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The Juvie Three

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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...more
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published September 2nd 2008 by Disney Press (first published January 1st 2008)
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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...more
Mrs. Foley
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...more
Alanna (The Flashlight Reader)

Another book club hit!

I was really worried when I started this one that it was going to be like a Walter Dean Meyers book. (Not that I don't love those; I do. I've just read a lot of them already.) You know the scenario. Troubled teens get a second chance, but someone blows it. Will they do the right thing or not? Very plaid out cliche in literature, I think. Well, thankfully Gordon Korman came along and gave it fresh insight.

Yes, the cliche remains, but he doesn't beat the dead horse. There a...more
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...more
Jake Fujihara
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
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...more
Samantha Garcia
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...more
Mariah Harding
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...more
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
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
Groove Dancer
As always, korman delivers a humourous, action-packed read aloud.
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...more
Emma S
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What would you do if you got sent to juvie for something someone else made you do? Or if the thing that got you into juvie in the first place was just an accident? If you had a once in a lifetime chance to get out and potentially start a new life would you take it? In the book “The Juvie Three” by Gordon Korman, Gecko Fosse, Arjay Moran, and Terence Florian get this chance. Douglas Healy who is a former juvenile delinquent has started an experimental halfway house in...more
How could you live knowing that you’ll just rot in jail for the rest of your life? Do you know what it’s like to have a sibling getting you in real trouble all the time? What would you do if you had the opportunity to get out of juvie? Well in the book “The Juvie Three” by Gordon Korman, highschooler Gecko knows all about this. He and two other boys have been given the chance to go to a halfway home. Mr. Healy, the leader of the home has been in juvie once and wants to give three boys the oppor...more
Jeffrey Lawson
Jul 09, 2010 Jeffrey Lawson rated it 2 of 5 stars Recommends it for: younger teenagers looking for a light , fun read
The Juvie Three has been nominated for Missouri's 2010 Gateway Award (Missouri top award for YA literature). I am reading all of the nominees this year, so I picked up The Juvie Three. It was okay...amusing enough. I think I will find quite a few kids that will like it.

However, for me the story really stretches the bounds of reality. I really liked some of the characters, but the story was just too far-fetched. On top of that, the present tense narrative distracted me. I have read several works...more
"The Juvie three" was a book about three boys named Terence, Arjay and Gecko who were put in juvenile correction facilities. They are taken out to live in a half way house. They're lives become almost normal but they still aren't in a good situation. The convicts have hopes but it seems like they face a new problem everyday.

A text to world connection I can make is from these three boys' situation to other kids' situations in the real world. Many kids are sent to juvenile correctional faciliti...more
May 27, 2009 Adam rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: teen
Korman never dissappoints, but The Juvie Three exceeds expectations even for Korman. Korman maintains a balance between the humor and tension that is a winning combination. What impressed me is that throughout the novel the flashback, memory, or past-tense is a extreme rarity; this mode of writing is the perfect compliment to how the three boys (Gecko, Arjay, and Terence) live their lives... purely moment to moment, which has been their greastest weakness up until Healy selects them for the teen...more
Ms. Yingling
If you thought Sam Hill made some bad choices in Goblins!, then meet Gecko and Terence in Gordan Korman's new book, The Juvie Three. Gecko (who "has elevated not thinking to the level of high art") drove a getaway car for his brother, who robbed an appliance store. Terence runs with a Chicago gang and can't think of much besides his next heist. They are joined by Arjay, a very large boy whose strength led to an accident in which a boy was killed, in an experimental half way house run by Doug Hea...more
What I liked about "The Juvie Three" includes the following: it is a fast, easy read; it is an "urban fiction" title for teens that doea not include language and sex (just some rather innocent kissing); it is an excellent choice for reluctant male teen readers; it includes well-drawn, memorable characters; and it includes positive messages about redemption, loyalty, etc.

What I didn't like about the book includes the following: the writing is sometimes choppy and awkward (I found myself having to...more
Fred Kirchner
Not the usual humorous book we expect from Korman (Schooled, Son of the Mob), but a tightly constructed novel of three juvenile offenders and the benefactor, Mr. Healy. Mr. Healy has written a grant to implement a small group home in New York City. From all the delinquent offenders across the nation, he's picked the juvie three. Each comes with a serious conviction, a long record of involvement in the courts, and personal baggage as well.

