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Swindle (Swindle #1)

3.91 of 5 stars 3.91  ·  rating details  ·  10,118 ratings  ·  856 reviews
Ocean's 11... with 11-year-olds, in a super stand-alone heist caper from Gordon Korman!

After a mean collector named Swindle cons him out of his most valuable baseball card, Griffin Bing must put together a band of misfits to break into Swindle's compound and recapture the card. There are many things standing in their way -- a menacing guard dog, a high-tech security system...more
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published March 1st 2008 by Scholastic Press
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Dec 31, 2008 Jackie rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Jackie by: Tyler A. and Maggie S.
When Griffin Bing surprisingly finds an old Babe Ruth baseball card in the about-to-be demolished Rockford Mansion, his first instinct is to determine its worth. That brings him to Palomino's Emphorium of Collectibles and Memorabilia. After Griffin and his friend, Ben make a deal for the card and sell it to S. Wendell (sounds deceptively like swindle, eh?) Palomino for a cool $120, they are disappointed it wasn't worth more. That's when the reality of the situation sets in t and Griffin and Ben...more
♥ Indu
Swindle is a really good book. I really like Griffin because he's "the man with the plan."
Quentin Borremans
Swindle is a great book. It starts off with Griffin Bing and Ben Slozak staying a night at the old Rockford house that is scheduled to be demolished the next day. As they were trying to sleep, a storm rolled in and kept Griffin awake. Since Griffin couldn't sleep, he decided to look around. Since it was supposed to be demolished, there was nothing in the old house. When Griffin was looking around, he saw that there was a little desk still left inside. Griffin being his curious self, started to l...more
Jeremy Shrewsbury
My Book Review
Book title and author: Swindle by Gordon Korman
Title of review: Reviewing Swindle
Number of stars (1 to 5): 5

The book I am going to be reviewing is Swindle it is written by Gordon Korman. This story is awesome they start off in a house where they was going to stay to prove that they should get a skate park. Well they do and one of the kids find a card they is like a miss print
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Then they go to a store to see if it is worth anything which...more
Maxwell G
It all starts when two eleven year old boys named Ben Slovak and Griffin Bing plan a sleepover at an abandon house that is supposedly haunted, not to mention it is going to be destroyed the next day, but it turns out no one shows up. So they decide to get some sleep but Griffin cant seem to doze off so he decides to explore, and when he comes across an old desk and finds a lever and he pulls it open and comes across an old baseball card. The next day he takes it to a sports memorabilia store and...more
Feb 17, 2009 Claire rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: 4th grade and up- mystery, kids detectives outsmart the grownups
Recommended to Claire by: Roz, she says kids are loving this title
Yeah, a book for the 9 year old and up. A classic heist, I can easily see it as a movie, the smart kids in the class band together to teach a cheating collectibles dealer a well deserved lesson.
Tanner Fulton
​In the book Swindle by Gordon Korman it is quite evident that the main character Griffin seeks vengeance for a man by the name of S. Wendell Palomino. Having this angst toward Palomino because of his deceitful ways of tricking people especially kids like Griffin. The true reason Palomino is hated by Griffin is because Griffin found a Babe Ruth baseball card and was going to sell it for millions of dollars. Taking it in to Palominos card shop he was unaware of Palominos criminal intent. After se...more
Hunter Robb
In the book Swindle by Gordon Korman, its about a boy who finds a very rare baseball card in a destroyed house and when its cheated out of him, what's he gonna do?
In the beginning they are in the house and find it in the upstairs of the torn down house. It was a gold trim really rare Babe Ruth card. But soon he heads S. Wendall Palamino aka Swindle. When they get there Swindle easily get the card out of them for a steal of $125. And when he figures out at the next auction Swindle is gonna sta...more
Oh, Gordon Korman... where have the halcyon days gone when you wrote hilarious books with quirky characters, genuinely novel and unlikely yet somehow believable situations, and witty dialogue? Have you lost your inspiration? Did you get involved with the Mafia for real, and now are duty/honor bound to pay off some ridiculous sum, forcing you to shove as many books out of your pen/computer as humanly possible? Did you, in fact, die, and are this very instant not only rolling but rotating in your...more
Judy Desetti
p 256, © 2008, realitic fiction, adventure,
sequel Zoobreak
friendship, family, trespassing, stealing, what is right/wrong, values.

