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The Ice Cream Con

3.38  ·  Rating Details  ·  58 Ratings  ·  19 Reviews
Danger, diamonds, and disorganized crime! This gritty, funny debut will have readers rooting for--and laughing with--the underdogs!

Jake and his buddies are over being bullied by the thugs at the housing projects he calls home. That's why Jake decides to play the goons at their own game by creating a fake gangster, the Big Baresi. But before long, the imaginary mobster seem
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published June 1st 2008 by Chicken House (first published January 7th 2008)
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Mar 23, 2015 Raina rated it liked it
Recommends it for: boys, jr. high, lower high school
Shelves: j, funny
It's a story about a boy living in the scottish equivalent to the us' projects who decides he can get back at the local mob boss by fabricating his own. Far-fetched? Totally. A couple of content issues (extensive scenes involving being kicked in the nuts, descriptions of girlie pictures). And yes, the character development and female characerization (the "bad" female characters are twins known as the "Dubble Ds") leave a lot to be desired. And maybe because of all of this, it took me several nig ...more
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Having the little money they have stolen from them is getting a little old for Jake and his buddies. The thing is, though, Jake and his gang aren't the toughest bunch of kids, so the only way to get back at these thugs is to outsmart them at their own game. To do this, the kids create a fake gangster, the Big Baresi, who soon becomes a lot more real then Jake ever anticipated.

When a stash of stolen diamonds goes missing, the community truly believes it's th
Shivaansh Gounder
The Ice Cream Con by Jimmy Docherty, is a book about a 12 year old boy called Jake. Jake, gets mugged twice within 10 minutes and decides to ploy the criminals and gangs of his estate to believe a riotous new gangster is living in their tenement called the ‘Big Baresi’. Jake and his friends' plan run smoothly until a large number of events cause their plan to be exposed like the most iconic event of the book; where the teenagers decided to drive an ice cream truck. This story is set in Scotland ...more
Mar 16, 2008 Betsy rated it really liked it
Once in a while you need a book that's just fun, plain and simple. And one that begins with your hero getting kicked in the "goolies" right from the start? Well, it happens to fit the bill. This is a really and truly enjoyable book and I'll definitely be recommending it to any kid looking for gangsters, ex-cons, gunplay, and mint chocolate chip ice cream.
Caleb Allen
Mar 07, 2016 Caleb Allen rated it it was amazing
The Ice-Cream Con by Jimmy Docherty
I loved this book sooo much. This book was one of the best books that I have ever read because the thought that was behind it was amazing; and the plot was complex. This story took place in a city named Lochranoch in Italy. The main character’s name was Jake Drake. The little thing that started it all was him being mugged for twenty pounds. This led him to the ‘overlord’ of the crimes that took place there. He tries to trick him into giving him his money back.
Ja'lon Payne
May 13, 2015 Ja'lon Payne rated it really liked it
This book is called the ice cream con. The author is Jimmy Docherty. I like this book because it was funny and wierd at the funnest and bad moments. The setting took place around the city. The main character were Jake and Havery. The conflict was they had a ice cream truck job and there was stole jewlery in the ice cream and it was wanted by men in black suits. i would not recommend this book for my friend because they would not like it. The plot interested me because it had lot of comedy in the ...more
Damien Malcolm
While the story was good and obviously aimed at older boys, I have to say that I personally found the language in this book absolutely appalling. I was reading it out-loud as a bedtime story to my children, under the impression that it was a "kid's" book, and found myself censoring a line or section just about every second page. I find it hard to believe that a book with such words as "asshole" being used so frequently is being openly marketed to young readers, even if it is meant for early-teen ...more
Jun 15, 2015 Natalie rated it liked it
Shelves: teen
Jake and his friends live in the Projects - an area full of crime. One of the thugs in the area steals the only money Jake has for food for his family, so Jake decides to strike back.

Enter the Big Baresi. With little to no effort, the Big Baresi is terrifying the local crime lords into action, as Jake comes up with more and more seemingly impossible stunts.

The story moves along well, but takes place in Scotland which can be a little confusing for those not familiar with some of the slang.
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Feb 23, 2014 Hoàng Nguyễn rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction, friendship
Truyện sẽ thú vị và hấp dẫn hơn nếu không được viết theo kiểu "mì ăn liền" thế này. Mình thích mấy cái kế hoạch của lũ trẻ trong đây ~
Mar 10, 2010 Kris rated it liked it
Recommended for gr. 6-8. Boys will like this one. There are references to being kicked in the "goolies", inflatable sumo suits, setting up plots to defeat bullies - what's not for an adolescent boy to like? Jake, tired of life in the "projects" where everything is ruled by a crime boss, decides to take matters into his own hands by fabricating a new crime boss. This sets the scene for all kinds of mayhem and cartoon-style violence. Female characters are few: one of Jake's pals (a totally undevel ...more
Aug 29, 2010 Jean rated it liked it
Shelves: audiobooks
What boy doesn't want to get even with the bullies that harrass them, beat them up and take their money? And what boy doesn't want to drive a big rig through a bubble-gum factory? And steal and ice cream truck? And take untold risks but still be able to count on his best friends by his side? Totally unrealistic, but I couldn't help but laugh out loud. The audio book is capably read so that even with a thick Scottish accent, everything was easy to understand and the characters (particularly the e ...more
Apr 08, 2014 PWRL marked it as to-read
Shelves: 2014-new
Three 12-year-olds attempt to outsmart the local organized crime boss. With extravagant police chases, vehicle theft and general pre-puberty buffonery, this novel is definitely for boys. It's humorous but entirely too far-fetched. This book is ridiculous beyond belief. And I don't appreciate the meshing of gun-violence, crime sprees and children's literature.
Apr 13, 2009 Mary rated it liked it
Shelves: juvenile, sci-fi
Jake and his friends live in the projects and are constantly being bullied by gangsters and their goons. Jake gets so fed up that he creates and imaginary mobster "the Big Baresi." the convince the neighborhood and the gangsters that this is a real person, but destory a lot of things along the way.
Mar 07, 2013 Paulinlong rated it it was amazing
Hilarious but also gripping. There's trouble on the estate and our hero is unlikely to escape a kicking. Much daring does and gangsters.
Nov 12, 2012 Andréa rated it liked it
Fun YA caper, especially for kids who don't like reading as much or who come from bad neighborhoods, like the kids in the book.
Apr 09, 2016 Luca rated it it was amazing
Great book, the action and adventure are somehow pulled off by kids... even though it isn't expected
Aug 08, 2008 Heather rated it really liked it
Shelves: teen
Incredibly implausible, but absolutely hysterical!
Apr 11, 2009 Amy rated it it was ok
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Jimmy Docherty is an award-winning copywriter and television commercial director. His first children's novel, The Global Art Grab, the first in a series of six novels centered around the Gadget Gang, was published in Nov 2003. Jimmy describes it as a book "inspired by a dream, and written in a 2 year rush of blood to the head." He has also written an adventure novel, The Ice Cream Con, published i ...more
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