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Griff Carver, Hallway Patrol

3.6  ·  Rating Details ·  246 Ratings  ·  63 Reviews
Griff Carver knows a thing or two about fighting crime.

No, he cannot be bought. He cannot be frightened. And he will not sleep until justice is served. Because Griff Carver is not just any kid--he's a kid with a badge. And if you are a rule breaker, he's your worst nightmare.

Griff might be the newest officer on the Rampart Middle School Patrol Squad, but he's no rookie. An
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published April 29th 2010 by Razorbill
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Kelly J.
Sep 16, 2012 Kelly J. rated it really liked it
Griff Carver, Hallway Patrol
by Jim Krieg
224 pages

Griff Carver Hallway patrol is about a 12 year old boy who is new to Rampart Junior High. Even though he is new to the school doesn't mean he's new to hallway patrol Griff has been doing this at his old school to which means he knows what to expect and do so he has had some experience doing hallway patrol. One day Griff finds out about that the most popular kid in school is also in the counterfeit hall pass scheme. So this means Griff must
Jul 27, 2010 Tasha rated it really liked it
Shelves: childrens-books
Griff Carver is a legend in school law enforcement, but he was expelled from his old school for going too far in the name of justice. Now he’s at Rampart Middle School, a school that is perfect on the surface, but seething with crime underneath. Griff is not a rookie. He can sense littering out of the corner of his eye, nabbing the principal of the school on his first day on patrol. Griff finds himself partnered with Tommy, a Camp Scout, who is unable to see past the thin veneer of ...more
BAYA Librarian
Jul 28, 2010 BAYA Librarian rated it really liked it
Shelves: humor, middle-school
For 7th grader Griff Carver, it seems like he was born with a badge – a shiny, tin school safety patrol badge. With a track record dating back to first grade, he has years of proven success with crosswalk rescues and hallway pass enforcement. His enthusiasm comes with a price, however; he was asked to leave his old school, though the reason was sealed along with his record. Now at Rampart Middle, he puts his fresh start with the school’s Safety Patrol into jeopardy when he uncovers a violation ...more
J.M.M. Nuanez
Jan 26, 2014 J.M.M. Nuanez added it
Shelves: mg
Man, what a hilarious book. 5 stars all the way - it was amazing because the parody never let up: it just deepened, widened, and got smarter as it went on.
I love parodies. It takes a lot of work, a good eye for detail and some smarts to do anything with parody. And it's hilarious. I love a good funny book, and it's been a while since I've read one.
I think middle schoolers, and some precocious 4th/5th graders will eat this book up. They won't catch all parodies, but it's also a great story, which
Josh Newhouse
Nov 23, 2011 Josh Newhouse rated it really liked it
Liked this a lot, reminded me of Big Splash, but not quite as polished... Good, if frustrating ending... Quite a lot of good vocabulary... Cover is deceptively young...
Oct 12, 2011 Tracy rated it really liked it
My original blog review:

Rating: 4.5/5
Audience: Middle Grade/Tween
Genre: Mystery

Summary: Griff Carver is a safety patrol legend, but after going too far in the name of justice he was expelled from his old school. Now he's at Rampart Middle School and determined to sniff out the corruption lurking beneath the squeaky-clean surface. Unfortunately, Griff makes an immediate enemy of the school principal after calling him out for littering, and his new partner i
7th grade Griff Carver has been around the hallway a time or two. He’s part of the Brotherhood of Officers – Hallway Patrol Officers that is. His job is to keep the order in middle school. Or at least, it was at his last school, the school he was expelled from. Although he’s promised The Old Lady (his mom), that he won’t join the Patrol at his new school –- he can’t help it. It’s in his blood. But things aren’t always as they seem at Rampart Middle, and some of the most popular kids in school ...more
Aug 12, 2010 David rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kids-fiction
Twelve-year-old Griff Carver knows a thing or two about fighting crime. Because Griff’s not just any kid—he’s a kid with a badge. And if you are a criminal, he’s your worst nightmare. Griff might be the new kid on the Rampart Jr. High Patrol squad, but he’s no rookie. And he’ll do whatever it takes to clean up the mean hallways of his middle school—even if it lands him in hot water. But will a counterfeit hall pass ring be Griff's downfall? (Goodreads Summary)

