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Swindle (Swindle #1)

3.93  ·  Rating Details  ·  12,535 Ratings  ·  1,057 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
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published March 1st 2008 by Scholastic Press
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Dec 31, 2008 Jackie rated it really liked it
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
Jun 13, 2008 ♥ Indu rated it it was amazing
Swindle is a really good book. I really like Griffin because he's "the man with the plan."
Jeremy Shrewsbury
May 01, 2014 Jeremy Shrewsbury rated it it was amazing
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
Jun 07, 2016 Paul rated it it was amazing
A very great book! This book has a lot of author's craft that makes you want to keep reading it! This book is a little bit about crime. A gang of kids try to break in to a person ripped them off (Swindle)'s house. Griffin must be a risk taker. He's the one who took a risk of breaking into a person's house!
Jan 27, 2013 Hannah rated it did not like it
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
Stacy Fetters
May 27, 2016 Stacy Fetters rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: obos
Our first-ever One Book One Summer for kids at the library and I had to read it to help with the fun little scavenger hunt that we are going to have.

Griffin is a kid just like every other normal kid except for that fact that his family is broke. His dad quit his job to work on his latest invention and it's costing his family their home.
They get word of the Old Rockford House being demolished and they plan on staying there one night in the haunted old place.
The plan falls through and the only t
Varun Yelamanchi
Nov 11, 2015 Varun Yelamanchi rated it it was ok
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Maxwell G
Sep 23, 2014 Maxwell G rated it it was amazing
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 liked it
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.
Derek Zemper
Oct 29, 2014 Derek Zemper rated it really liked it
Great book! I loved the twist at the end!! I recommend this to young readers looking for a mystery!

Tanner Fulton
Dec 18, 2013 Tanner Fulton rated it it was amazing
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 sel ...more
Brayden Marker
Jan 18, 2015 Brayden Marker rated it it was amazing
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Hunter Robb
Jan 11, 2010 Hunter Robb rated it it was amazing
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
Judy Desetti
p 256, 2008, realitic fiction, adventure,
sequel Zoobreak
friendship, family, trespassing, stealing, what is right/wrong, values.

Story Snoops:
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 wit
Cole B
Mar 21, 2013 Cole B rated it it was amazing
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
Tyler Sullivan
Jan 18, 2012 Tyler Sullivan is currently reading it
Tyler Sullivan
Mr. Rich
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18 January 2011
Book Review E

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
Jan 10, 2014 Luke rated it really liked it
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
Quentin Borremans
Nov 20, 2013 Quentin Borremans rated it it was amazing
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
Mariah Reames
Dec 13, 2012 Mariah Reames rated it it was amazing
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
John F.
Jan 17, 2014 John F. rated it really liked it
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
Darion Williams
This book is about these kids who got there baseball card stolen and they want it back because it's worth more than 900,000 dollars. I liked this book because it was really good and funny in a weird way. I recommend this book to Cristian Caballero because I think he would like it.
Jan 02, 2011 Timd rated it really liked it
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Justin Hiler
Mar 27, 2012 Justin Hiler rated it really liked it
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
Jul 13, 2014 Cooldancer rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Cindy Boogie
May 07, 2015 Cindy Boogie rated it it was amazing
I loved this book! Korman's writing is so funny and his characters are great!
Feb 15, 2016 Harrison rated it it was amazing
really good book because it shows that kids can pull off a robbery
Jul 23, 2016 Maeve rated it liked it
Swindle by Gordon Korman is about an eleven year old boy named Griffin Bing. Griffin and his best friend Ben Slovak find a rare Babe Ruth baseball card worth a million dollars. But are tricked by a mean collector called S. Wendell Palomino or Swindle. Griffin gathers a group of friends and an enemy to steal the baseball card from Swindle. Griffin creates a whole plan to take back what he thought, was rightfully his. Griffin tries to steal the baseball card from Swindle’s shop but the card wasn’t ...more
Gabe Smith
May 23, 2016 Gabe Smith rated it really liked it
Gabe Smith
Swindle by Gordon Korman

The book Swindle is an intriguing and captivating story about a sixth grade boy named Griffin. Griffin’s family has big financial issues. This is due to his father's new invention, the SmartPick. He left his job to develop this product, but it wasn’t making money. The book clearly states this on page 30 when the author says “The Bings had bet their entire future on this so called revolution. Otherwise, Dad would have kept his job, and nobody would be
Ajay Owan
May 04, 2016 Ajay Owan rated it really liked it
Swindle, by Gordon Korman is a mystery-fiction that takes place in Rockford, about an eleven year old boy named Griffin. The young man runs into quite the predicament when he is lied to about the price of a very rare and expensive item. Griffin isn't just anyone ordinary eleven year old boy, he would not be satisfied until he gets what is owed to him. He puts trusts in his loyal team members to help him fixed the wrong done to him. The series of events the team goes through is significant, but t ...more
Rebekah Apel
Feb 28, 2016 Rebekah Apel rated it really liked it
Griffin Bing is boy someone who always has a plan. One, he and his friend Ben Slovak have a sleepover at an old building that is about to be town down. The next morning, Griffin is awoken by the sounds of Ben shouting that they were taking the building down early. As they were headed out the door Griffin spotted something out of the corner of his eye, and grabbed it. As soon as they were a safe distance away from the building, Griffin took the cover of the item. It was an old Babe Ruth baseball ...more
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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
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