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The Great Greene Heist, Varian Johnson

Label
The Great Greene Heist
Title
The Great Greene Heist
Statement of responsibility
Varian Johnson
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Author
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Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Jackson Greene swears he's given up scheming. Then school bully Keith Sinclair announces he's running for Student Council president, against Jackson's former friend Gaby de la Cruz. Gaby wants Jackson to stay out of it - but he knows Keith has "connections" to the principal, which could win him the presidency no matter the vote count. So Jackson assembles a crack team: Hashemi Larijani, tech genius. Victor Cho, bankroll. Megan Feldman, science goddess. Charlie de la Cruz, reporter. Together they devise a plan that will take down Keith, win Gaby's respect, and make sure the election is done right. If they can pull it off, it will be remembered as the school's greatest con ever - one worthy of the name THE GREAT GREENE HEIST. --
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Award
ALA Notable Children's Book, 2015
Review
  • Grades 5-8 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 (Reviewed 05-15-2014) (Booklist, vol 110, number 18, p56)
  • 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) --Staff (Reviewed April 14, 2014) (Publishers Weekly, vol 261, issue 15, p)
  • /* Starred Review */ Trying to go straight, troublemaker Jackson Greene succumbs to the lure of the con when it appears Maplewood Middle School's student-council election is being rigged against his friend Gaby de la Cruz. Although Gaby's been angry at Jackson for more than four months, the two could be more than just friends. And her twin brother, Charlie, Jackson's best friend, is worried about her electoral chances. So Jackson breaks rule No. 3 of the Greene Code of Conduct: "Never con for love. Or even like." During the week before the election, a delightful and diverse cast of middle school students with a wide range of backgrounds and interests concocts a series of elaborate schemes to make sure the Scantron-counted ballots will produce honest results. While all this is going on, Gaby is busily campaigning and rethinking her love life. References to previous escapades are so common readers may think this is a sequel, and the cast of characters is dizzying. But the results are worth it. Allusions to Star Trek abound. There is a helpful appended explanation of the cons and their shorthand references as well as the Greene Code. The elaborate bait and switch of this fast-paced, funny caper novel will surprise its readers as much as the victims. They'll want to reread immediately so they can admire the setup. (Fiction. 10-15)(Kirkus Reviews, March 15, 2014)
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http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10315686
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NJQ/DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Johnson, Varian
Dewey number
  • [Fic]
  • 813.6
Index
no index present
Intended audience
  • 660L
  • Sentence length: 3 (medium)
  • Word frequency: 3 (medium)
Intended audience source
  • lexile
  • Lexile
Interest level
MG
LC call number
PZ7.J63844
LC item number
Gr 2014
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • 5
  • 8
Reading level
  • 4.6.
  • 3.8.
  • 4.6
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True
Series statement
Jackson Greene novels
Series volume
0001
Study program name
  • Accelerated Reader
  • Reading Counts!
  • Accelerated Reader AR
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  • Elections
  • Middle schools
  • Practical jokes
  • Best friends
  • Elections
  • Middle schools
  • Schools
  • Practical jokes
  • Best friends
  • Friendship
  • African Americans
  • Best friends
  • Elections
  • Middle schools
  • Practical jokes
Target audience
pre adolescent
Label
The Great Greene Heist, Varian Johnson
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Publication
Note
Sequel: To catch a cheat
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volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
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text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ocn857141247
Dimensions
22 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
226 pages
Isbn
9780545525534
Lccn
2013029145
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)857141247
Label
The Great Greene Heist, Varian Johnson
Publication
Note
Sequel: To catch a cheat
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ocn857141247
Dimensions
22 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
226 pages
Isbn
9780545525534
Lccn
2013029145
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)857141247

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