The Great Greene Heist

greatgreeneheistWritten by Varian Johnson

This is a fun, quick read with a diverse cast of characters who come together through a series of schemes to save their middle school from the threat of a rigged student election. Jackson Greene is a classic charismatic con artist with a heart of gold, but readers will also find many other characters to relate to in this book, including Gaby the straight-laced studentbody presidential candidate (and Jackson’s ex-best friend), Hashemi the techie kid with hacks and inventions continually in “beta” (i.e. not actually working), and Megan the head cheerleader who speaks Klingon. The narrative point of view is constantly shifting between all these players in the con, which keeps things fresh and allows for continuing surprises and reveals up to the end. The characters are all very likeable and the capers and plot twists make for a fun ride. I’d recommend this book to any young reader.

Review by Joshua Whiting, Educational Technology Dept.
Rating: ★★★★✩ (4 stars)
Interest Level: Grades 4+

Jackson Greene has promised to give up conning “mostly” until he finds out his girl friend’s election to school president is rigged by the principal and another student so she can’t win. So he knows he needs to pull his biggest con yet. A great book for middle school readers, it’s easy and fun.

Review by Connielyn Perkins, West Lake Jr. Media Center
Rating: ★★★★✩ (4 stars)
Interest Level: 6 – 9

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The Great Greene Heist
Written by Varian Johnson
Arthur A Levine / Scholastic
226 pages
Release Date: May 27, 2014
ISBN: 9780545525527 (hardcover)

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