Griff Carver, Hallway Patrol

Griff Carver, Hallway Patrol

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by Jim Krieg
     
 

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Twelve-year-old Griff Carver knows a thing or two about fighting crime. Because Griff's not just any kid-he's a kid with a badge. And if you are a criminal, he's your worst nightmare.

Griff might be the new kid on the Rampart Jr. High Patrol squad, but he's no rookie. And he'll do whatever it takes to clean up the mean hallways of his middle school-even if it

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Twelve-year-old Griff Carver knows a thing or two about fighting crime. Because Griff's not just any kid-he's a kid with a badge. And if you are a criminal, he's your worst nightmare.

Griff might be the new kid on the Rampart Jr. High Patrol squad, but he's no rookie. And he'll do whatever it takes to clean up the mean hallways of his middle school-even if it lands him in hot water.

But when Griff links cool kid Marcus 'The Smile' Volger to a counterfeit hall pass ring, can he and his friends close the case? Or will Griff let down the force-and lose his badge-for good?

Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
Gr 4–8—Griff Carver, 13, is an overzealous school hall cop who will not stop until justice is served and all hall runners are halted in Jim Krieg's humorous novel (Razorbill, 2010). On his first day at Rampart Middle School, he signs up for Safety Patrol, but a previous school expulsion and his reputation for being a loose cannon have him under the radar of Principal Sprangue and Safety Patrol Captain Delane. He and his partner, Tommy, a straight-laced Camp Scout, stumble upon what they think may be a counterfeit hall-pass ring. But a few missteps and a snarky attitude lose Carver his patrol badge. Without missing a beat, they manage to continue their investigation and even get school news reporter, Verity, wrapped up in the action. The full-cast narration, performed by Mike Chamberlain, Kirby Heyborne, and Emily Janice Card, is spunky and youthful. Pair the audio with the book to hook reluctant readers. Fans of "The Wimpy Kid" series will appreciate the martial arts fights, toilet swirlies, and rampant middle school humor.—Lisa Hubler, Memorial Junior High School, South Euclid, OH
Kirkus Reviews
Junior Philip Marlowes or Sam Spades-or readers fed up with schoolyard miscreants-will welcome the exploits of this hard-boiled, seen-it-all seventh-grade "hall cop." Punctuated by recorded interviews with a startled guidance counselor, incident reports filed by his indefatigable, true-blue partner and occasional diary entries and articles written by the school's gung-ho newspaper editor, the novel tracks how a disgraced Griff (he's stripped of his badge at one point) and his friends eventually uncover a counterfeit hall-pass ring and bring down some nefarious perps. Griff's devotion to duty is so uncompromising it's comical, though not always credible. The first-person voice isn't consistent, and some of Griff's potboiler reflections will fall on ears unprimed to noir-ish '40s-era detective patter. Still, this is a fast-paced read characterized by knowing, kid-friendly humor, and middle-grade readers will enjoy getting to know Hallway Patrolman Carver. (Mystery. 10-12)
Publishers Weekly
In what reads like a deliberately clichéd police procedural, first-time novelist Krieg takes readers inside the squeaky-clean hallways of Rampart Middle School, where new student Griff Carver immediately smells something fishy. Griff, a seasoned safety patrol officer whose reputation for razor-sharp instincts and tough-guy attitude has preceded him, is forced to team up with chatterbox Tommy, a by-the-books Boy Scout, to weed out a counterfeit hall pass gang. With comically over-the-top cop lingo—“I'd had enough commanding officers over the years to know that that's what they were. Politicians. Kids looking to score a few points on their magnate high school application”—Griff and Tommy tell their stories through incident reports and interviews, adding drama and humor to the most mundane aspects of school. Krieg cleverly depicts Rampart as a microcosm of society, complete with smarmy “student govie types,” a gutsy school reporter (who contributes diary-style chapters), and dedicated but underappreciated hallway patrol officers (“A hero's just a sandwich the cafeteria served us every Wednesday,” Griff quips). Krieg will keep readers chuckling through the hilarious but action-packed showdown, which leaves the door open for a sequel. Ages 9-11. (Apr.)
Booklist
Pitch perfect from start to finish Krieg's fiction debut will have even the most hardboiled whodunit fans rolling in the aisles.
Bulletin for the Center of Childrens Books
"This one is sure to garner plenty of fans and may inspire a few budding officers."

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780307915399
Publisher:
Random House Audio Publishing Group
Publication date:
01/01/2011

Meet the Author

Jim Krieg has been working as a writer for the film and television industry for the past decade, and has written screenplays for Warner Brothers, New Line, and 20th Century Fox. He enjoys his growing family, surfing and writing about himself in the third person. In that order. Griff Carver, Hallway Patrol is his first novel. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife and children.

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