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Swindle (Swindle #1)

3.92 of 5 stars 3.92  ·  rating details  ·  11,679 ratings  ·  982 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 sys
Paperback, 256 pages
Published April 15th 2009 by Scholastic Paperbacks (first published March 1st 2008)
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Dec 31, 2008 Jackie rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
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
Swindle is a really good book. I really like Griffin because he's "the man with the plan."
Jeremy Shrewsbury
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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
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
Varun Yelamanchi
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Maxwell G
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 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
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
Great book! I loved the twist at the end!! I recommend this to young readers looking for a mystery!

Tanner Fulton
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
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Hunter Robb
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.

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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
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  ·  review of another edition
Tyler Sullivan
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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
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
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
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.
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
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Justin Hiler
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
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
I loved this book! Korman's writing is so funny and his characters are great!
Noah Piers
The main character Griffin Bing and his best friend Ben Slovak were supposed to go camping in an old abandoned mansion with their friend. But eventually were left alone. Griffins family are going to move away from town because his dad isn’t making enough from his job. Griffin and Ben are exploring the mansion when they find a 1920 Babe Ruth baseball card. Griffin Know that some old Baseball card like that can be a lot of money. In the morning he handed the card into Palomino’s Emporium to see i ...more
Swindle by Gordon Norman,is a great book. It was about a kid named Griffen Bing who planned a spooky sleepover in a scary house that was about to be demolished. During the night he found an old Babe Ruth baseball card that was worth a fortune. A day later him and his friend went to sell it at a nearby antique shop but got swindled by the shop owner to sell it for less then it was worth. After that fiasco they wanted revenge so they planned a huge heist to get the card back and they would not go ...more
Spend a night in a haunted house. Sounds like a typical adventure for young people. Plan a robbery that involves getting past a menacing guard dog, utilizing a high-security tech team, and torching a safe. Sounds a little more like a typical adventure for adults. Swindle by Gordon Korman is a fast-paced read about which I have mixed feelings.

A popular pick of my reluctant boy readers is the Swindle series by Gordon Korman. When I ask them to tell me about the plot, first they tell me it’s about
Tyler Potia
Title: Swindle, Author: Gordan Korman, Genre: Adventure

This month I read a book called Swindle. It is about a guy named Griffin Bing. His family is in debt and need money fast before they have to move out of their house. He went to his best friend's(Ben) house and found a super rare baseball card that is worth a lot of money. Him and Ben go into a store to try and sell the card to a dealer named S. Wendell Palomino(a.k.a Swindle). Swindle tricks them and tells them that it is a replica of the or
Zack Vickerson
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Jonas L.
Mar 02, 2015 Jonas L. marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
I first decided to read Swindle becuase I hated the movie. I thought it was really terrible and my mom told me to read the book becuase said movies ruin books. I'm very glad I did so. This action-packed novel centered about a boy whose parents is going through finacial hardship. After Griffin finds a million dollar Babe Ruth baseball card, he has potential to end this hardship. However, then a shady collector steals it from him. The preparation for the heist was entertaing when Griffin gathered ...more
Nicole Greiwe
Gordon Korman

Griffin Bing was a 6th grader who found an extremely rare Babe Ruth baseball card in an old Rockford house the day before it was going to be torn down with his best friend Ben. Since his family was in financial problems and were going to be forced to move, he tried to sell it to a local dealer named S. Wendell Palomino. The dealer told Griffin that the card was a replica and swindled him out of a lot of money. So Griffin and Ben formed a team of people with special skills to
Luke Hartman
Swindle is written by Gordon Korman. It takes place in Cardville, New York. The book is about when kids get a baseball card from a old house and someones tricks them into selling it. Then they try to steal it back.. If you liked the book LOOT written by Jude Watson, you will like this book.The connection between LOOT and swindle is in both books the characters try to steal something.

I think Gordon Korman wrote this book because he missed his 6th and 7th grade years so he wrote a book about it an
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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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