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Medici Heist (Hardcover)
A sharp-witted teenage thief leads a team of skilled misfits in a dangerous and daring heist for fortune, freedom and revenge against a corrupt Pope in Renaissance Italy in Caitlin Schneiderhan's clever YA debut, Medici Heist.
Welcome to Florence, 1517, a world of intrigue and opulence, murder and betrayal. Seventeen-year-old conwoman Rosa Cellini arrives in the city the same day that the Medici Pope, Leo X, returns to take up the reins of power. This is not a coincidence. The new Pope is extorting a mountain of indulgence money from the people of Florence to bolster his power and standing, and Rosa has a plan to take it back.
To pull off the Renaissance’s greatest robbery, she’ll recruit a team of specially-chosen, highly-skilled misfits: Sarra the tinkerer, Khalid the fighter, and Giacomo, the irrepressible master of disguise. To top it all off, and to smooth their entrance into the fortress-like Palazzo Medici, Rosa even enlists the reluctant help of the famed artist Michelangelo.
But as the authorities draw closer and the Medici’s noose pulls tighter around the land, old secrets resurface and tensions in the group start to flare. What began as a robbery could be the key to saving the city itself—if Rosa and company don’t destroy each other first.
About the Author
Caitlin Schneiderhan, author of Medici Heist, is a genre-loving writer on the hit Netflix show STRANGER THINGS. Originally hailing from Silver Spring, Maryland, Caitlin hatched from a cocoon of Terry Pratchett novels when she was 13. She spent her teenage years scribbling stories during class instead of paying attention (you can’t prove she wasn’t just taking notes). Eventually, she decided to chase that storytelling bug all the way out to sunny Los Angeles, where she spent a few years scribbling scripts at assistant jobs instead of paying attention (you can’t prove she wasn’t just taking notes). She has been named one of MovieMaker Magazine’s 25 Screenwriters to Watch, and has projects in development with multiple production companies around Hollywood.
"A stunning debut for Caitlin Schneiderhan. Weaving together a cast of loveable rogues, a richly detailed historical setting, and a cinematic thrill ride of a story, Medici Heist knocked us flat. Let’s hope this is the first of many epic adventures for Rosa and her crew—because we need more!" —the Duffer Brothers, creators of Netflix's Stranger Things
"If you've ever wanted to hold a fun, daring, historically rich heist movie in the palm of your hands—pick up this book." —Ngozi Ukazu, author of Check, Please!
"I can't remember the last time I had as much fun with a book as I did with MEDICI HEIST. Caitlin Schneiderhan takes readers on a wild, sumptuous tour of historical Florence, packed with cinematic action and helmed by a gang of lovable misfits and outsiders who come together to pull off an impossible heist. I couldn't put this down!" —Mackenzi Lee, New York Times bestselling author of A Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue
"Medici Heist will draw you in with its inventive and exciting take on the heist genre - I was thrilled by the expertly planned heist, inspired by the ragtag crew of Davids standing up to Goliath, and utterly charmed by the relationships that bloomed between these unforgettable characters. Whether you love scrappy heroes, chosen families, swoon-worthy romances, or heart-pounding action, Medici Heist has it all." —Lauren Shippen, author of The Bright Sessions series and podcast
"Medici Heist is the most fun you'll ever have stealing from the Pope. Full of perilous adventure, crackling romance, and joyfully clever storytelling. Featuring a charismatic and lovable band of thieves that will have you proclaiming 'Viva La Reppublica!'" —Britta Lundin, author of Ship It and Like Other Girls
"Prepare for a white-knuckled, brilliantly plotted adventure! Medici Heist is a fun, rollicking escapade through Renaissance Florence that will leave you wanting more." —Adriana Mather, New York Times bestselling author of How to Hang a Witch