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When sixth grader Griffin finds a rare Babe Ruth baseball card in a basement, he and his friend take it to a card shop and are swindled by the owner. They are given $120 for the card, which they later find out is worth a million dollars. With money tight at home, Griffin decides to get the card back from the heavily guarded store by pulling off a heist wi...more
Cole B
By: Gordon Korman
252 pages
Realistic Fiction

The book Swindle by Gordon Korman is about The man with the plan Griffin Bing. He tells his parents he is at a sleep over at his friends house. The catch was that they and a few friends would sneak into a house that was going to get destroyed the next morning. You might ask why they would do such a thing, but thats something most kids would do. The trick was that they wouldn't destroy a house with kids in it. The kids of Cedarville wanted the old house...more
Tyler Sullivan
Jan 18, 2012 Tyler Sullivan is currently reading it
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Korman, Gordon. Swindle. New York: Scholastic Inc., 2008.

When there are daunting tasks ahead, the best way to overcome these large challenges is the use of teamwork and trust. In Swindle, by Gordon Korman, these two values are essential when Griffin Bing is cheated out of a million dollar baseball card and he and his friends must plan and carry out an elaborate heist in order to reclaim it. As it is impossible for Griffin to navigate pa...more
My first reaction to this book was that it was going to be interesting because right away it started off with an eerie plot: Griffin and Ben, two best friends, were spending the night in an old house that was getting knocked down the next day. While they were in there though, they found a million dollar prize; a Babe Ruth Red Sox baseball card. As the action packed book picks up, they get cheated out of their money when they sell the card to local card shop owner, S. Wendell Palomino. I liked re...more
Mariah Reames
When Griffin Bing and his pal Ben discover an old Babe Ruth baseball card in a home about to be demolished, Griffin–aware that his dad’s lack of success as an inventor is causing increasing stress at home–dreams of selling it for thousands and using his share to keep the family financially afloat. The boys are somewhat deflated when they present the card to collectibles dealer S. Wendell Palomino and he suggests that it is a reproduction and buys it for just $120.

They soon discover that the slea...more
John F.
The title of this book was Swindle. It was made by Gordan Korman. The genre is fiction. The main characters were Griffin Bing, Ben, Pitch, Logan, Savannah, Melissa, Darren Vader, and "Swindle." There was only one major problem that the author had. A man has stolen a valuable card from him, but will he get it back? My favorite character was Griffin because he was the man with the plan. He was the one to recruit the other people in order to complete the heist. He is smart, but not strong. I would...more
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Justin Hiler
swindle is a amazing book about a boy named griffin bing who finds a baberuth baseball card worth 1 million dollars and gets cheated out of it by a store owner named swindle . now he needs to steal it back even though the house has a high security system, 2 vicious dogs, and also a nosy neighbor who always looks at swindles house 24/7.

but griffin has the right plan to get it back he has all the right people to do the job pitch (the climber) Logan ( the distraction) Darren (the muscle) Ben (the l...more
Griffin Bing is the man with the plan, so when local authorities decide to tear down the old Rockford house, him and his best friend Ben Slovak decide to sleepover in the house for its last night. In the house they find a Babe Ruth baseball card from his rookie year. They want to know how much it's worth, so they go to Palamino's emporium to sell it. He tells them that it's worth $50 and they sell it to him. Later in the day he's on tv telling reporters what an amazing find this is. He tells the...more
Austin Babbie
Swindle was a suspenseful, funny, and overall good book. It is a book for teenagers or kids because they could relate to it more than an adult could.

