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Eleven-year-old Griffin Bing enlists sixth grade friends who have computer, climbing, acting, animal handling, and swindling skills to retrieve a possible million-dollar Babe Ruth baseball card from a shop owner who scammed it from Griffin for only $125. Griffin hopes that selling the card will solve his parents' financial problems brought on by his father quitting his engineering job to focus on his invention, the SmartPick, which picks fruit without bruising it. The crew sends the shop owner tickets to a hockey game and break into his house while he is gone. With the help of the SmartPick, they overcome hostile guard dogs, security systems, neighbor surveillance, and betrayal to secure the card, but Griffin must return it to its rightful owner. Eventually the card funds the building of a town museum that includes a skate park, which is dedicated to Griffin and his team, and the caper brings attention and investors to the SmartPick so that Griffin's family is financially secure. Korman's fast moving, feel-good suspense novel will have middle schoolers, especially boys, turning the pages. Griffin, "The Man With a Plan," is resourceful but believable and likeable. He needs his friends, learns from them, and makes some poor choices for good causes. He out thinks the bad guys, supports his father (the good guy), and commits a crime with which even the police sympathize. The dog cover, large print, and ample white space make it reluctant reader material. Reviewer: Lucy Schall
April 2008 (Vol. 31, No. 1)
Gr 3-7- When Griffin Bing and his pal Ben discover an old Babe Ruth baseball card in a home about to be demolished, Griffin-aware that his dad's lack of success as an inventor is causing increasing stress at home-dreams of selling it for thousands and using his share to keep the family financially afloat. The boys are somewhat deflated when they present the card to collectibles dealer S. Wendell Palomino and he suggests that it is a reproduction and buys it for just $120. They soon discover that the sleazy dealer plans to auction off the card, which is actually an extremely rare misprint, and that it is expected to sell for well over a million dollars. Outraged at having been taken advantage of, Griffin plans to steal the valuable card back from Palomino-or "Swindle," as he now calls him-but doing so is no mean feat. Among the obstacles the boys face are a large fence, a high-tech security system, and a ferocious guard dog. Clearly, special skills are needed, so they recruit a ragtag crew of oddball accomplices including an expert climber, an electronics whiz, an aspiring actor, and an animal lover who claims to be able to put even the most hardened, snarling canines in touch with their cuddly inner puppies. This kids-versus-adults-themed story is pure plot-driven fun from top to bottom. If you read it aloud, don't be surprised when your listeners beg you for "just one more chapter."-Jeffrey Hastings, Highlander Way Middle School, Howell, MICopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Posted September 15, 2009
I was first drawn to this book as a Read-Aloud for my students because of its cover. We love dogs! Once inside the pages of the story we found so much more. We found new vocabulary, discussion, and cliffhangers. We found good friends who always found a way to be there for each other. We found that justice prevails. They thought it was one of the best books that they had ever read. They are looking forward to reading Mr. Korman's new book, Zoobreak.
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Posted June 6, 2011
I read this in like the 4th grade and I read it in like three days (after that, I tried to read all of the books that I ever read in three days, successfully). I love it love it love it. I didn't know who the heck Gordon Korman was before this book, but now, he is like my writing idol. He is amazing at what he does, and even as I went into middle school, the third book came out. I realized that the text was kinda big, and the words were a little younger for me, but that didn't pull me away. I became older, but the books didn't make me feel like it. I love it. I love this series. I love Gordon Korman. Exciting, entertaining, fun. I can't stop reaching for Gordon Korman books now. I read this one like 6 times in like a month and a half. I love it all Gordon Korman... Keep 'em coming! =)
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we had to read this in class. i usually dont like the books that teachers pick out because they are usually boring. but this one wasnt boring. i really liked. i recommend this to people who like mystery and secret operation spy stuff. lol. if you liked this book i also recommend id tell you i love you but then id have to kill you by ally carter, model spy by shannon greenland, the squad by jennifer lynn barnes, the 39 clues by various authors, and death by bikini by linda gerber.
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Posted March 27, 2009
The book I have read is Swindle by Gordon Korman. He writes a very good realistic book. Swindle the book to read if you like adventure and mystery.
