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The Juvie Three

3.81 of 5 stars 3.81  ·  rating details  ·  2,060 ratings  ·  333 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
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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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
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
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
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
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
Kiera Jackson
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
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
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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
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

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
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
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
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

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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
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
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
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
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
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The Juvie Three
By Gordon Korman
The Juvie Three is a 4 star book because it has good grammar and speech. I gave it 4 stars because the book deserved the rating for its outstanding plot. The Juvie Three was a very entertaining book, and it made me want to keep coming back for more. It was a thrilling book. I liked when the half-way house manager, Douglas Healy, gets injured and the three main boys, The Juvie Three, have to find their own interests. Will it all work out in the end?
- Ashley Vosper
Paulette Garza
Juvenile detention and prison are the places for bad kids who make bad choices. Sometimes good kids make bad choices, accidents happen, pressure from family members, like brothers and cousins or uncles are too hard to resist. Mr. Douglas Healy was in that position once and he was able to break out and become a better person. He chooses Gecko, Arjay and Terrence for a new juvie halfway house project. Can he trust them to do the right thing? Is it smart to have faith in "bad" kids, labeled as thug ...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
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
Jul 09, 2010 Jeffrey 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
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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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