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The Juvie Three

The Juvie Three

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by Gordon Korman

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Gecko, Terence, and Ajay are serving time in juvenile detention centers until they get a second chance. Douglas Healy, a former juvenile delinquent himself, takes them into his halfway house, hoping to make a difference in their lives. One night there is a scuffle, and Healy is accidentally knocked unconscious. When he awakes in the hospital, he has no memory of


Gecko, Terence, and Ajay are serving time in juvenile detention centers until they get a second chance. Douglas Healy, a former juvenile delinquent himself, takes them into his halfway house, hoping to make a difference in their lives. One night there is a scuffle, and Healy is accidentally knocked unconscious. When he awakes in the hospital, he has no memory of them or of the halfway house. Afraid of being sent back to Juvie, the guys hatch a crazy scheme to continue on as if the group leader never left.

But if the boys are found out, their second chance will be their last.

Editorial Reviews

KLIATT - Paula Rohrlick
Gecko drove, and crashed, a getaway car for his thieving brother; Terence picked up his B & E skills running with a gang in Chicago; hulking Arjay killed a man with a single punch. All three teenagers are serving time in juvenile detention until they're selected by a man named Douglas Healy, a former juvie himself, to take part in an experimental halfway house in New York City. Terence chafes at the many rules and tries to sneak out one night, though the other boys try to stop him. When Healy comes out to the balcony to intervene, he falls to the pavement and wakes up in the hospital with amnesia. Desperate not to return to juvie, the boys conspire to pretend Healy is still overseeing them and strive mightily to follow all the rules, despite complications like Arjay's blossoming rock guitarist career and Terence's tendency to return to his criminal ways. Meanwhile, Gecko checks up on Healy in the hospital, posing as a volunteer, and falls hard for lovely Roxanne, a real hospital volunteer. When Healy's memory fails to return and he's transferred to Bronx County Psychiatric Hospital, the boys realize the jig is up, and they set out to break Healy out, with the help of Roxanne. It would make a good sitcom, wouldn't it? Korman, author of Born to Rock, Son of the Mob and other YA novels, has a sure hand with comedy, and he makes the most of his appealing if flawed characters and great setup. The danger of discovery, the tough-talking delinquents who aren't quite as hard as they first appear, the hateful authority figures who nevertheless come to their aid—there's lots to relish here. Reviewer: Paula Rohrlick
VOYA - Marlah K.Unruh
As Gecko (real name Graham) receives his initiation at the juvenile detention center-a pillowcase over his head and a beating by the other inmates-rescue arrives in the form of a call to the office where Douglas Healy awaits him. Healy has a grant that allows him to take three juvenile offenders to live with him in an apartment where they will work out their sentences in a tightly controlled, real-world setting. He has chosen Gecko; Arjay, a young African American convicted of murder; and Terence, a hoodlum wannabe. It is their last chance. If they blow it, they will do hard time. When Healy is injured and taken to the hospital in a coma, the boys decide they will carry on at the apartment as though he is still with them, knowing it is the best way to avoid going to prison. But Gecko falls in love, Arjay joins a rock band, and Terence moves toward becoming a gang member. Korman's description of how the boys got into trouble rings true; however, the resolution of their problems is a stretch. Gecko and his girlfriend break up to please her wealthy father. Arjay turns down a chance to record with a band. And when some very menacing gang members threaten Terence's life if he does not kill an old woman, he tells them he does not "have time for this." Middle readers will enjoy this book, but older teens will see through its attempt at realism. Reviewer: Marlah K.Unruh
Children's Literature - Anita Barnes Lowen
Gecko, Arjay and Terence are three juvenile delinquents who are candidates for an experimental alternative living program in New York City. As their group leader, Mr. Healy, explains: "Here's how it works: you live with me and two other boys in an apartment. You go to school; you go into counseling; you do community service. To be blunt, you work your butt off and keep your nose clean." One of the boys was convicted of manslaughter, one was the driver of a get-away car, and one plans to see more of New York City than the inside of the grungy walk-up apartment that is now an installation of the United States Department of Juvenile Corrections. The night Terence makes his move and slips out of the apartment, things go terribly wrong. As a result, Mr. Healy is hospitalized. His memory is gone, and the boys don't dare let the authorities know that the man listed as John Doe is their mentor. Until Mr. Healy regains his memory and returns to the apartment, they are going to be obedient little robots and do everything they've been programmed to do. If they don't, they could receive a one-way ticket back to the juvenile justice system. This is a winning novel about three boys who just might make it. Reviewer: Anita Barnes Lowen
School Library Journal