Their group home is a walk-up apartment in a building whe...more
This is a redemptive story of three troubled teens who get a second chance at life. It is heart-warming and humorous, and, though I did have to suspend belief somewhat at the situation the teens find themselves in, this is not overly distracting to the plot. Realistic? Not so much, but nevertheless, I found myself really rooting for Arjay, Terence, and Gecko.

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Douglas Healy knows that not everyone gets second chances. Back when he was a teenager, he was always in and out of trouble un...more
Gecko Fosse drove the getaway car. Terrence Florian ran with the worst gang in Chicago. Arjay Moran killed someone. Defined by their pasts, The Juvie Three by Gordon Korman is about three boys who are serving time as juveniles who get a second chance at redemption. The three are selected as participants to live in a halfway house under the care, guidance, and supervision of a man who desires to make a difference in the lives of young people who are on the wrong path, a path is he familiar with h...more
The Juvie Three, written by Gordon Korman, is about three teenage boys who have been involved in many different crimes through out their teenage years. The boys that are in involved Gecko Fosse who drove a getaway car, Terence Florian ran with the worst gang in Chicago, and lastly, Arjay Moran who killed someone. Without the help of Douglas Healy, the boys would still be in a juvenile detention center serving time. Mr Healy has just opened up a half way house where these boys will be given a sec...more
Whitney Potthast
Thrill, Suspence, fun, fear, excitement, and many more can be found in Gordon Kormans "The Juvie Three". Gordon Korman is famous for many books that you may be familiar with such as: Schooled, Born to Rock, Son of the Mob, Son of the Mob: Hollywood Hustle, and many more. If you have read any of his books you would know that he is a very good writter. He puts a lot of thought into what goes into his books. When you read "The Juvie Three" you relize that. At the begining of the book it just draws...more
Jun 15, 2012 Maya20 added it
Shelves: may-reading
Douglas Healy is the leader of the half way house. In his youth he was in the same way: locked up and tying to find a way out. His idea was to help other kids in his situation, he chose three boys, Terence, Arjay and Gecko to be a part of his new idea, a half way house. The characters that the author used were well put together. They all had their own stories that were believable and different from each others. Terence was part of (or trying to be) part of the worst gang in Chicago. Arjay killed...more
The Juvie Three

Author: Gordon Korman
Published: 2008
Genre: Non-fiction

Three boys that did bad things ended up in Juvie. But one day a guy name Douglas Healy makes a half way house. Its to let the boys out of Juvie but have to go to school and do work. The main character is Gecko Fosse. But one night one of the boys Terence tries to sneak out but Gecko caught him and they have a fight. Healy comes out to break the fight up and falls of the fire escape and hits his head. The boys drive him to the...more
Dec 09, 2011 Edgar added it
THE JUVIE THREE is a book about three convicted teenagers and their desire for freedom. Gecko Fosse drove the getaway car for another of his brother Ruben when he robbed a videogame store. Arjay Moran fought back against some bullies, and one was killed accidentally after a punch. Terence Florian planned a robbery that other Chicago gang members committed. They are all locked up and are miserable.Douglas Healy designed a pilot program for juvenile offenders. These three are chosen to live with h...more
Pablo Pachalian
The Juvie Three is another book by Gordon Korman that I can't put down. I enjoyed reading this, because it has a very intriguing plot, that keeps you thinking about it all day. The Juvie Three hits-the-spot when it comes to describing characters, scenes, and setting. This book, will satisfy anyone because it has a good combination of the more cold-hearted crime world (when author writes about scenes in jail, one characters mission to be accepted into a gang etc.), and a little bit of romance fo...more
The three juvies in the title are pulled together for a unique group home program pulled organized by Douglas Healy. In his own past, Healy had his own brushes with the law, and he is hoping to give some unfortunate teens who have made bad choices a chance to get their lives back on track. After a search for funding, a long fight with the juvenile justice system, and trolling through files, he has selected three young men who will just be perfect:

*Gecko, a Rhode Islander whose given name is Grah...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.

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