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Author: Jeffrey Salane Narrator: Sandy Rustin Publisher: Scholastic Inc Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2014 ISBN: 9780545655729
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The Lawless School provides the right education for kids on the wrong side of the law.

M Freeman has been homeschooled her entire life. So M has no idea just how unusual her education has been—not until she leaves home to attend the prestigious (and mysterious) Lawless School.

Suddenly, it’s very clear to M that her tutors have been preparing her all along for a life of crime. She excels at escape tactics. She’s a whiz at spotting forgeries. Her years of piano lessons pay off when picking pockets and cracking safes.

M’s newfound talent for criminal mischief soon brings her to the attention of the Masters, the secretive school’s most secretive clique. M’s interest in the Masters is personal because joining this international dishonor society is her best chance to learn the truth about her father’s life—and his death. But when her first real-world heist goes wrong, M is left wondering: Is there truly honor among thieves?

Jeffrey Salane’s first novel is full of twists and turns, reveals, and reversals. Spoiling the ending for your friends would be criminal!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Lawless is fast moving and fun.”

    School Library Journal

  • “Middle-grade readers will be caught up in M’s training and adventures and will read late into the night to find out what happens next.”


  • “Salane creates the mysterious world of The Lawless School and places a young teenage girl, M Freeman, in its center…This novel follows a predictable sequence, with surprising twists along the way that add to M’s character development. The suspenseful backstory of M’s father adds to the plot and deepens the relationship that M develops with The Lawless School. This novel is expertly written for children who are looking to read between the lines to unravel the mysteries behind the gates of the Lawless School. Salane goes to great lengths to craft vivid images that make the events and setting seem realistic to readers, who will appreciate the evidence of Salane’s research on famous artworks playing a key role in M’s story.”

    Children’s Literature

  • “Readers who enjoy action adventure stories will want to delve into this book.”

    Library Media Connection

  • “How refreshing and fun to have a female superhero named simply M. Even better is narrator Sandy Rustin’s portrayal of the feisty twelve-year-old. Until M is sent to the Lawless School, she thinks her dad is an art restorer, not an art thief. Rustin is adept at creating excitement and tension as the students get themselves out of sticky situations (much like they’ll encounter as adult criminals). She’s appealing as she depicts the first friends of home-schooled M’s life, including computer geek Merlin and teachers such as Mr. Bandit, who teaches, ‘True criminals don’t need weapons when they have brains.’ Young listeners will enjoy unraveling a multitude of secret codes and messages as they ‘help’ M overcome her ever increasing challenges.”


  • Finalist for the 2014 IRA/CBC Children’s Choice Award

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About the Author

Jeffrey Salane grew up in Columbia, South Carolina, but moved north to study in Massachusetts and New York City. After spending many years playing in many bands, he now works as an editor and writer, and lives with his family in Brooklyn.

About the Narrator

Sandy Rustin is an actress and playwright. Her sketch comedy musical about parenthood, Rated P (For Parenthood), opened to critical acclaim off Broadway at the Westside Theatre in 2012; her one-act comedy, Fireworks, recently won the seventh annual Nor’Eastern Playwriting competition; and her newest full length play, The Cottage, was selected as part of Midtown Direct Rep’s 2013 Theatre in the Loft Reading Series. A graduate of Northwestern University, she currently lives in New York City.