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The Juvie Three

3.83  ·  Rating Details  ·  2,248 Ratings  ·  363 Reviews
Gecko Fosse drove the getaway car.

Terence Florian ran with the worst gang in Chicago.

Arjay Moran killed someone.

All three boys are serving time in juvenile detention centers until they get a second chance at life in the form of Douglas Healy. A former juvenile delinquent himself, Healy is running an experimental halfway house in New York City where he wants to make a diffe
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Hardcover, 256 pages
Published September 2nd 2008 by Disney-Hyperion (first published January 1st 2008)
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Kyntraleturner I recommend this book to a lot of people. The Juvie Three is an interesting book and will always have you thinking. There are three boys that get in a…moreI recommend this book to a lot of people. The Juvie Three is an interesting book and will always have you thinking. There are three boys that get in a lot of trouble and if they keep doing the things they do, then they will end up in jail. However, a man takes them in, takes care of them, and keeps them out of trouble. When something bad happens to him, the boys are left by themselves. If someone finds out they are alone, who knows what will happen to them? Maybe they will go to jail, or even the life penalty. You’ll have to read to see what happens. If you like action or mystery books, I highly recommend this to you. This book is a must read!
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Karin
Sep 28, 2008 Karin rated it really liked it
I am fast becoming a fan of Gordon Korman. I’ve enjoyed SCHOOLED and BORN TO ROCK and I’m looking forward to his installment in the 39 CLUES series. When I saw THE JUVIE THREE on the shelf I knew I had to give it a try. I wasn’t disappointed.

As I read the book I almost had the feeling that I was reading a young adult version of the 1989 movie The Dream Team starring Michael Keaton. Douglas Healy, a former juvenile delinquent, gets approval from the state of New York to start a unique halfway hou
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Tranna Foley
Jun 10, 2010 Tranna Foley rated it liked it
Gecko, Arjay, and Terence, all in trouble with the law, must find a way to keep their halfway house open in order to stay out of juvenile detention. - from library catalog

This is a Gateway nominee for 2010-2011. Should be a high interest book as most of Gordon Korman's books are popular. I did enjoy the story (although it is a little farfetched!). ;)

Starred review from Booklist:
What are the odds a teenage gangbanger, a 15-year-old murderer, and a 14-year-old who crashed a stolen car can keep it
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Kath Ann
Douglas Healy, a former juvenile delinquent himself, decides to make his own small contribution to society by getting a grant to create a half-way house for three troubled teens: Terence, a self proclaimed gangster, Gecko, in jail at 14 for stealing and crashing a car during a robbery and Arjay, the gentle giant who is in prison for accidental manslaughter.
Healy has his hands full trying to keep all three boys on track and out of future trouble as he also tries to convince a social worker he onc
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Jake Fujihara
Jan 21, 2013 Jake Fujihara rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In my opinion The Juvie Three was an excellent book. The only reason I didn't rate it five stars is because it wasn't "perfect". Around the middle of the book is where I think the best part of the book was because that's right about where everything goes wrong. I specifically enjoyed the effort that Gordon Korman put into building up the characters' back stories and personalities. All three of the main characters (Gecko, Arjay, and Terence) were somewhat framed or poorly judged. Throughout the ...more
Sara Foster
Jan 26, 2010 Sara Foster rated it liked it
Read for school Battle of the Books competition. Not like ANY book I read as a teenager since I was pretty naive to the juvenile justice system and anyone living a lifestyle that may get them involved in the juvenile justice system. Now I'm an 8th grade teacher and I could picture these characters so well because they are close in age to my own students and I've been exposed to lifestyles other than my own "Leave It to Beaver" upbringing.

I recommend this book for boys in middle and high school
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Elizabeth
Feb 28, 2016 Elizabeth rated it really liked it
The teenage years are challenging enough: identifying your talents, planning your future, learning about friendship and love, figuring out how you fit in. It is even more challenging for Gecko, Terence, and Arjay who have committed crimes at a very young age. Enter: Doug Healy, a man who had challenges of his own as a youth. With permission, he gives these young men a second chance by creating a half-way house for them. They can attend school, do chores, and get their lives together. It all goes ...more
Kiera Jackson
May 26, 2015 Kiera Jackson rated it it was amazing
I read this great story called The Juvie Three by Gordon Korman. The Juvie Three is about three boys that got into some big trouble for crimes that they did. Two out of the three boys went to juvie and one went to jail, Then a guy named Douglas Healy opened up a new program called the Halfway House. It’s like a live in juvie, except they go to school and do community service hours.
I like this story because of what happens In the middle of the story with the three boys and Mr. Healy. It makes y
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Sebastian
May 26, 2015 Sebastian rated it really liked it
The Juvie Three is quite a sassy story, with Gecko, a boy with a non-caring brother, Arjay, the guy who just cares about music, Terence, a boy with a terrible accident on his back, those three boys are going to a new life, with their guardian, Douglas Healy the halfway manager, a man that’s going to be very important in the future, this is the story of The Juvie Three. The story is pretty straight forward, with the characters developing as the book progresses, with secondary characters giving co ...more
Nick Sanford
Feb 25, 2015 Nick Sanford rated it liked it
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Katie
Jul 22, 2014 Katie rated it did not like it
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Samantha Garcia
Mar 29, 2014 Samantha Garcia rated it it was amazing
I chose this book because I'm really into mystery type books so when I seen the title "The Juvie Three" it made me very curious to why the book was called that.

