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Swindle Paperback – April 15, 2009
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"Goofball-funny and addictive." -Kirkus Reviews
"Pure fun from top to bottom." -School Library Journal
"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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A group of the kids had the idea that the city could build a skate park on the property when the creepy old house was torn down, but the city officials had other ideas. They thought a museum was a better idea. Griffin had organized the sleepover hoping to get the attention their plan deserved. Instead, all he got was a night in his sleeping bag listening to his friend Ben snore.
Before leaving the old house, the boys did a little exploring. Griffin accidentally discovered a secret drawer, and tucked in that drawer was a card - an old baseball card with a picture of Babe Ruth. He was sure it was valuable and would help solve his parents' financial problems.
After a narrow escape from the wrecking ball, Griffin and Ben hurry to Palomino's Emporium of Collectibles and Memorabilia to get the opinion of an expert. Much to their disappointment, S. Wendell Palomino gives them bad news. The card is a reproduction and worth very little. He offers them $120, and they take the money and run.
Imagine their surprise and fury when the nightly news is carrying the story of one S. Wendell Palomino and his incredible discovery of a valuable baseball trading card valued at $1,000,000. What follows is Griffin's new plan to get back the card he believes is rightfully his.
Gordon Korman has once again created a story sure to captivate middle grade audiences. His adventurous characters, great use of humor, and non-stop action make SWINDLE great fun to read. The easy, fast-moving pace will hold the attention of readers of all levels and will also work well as a read-aloud in many classrooms.
Reviewed by: Sally Kruger, aka "Readingjunky"
Ben reminded me of me because he was really intense to know things, just like me sometimes when I want to know something for a test. Also I have connection, text to self: my best friend nearly moved away because of family problems just like Griffin nearly moving away.
I liked this book because it was very interesting to find out the mystery of this book and I love mysteries. My favorite part was when Ben, Griffin, and all the others were in the house trying to get the card back. I also wish I could change in this book that Swindle was arrested because he was mean and he stole the hidden valuable card. Boys ages 9-12 in grades 4-6 would enjoy this book because it has a lot of action and stealing back and forth in it. So any boy, who likes action out there, READ THIS BOOK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I'll bet this one gets turned into a movie. (If it does, let's hope it's as good as the book.)
After Ben falls asleep, Griffin is left alone with his thoughts --- and worries. Lately his parents have been talking about selling the house and moving to a less expensive neighborhood. Griffin will do anything to stay in his home and not leave his friends.
To pass time until morning, Griffin decides to investigate the old house. When he does, he stumbles across an old-fashioned desk with a tiny drawer that won't budge. But when he finds a small button and presses it, the locked drawer pops open. Wedged in the back of the drawer is a faded old card with a baseball player named GEORGE HERMAN (BABE) RUTH. Griffin immediately realizes that the card is valuable, and he hopes that by selling it, he can solve his family's financial problems.
The next morning, after avoiding disaster with a wrecking ball, he shows the card to Ben, who questions if it belongs to Griffin or the owner of the old house. After some discussion, the boys decide to take it to "Palomino's Emporium of Collectibles and Memorabilia" for appraisal.
The Emporium owner, S. Wendell (Swindle) Palomino, examines the card and convinces the boys that it's a replica --- a 40-year-old reproduction of an original Babe Ruth baseball card --- and not worth much. He gives them $120 for the card. After the transaction, Griffin watches Swindle lock the card in a portable safe behind the counter. Griffin suspects that it's worth much more, but Swindle has an explanation for everything.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Unlike one reviewer, I do believe that kids are capable of intelligent thought, especially since I am one. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Marissa Berry
This book is for all ages. Many people would LOVE this book and as they start to read it they would not stop. Griffin Bing is on a mission. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Anonymous
The first in a series, this is one I recommend not judging by the cover, especially if you're not really into dogs. It really isn't a " dog book ". Read morePublished 3 months ago by Nate
My 10 year old son loved it and my 12 year old would join in and listen even though he read it 2 years ago.Published 4 months ago by Everywoman98
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