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A hilarious, filmic and fast-paced crime-caper by 2019's funniest new voice in teen fiction, ideal for readers aged 11 and up.


Some people rob banks because they're greedy. Others enjoy the adrenalin rush. Me? I robbed a bank because of guilt. Specifically: guilt and a Nepalese scented candle...

When fifteen-year-old Dylan accidentally burns down the house of the girl he's trying to impress, he feels that only a bold gesture can make it up to her. A gesture like robbing a bank to pay for her new home.
Only an unwanted Saturday job, a tyrannical bank manager, and his unfinished history homework lie between Dylan and the heist of century. And really, what's the worst that could happen?
A funny, cinematic, ill-advised comedy-crime adventure perfect for gamers, heist movie fans, and anyone who loves a laugh.

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"Ask yourself - do I need the money? Robbing a bank isn't something to do to pass the time, like kicking footballs over the neighbour's fence or reading."

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5th March '19
EdwardTheBestFatCat read it themselves aged 10 aged 10
How to Rob a Bank 9780008276508
5 stars
I enjoyed this book because it was very funny and my favourite part was when it said I got fed up of playing Fifa and Call of Duty!  I recommend this book for 10 to 13 year olds because it is a long book and has small writing.  What a showstopper Tom Mitchell!  I loved the bit where it goes back in childhood and that he had a crush.  The story tells you about his childhood and how he wants to impress a girl.  I wanted to read the book because the cover looked interesting and I like action films so Robbing a Bank sounded like it was going to be full of action.
15th February '19
bookworm2007 read it themselves aged 11 aged 11
How to Rob a Bank 9780008276508
5 stars
this book is really funny and nice I read and I have lent it to my friend because I enjoyed it so much. A great read and I couldn't put it down!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
11th February '19
I read it myself (an adult)
How to Rob a Bank 9780008276508
4 stars
Completely preposterous story and also completely fun. A very funny book ideal for pre teens/early teens.
4th April '19
Widget read it themselves aged 12 aged 12
How to Rob a Bank 9780008276508
4 stars
Trying to impress a girl, and ending up burning down her house means Dylan needs a plan. He decides to rob a bank. Some of the plot is a bit far fetched but overall the story is funny and I enjoyed the humour. The characters were funny and Dylan is a great main character. Would recommend. 
19th March '19
I read it myself (an adult)
How to Rob a Bank 9780008276508
4 stars
15 year old Dylan Thomas (who is utterly sick of everyone asking 'Have you written any poetry yet?') wants to impress Beth by getting her just the right birthday present. He decides on a scented Nepalese candle. He gives it to her, she lights it, it stinks. They blow it out and throw it in the bin. Next thing they know, her house has burnt down - and it turns out the family had no insurance. Beth's family have lost everything, and can't afford to pay the deposit on the tiny flat they've had to move in to. Convinced it is all his fault, Dylan decides to take action, to make a big gesture and to help out in the only way he can think of: he plans to rob a bank, armed with only a USB stick and a Saturday job. He just needs to finish his history homework first... How To Rob A Bank is a fun teen crime caper, with a likeable, if slightly misguided, main character. There were some genuinely funny moments in the book (most notably involving a cat and a satellite dish), but there were a couple of things that didn't quite win me over. There is an air of unbelievability to the story: the bank manager is a bit of a pantomime villain, and the romance element felt a bit forced. Is bank robbing technology that readily available, and is it really that easy for a 15 year old to get hold of? However, these were largely minor quibbles - what's a novel without a bit of suspension of disbelief?  This book would appeal to students looking for a fun read - maybe someone who feels they have outgrown the David Walliams books. While the main character is 15, the book has a bit of inappropriate language . I would recommend this book for 12 and over because there is inappropriate  language.

