bandit and finds true friendship with Tabitha, his new partner-in-crime. But when George is forced to steal something from a child, he’s faced with an awful truth: He can’t do it. Despite his talents, George is just too good to be a thief. But finders keepers losers weepers at Pilfer Academy, because not thieving is not an option, and “misbehaving” students face Dean Deanbugle’s favorite punishment—the Whirlyblerg! In order to gain their freedom, George and Tabitha must pull the biggest heist the school has ever seen and reveal their true colors not as thieves, but as kind-hearted (and, okay, mischievous) kids.

Praise for Pilfer Academy

“Magaziner creates another weird and silly world that mirrors Hogwarts without the magic…A fun fantasy romp.”
Kirkus Reviews

Praise for The Only Thing Worse Than Witches

“Combines Roald Dahl’s Witches and Louis Sachar’s Wayside School….readers will banish themselves from the ordinary world to finish this book in a flash.”
Kirkus Reviews, starred review

“A rollicking tale…first-time novelist Lauren Magaziner fashions a rich and compelling alternative reality.”
The Chicago Tribune

Lauren Magaziner is originally from New Hope, Pennsylvania, and recently graduated from Hamilton College. Her first book, The Only Thing Worse Than Witches, was an Indie Next List Pick. A former Scholastic employee, she lives in Brooklyn, New York where she writes full time.