The main character is Griffin Bing he and his family are having some tough times. They are having financial problems. His best friend is Ben Solvak. They do everything together. He calls Griffin the man with the plan. S. Wendell Palomino (aka. Swindle) is the owner of Palomino's Emporium where Griffin sells his baseball card.
This story mostly takes place inside of and outside of Palomino's Emporium. It is a comic book and collectables store. It has a guard dog, a high-tech security system, and a big solid metal vault bolted to the floor that Griffin has to brake in to.
I think the lesson in this story is not to let someone take advantage of you. You should always stand up for what you believe in. The story is mostly about courage and importance of friendship. Griffin and his friends solved the problem by not letting anyone take advantage of you.
Griffin and Ben are sleeping over at this old abandoned building. They find a very old baseball card of the famous Babe Ruth. They go to sell it at Palomino's Emporium. When they got there Palomino told them it was a fake and it was worthless. He said he would give them $120 for the card. The next day Palomino was on the news with the card. He said he would hold an auction for the card the first bid would start at one million dollars. After Griffin hears that he has been swindled of the money that card was worth, he puts together a team of friends and students to steal it back. I'm not going to spoil the end so you can read the book and find out what happens.
This book was one of my favorites. It is a great book. I liked everything about this book. The story is very strait forward. It's a little predictable. I give this book a four out of five.
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Posted March 23, 2013
This is a grrrr8 book . It is about a boy named Griffin & he finds a baseball card . It gets swindled & his friends and he steal it back . My librarian actually read it to me & I loved it evrer since ! :). You should ABSOLUTLEY get it !
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Swindle is a adventurous book full of action. After reading every page you just want to read on. Theres never ending excitment all through the book. I think the book could be a little bit longer and more exciting ending.
The main character is Griffin, the man with the plan he decides to make a team of kids to get a million dollar baseball card back. Includes a rock climber, pet owner, nd tech geek. All of them will try to excute te complicated plan. Griffin is the smart one who comes up with all the plans. The pet owner is the girl who has alot of experience with animals. Tech geek is the girl who is great with technology.
My opinion of this book is good. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes funny but exciting story plots, which makes it intense. Swindle is the book to read it is great!
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Posted March 27, 2009
Swindle by author Gordon Korman, is a book of fiction. This book is about two boys, Griffin, and Ben who was throwing a party at the abandoned house alone because they said the house was known to be haunted. There alone at the house. Griffin bet Ben $60.00 to stay all night at the abandoned house.
The main character is Griffin Bing, he's the guy with a plan, and he has to be perfect all the time. He's friend is Ben Slovak was the chicken and scared to stay at the house, but he did because that was the bet. They Said the reason why the house is haunted was because the guy old man Rockford who use to leave there is in jail for cutting his wife up with a chain saw in that house.
The story took place at 10:34 p.m. at the abandoned house where they was throwing a party which no one was coming to because of the house being haunted. In the story the morning they woke up they had to run out they door because they were about to knock down the house. Griffin was stuck to the desk where he found a hidden place where in the back of the drawer there was a baseball card with Babe Ruth's name and a loaf of bread. So he took the card to a store with lots of other baseball cards to see how much it was worth. So the guy said it was a fake, but he still gave him $120.00 for the card. So Griffin took the money. He was sad because his parents always argue about not having a lot of money and he thought he would be able to help them but he couldn't because he didn't get enough. He gave Ben $60.00 because he stuck with the plan. So now he only has $60.00 left. He was sad because he wanted to get a lot of money to help his parents because they always argue for not having so much money, but he cant because he cant tell his parents where he got the $60.00 with out tell them where he was instead of the sleepover he was suppose to be at.
The author is trying to tell kids that you shouldn't go some where your not suppose to go and you shouldn't go in an abandoned house and stay the night because if its going to get torn down the next day and you don't get out in time then your going to get hurt or maybe even be killed.
So Griffin went home, but he didn't give his parents the money because he couldn't give it to them without telling them where he got it. So he went on with his sad life because his parents fought all the time for not having money.
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This book is amazing! Griffin and his team aren't gonna back down! I would recomend this book is you like action and realistic fiction. I originaly would not read it cuz i don't like realilistic fiction but i read it for schoolwork and my whole group can agree with me for one thing, this is a GREAT BOOK!
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