10 Best Young Adult Heist Books Recommendations

A master plan to pull off one of the biggest heists ever! A team of misfits! Mind games! High stakes! And an entertaining story! You can find all this in a great heist book. The master plan, the high stakes, and the potential for everything going terribly wrong make a heist book super entertaining.

These books will give you all of that plus much more. Heist books always make a great read filled with mystery and thrill. So what do you say? Are you ready for the heist?

10 Best YA Heist Books To Read :-

  • Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
  • Spellhacker by M.K. England
  • Heist Society by Ally Carter
  • The Lock Artist by Steve Hamilton
  • Tokyo Heist by Diana Renn
  • The Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi
  • The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch
  • Coin Heist by Elisa Ludwig
  • Heart of Iron by Ashley Poston
  • Jane, Unlimited by Kristin Cashore

1. Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

Kaz Brekker is a criminal mastermind living in Ketterdam, a place where you can buy anything for the right price. Kaz has a plan – a heist that could make him richer than he could ever imagine. But its not something he can pull off by himself.

The plan is too complicated and big for him to do it alone which is why he needs a team. A team of experts in what they do – a sharpshooter, a spy, a magician, a thief great at escaping, a runaway, and a convict out for revenge. A team of six criminals committing the craziest heist ever.

2. Spellhacker by M.K. England

From the author of The Disasters, M.K. England brings this amazing genre-bending YA fantasy heist story that is perfect for fans of disaster friend-squads, sci-fi heists, magic, and sarcastic quips.

The story is set in a world where magic exists in the form of a natural resource and is known as Maz. The resource is controlled by a single organization. Since they are the only suppliers it makes the resource highly expensive.

Diz and her friends are thieves who run a highly illegal maz siphoning gig and their latest heist is also supposed to be their last which means that it is also going to be their biggest steal ever. But that’s when things go wrong.

3. Heist Society by Ally Carter

Katherine’s entire family is in the stealing business, known as some of the best thieves. But Katherine never wanted that life, which is why she pulled one last scam to get herself admitted into the best boarding school in the country.

She left her stealing days behind but then one day she finds out that her father is in the middle of a big fuckup and the only way to save him – steal back the stolen priceless art collection of a powerful mobster and return it to him before he kills her father for it or before the Interpol gets to her father first.

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4. The Lock Artist by Steve Hamilton

Award-winning author Steve Hamilton brings a unique new character into a story filled with thriller, mystery, action, and adventure. The story is told in the first person as Mike, the protagonist, writes his story down in a book. Mike is an expert at safe-cracking.

Pulled into the world of crime, Mike becomes acquainted with some really dangerous people. Mike writes down his story as he slowly unveils the events and history that led to his current situation.

5. Tokyo Heist by Diana Renn

Tokyo Heist will take you to beautiful Japan through the eyes of Violet, the sixteen-year-old daughter of a painter. Her and her father’s life is put in danger when a painting by famous artist van Gogh, is stolen from her father’s client.

Now, Violet along with her friend Reika must find the stolen painting and solve a mystery in which yakuza gangs and even the FBI is involved.

Tokyo Heist might be the book you are looking for if you want to read a good heist mystery and exit your daily life for a foreign one!

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6. The Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi

This book is kind of similar to Six Of Crows as it’s full of friendship, scheming, and lots of puzzles to solve. Séverin Montagnet-Alarie is a thief or as he likes to call himself – a treasure hunter.

Order of Babel, a powerful force asks him to find a treasure for them in exchange for a prize he desires more than anything. He agrees to the mission but he needs a team to pull it off – a band of unlikely experts. What they find on this heist may change the course of history itself.

7. The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch

The story starts off pretty generic – Locke Lamora along with his crew called the Gentleman Bastards, is about to pull off the biggest heist of his life. This heist, as you can probably predict, soon turns into something much bigger and dangerous than what they’ve signed up for.

The story sounds generic and Cliché but believe me when I say that it will be one of the best heist books you will ever read. The story is much more complex than it may seem as the intensity of the plot grows gradually towards reaching a marvelous climax sequence. 

8. Coin Heist by Elisa Ludwig

A nerd, a slacker, an athlete and a model student – these four types of students couldn’t be any different. But under certain circumstances, these four come together to pull off a heist. U.S. Mint – the place that prints a million new coins every 30 minutes, has a tiny security flaw and the flaw is far too tempting for them to ignore. Is it okay to do wrong things for the right reasons? What will happen on this heist?

9. Heart of Iron by Ashley Poston

Heart of Iron is a story about a girl named Ana, found drifting in space by a space captain who then raised her as his daughter. When the captain found her, along with her was a sentient android called D09.

Years later, Ana is 17-years old and the android D09 is on the point of breaking down. Ana will do anything to fix it and her desire to do so leads her to steal the coordinates of a lost ship but before she could, a boy steals it. Unfortunate things happen, and now both Ana and the boy are on the run from their entire kingdom because some powerful people want the coordinates they possess.

10. Jane, Unlimited by Kristin Cashore

Jane recently lost her aunt. Left all alone in the cruel world with no one to call family, Jane doesn’t know what to expect of the future. That is until one day, she is visited by an old acquaintance who offers her an extravagant trip to an island mansion called Tu Reviens.

Jane’s aunt once told her: “If anyone ever invites you to Tu Reviens, promise me that you’ll go.” And so she did but what she didn’t know was that her life was about to change completely – she will have to choose from five choices that could ultimately determine the course of her untethered life.

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