This parody of adult detective stori
Mar 01, 2012 Nick rated it really liked it
Shelves: juvenile-fiction
I had never considered the possibility of a hard-boiled hallway patrol procedural.
Griff, the protagonist, has been involved with school safety patrols ever since first grade, and he considers it to be a major part of his life. Unfortunately, his mother really wants him to be in the school band instead, now that he's transferred to a new school. His dedication has gotten him involved in some interesting scrapes in the past, not entirely his fault, but still leading to difficulties.
Griff doesn't r
A funny spoof of all the detective mysteries in print and on screen that have ever inspired the author, but set in middle school. Griff's raison d'etre is to be a safety monitor, having first made his mark in the first grade when he tamed the rowdy corner of Third and Maple. Now he’s the new kid at Rampart Middle, having been kicked out of his previous school for an unspecified infraction on his watch. Griff takes safety and justice seriously but not necessarily by the book; he’s a rogue cop ...more
Jan 26, 2012 Zandra rated it really liked it
This is a humorous book about a 7th grader named Griff Carver who takes his job as hall monitor way too seriously. On his first day at his new school, he busts the principal for throwing a gum wrapper on the hallway floor. Griff’s penchant for going above and beyond the line of duty, without regard for the consequences, gets him thrown off the patrol. However, his innate sense of bringing justice to light compels him to work undercover to solve the mystery of the fake hall passes. Krieg, writer ...more
Griff Carver is a legend among hallway patrolmen, and he's just gotten his badge at his new school when he discovers the dark underbelly of crime hidden within the highly rated middle school. He sets out on an investigation that indicates the most beloved and popular kid in school, Marcus Volger, just might be the ringleader, but can Griff come up with the evidence before Volger takes him out?

The tone is firmly tongue in cheek and hilarious throughout. The story is told from several different pe
Liza Gilbert
I'm not sure I can adequately review this book because I think it occupies a dimension of time and space that I've never been to. 12 year old hallway patrol legend Griff Carver transfers to a new school where trouble is afoot. The narrative is pure 40 year old cop talk, and the setting and situation are definitely middle school. For the most part it works, strangely. Sometimes it does not. I will give it up to the author for the most hysterical fight scene I've ever read in a young adult book. ...more
Jun 21, 2010 Cathy rated it liked it
Written in a gruff, Hawai 5-0 clipped dialogue filled with satire, this is the tale of a boy who is consume with safety patrol. Griff is a legend- already kicked oout of one school gfor his vigilante ways. When he joins his new school's patrol, he uncovers a counterfeiting operation so entrnched and complex it's hard to believe. The characters aren't terribbly felshed out, but enough so you get a feel their words and actions ring true. From the nosy school reporter to the thick headed bully, ...more
Jan 31, 2014 Angie rated it it was ok
Griff Carver is starting at a new school, after being expelled from his last. He is known for being a hallway patrol officer at his old school and he plans to join the patrol at his new school. He doesn't like his partner, but figures he'll make the most of it. Things start to go a little wrong while he's on patrol and he is kicked off the squad, but this doesn't stop his desire for justice. When he figures out about some underground problems going on, he's determined to catch the culprits.

Apr 16, 2011 Chrissy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kid-s-stuff
If you took Law and Order, most buddy cop movies you've seen and dragnet and crammed it all into middle school, you'd have Griff Carver. All the usual suspects are there, the hard boiled cop (safety patrol officer), the scrappy journalist, the eager young partner, and even the crooked politician (who's running for class president). Add in a ring of fake hall pass pushers, a principal who is only interested in quiet well-behaved cops, and even a nervous snitch and you've got a great story told ...more
Umachan Lovchik
Jul 12, 2010 Umachan Lovchik rated it really liked it
Griff Carver was born to wear the badge. Arriving at a new middle school with the intention of starting fresh, he can't resist the call to duty. Hallway patrol duty, that is. This hilarious middle school detective story has holes and leaves questions unanswered but Griff Carver is a great character - a deadpan beat cop in school where corruption lies right below the surface. Throw in his boy scout partner, Tommy, who likes to "play by the rules", and no-nonsense newspaper reporter Verity in ...more
Miss Carman
Mar 27, 2013 Miss Carman rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery, funny, school
Griff Carver is serious about hallway patrol. So serious he got kicked out of his old school before coming to Rampart Middle School because of it. But then his fellow hallway patrolman starts to suspect that something might be wrong and that Griff was using his hallway patrol powers for no good. Is he right, or has Griff just gotten onto the scent of even bigger trouble?

