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To Catch a Cheat: A Jackson Greene Novel

By Varian Johnson   

Scholastic Inc | ISBN 9780545722407 Paperback
256 Pages | 5.27" x 7.56" | Ages 8 to 12

Scholastic Inc | ISBN 9780545722391 Hardcover
256 Pages | Ages 8 to 12

Scholastic Inc | ISBN 9780545722414 Ebook
256 Pages | Ages 8 to 12

A video frames Jackson Greene and his friends for a crime they didn’t commit — how will they prove their innocence?

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 as he’s been hanging out a lot with Gaby de la Cruz, 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 thugs behind the video threaten to pass it to the principal — unless Jackson steals an advance copy of the school’s toughest exam. So Jackson devises a three-part plan to foil the blackmailers, clear his friends’ names for good, and trap the true bad guys along the way. As Gang Greene executes another multi-step caper full of twists and turns, they learn that sometimes it takes a thief to catch a cheat.

Raves & reviews:

Praise for To Catch a Cheat:

“An intricate plot, fast-paced action, short chapters, and changing perspectives characterize this smartly structured tale[.] [Johnson] smoothly introduces the main characters and back story…he also offers a convincing portrayal of a likable and highly diverse group of geeky middle-school students, eager to outwit the bad guys, authority, and sometimes one another. A satisfying stand-alone sequel; new readers and old friends will be hoping for further adventures.” — Kirkus, starred review

Praise for The Great Greene Heist

*“ 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