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3.94  ·  Rating details ·  15,822 ratings  ·  1,248 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
Kindle Edition, 268 pages
Published January 1st 2012 by Scholastic, Inc. (first published March 1st 2008)
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Dec 30, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  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 and Griffin and Ben fi
♥ Indu
May 02, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Swindle is a really good book. I really like Griffin because he's "the man with the plan."
May 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A very great book! This book has a lot of author's craft that makes you want to keep reading it! This book is a little bit about crime. A gang of kids try to break in to a person ripped them off (Swindle)'s house. Griffin must be a risk taker. He's the one who took a risk of breaking into a person's house!
Libby May
Nov 08, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Beside the haunted house tale in the beginning, this book was pretty cool. Haunted houses an other such things are something I'm personally really strict about in my reading, so it may not really influence your idea of the book.

The story was really fun! It played on my nerves, which is just because this is not my normal genre. (view spoiler)
Dec 27, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
The first in Korman's Swindle series stars Griffin "Man with the Plan" Bing and ensemble cast of unlikely heroes. When Griffin is swindled out of a million dollar baseball card by shady antique shop owner S. Wendell Palomino, he plans out a heist that will either save his parents' home ... or land him in all kinds of trouble.

This book is all kinds of humour and action/adventure rolled up in one. Griffin is a young boy who loves to create plans that get adults to listen to what kids want. (ex: a
Kristine Hansen
There's a certain tone you get with any Gordon Korman book (or at least this theory holds true in every one I've read so far) that is the voice of pained reason. The sidekick telling the story for the most part of a kid who's a schemer, a plotter, a planner. The Zack Morris (sorry if I'm dating myself) of the middle school crowd. The Man With a Plan.

This particular mastermind is after a Babe Ruth card - one that's been stolen from him, that he has no problem with stealing back. Regardless of how
Yahir Estrada
Nov 09, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I think think this book was amazing. It had a lot of descriptive areas and it also had various types of conflicts. The best thing about this book in my mind is that it had real facts about the Babe Ruth card and the Honus Wager one. This book is amazing.
Sep 12, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is a very quick read and it is also pretty funny. I read 70 pages in less then an hour that is how good it is! I think you guys should read it.
Feb 17, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  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.
Aug 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Bob Ryan
Sep 27, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is very good for how much I have read, it's very well thought out with the character being one of each like movie character or like dumb one, or funny one, smart one, and yea. My favorite character is Griffin because of how smart he is. My favorite moment of him is his plan to get the card back from Swindle. Now Swindle he is the guy that stole the card or coned Griffin of the card I am not a fan of Swindle but he sure does play an important part in the book. I don't like Swindle becau ...more
Faiz Minhajuddin
A boy named Griffin was planning to have a sleepover with his friends, until a person named Wendell swindles him into a very rare Babe Ruth card. Wendell tries to sell the card for a very high price. The book is called Swindle and it is by Gordan Korman. This book is about three friends named Griffin, Darren and Ben trying to get the card back from a person named Wendell. The story takes place in New York. The book is based around how people can swindle you for things that you posses. And they c ...more
Oct 03, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: older elementary school-age children
This is the first book in the Swindle series by Gordon Korman. The story details how a group of children come together to right a wrong, planning their stealthy operation with precise steps and thinking of most of the contingencies.

The leader, Griffin, creates his team focusing on the talents each child possesses. And together, they are able to work around most obstacles But, as expected, their plan goes awry, and the team gets caught up in a big mess.

The narrative is short and engaging and I r
Paige Doherty
This book theme was that not everything is what you think it is. This is best shown by two boys who stay a night in a building to protest not putting up a skate park. While they were in the house they found a valuable card and since there family is tight on money they decide to see a specialist in cards. He told the kids that the card was only worth 120 dollars when it was really worth 2 million dollars. They made plans to try to get the card back. Lets just say that didn't work out to good. In ...more
Feb 24, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Tobyn Brennan
I love this book. It was very fun to read. I didn't finish it this time but I read it a long time ago. The worst part of the book was when Swindle cheated them. That part made me angry. My favorite part was when they broke into the store and it wasn't there. That part was frustrating though. I thought this book was better than the last book I read. I want to read the whole series because I like the plans he makes and how detailed they are. I like the characters as well, my favorite is Melissa be ...more
Jesse Lieser
May 23, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I think this book was a very good book. My favorite part of this book is when they had the heist on Swindles house. I would say the character that I relate to the most is Ben because I like to sleep. I would reccemmond this book to anyone that likes a mystery with a bit of comedy.
Angela Juline
This book never gets checked out from my library even though it is a popular children's book, and the series was always in demand at another elementary library where I first worked. I'm glad I read it, because now I can honestly recommend it to my students!
Sep 22, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I thought this book was very interesting. All of the characters had different personalities which made them all unique. I liked the way the author wrote the book. Swindle had many plot twist and I got addicted to the book since I needed to know what happend next.
Dustin Kaschmitter
It's a great book and it's fun to read.
William K
Great book I recommend it.
I think that this book was really good for a shorter book. When I started reading the book I didn't really understand where the book was going but once it started to talk about the baseball card I was glued to it.
Caleb Jedlicka
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Personal Response: Swindle was a quick and easy read. However, that did not take away from the enjoyability of the story. I had a feeling of innocence throughout the book as the main characters were kids. Even though the kids had committed a crime, I thought the reason for their actions was a justifiable one. I was able to sympathize with the feelings Ben and Griffin were experiencing. At some point, all kids have felt as though they were being treated with less respect than they deserved. I a ...more
Brayden Marker
Sep 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Jaina Rose
Apr 10, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This is a fun book that I first read years ago. Since then both I and my middle school brother have read the rest of the books, more or less in order. I wouldn't call this one of my favorite books from the series, but because it's the first it's definintely fun to see where everything began. This is where the team comes together for the first time: it's their first crazy adventure, and coming back to it there's a bit of nostalgia in the air - or at least to me ther
Tyler Sullivan
Jan 18, 2012 is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
Tyler Sullivan
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18 January 2011
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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
Giordano Presotto
After a mean collector named Swindle cons griffin out of his most valuable Babe Ruth baseball card, Griffin must put together a team of friends and enimeys to break into swindles compound. There are many things standing in their way a menacing guard dog, a high-tech security system, a very secret hiding place, and none of them can drive but Griffin and his team are going to get back what's rightfully his.

I would recommend this book for people in grades 4,5,and 6 graders.
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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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