The Deceivers

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Kristen Simmons, the author of the Article 5 series and Metaltown, brings her remarkable imagination to this intrigue-filled contemporary drama where good kids are needed to do some very bad things in The Deceivers.

An Anthony Award Nominee for Best Young Adult Novel!

Welcome to Vale Hall, the school for aspiring con artists.

When Brynn Hilder is recruited to Vale, it seems like the elite academy is her chance to start over, away from her mom’s loser boyfriend and her rundown neighborhood. But she soon learns that Vale chooses students not so much for their scholastic talent as for their extracurricular activities, such as her time spent conning rich North Shore kids out of their extravagant allowances.

At first, Brynn jumps at the chance to help the school in its mission to rid the city of corrupt officials–because what could be better than giving entitled jerks what they deserve? But that’s before she meets her mark–a senator’s son–and before she discovers the school’s headmaster has secrets he’ll stop at nothing to protect. As the lines between right and wrong blur, Brynn begins to realize she’s in way over head.

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Chapter 2
Chapter 3
Chapter 4
Chapter 5
Chapter 6
Chapter 7
Chapter 8
Chapter 9
Chapter 10
Chapter 11
Chapter 12
Chapter 13
Chapter 14
Chapter 15
Chapter 16
Chapter 17
Chapter 18
Chapter 19
Chapter 20
Chapter 21
Chapter 22
Chapter 23
Chapter 24
Chapter 25
Chapter 26
Chapter 27
Chapter 28
Chapter 29
Chapter 30
Chapter 31
Chapter 32
Chapter 33
Chapter 34
Chapter 35
Chapter 36
Chapter 37
Chapter 38
Chapter 39
Chapter 40
Chapter 41
Chapter 42
Chapter 43
Chapter 44
Chapter 45
Chapter 46
Chapter 47
Chapter 48



Thank you, reader, for taking this wild ride with me. Ever since I first heard the myth of Valhalla—where Odin, god of gods, sends his Valkyries to collect the souls of fallen soldiers to fight in the final battle of Ragnarok—I have wanted to write this story. Of course, I didn’t know Brynhildr would be a con artist, or Valhalla would be an exclusive private school where the director sends his students out to gather secrets, not souls, but that’s how it all shook out. Welcome to my brain. I hope you’ve enjoyed your visit.

This book has been a big change for me, and I couldn’t have done any of it without a team of really supportive people guiding me, cheering for me, and working diligently behind the scenes.

Joanna, if you hadn’t believed I was capable of writing something new and different, Brynn and Caleb would not exist. Thank you for pushing me, for helping me find my voice, and for the countless other things you do, both as my agent and my friend.

Mel, seven books in and you keep making me better (how dare you). Thanks for pushing me, and warning me when it’s time to start coping with baked goods (aka preparing for an edit letter). Mostly, thanks for taking the time to know me well enough to say exactly what I need to hear to pull my stories together.

My Tor Teen Team (say that ten times fast!) is incredible. Alexis, thank you for everything you do to support me and my books. You’re the best publicist ever. Zohra, you have been such a huge help during this process. Seth, my covers always rock. And of course, my publisher Kathleen—if not for you, my dreams would still be locked in my laptop. I am so grateful for you all.

My friends are the absolute best. Katie, I don’t know what I’d do without you. Sara, you are a rare and wonderful friend. Mindee, thanks for keeping my head on straight. Deanna, I depend on you more than you know. Lindsay, you will always be my sister. Thank you to Jaime and Erin and Meg and Kass and all the book friends, librarians, teachers, and booksellers—your support will never be forgotten. And of course, all my jazzerfriends—my books, and my mental health, depend on you.

My family is my rock. My mom and dad taught me to believe in the power of stories, and fed me lots of omusubi as a kid, and for both I am eternally grateful. Steve, Elizabeth, Lindsay, and Lisa, you are the best cheerleaders. And last but not least, Jason and Ren—the good things in life are so much better because I get to share them with you. I love you both.

On Sale
Feb 5, 2019
Page Count
352 pages