Showoff (Swindle Series #4)

Showoff (Swindle Series #4)

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by Gordon Korman

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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

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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?

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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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." -

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." -

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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Scholastic, Inc.
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Swindle Series, #4
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Product dimensions:
5.72(w) x 8.54(h) x 0.94(d)
740L (what's this?)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Why is louthor on the cover of every book
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excellent book loved it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is full of exitment and suspense you won't dind any were else
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a excellent book anybody would like it if they took the time to reaf it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Should I buy it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not as good as the other books but it was still okay
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you liked this book you should the Titanic series
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really great book. FOR ALL WHO READ JACKPOT........ Remember sigma delta phi? Well, here it is.... &Sigma &Delta &Phi ...... i also need to add pi cause pi rocks.... &pi &Pi... peace out
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HannahG04 More than 1 year ago
Showoff is a fun book to read about an attack dog who some kids try to turn into a show dog.   Luthor causes trouble at the mall when his owner , Savannah, and her friends, Griffin and Ben go to check out the Global Dog  Show winner, Electra, a Beagle.  After the show dog, Electra, is injured and her owner threatens to sue.  Savannah has to leave Luthor  at the pound.  Griffin and Ben get Luthor out of the pound and plan to train Luthor to be a show dog.  They want to enter him into dog competitions so he can win money to help pay for the lawsuit. Griffin and Ben try to train Luthor but he seems to always get into trouble at every competition.  That's when the best dog trainer, Dmitri, comes to the rescue and helps them train Luthor.  In the end, they find out why Luthor went nuts at the mall and who did it.    Luthor then starts winning dog shows. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes fun to read books.  I would recommend this book because it caught my attention and it is a fun book to read.  
InTheBookcase More than 1 year ago
Showoff is the 4th great middle grade book in the Swindle series.  Griffin Bing, The Man With The Plan, has been asked to keep plans and schemes out of his summer break. But with his parents out of the country, and the aspect of having a 6-week sleepover at his friend's house, a master plan is bound to materialize. This time, it involves Luthor, Savannah Drysdale's doberman. Originally trained to be an attack dog, at the hand of his previous owners, Savannah is the only person who can (or has tried hard enough) to train Luthor into being a "sweetie". To anyone else, he still acts like a savage beast. The story turns completely topsy-turvy as one thing leads to another, and soon enough, Luthor is competing for Best in Show at nationwide dog competitions. How Mr. Korman creates these insane and intricate plots is beyond me, but he writes his stories well. He takes the unimaginable... and imagines it, just for the sake of the reader.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this book and took the easy a.r. test on this book i loved it (for you guys who take a.r. tests it is 6 points
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Having not yet read Showoff I cant garuntee this to be much of a review. Frankly I quite like the Swindle books but I really have always liked books for younger ages. As I am now a teenager in highschool I would advise Mr. Korman raise his target age from preteens to teens. This would offer more room for character development and would reach a wider age group. Griffin and his friends a delightful group of kids that seem a bit out of place in a book targeted towards fith to seventh graders. Making the book move towards a more mature age group I belive would be in the best intrest for this series. I myself having grown out of the age these books are geared towards still have some interest in reading this series but dont actully find my self buying or scouring the library for it.<br>KF
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book!!!??!
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This book is awsome I love show off.
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Totaly amazing
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
BEST BOOK EVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!+!