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The Great Greene Heist by Varian Johnson

Posted by Caitie F on July 4, 2014

Title: The Great Greene Heist
Author: Varian Johnson
Hardcover: 240 pages
Pub Date: May 27, 2014
Publisher: Arthur A Levine Books
Rating: ++++

Summary from pub:

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


I am trying to read as many Leaky Con authors I can before the conference at the end of the month and i knew I had to try this book. Not only did it sound awesome, but I love that the cover shows diverse characters! It is great that we are talking about diversity in books, but we need to actually read and support the books that are diverse.

And I really support this book. You should go out and buy a copy because it is so much fun to read! These kids are smart, funny, insecure, and completely realistic. i liked that the book didn’t center around the jocks, but didn’t make it like no one liked these main characters. They were your normal kids who liked art, games, tech, and sports. They were not stereotypes at all which was fantastic.

So many of the staff felt just like school staff when I grew up. There were some really nice secretaries, and one who was REALLY racist. She thought all Asian kids were the same kid and said things like “kids like you” to the protagonist. It was hard to read, but it was accurate. There are people like that and it is a struggle kids have to deal with every day unfortunately.

Overall, this book was great. The heist was incredible. The characters were awesome. I even loved how they kids had parents and interacted with their parents. I understand why so many books leave the parents out, but it is a really important relationship and it was great to see.

When I first started the book, I was a little confused. I actually had to check online to make sure it wasn’t a sequel, since it kept referring to things that happened last year. It wasn’t a sequel and more information comes out, but it was confusing at first!

This is a great book that I would give to any middle grade reader I know. There really is something for everyone!


One Response to “The Great Greene Heist by Varian Johnson”

  1. msyingling said

    I can’t imagine anyone on the staff of my school making racist remarks to any students. We’ve been through so much sensitivity training, and there’s no one who would even want to make such comments. It’s sad that there are schools where this occurs- I would think that if someone made a commment, that person would immediately be called on the carpet and reprimanded.

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