Gecko, Terence and Arjay are given the opportunity to live in a halfway house with a man named Douglas Healy. In the halfway house they could be treated better. They would have to go to school and are to go straight home afterward. One day Terence decides that he wants to sneak out of the house and try to join a gang but of course Gecko a
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Mariah Harding
Feb 10, 2014 Mariah Harding rated it it was amazing
The Juvie Three
Book By: Gordon Korman
Review By: Mariah D. Harding



It all begins with a flashback of Gecko Fosse behind the wheel of a car, driving around the block waiting for his brother to get out of the video game store. Then he stops right in front of the stores. Waiting in the dark, his brother and his friends bust out of the store, arms filled with games. Then the alarms go off. They hurry to the car. Gecko looks in the mirror seeing the owner of the car and an officer racing toward the
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Ms. Albert
May 06, 2016 Ms. Albert rated it it was amazing
Mr. Healy was a juvenile delinquent himself and he's been awarded a grant to establish a half-way house for kids who were like him. So, he goes around to juvenile detention facilities and collects Gecko, a 14-year old who was driving the get-away car for his brother; Terence, who was a Chicago gang member before his arrest; and Arjay, who accidentally killed somebody who was bullying him.

The guys don't like the structure and demands Mr. Healy imposes, but it's better than jail. One night, while
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Henry Maciel
Apr 14, 2016 Henry Maciel rated it it was amazing
What would u think of life when it gives you another chance to fix your mistakes? Well i know that three boys got that opportunity. The reason why is because of Douglas Healy. He was once in juvenile himself and trying to give these three boys named Terence, Arjay, and Grecko, a second chance to fix their mistakes and make their lives better, but need to do community service to not send them back to jail. If they make one little mistake they go back to prison. But you may ask yourself why this ...more
Jennifer Lopez
Dec 14, 2015 Jennifer Lopez rated it really liked it

WOW THAT IS SO INTERESTING ! That's what I thought when I was reading The Juvie Three by Gordon Korman. This book was mainly about three boys who had a second opportunity in life by getting out of Juvie. They also got to be the first users of a program. The inventor of the program was Mr. Douglas Healy. The program was giving kids in Juvie a second chance in life by letting them live in a apartment with the owner of the company. But of course, there are always rules in life. They had to go to al
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Brynn Simmons
Feb 22, 2016 Brynn Simmons rated it really liked it
The Juvie Three by Gordon Korman is a great book! It is well written and has a story that keeps you guessing the entire book. The genre of the book is realistic fiction. The Juvie Three is about three boys Gecko, Ternace, and Arjay that get their break from juvie when they are given the option to live in a halfway house. The man in charge is Mr. Healy, who had a rough start himself and wants to help the boys become better people. This seems to be way better than juvie for the boys, they get the ...more
Trish
It's a matter of trust...
Last month, Gordon Korman came to visit our school. He spoke to the students in grades 3 through 8. It was a great experience. He even had writing sessions, where he taught the kids how to come up with their own stories. I only read one of his books, so I decided to read a few more.

As usual, I didn't read the synopsis of this book before I started. I like going into books without knowing what direction they will take.So, I was surprised when the accident happened and by
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Alexandra
May 26, 2015 Alexandra rated it really liked it