Gr 6-9

Terence, Gecko, and Arjay made serious mistakes and wound up doing time in juvenile-detention facilities. Empathetic adult Douglas Healy, a former juvenile offender himself, has secured a grant to operate an experimental halfway house in New York City designed to provide second chances to boys deemed as deserving. The teens accept his offer to become his first reformees, willing to trade their bleak incarceration for a small taste of freedom, even though the bargain entails maintaining academic excellence, therapy, and community service. Though Gecko and Arjay enter into the deal in good faith, Terence seems bound for recidivism. Gecko and Arjay attempt to intercept him one night as he tries to use the fire escape as a means of reconnecting with his newfound, gang-related associates. A scuffle ensues and, when Healy intervenes, he falls to the ground, unconscious but still alive. The boys "borrow" a vehicle and drop him off at a local hospital where he awakens with retrograde amnesia. The teens then face the seemingly impossible task of keeping up appearances while also working behind the scenes at the hospital to ensure that Mr. Healy eventually regains his memory and returns to his post as their overseer. This novel is signature Korman; it is a celebration of good, youthful intentions and a wholesome and fun treatment of what might otherwise be prohibitively gritty issues. As such, it's a great choice as a middle school read-aloud.-Jeffrey Hastings, Highlander Way Middle School, Howell, MI

Kirkus Reviews
Three young miscreants are offered a shot at redemption in this unlikely but likable comedy of errors. Gecko, Arjay and Terence are all in stir until the compassionate Douglas Healy selects them to live with him in a New York group home. Gecko, jailed for helping his brother steal a car, and gifted musician Arjay are incredibly grateful for the opportunity and vow to make it work. Terence, however, is arrogant, hotheaded and careless; in an attempt to sneak out one night, he causes an accident that knocks Healy unconscious and results in his amnesia. Desperate to avoid being returned to juvie, the three hatch a scheme to cover for Healy, hoping that he will regain his memory in time to save them. The well-developed and distinct personalities of the three boys provide ample ground for Korman to build their frustrations with one another as the fantastical plot moves forward. While perhaps a bit predictable, the emotional growth of each boy is nicely constructed and believable, and the dialogue is spot-on. (Fiction. 12 & up)

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Disney Press
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Product dimensions:
5.30(w) x 7.80(h) x 1.00(d)
NC730L (what's this?)
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

Meet the Author

Gordon Korman (www.gordonkorman.com) is the number one New York Times best-selling author of more than fifty popular young adult and middle-grade novels, including Schooled, Born to Rock, Son of the Mob, and No More Dead Dogs. He lives on Long Island in New York.

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Juvie Three 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book had me reading instead of watching tv. This was an exeptinally good book. Loved it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Iff you like to read books with action bit a god story an a lesson to learn read this amazing heart stopping book and yu will see ypur life ina different way This is a book about 3 troubled teenagers all faced woth the centence of juvinial detention But a seamingly to good tp be true chance comes along fpr tye three bpts that have been selected to leave juvoe and go live in a small apartment with a probatoon officer that is more that willing to leave his own life behind in an attemp to set these kids down tje right road The kids are unhappy at first and already have troubles at the school that they are attending while under juristiction of the courts they get into really big trouble in a small amount of time This is a touching book about 3 how gping wih the beating path of your freinds not the smartest idea follow what your common scence tells you to do and do it even if yu nt want to let ypur freinds down it could change the way you live the rest pf your life Future author Greg brychta
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Amazing book you wont find another like this .i was up all night reading it if your in to the whole suspencie kinds a books then stop looking cause this one will drive crazzy you will be wanting more
SpartanReading More than 1 year ago
The Juvie Three is a great book that will introduce you to the wonderful, yet realistic world of Gordon Korman books. Three juvenile delinquents, Gecko, Terence, and Arjay, are boosted from juvie and sent to an experimental "Halfway House" run by Douglas Healy, an adult who also has a bit of a dirty record. Everything is going well until Terence violates the rules and leaves the apartment to go do business with people he calls "His Dogs". When Healy and the boys try to stop him, Healy ends up falling 30 feet to the grimy, New York City alleyway. Fearing the potential consequences of their actions, the boys drop him off at a hospital without an I.D. When he comes to, he has no idea who he is, let alone who the boys are. The boys decide to proceed with their lives as if Healy was still there with them. Everything is going well until Gecko meets Roxanne, Arjay becomes a star, and Terence goes back to his old, gangster lifestyle. This book will keep you up until the wee hours of the morning. I would rate this book 10 out of 10 jail cells because it was fast paced, fun to read, and quite the page turner, without ever being too boring, or too graphic. I recommend this book to anybody who enjoys an adventure about jail, stolen cars, rock stars, love, and more stolen cars. Gecko, Arjay, and Terence were all at juvie, some longer than others, for different reasons: Gecko, because he drove the getaway car for one of his brother's crazy schemes, Terence, because he got mixed in with the wrong crowd, and Arjay, because he "hit some guy against a statue real hard, and he didn't get up". The trio even steals a whopping total of 4 cars and trucks throughout the book, including an Infiniti and a van. Gecko's love for underage driving is what got him into the "Teeth Jarring" crash that put him in juvie in the first place. Overall, this is a very good book and I'm sure when you are up at 3:00 A.M. reading it, you'll thank me for this review.
TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
What do you get when you mix three juvenile delinquents on their last chance before doing some long-term hard time, one do-gooder out to help them become better people, and Gordon Korman? THE JUVIE THREE! It is a fast-paced page-turner complete with humor, action scenes, romance, and some fascinating twists and turns.

