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Macmillan Childrens Publishing Group


Vale Hall (Volume 3)

Kristen Simmons

Tor Teen


The unpredictable truth will be revealed in Payback, the stunning conclusion to Kristen Simmons’ Edgar Award-nominated thriller series that started with The Deceivers...

Brynn Hilder has conned a lot of people. From the spoiled rich kids of Sikawa City to her mom's loser ex-boyfriend, from a motorcycle gang to a senator's son. If there was money to be gained, or a secret to uncover, she figured out how to get it done. And thanks to Vale Hall and its director, Dr. David Odin, she's found a family of hustlers just like her.

Together, Brynn and her friends have overcome doubt, deceit, and betrayal to unearth the truth--a truth even a group of professional scammers couldn't have predicted.

And now they must tackle the biggest con artist of them all: the man who brought them all together.


“I’m not feeling it.”

Henry Kowalski, the hustler with a heart of gold, rakes his blond hair to one side—a sign I’ve come to recognize as a nervous tic—as I track two men hurrying through the dark across the...

Praise for Payback

Praise for The Vale Hall Series
An Edgar Award Nominee for Best Young Adult Novel! (The Deceivers)
An Anthony Award Nominee for Best Young Adult Novel! (The Deceivers)

“Brilliantly plotted, tightly paced, and intensely smart. Kristen Simmons is a deceptive genius.” —Stephanie Garber, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Caraval

“Lying has never seemed so much fun.” —Katharine McGee, New York Times bestselling author of the Thousandth Floor Trilogy

“Masterful, suspenseful, and brilliantly executed, The Deceivers is the perfect con.” —Amie Kaufman, New York Times bestselling author of Illuminae and These Broken Stars

“Addictive and delicious, The Deceivers will keep you turning the pages well into the night!” —Katie McGarry, critically acclaimed author of Pushing the Limits


Kristen Simmons

KRISTEN SIMMONS is the award-nominated author of the Article 5 series, The Glass Arrow, Metaltown, Pacifica, The Deceivers, and co-author of Set Fire to the Gods. She has worked with survivors of abuse and trauma as a mental health therapist, taught Jazzercise in five states, and is forever in search of the next best cupcake. Currently she lives in Cincinnati, Ohio with her husband, son, and a pack of semi-wild dogs.

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