Fast moving, feel-good suspense novel will have middle schoolers, especially boys, turning the pages

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

In Swindle, by 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.

“Goofball-funny and addictive.” –Kirkus Reviews

This is Gordon Korman at his crowd-pleasing best, perfect for readers who like to hoot, howl, and heist.

“I love this book for kids to read. I love this book for me to read!” an amazon reviewer wrote.

This book conjures up memories of the old “Hardy Boys” series where relationships and friendships were an important part of growing up. In an age where kids today interact more through social media then face-to-face contact, this book brings you back to the basics of friendship and family. The loyalty that Ben Slovak has for his friend and main character Griffin Bing, aka “The man with the Plan”, is admirable. The plan that Griffin puts together to right the wrong that was done to him by an adult store owner is ingenious. Of course, keep in mind that this is a fiction/adventure story and you must take the leap of faith and enjoy the ride. Griffins understanding that, in order to carry out his rather elaborate plan, it would require a very special team. From his school acquaintances, he recruits the proper people for the jobs at hand; a “dog whisperer”, a rock claiming expert and I especially liked the way he includes a high-tech, loner nerd girl. Her involvement was the first time she was ever a part of a team and this established a level of confidence and acceptance that she had never experienced before.
Please remember that this is a fiction/adventure story and I do not advocate kids planning and carrying out major heists. But this book teaches the value of friendship, planning, teamwork and follow-through of a plan as a valuable life lesson. Besides that, it was fun to read.

Gordon Korman is the #1 bestselling author of three books in The 39 Clues series as well as eight books in his Swindle series:

SwindleZoobreakFramedShowoffHideoutJackpotUnleashed, and Jingle. His other books include This Can’t Be Happening at Macdonald Hall! (published when he was 14); The Toilet Paper TigersRadio Fifth GradeSlackerRestartWhatshisfaceLevel 13; the trilogies Island, Everest, Dive, Kidnapped, and Titanic; and the series The Hypnotists and On the Run. He lives in New York with his family and can be found on the web at

“Korman’s fast moving, feel-good suspense novel will have middle schoolers, especially boys, turning the pages.” –Voice of Youth Advocates


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