Showoff (Swindle Series #4)

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The fourth SWINDLE book, centering around a dog show that goes horribly awry!

The heroes of SWINDLE, ZOOBREAK, and FRAMED are back - and this time, things have gone to the dogs! When Luthor goes berserk at a mall dog show, he's accused of ruining the career of the three-time best-in-show beagle. Griffin always knew that Luthor's viciousness was simmering just below the surface - so why does he feel bad enough to spring him from the pound?

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Overview


The fourth SWINDLE book, centering around a dog show that goes horribly awry!

The heroes of SWINDLE, ZOOBREAK, and FRAMED are back - and this time, things have gone to the dogs! When Luthor goes berserk at a mall dog show, he's accused of ruining the career of the three-time best-in-show beagle. Griffin always knew that Luthor's viciousness was simmering just below the surface - so why does he feel bad enough to spring him from the pound?

Griffin and his team have a new plan. This one involves New York City, a sinister saboteur, a reclusive dog-trainer who's quit the business, an international dog show, and a whole lot of red dye. But if they pull it off, no one will even notice their sting operation...right?

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

Praise for Swindle:

"Pure fun from top to bottom." - School Library Journal

"Korman's fast moving, feel-good suspense novel will have middle schoolers, especially boys, turning the pages." - VOYA

"Gordon Korman has once again created a story sure to capitvate middle-grade audiences." - www.TeensReadToo.com

Praise for Zoobreak:

"Korman again knocks it out of the park...interesting, full of humor, and good fun." - VOYA

"Korman's second tale of 11-year-old Mr. Fix-it Griffin and his friends is a page-turning adventure....The author's fans will be more than pleased." - Kirkus

"This book is overflowing with energy, and each chapter ends with the promise of more excitement. In addition, woven perfectly into the story...are the themes of friendship, working together, accomplishing the impossible, and having the courage to do what is right." - www.Kidreads.com

Children's Literature - Leona Illig
The "Man with the Plan" is back, in the form of Griffin Bing, a young teenager who decides to rescue a Doberman named Luthor, who is in the pound and accused of injuring a show dog. Griffin's motives are good, since Luthor was framed and the dog's family, including twelve-year-old Samantha, is the victim of a misguided lawsuit. His organization and plan of action are superb. His tactics, timing, and commitment to complete honesty, however, leave something to be desired. Nevertheless, as Griffin navigates around roadblocks thrown up by his family, his friends, a reclusive dog trainer, and the show dog community, he still manages to keep his eye on the goal and deliver Luthor back into the hands of his grateful owner. This is the fourth book in the author's series chronicling the adventures of Griffin and his friends. In this one, there are a number of minor themes. One concerns the narcolepsy of Griffin's friend Ben; one is a riff about the "dog whisperer" persona; and another concerns the corrupt world of the professional dog show circuit. There are a number of ethnic characters, as well as young protagonists, male and female, who are smart and diverse in their personalities and interests. The plot moves the story along at a good pace, but the writing, unfortunately, is full of cliches and not particularly fresh. There are some lapses in the point of view, and the distinction between Luthor as a real dog and as a cartoon one is not well drawn. Nevertheless, the characters are likable, and there is no offensive language or behavior by the protagonists. Readers who have enjoyed the other books in the "Swindle "series will like this one as well. And the many references in the book to a real canine classic, Lassie Come-Home, may inspire readers to try that book as well. Reviewer: Leona Illig
School Library Journal
Gr 5–7—Former attack dog Luthor is in the brig for disrupting a dog show and injuring top contender Electra, and her owners are suing Savannah Drysdale's family for seven million dollars. Meanwhile, Savannah's friend Griffin is staying at Ben's house for a summerlong sleepover while his parents are in Europe trying to sell his dad's latest invention, the Spritz-O-Matic. Knowing Griffin, Ben's mom is sure that something will go wrong, but he has assured her that he has absolutely no "Plans." But they just have to save Luthor from the fate that befalls all dogs left at the pound, don't they? And they can't really do that without a Plan, can they? Newest in the much-loved stories about "The Man with the Plan," Showoff will please current fans and is also great as a stand-alone. Zany and full of wild, unpredictable turns, the action never stops. Hilarious moments with Luthor, a Doberman "the size of a small pony," abound. A fun read that will keep even reluctant readers immersed in the story.—Terry Ann Lawler, Phoenix Public Library, AZ
Kirkus Reviews
Intrepid man-with-a-plan Griffin is up to his old tricks in his fourth outing, accompanied by a cast of patient middle-school best friends, all on a mission to save an overly energetic dog. After Savannah's gigantic Doberman, Luthor, inexplicably trashes a public appearance by show dog Electra, resulting in an unfortunate tail injury to the valuable beagle, Electra's owner sues her family and she's forced to relinquish her beloved pet to the animal shelter. Classmates Griffin and Ben bring the dog home, which is not too difficult since Griffin's parents are touring Europe, trying to sell a quirky new invention. All the boys need to do is hide Luthor in Griffin's garage, train him, win a dog show championship and then turn the money that will pour in afterward over to Electra's owner. If this scheme sounds highly improbable, well, that's half the fun. Eventually, they end up at the world's grandest dog show, with Luthor competing for the championship--if only they can thwart the wily criminal who's trying to upset their efforts. This tale stands alone well, with marginal character development taking second place to the narrative's nearly believable twists and turns. Ample dog-show details will appeal to pet enthusiasts. A bumpy, plot-driven ride that moves along at a brisk pace, enthusiastically catapulting toward a potentially disastrous and hilarious conclusion. (Fiction. 8-12)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780545320597
  • Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 1/1/2012
  • Series: Swindle Series , #4
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 192,086
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Lexile: 740L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.72 (w) x 8.54 (h) x 0.94 (d)