A funny read and a great story with a few twists I wasn't expecting. It was nice to have the story told from a few students' p
Aug 08, 2013 Colette rated it really liked it
Griff Carver, Hallway Patrol is a humorous Middle-Grade read. Krieg exaggerates a Hallway Monitor's life in a way that fans of the movie Mall Cop will enjoy. Readers of the Diary of a Wimpy Kid Series will be able to relate with the main character Griff or one of his classmates as they go on their crazy, school adventures. The only negative about this book is that the conclusion is very open ended, and being that there isn't yet a sequel on the way, it ruined the story a bit of me. Overall 3.5/5 ...more
Aug 14, 2011 StorySnoops rated it really liked it
Griff Carver, Hallway Patrol is a funny survival story--surviving middle school, that is--that features a savvy and snarky young crime-fighter. Told in journal entries, incident reports, and recorded interviews, the book is chock-full of insightful observations about the middle school pecking order and social dynamics. The author expertly creates relatable, authentic characters readers can't help but... (click for full review
Miss M
Jul 08, 2015 Miss M rated it did not like it
BORING!!! he is a hall moniter who should be In class learning (because he isn't doing so well) who gets a kind in the schools "black market" to get him homework answers and test answers for not rating on them. retarded

7/8/15 Ooo, how daring. "retarded" is your word of choice?

Really, really?

I didn't actually read any of this book (nor did I spell check my original review, but whatevs)
Laura Leonard
Griff Carver is starting at a new middle school and although he promised his Mom he wouldn't, he just can't resist the temptation of joining the School Safety Patrol. Griff has a reputation as the best safety patrol officer in the state, some have even referred to him as a hero. Why then, does it seem like he is letting a perp go on purpose?

Written like a police procedural for the middle school crowd, this one had me laughing.
Dec 07, 2010 Kim rated it liked it
Shelves: chapter, funny, boys
Griff Carver is a new student at a new middle school. He had to change schools because of an "incident" at his old school. Unfortunately, his reputation follows him and he is quickly accused of being the trouble maker. In truth, as part of the student patrol (a kid with a badge) he has stumbled upon a counterfeit hall pass ring. As he searches for the facts, will anyone believe what he discovers?
Jul 14, 2010 Kristen rated it liked it
Shelves: middle-grade, mystery
Krieg has put together a fun, quick read with a main character that talks and acts like a middle-school Mickey Spillane. Grown-ups will find this funny, and kids may too, but some might not get the joke. Even if they don't, it's a pretty good story about trying to get to the bottom of a fake hall pass crime ring headed up by a crooked student politician.
Feb 27, 2011 Diana rated it it was amazing
I loved this book!

Griff Carver is one serious hallway patrolman. Other safety patrol members may look the other way, but he works tirelessly to stop crime at his middle school. But when he and his talkative Camp Scout partner, Tommy Rodriguez, discover a corruption scandal, he may have dug himself in too deep.
Sep 21, 2015 Lucy rated it really liked it
Shelves: child-fiction, modern
This really, really gave me Fillmore! flashbacks (I'm not sure if that was intentional by the author or not? I'd find it hard to think they never saw it). Since I loved that show to bits and pieces, I enjoyed this book. (I feel like I normally say "wow, I liked this" to books, but I justify this by pointing out I rarely read anything that doesn't snag my interest by a quick flip through)
May 10, 2011 Kerri rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult, enypl
Griff Carver makes me wish my experiences as a 6th grade safety patrol officer at Villano went a little differently. Griff Carver takes his Hallway Patrol duties a little too seriously at a school that is supposed to be perfect, but Carver knows that nothing can be that perfect. A great book for those who finished and graduated from all the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series.
Jul 03, 2013 Kevin rated it it was amazing
I wasn't sure what to expect from this book, but I loved it. The style is what sold me.... it's written very much in the style of a hard-boiled, "filme noir" kind of story, which really works for this story. It may be little kids, but the author has the "feel" of this genre down pat. Can't wait to try and locate the next book!
Marianne Reeves
Aug 08, 2010 Marianne Reeves rated it liked it
Twelve-year-old Griff Carver knows a thing or two about fighting crime. Because Griff’s not just any kid—he’s a kid with a badge. And if you are a criminal, he’s your worst nightmare. Griff might be the new kid on the Rampart Jr. High Patrol squad, but he’s no rookie. And he’ll do whatever it takes to clean up the mean hallways of his middle school.
Sep 21, 2011 Molly rated it liked it
Shelves: middleschool
Philip Marlowe meets 'High Noon' meets Rampart Middle School in this clever, fast-paced novel. The narration alternates well between the three main characters. And I loved the tough-as-nails girl reporter (very Hildy Johnson in 'His Girl Friday,' hooray!) -- but I wonder how much kids will really get the whole thing. Ultimately, enjoyable but a bit flat.
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Jim Krieg has been working as a writer for the film and television industry for the past decade, and has written screenplays for Warner Brothers, New Line, and 20th Century Fox. He enjoys his growing family, surfing, and writing about himself in the third person. In that order. Griff Carver, Hallway Patrol is his first novel. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife and children.
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