It is about two friends who want to build a skate park instead of a museum in place of the old mansion. Their plans were ruined by the adults who wanted the museum, because the kids had no power. So the day before the mansion was destroyed they slept in it to protest that a skate park should be made. While one friend, Ben was sleeping the main char...more

This book is fun for people who like mysteries! The author is Gordon Korman. The first book he wrote was “This Can’t be happening.” Gordon Korman was born in Montreal, Canada.
It takes place neighborhood. The town a nice family neighborhood that has a lot of house. A lot of Griffin’s friends live in the neighborhood.
S. Wendell Palomino is a dirty dog and he tricks Griffin. This story is about a kid named Griffin the man with the plan and his friends, that want to sleep over at a haunted...more
Riley Presnell
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Sergio Garcia
Have you ever found a valuable card? Well if you did here is a story you could relate to. Swindle is a fiction book by Gordon Korman. I think it is a really good book.

The setting of the book is in Palomino's Emporium of Collectibales. Griffin wanted to get money by selling the card but then realized they ripped him. So he planned a robbery. Then he got the card back. The conflict is person vs person because Swindle and Griffin want the card and they are fighting for the card.

I was suprised when...more
Jacob Gonzalez
Have you ever found a baseball card that is worth a lot of money? Well if you have you should read this book. Swindle is a realistic fiction book by Gordon Korman. I think it is a really good book to read.
In my story that I was reading it was at a pawn store. The problem in this story is these two kids named Griffin and Ben find a Babe Ruth baseball card. They try to sell it to a guy named Swindle.When Swindle saw the card he looked surprised. Ben and Griffin try to sell it to get money and Swi...more
This is one of those books where it's hard to review with out giving all of those surprises away but I'll do my best . So it all started with Ben and the man with a plan (Griffin) went for a sleepover . But it wasn't in ben's or griffin's house it was at the old hunted ,abandoned Rockford house . Griffin fond it their it was a million dollar Babe Ruth but he didn't know it was worth so much. Just then Griffin hear'd a big machine it was a recking ball. So the he grabbed the card and woke Ben and...more
First book recommended by my son Ty.. was a great book and a fun movie we watched over the Christmas Break. Well done!
After a guy named swindle cons Griffen Bing out of a baseball card, Griffen fights back. With a team of friends they go into action, but they have to watch out for the gaurd dogs and police.

I love this book. It's full of action and and comedy. It's not the best book I've ever read, but it's pretty close.

I think you should deffenitly read it. The book my look a little confuseing on the front, but don't judge a book by it's cover.
Ben Magalei
12 year old Griffin Bing and Ben Slovak are Gordon Korman’s main protagonists in his book called Swindle. In the book it will shows that they both have an old house that will forever be in their hearts. Little do they know that the house will be demolished the next day, so they do the obvious thing and plan a sleepover in the old house. inside the house was an old George Herman baseball card. they retrieve it at the last second and go to an old pawn shop where the card is stolen by an old man. G...more
Let me start this one off by addressing the concerns a lot of parents seem to have for this book: that it will teach their child that stealing is good.

Let me just say that if you think the only thing a child can take away from this book is that 'stealing isn't bad', then you're seriously underestimating their ability to read between the lines. Just because they're children doesn't mean they need clear-cut morals or a black and white right and wrong. I read this book a million times in the fourth...more
Daniel Gourley
This is a great book so far. The book is unexpecting because you don't know what will happen next. Though I've read the book before it still surprises me when stuff you wouldn't expect. I recommend this book to anyone out there. Enjoy the good book!
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Korman wrote his first book, "This Can't be Happening at Macdonald Hall", when he was 12 years old, for a coach who suddenly found himself teaching 7th grade English. He later took that episode and created a book out of it, as well, in "The Sixth Grade Nickname Game", wherein Mr. Huge was based on that 7th grade teacher.

Korman moved to New York City, where he studied film and film writing. While i...more
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