Meet the Author

Gordon Korman

Gordon Korman is the author of The 39 Clues Book 2: One False Note, which debuted at #1 on the New York Times bestseller list, and The 39 Clues Book #8: The Emperor's Code. Gordon has written more than sixty books for kids and young adults, including Zoobreak, Swindle, and Son of the Mob, as well as the On the Run series and the Island, Everest, Dive, and Kidnapped trilogies. A native of Ontario, Canada, Korman now lives with his family in Long Island, New York.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 20, 2012

    Other books by Gordon Korman

    If you liked this book you should the Titanic series

    10 out of 19 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 2, 2012

    Different

    If you have read swindle, zoobreak, and framed you will know that its different. In all the other books griffin has a real plan that usually breaks the law, but in showoff all he does is enter a dog show and get in minor trouble. Anyways great book really good.

    7 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 9, 2012

    Love it

    I read the first book in third grade. I am in seventh grade now and I am still going to read this book. I love rhis series.

    7 out of 16 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 2, 2012

    ??????????

    Should I buy it

    6 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 18, 2012

    Omg i love this book pleaese make this book into a movie

    I love this book!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    6 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 7, 2012

    I have'nt read it yet!

    Youre right all of gordan kormans books should be movies

    6 out of 15 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 1, 2012

    Awesome

    Aaaaaaahhhhhhh yyyyyyeeeeeaaaahhh!!!!!!

    5 out of 15 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 11, 2012

    Great

    I dont know when this book came out

    3 out of 21 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 1, 2013

    Great

    Excellent book loved it

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 9, 2012

    Good

    Good freakin' book!

    2 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 5, 2012

    ?

    It wont let me read it .....what a waste!!!!!!

    2 out of 16 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 6, 2012

    ONE OF THE GREATS

    Back in grade school i read gordon korman books at the school library. Those books were the highlight of my childhod, (one of the highlights anyway). Mpst of his books that i read back then are not in print at this time but hopefully will be republished in the near future. The first three books in this series were ok but this on brings back memories. It has the cassic humor, wit, suspense, and crazy, memorable characters.
    Some or his classic titles are...
    Who is Buggs Potter?
    Beware the fish
    Go jump in the pool
    Loosing joe's place
    No more dead dogs
    Radio fith grade
    Something fishy at macdonald hall
    Macdonald hall goes hollywood

    ¿¿¿Long live crazy russian dude!!!

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 24, 2014

    Why is luthor

    Why is louthor on the cover of every book

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 10, 2014

    why no luthor in swindle movie?

    TELL US GORDON TELL US

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 10, 2013

    A real review

    The book is the same as all the others don't buy it do not waste your money

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 24, 2013

    Awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Totaly amazing

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 5, 2013

    WOW

    BEST BOOK EVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!+!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 13, 2013

    Showoff

    It was good!:)

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 14, 2013

    Awesome

    This book is awesome i recomend it to everyone please read i is awesome.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 1, 2013

    AWSOME

    This book is full of exitment and suspense you won't dind any were else

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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