A comic tale of gangsters, first love and the crooked path to the straight and narrow
Mercedes Bent is trying to go straight – if only her family weren’t so crooked… Mercedes has carved herself a nice little niche at the Daphne Pincher Academy for Young Ladies, running a sweepstake and taking bets on anything that moves.
The only fly in the ointment is her arch-rival, gangster’s daughter Harley `halitosis’ Spinks. How come she’s got the great work placement and Mercedes has ended up in a boring bank? But things start to look up when Mercedes wangles a date with the bank’s hottest young trainee, Zak – until she finds out that it’s not just the Spinks gang who are into dodgy dealing; her own brothers are as crooked as a pair of corkscrews too! It’s a safe bet that Mercedes will have to keep her family’s illegal activities under wraps – if she’s to have even an outside chance with the boy of her dreams…
‘…assertive and ingenious heroine. A fun read.’ – School Librarian Vol. 52