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The Great Greene Heist

by Varian Johnson


Arthur A. Levine Books
May 2015


Fiction
Ages 11 – 13 . Grades 6 – 8

Lexile measure: 660L

DRA: 60

Guided Reading: Y


"A political heist page-turner set in middle school? Is that even possible? Varian Johnson shows us how it's done." - Gordon Korman, author of SWINDLE

"Do yourself a favor and start reading immediately." - Rebecca Stead, author of WHEN YOU REACH ME

Jackson Greene swears he's given up scheming. Then school bully Keith Sinclair announces he's running for Student Council president, against Jackson's former friend Gaby de la Cruz. Gaby wants Jackson to stay out of it -- but he knows Keith has "connections" to the principal, which could win him the presidency no matter the vote count.

So Jackson assembles a crack team: Hashemi Larijani, tech genius. Victor Cho, bankroll. Megan Feldman, science goddess. Charlie de la Cruz, reporter. Together they devise a plan that will take down Keith, win Gaby's respect, and make sure the election is done right. If they can pull it off, it will be remembered as the school's greatest con ever -- one worthy of the name THE GREAT GREENE HEIST.
Varian Johnson

Varian Johnson is the author of several novels for children and young adults, including The Parker Inheritance, for which he won a Coretta Scott King Honor award; The Great Greene Heist, which was an ALA Notable Children's Book, a Kirkus Reviews Best Book of 2014, and a Texas Library Association Lone Star List selection; and To Catch a Cheat, another Jackson Greene adventure and a Kids' Indie Next List pick. He lives with his family near Austin, Texas. You can find him online at varianjohnson.com.

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  • Praise for THE GREAT GREENE HEIST

    "It's a thrilling ride that may con reluctant readers into settling down on the couch with books like THE GREAT GREENE HEIST instead of the remote control." -- THE NEW YORK TIMES
    "It's refreshing to read a story about middle-school life that's smart, complicated, and funny, with a cleverly constructed plot and a sweet relationship between a boy and a girl. ... The lively (and racially diverse) cast of characters and the intricate plot will make this a story to read again for the sheer fun of it all." -- THE HORN BOOK MAGAZINE, starred review

    "The elaborate bait and switch of this fast-paced, funny caper novel will surprise its readers as much as the victims." -- KIRKUS REVIEWS, starred review

    "Like all entertaining heist tales, THE GREAT GREENE HEIST assembles a motley crew of characters, each with their own specialty. . . . Varian Johnson keeps the pace lively and the 'Star Trek references flying." -- AUSTIN AMERICAN-STATESMAN

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