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The Scarlet Files: Cat Burglar by Tamsin Cooke, is the first in a series about school girl Scarlet McCall. Her mother and father were a cat burglar team, dedicated to stealing wrongly appropriated artefacts from collectors and giving them back to their rightful owners.
After Scarlet’s mother dies, Scarlet’s dad takes Scarlet on as his partner, training her up and teaching her everything he knows.
The book opens with Scarlet on her first big mission, to help steal some Aztec artefacts. The heist goes wrong, and Scarlet finds herself the owner of strange and dangerous powers that she does not know how to control. To make matters worse, the artefacts go missing, her father also goes missing, and Scarlet is left alone to figure out how to save the day.
She reluctantly enrols the help of her neighbour, a geeky teenage boy who is a computer whiz. Between them they try to solve the mystery of the missing artefacts, rescue Scarlet’s dad, and deal with the issue of her newly discovered powers.
This is a fast moving, adventurous tale with loads of twists and turns in the plot to keep readers gripped. It reminded me a bit of an Indiana Jones film, there are great fight scenes, the artefact angle is well written and interesting, and I loved the moral dilemmas the author places Scarlet in.
The book is a little dark in places and I recommend it for 8-12 year olds. It is suitable for both boys and girls.
I look forward to reading the next book in the series.