Douglas Healy lived through his own hard times, and now he is determined to give some hope to a new crop of troubled teens. He has worked hard to cut through the red tape and bureaucratic nonsense to open a small halfway house (apartment) for three lost boys. Gecko, Terence, and Arjay have committed a variety of crimes, from driving a stolen getaway car to murder, and society seems to say their are beyond hope. The efforts of Douglas Healy have given the three a last chance.

Gecko seems grateful and determined to do the right thing. Arjay is confused and suspicious, yet strangely appreciative, that a stranger would take the time to reach out a helping hand. Terence looks at the situation as an opportunity to make a quick buck and escape ASAP.

When Terence breaks the rules one night and attempts to sneak out by way of the fire-escape, the other two boys step in to protect what they view as their last chance at a real life. The scuffle between the boys is interrupted by a sleepy and angry Douglas Healy, who has the unfortunate luck to plummet head-first from the fire-escape to the pavement below.

Fearful of the outcome if they are caught, the three boys load an unconscious, bleeding Healy in the back of a stolen car and rush him to the nearest emergency room, where they dump him and then hightail it back to the apartment. Until they can decide what to do next, they agree to keep up appearances and stick to their usual daily routine. What follows is an amazing tale of how three supposedly "no good" kids follow the rules and make the right decisions without adult supervision.

The plot twists and turns will keep even the most reluctant readers on the edge of their seats. Don't miss THE JUVIE THREE.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I lived this book and hope you do to;)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was exceptionaly good. You should definitaly read it!
Elzarad1 More than 1 year ago
The story is about three teenage boys serving time in a juvenile detention center until they deserve another chance and are set free back into the real world. A previous juvenile delinquent Douglas Healey is trying to change lives of kids in juvie and jail, so he decides to try and experiment and start a half way house in New York City and has the three main characters Arjay, Gecko, and Terence attend it. The theme of the story is that you should not give up on your self and it's not too late to try to redeem yourself and try to become a better person. In this story there are many likes and very few dislikes. What I liked about the story is it described a lot of the scenes very well for example when Gecko was the driver of a hit and run Gordon Korman described the scene very well. Another thing I really like about the story kept moving like there's always events popping up so the story never gets old and stays interesting. There weren't really anything I didn't like about this book but one thing that did bother me was how Gordan made the characters react when Mr. Healey got hurt I thing he should have changed that part a little bit. I think everyone should read this book because it's a thrilling book the action never stops and it always keeps you wanting to read more. I also believe people should read this because the ending is a surprising ending and it's a must read. I recommend this book to people from middle school up because it uses inappropriate language sometimes.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read the book earlier in the year and loved it it never stops moving.
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The Juvie Three is a fantastic book for reluctant readers. Middle School and High School students - even reluctant readers - will enjoy this book. Korman keeps the characters real and relatable. The first few chapters hook readers and keep them reading until the end. This is a fantastic book for boys who hate to read - they'll appreciate the ending!
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