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Happy Book Birthday to THE GREAT PET HEIST!

Happy release day to the irrepressible heroes of Emily Ecton’s THE GREAT PET HEIST, out now from Atheneum Books for Young Readers/Simon & Schuster!

Ocean’s Eleven meets The Secret Life of Pets in this hilarious and delightfully illustrated novel following a ragtag group of pets who will do whatever it takes to avoid being sent to the pound.

Butterbean knew she wasn’t always a good dog. Still, she’d never considered herself a BAD dog—until the morning that her owner, Mrs. Food, fell in the hallway. Admittedly the tile was slipperier than usual, mostly because Butterbean had just thrown up on it.

Now Butterbean and her fellow pets have to come up with a grand plan to support themselves in case Mrs. Food is unable to keep taking care of them. When they discover a mysterious man in their building who seems to have lots of loot, they plan a heist. Oscar the mynah bird is the brains of the operation. Walt the cat has the necessary slyness and slink. Marco and Polo are the reconnaissance rats. And Butterbean…well, no one would ever suspect a cute little wiener dog, right? Can these animal friends can pull off the heist of the century?

School Library Journal called it “A story sure to charm children who like to imagine what their beloved pets are up to when they are away.” and Booklist said, “This classic caper may have young readers looking sideways at their own pets when the story is through.” And Kirkus reports, ” Bantering dialogue, the distinct personalities of the pets (expressively illustrated by Mottram), and the whimsical premise make for an exciting caper… Hilarious”.

Buy your copy today wherever books are sold, including Bookshop, IndieBound, Amazon, B&N, or your favorite local store.