A Million to One
Adiba Jaigirdar, author of one of TIME's Best YA books of all time and winner of the YA Book Prize 2022, gives Titanic an Ocean's 8 makeover in this nail-biting heist set onboard the infamous ship.
Four friends have stolen aboard the Titanic. They're after the Rubaiyat - a book inlaid with priceless jewels. Josefa is a charismatic thief, Hinnah a daring acrobat, Violet an outstanding actress and Emilie a talented artist.
It is Josefa's plan, but she needs all of their skills. Despite their very different backgrounds, in a world of first-class passengers and suspicious crew members, the girls must work together to pull off the heist of their lives.
But careless mistakes, old grudges and new romances threaten to jeopardise everything they've worked towards. And with the Titanic sailing ever further north, the girls' chances of survival are a million to one...
A heart-pounding, romantic adventure from the award-winning author of Hani and Ishu's Fake Guide to Dating.
In this fast-paced historical heist novel by Jaigirdar (Hani and Ishu's Guide to Fake Dating), four teenagers board the Titanic to steal a priceless artifact. It's April 1912, a handful of days before the ship is due to set sail, and Irish thief Josefa has just procured a coveted ticket for passage. She's hatched a plot to steal a bejeweled copy of Rubaiyat, a book of Persian poetry that will be transported aboard the ship, but she can't do it alone. The crew she assembles each has their own motive: actor Violet yearns to reunite with her brother; Hinnah, an Indian acrobat, is eager to leave her job at the circus; and Emilie, a French and Haitian artist, plans to use her cut to visit family in Haiti. But even as the group schemes, unexpected setbacks and missteps imperil their operation. While historical description sometimes feels shallow, an underlying sapphic romance and a racially and ethnically diverse cast lend a refreshing dynamic to the familiar backdrop. The girls' four alternating perspectives aid in the narrative's propulsive storytelling, and chapter headers counting down to the Titanic'sinevitable fate impart suspense and immediacy. Ages 13–up.