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Swindle (Swindle Series #1)

Swindle (Swindle Series #1)

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by Gordon Korman

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Ocean's 11 . . . with 11-year-olds, in a super stand-alone heist caper from Gordon Korman!

After a mean collector named Swindle cons him out of his most valuable baseball card, Griffin Bing must put together a band of misfits to break into Swindle's compound and recapture the card. There are many things standing in their way -- a menacing guard dog, a high-tech


Ocean's 11 . . . with 11-year-olds, in a super stand-alone heist caper from Gordon Korman!

After a mean collector named Swindle cons him out of his most valuable baseball card, Griffin Bing must put together a band of misfits to break into Swindle's compound and recapture the card. There are many things standing in their way -- a menacing guard dog, a high-tech security system, a very secret hiding place, and their inability to drive -- but Griffin and his team are going to get back what's rightfully his . . . even if hijinks ensue.
This is Gordon Korman at his crowd-pleasing best, perfect for readers who like to hoot, howl, and heist.

Editorial Reviews

Swindle couldn't have been named more aptly. When this mean-spirited baseball card collector cons Griffin Bing out of his most valuable card, this young sports maven is forced to call in his little band of misfit helpers. A high-spirited romp about trying to set things right.
Children's Literature - Sue Reichard
This novel by the very popular author contains all of the perfect elements of a story for middle school readers, including suspense, fully-developed characters, relevant plot, humor, and a surprise ending that is difficult to predict. The main character, Griffin Bing is the boy who always has a plan. He is also a 6th grade student who is known for his sometimes outrageous actions. One of his recent ideas is to have a sleepover in a condemned local "haunted house." While scoping out the house, Griffin discovers a very rare George Herman Ruth baseball card. This card is the key to his Griffin's new plan to save his family from their financial problems. He sells his card to a dealer for $120. Later, he discovers that he has been swindled. The dealer sold the rare card for $200,000. Griffin knows he needs a new plan. He enlists the help of his friend in his mission to get his card back. His plan is not perfect, and he and his team soon realize they must outwit a guard dog, a security system, and a secret hiding place. One more problem stands in his way: No one can drive. Readers will enjoy the page-turning adventure, the quirky characters and the revenge factor. This book is destined to become a favorite read-aloud for librarians and classroom teachers. It is a must-have for middle school libraries. Reviewer: Sue Reichard
AGERANGE: Ages 11 to 14.

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)

School Library Journal

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, MI

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Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date:
Swindle Series , #1
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Product dimensions:
5.20(w) x 7.50(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

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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Swindle 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 207 reviews.
SecretRin More than 1 year ago
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! =)
cardinalSC More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Omg I love this book it was so good, at the heist part my hand was shaking and I was sweating.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Listen to ME!! This book is great. It has one flaw It takes a little to long to get to the point.
show_kid1017 More than 1 year ago
Swindle This is a great book for middle school students and older children. This is a great attention grabber. The main character Griffin had a sleepover with Ben in and old house and found a baseball card. They took the card to a local pawn shop and the man there named Swindle told them the card was fake. He only gave them a hundred bucks. A few days later Griffin was watching the news and saw Swindle on there holding up their card saying it was worth a lot of money and that he was going to sell it at an auction. Then a few days later Ben found out Griffins family was moving away in a week because they couldn’t pay their house payment. So Ben and Griffin decided to try and steal the card back, but every time they tried they got stopped by swindles dog. They were talking about it at school and a girl that is really good with animals over herd them and said she wanted in on the deal so they went to the pawn shop every day and she finally got the dog to obey her. Then found out that he took the card to his house and they tried to break in there. They broke in and found that he had a bigger badder dog than the other dog. He was terrified of the big dog, so they locked it in a room and got the card and left and paid Griffins bill. I feel that this book is a five-star book. If you are a kid that doesn’t really read much it is a short book, and still gives you a like able topic that you like to read. I recommend you invest in this book. Must read!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is of course one of a kind and I would love to read the second book of the series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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 !
BookwormKD More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved the book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A very funny and good book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My favorite charictars are Griffin and savanna great story I loved it 5 stars
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Awsome book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
So entertaining and good
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I llove this book! I am so excited gordan korman is coming to my school!!!!!
orangecrush More than 1 year ago
Swindle book Reveiw 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!
sjh32 More than 1 year ago
When I picked up "Swindle", I couldn't put it back down. I enjoyed this book very much because of all the non-stop action throughout it. Griffin Bing plans a sleepover in an old house that's about to be demolished and turned into a museum. While exploring the house, he finds a baseball card. He thinks it may be worth something, so he takes it to a local collectibles shop to be appraised. The owner of the shop, Swindle, tells Griffin that it's only a reproduction and not worth much. Griffin figures it's an expert's opinion, so he sells the card for $120. Soon after, Griffin sees that Swindle is being interviewed by the newspaper for "finding" a very rare baseball card, which is actually worth $1,000,000. Now Griffin wants his card back, so he gathers a team of helpful friends, and they make a plan to get it back. The ending is surprising, and also entertaining. This was a very good book, and I would recommend it to all ages.
happygirl101 More than 1 year ago
this book was very exciteing and adventuress and i got to say i realy liked it .it brings out the spy part with in all of us lol
Guest705761 More than 1 year ago
I Loved this book. It had a lot suspense, action and some parts where it just left me hanging. This book is great I recommend parents having their children read this book. It would be good for the whole family. Also it would be a great read aloud book to a class or family/friends. This would make a great gift. This book will have readers wanting to keep reading even more. Again, Love it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is an amazing, action-packed book. The characters are intriguing and each has their own personalities. Griffin and his friends are just regular people trying to make their way in the adult world. They also have an enemy named Darren Vader who forcibly joins their team and ends up sabotaging them. In this book, the team has to work together and be extremely intelligent in order to snag the card.It is the stuff of inspiration how they manage to out-swindle the swindler. This book is also a good lesson of morals. Although to take things into your own hands like Griffin and his friends do is not a smart idea in the world, any kid old enough to read this book will know that and instead will internalize it to create a powerful image of themselves and a good sense of right and wrong. What Swindle did was wrong, and Griffin is not about to get swindled. Of all the kids I’ve spoken to who’ve read Swindle, I’ve never met a single one who didn’t like it. All of them, in fact, spoke about it glowingly. This book is something even “reluctant readers” will like, and will probably get them wanting to read more. I highly recommend this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I like this book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Its a pretty god book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Its agood book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It is a very good book and my kids loved it! Very great book.