Title: The Great Greene Heist: Saving the School, one con at a time
Author: Varian Johnson
Recommended for: 5th – 8th Grade
Call Number/Link: J FICTION JOHNSON, V
Synopsis: 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.
Wonderful Book. I like that it was multicultural, strong male and female characters, and a great plot.This is a well orchestrated con, that take little jobs and may different experts to help. It had the feel of Ocean’s 11, which is a movie that I really enjoyed. How to sell it: Some students find out that the student election is going to be rigged. The students form a group to make sure the elections are fair. Coping keys, rigging a not-a- scantron machine (copier) and much more are just a few things that they need to do. I would recommend it for kids that liked Westing Game and Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library.