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Title:
The great Greene heist
Author:
Johnson, Varian, author.
Personal Author:
Edition:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Arthur A. Levine Books, 2014.
Physical Description:
226 pages ; 22 cm
Summary:
Jackson Greene has a reputation as a prankster at Maplewood Middle School, but after the last disaster he is trying to go straight--but when it looks like Keith Sinclair may steal the election for school president from Jackson's former best friend Gabriela, he assembles a team to make sure Keith does not succeed.
Language:
English
Reading Level:
660 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR MG 4.6 7.0 166810.

Reading Counts RC 6-8 3.8 13 Quiz: 62267.
ISBN:
9780545525527

9780545525534
Format :
Book

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Summary

Saving the school - one con at a time.

Jackson Greene has reformed. No, really he has. He became famous for the Shakedown at Shimmering Hills, and everyone still talks about the Blitz at the Fitz . . . But after the disaster of the Mid-Day PDA, he swore off scheming and conning for good.

Then Keith Sinclair - loser of the Blitz - announces he's running for school president, against Jackson's former best friend Gaby de la Cruz. Gaby hasn't talked to Jackson since the PDA, and he knows he won't welcome his involvement. But he also knows Keith has "connections" to the principal, which could win him the election whatever the vote count.

So Jackson assembles a crack team to ensure the election is done right: Hashemi Larijani, tech genius. Victor Cho, bankroll. Megan Feldman, science goddess and cheerleader. Charlie de la Cruz, point man. Together they devise a plan that will bring Keith down once and for all. Yet as Jackson draws closer to Gaby again, he realizes the election isn't the only thing he wants to win.


Author Notes

VARIAN JOHNSON is the author of four novels, including The Great Greene Heist, an ABA Best Book for children, and My Life As A Rhombus. He lives with his wife and daughters near Austin, Texas. Please visit his website at www.varianjohnson.com or follow him on Twitter at @varianjohnson .


Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Jackson Greene is a smooth operator on thin ice. Thanks to a series of elaborate, infamous pranks, he is banned from using a cell phone at Maplewood Middle School and is this close to getting expelled. But when his friend Gaby is going to lose the student council elections because of some dirty dealings between a power-­hungry candidate and the greedy principal, Jackson quietly comes out of retirement. With the help of a tech expert, a honeypot, a driver, and a right-hand man, Jackson confidently orchestrates an intricate plot to reveal the principal's scheme and win the election for Gaby. This fast-paced caper reads like Ocean's 11 for the middle-school set, and that's no coincidence: Johnson (Saving Maddie, 2010) openly credits the film as inspiration, and he has pretty much pulled it off, right down to the dizzying plot twists, incredulous access to the latest tech, and unflappable swagger. Though the multicultural cast of well-rounded middle-schoolers make so many references to earlier high jinks that this occasionally seems like a sequel, the nonstop intrigue keeps the pages turning.--Hunter, Sarah Copyright 2014 Booklist


Publisher's Weekly Review

Jackson Greene, 13, has exhibited "four months of model behavior," an amazing feat considering that he naturally tends toward scheming, pranking, and dreaming (it runs in the family). After a kissing incident that's been dubbed "Mid-Day PDA," Jackson's friend Gabriela de la Cruz isn't speaking to him. Now Gaby's friends have nominated her for school president, and conniving classmate Keith Sinclair is determined to win the election by any means necessary. Without a second thought, Jackson rounds up computer whiz Hashemi, Gaby's newspaper editor brother Charlie, and several others in an attempt to revive his friendship (and maybe more?) with Gaby and save school clubs that could be cut if Keith is elected. Johnson (Saving Maddie) delivers an exciting Ocean's Eleven-style caper for the middle-school crowd, with third-person narration jumping between the various plotters, who concoct an impressive seven schemes in less than three weeks. While in the big picture, the stakes are low, it's easy to get swept up in the exploits of Johnson's entertaining and diverse crew. Ages 10-14. Agent: Sara Crowe, Harvey Klinger. (June) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.


School Library Journal Review

Gr 5-8-After his last heist went bad and he lost Gaby, the girl he liked, Jackson Greene swore off breaking the rules. But when his old nemesis, Keith Sinclair, plans to steal the school election from Gaby and cut the budget for every afterschool activity except the Gamer Club, Jackson decides to use his con-man skills yet again. Jackson does a little digging and discovers that Keith plans on rigging the election by bribing the principal with a large donation from his father. Can Jackson save the day by stealing the election back for his friend or will his nemesis beat him at his own game? The characters are likable, if a bit thin. Although the premise is implausible, the plot is fast paced, well developed, and has a lot of unique twists and turns that will draw readers in from start to finish. Hand this unique book to kids who like mystery, adventure, and Robin Hood-esque stories.-Kira Moody, Whitmore Public Library, Salt Lake City, UT (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


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