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24th February '19
Mads1811 read it themselves aged 11 aged 11
How to Rob a Bank 9780008276508
4 stars
I enjoyed this book as it was funny in places but there were other bits that were very unbelievable 
7th March '19
I read it myself (an adult)
How to Rob a Bank 9780008276508
4 stars
15 year old Dylan Thomas (who is utterly sick of everyone asking 'Have you written any poetry yet?') wants to impress Beth by getting her just the right birthday present. He decides on a scented Nepalese candle. He gives it to her, she lights it, it stinks. They blow it out and throw it in the bin. Next thing they know, her house has burnt down - and it turns out the family had no insurance. Beth's family have lost everything, and can't afford to pay the deposit on the tiny flat they've had to move in to. Convinced it is all his fault, Dylan decides to take action, to make a big gesture and to help out in the only way he can think of: he plans to rob a bank, armed with only a USB stick and a Saturday job. He just needs to finish his history homework first...

How To Rob A Bank is a fun teen crime caper, with a likeable, if slightly misguided, main character. There were some genuinely funny moments in the book (most notably involving a cat and a satellite dish), but there were a couple of things that didn't quite win me over. There is an air of unbelievability to the story: the bank manager is a bit of a pantomime villain, and the romance element felt a bit forced. Is bank robbing technology that readily available, and is it really that easy for a 15 year old to get hold of? However, these were largely minor quibbles - what's a novel without a bit of suspension of disbelief? 

This book would appeal to students looking for a fun read - maybe someone who feels they have outgrown the David Walliams books. While the main character is 15, there is nothing in the book that is inappropriate or off putting middle grade readers.
13th February '19
I read it myself (an adult)
How to Rob a Bank 9780008276508
3 stars
A year 10 student wants to put wrongs right.  He feels that he is at fault for all the misdemeanours and wants to pay for his mistakes.  How can he do that? By planning to rob a bank.

Dylan lives in a modern day family, Mum; Dad and older sister Rita.  The book shows the relationship between the family members.  As a parent I like how Dylan and Rita are portrayed.  Siblings who struggle with one another, yet there to support each other in an hour of need. 

I loved the story that intertwined with Beth.  It made you think, made you smile and understand the difficulties of being a young lad who wants to have a girl as a friend. 

I found the book a struggle to get into, I found it very far fetched and in places unbelievable, but it was a read that I am sure those a lot younger than me and those who haven't worked in a bank will enjoy!
18th February '19
JFiglet read it themselves aged 9 aged 9
How to Rob a Bank 9780008276508
3 stars
Sometimes this book was quite exciting, and those parts I enjoyed; didn't like it as it was quite waffly in parts about nothing impartial.  It was funny in parts, but not really a humorous book. It was more of an adventure book, but it wasn't as exciting as I thought it would be. This book didn't really grab me. I think this book was aimed at 9-12 year olds.
5th April '19
I read it myself (an adult)
How to Rob a Bank 9780008276508
3 stars
Fifteen-year-old Dylan feels responsible for burning down his friend Beth's house. When it turns out there was no insurance and Beth might have to move away, Dylan decides on drastic action. Inspired by the many bank robbery films he's watched he decides to rob a bank and give the money to Beth's family. He blunders about a bit until his older sister Rita gets involved and things take shape.

The first half of this book I wasn't particularly convinced. The plot seemed a bit far fetched and I was slightly bored. However I decided to persevere and the book did get better. My favourite part was when Dylan was at his Saturday job at the local bank
His colleagues are funny characters and the events were entertaining. 

I assume early teen readers will get more out of this book than me, especially if they are film buffs. 
7th April '19
I read it myself (an adult)
How to Rob a Bank 9780008276508
1 stars
I did not like this book because it sweared a lot of times so i could not read all of it.
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About Tom Mitchell

HOW TO ROB A BANK is Tom's first novel. He lives in London with his wife and son Dylan, and teaches English literature.


In 2015 he was one of twenty-five Twitter accounts worldwide invited to have its tweets showcased in the Twitter Fiction Festival. He has had comedy sketches performed for BBC Radio 4 and has had both nonfiction an...

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