To Catch a Cheat
To Catch a Cheat
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Series: Jackson Greene Vol. 2   

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Annotation: Because of his reputation for practical jokes Jackson Greene is the automatic suspect for anything that goes wrong at school, but when he and his friends are framed for a crime they did not commit, Gang Greene sets out to expose the students responsible, who are trying to blackmail Jackson into helping them cheat on an important test.
Catalog Number: #5773120
Format: Publisher's Hardcover
All Formats: Search
Copyright Date: 2016
Edition Date: 2016
Pages: 241 pages
Availability: Available
ISBN: 0-545-72239-X
ISBN 13: 978-0-545-72239-1
Dewey: Fic
LCCN: 2015025232
Dimensions: 22 cm.
Language: English
Reviews:
ALA Booklist
Jackson Greene wants to put his career as a middle-school con artist to rest, but his reputation is much harder to shake. He and his best friend are accused of flooding the school over the weekend, and there's security footage to prove it. No one believes him, but he is sure there's something fishy going on. The great Jackson Greene wouldn't stoop to mere destructive pranks, after all. With his team at his side, Jackson builds an elaborate flimflam to dupe his accusers, draw out the brains of the outfit, and make sure justice is properly served ough not without his own share of justified rule breaking. With cinematic pacing and a sweet touch of romance, this caper is just as satisfying as Johnson's series opener, The Great Greene Heist (2014), and its schemes are even flashier. The gambits are occasionally tricky to follow, but it's all part of the fun, and Johnson even provides a key to his more obscure references. Fast-paced antics, clever writing, and a diverse cast of characters give this ample broad appeal.
Horn Book
Jackson Greene (The Great Greene Heist) has retired from his con-man antics. Until...someone floods Maplewood Middle School, and a video surfaces incriminating Jackson and his diverse set of friends. Blackmail? Revenge? To clear their names, Jackson and "Gang Greene" are back in action. The smart, complicated mystery caper is reminiscent of Ocean's Eleven, Mission: Impossible, and The Westing Game. Sheer fun.
School Library Journal
Gr 59 Jackson Greene claims to have sworn off heists once and for all, but he keeps getting blamed for them. When the school gets flooded, he and his friends are accused of pulling a prank. Soon after, a group of students from their school claim that they have proof that Jackson and his friends did it. In order to keep the video from being leaked to the principal, Jackson and his friends have to pull off the impossible: they must break into Mrs. Clark's room and steal a copy of her infamously hard end-of-term test. Will Jackson and his friends succeed or get caught red-handed? Who is blackmailing them? What is the blackmailer really after? This sequel is even better than the first book, The Great Greene Heist (Scholastic, 2014). It has more depth and character development, and the plot is complex and engaging. Although it is recommended that kids read the first one, this book can also be enjoyed as a stand-alone. VERDICT Those who enjoy realistic fiction with action, mystery, and humor will have a hard time putting this novel down. Kira Moody, Whitmore Public Library, Salt Lake City, UT
Word Count: 51,499
Reading Level: 4.6
Interest Level: 5-9
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 4.6 / points: 8.0 / quiz: 179857 / grade: Middle Grades
Reading Counts!: reading level:3.7 / points:12.0 / quiz:Q67437
Lexile: 650L

Jackson Greene is riding high. He is officially retired from conning, so Principal Kelsey is (mostly) off his back. His friends have great new projects of their own. And he's been hanging out a lot with Gaby de la Cruz, so he thinks maybe, just maybe, they'll soon have their first kiss.



Then Jackson receives a link to a faked security video that seems to show him and the rest of Gang Greene flooding the school gym. The jerks behind the video threaten to pass it to the principal -- unless Jackson steals an advance copy of the school's toughest exam.



So Gang Greene reunites for their biggest job yet. To get the test adn clear their names, they'll have to outrun the school's security cameras, outwit a nosy member of the Honor Board, and outmaneuver the blackmailers while setting a trap for them in turn. And as they execute another exciting caper full of twists and turns, they'll prove that sometimes it takes a thief to catch a cheat.


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