The Juvie Three
By: Gordon Korman
The Juvie Three is a very good book for 9th graders. It’s about three boys who have done a crime in the past to get where they are today: a juvenile detention center. They started in a juvenile detention center then they got a second chance. A man named Douglas Healy made a half-way house and the boys moved in with him. One day Mr. Healy talked to the boys about his past when he was in a juvenile detention center for the crime he did when he was 15. The boys start
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Gina
Apr 16, 2014 Gina rated it liked it
Shelves: young-adult, issues
Three young boys in prison for various offenses are given a second chance. They are offered places in a pilot program located in NYC. Instead of being in jail they will be able to live in a group home and go to a regular school. Their group leader is passionate about giving them the opportunity for improving their lives. One night, when they are fighting, the group leader is badly injured. They decide to leave him at the local hospital for treatment, hoping that he will be okay. He survives his ...more
RoyalBell
May 26, 2015 RoyalBell rated it really liked it
Gordon Korman is the author of The Juvie Three. It’s about three boys named Terence, Arjay, and Gecko that went to juvie. They get out of juvie and get a second chance thanks to Douglas Healy. They try not to go back to juvie, so they act normal around people. Mrs. Liebowitz didn’t like the boys because she knows that they went to juvie, and she will report them back to juvie if they do something bad again. Mr. Healy loses his memory and has to go to the hospital. After Healy comes out of the ho ...more
Dannuel Saùl Delizo
Oh, get a grip! This reminds of my favorite exploit-suspense book, Fear by Jeff Abbot. Gordon Korman must be really cool to work on a haywire novel like this. It's crazy, dog! Gecko, Arjay and Terrence were the confused but talented juvies. And Douglas Healy knew he wasnt just erroneously choosing the first three boys who would be in his experimental halfway house in New York City. The three boys surely fucked up the whole program when Healy accidentally bumped his head on the floor when he was ...more
Amanda Stephens
Apr 08, 2015 Amanda Stephens rated it liked it
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This is a book about the lives of three juvenile delinquents. All three of them have committed some serious crimes, but have been selected to be a part of a special program. They get to be a part of a halfway house. They are carefully monitored, but they get more freedom than prisoners. They are able to go to a regular school, and have an apartment where they can cook their own food and have their own space. Some of them make wise choices with their freedom and others don't

This book contains som
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DangeloBuford
May 26, 2015 DangeloBuford rated it really liked it
The Juvie Three is a great book; it has a good plot with lots of suspenseful plot twist and valuable lessons. The book keeps you coming back for more with every chapter bring a new spine tingling surprise. The longer the story gets more suspenseful it gets. The story is about three juvenile kids who get a second chance at life when the founder of a half-way house, Douglas Healy, bails them out of jail to live in the house with them. He makes sure that the boys attend school, therapy, and communi ...more
Elizabeth
Sep 07, 2008 Elizabeth rated it really liked it
Shelves: humorous, canadian
Another winning title from Gordon Korman that will appeal to readers of Son of the Mob and No More Dead Dogs.
Ethan Biehl
I enjoyed this book very much. I think that if you like more realistic fiction books, you would really like this book. It's about three kids, all of them from different juvie prisons, get a second chance to be free by living with Doug Healy, a man who went to juvie when he was a kid and is trying to turn the kids lives around. At first Gecko and Arjay, two of the boys, take it very seriously. But, Terence, the third boy, gets in mischief and falls in with a gang. eventually they have to learn to ...more
TreyJackson
May 26, 2015 TreyJackson rated it really liked it
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In the story The Juvie Three, the main characters are three juvenile delinquents and the founder of a halfway house. These three boys are all recruited for the halfway house program by its founder, Mr. Douglas Healy. The halfway house is a chance for the boys to get their lives together while following some simple rules: school every day, community service, having a babysitter everywhere and going to group therapy. This story has lots of interesting thing in it like shady cops, juveniles gettin ...more
Ashlee Phillips
Jun 05, 2014 Ashlee Phillips rated it it was amazing
there are three boys and they are given freedom from a prison by a former dilinquent. the boys are truely greatful and they begin to respect how the man took his time to free them. They knew that this man didnt have to free them but they didnt really know how to repay him. but then they get into a car crash and that becomes the turning point of the entire book. that was really weird to me that the author would make this the turning point of the book. It was really a change to what i really am u ...more
Ty Phillips
In the story "The Juvie Three," the main characters are three juvenile delinquents and the founder of a halfway house. These three boys are all recruited for the halfway house program by its founder, Mr. Douglas Healy. The halfway house is a chance for the boys to get their lives together while following some simple rules: school every day, community service, having a babysitter everywhere and going to group therapy. This story has lots of interesting thing in it like shady cops, juveniles getti ...more
Groove Dancer
Jan 27, 2014 Groove Dancer rated it really liked it
As always, korman delivers a humourous, action-packed read aloud.
Maximiliano
Mar 04, 2014 Maximiliano rated it really liked it
The novel "The Juvie Three" is about three boys fighting to get out of the life of juvie but have problems come left and right. This adventure begins in the juvies where the boys start out and then in a halfway house were they make the biggest mistake. I read this book for a class assignment but I would read I would read it for fun because it was a really good novel.
The main characters are three juvenile teenagers that get a chance to change their lives while living in a halfway house and supe
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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.

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