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3.95  ·  Rating details ·  16,545 ratings  ·  1,314 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
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published March 1st 2008 by Scholastic Press
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Dec 30, 2008 rated it really liked it
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
♥ Indu
May 02, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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
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!
Amia Sutherland
Mar 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
I thought this book had lots of ups and downs but I really loved the suspense of the carefully planed plans and the characters friendship was real like it was I true story. I would recommend this book to people who like suspense and are seeking thrill
Libby May
Nov 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
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
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
May 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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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
Feb 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is a cleverly written story with some unexpected twists. One might suspect that this story could encourage kids to break laws to get what they want. That is not the case. Korman is careful to balance wrongdoing with consequences. Griffin especially suffers for his bad decisions at times. Boys who are reluctant readers will enjoy Korman's books. This one features a 12-year-old male narrator and a famous baseball card is at the center of the story. A quick and entertaining read.
Dec 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
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
I was gonna go and add a bunch of books I read when I was younger, cause idk I just felt like trying to see how many books I actually read, but I was trying to remember what the hell this book was called and it took me SO LONG to figure it out. I very vaguely remembered the book so finding it was a nightmare, but I tried everything, looked through pages of lists and I could not find it. Then by some miracle typing in Doberman worked and oh I was so excited. (Pat on the back for remembering the ...more
Yasmeena Elmahdy
My 9-yr-old brothers reading this and is seriously hyping it up-

Guess I gotta read it soon
Kristine Hansen
Jul 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
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
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.
Feb 17, 2009 rated it liked it
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.
Sep 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
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.
Aug 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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Martin Leyva
Personal Response: I like Swindle by Gordan Korman because I read the summary on the back and it seems like a good book. At the beginning it is kinda boring but it starts to get better the more I read.

Plot: Griffin and Ben find an old Babe Ruth baseball card that is worth a lot of money and sell it to a man known as Swindle who owns a collection store. They sell it for a $100. Later they want it back because he lies about how much it is worth. They find out that he is reselling it for a million
Bob Ryan
Sep 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
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 ...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 ...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
Fern Kuntz
Feb 27, 2020 rated it liked it
Swindle is told from the view of multiple characters. The main character is 11-year-old Griffin Bings. Hes known as The Man With The Plan.

The book starts with Griffin and his best friend, Benjamin Slovak, otherwise known as Ben. Theyre sitting on their sleeping bags in an abandoned mansion. Its a famous place called the Old Rockford Place. The mansion is going to be demolished the next day.

Twenty-eight people said they were going to come to the sleepover Griffin had planned. Zero people showed
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
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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 ...more
Mar 28, 2019 rated it did not like it
I read this for my kid's book club. Although it is reasonably well written and paced the plot was hare-brained and immoral. The 'hero' lies with premeditation, steals, gets swindled when he sells his stolen goods, concocts an attempted burglary and then steals again. There are no repercussions, lessons learned or character development. Money is the main motivator for all the characters. It's pretty awful.
Angela Juline
Apr 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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
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.
Jesse Lieser
May 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
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.
Nov 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: children
Fantastic heist novel that captures an adventurous sense of imagination and the naïve morality of childhood. The mark of a solid middle grade fiction is when the author maintains the reality of the situation (i.e. includes real consequences) in a way that does not invalidate the child's beliefs.
Dustin Kaschmitter
Jan 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
It's a great book and it's fun to read.
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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.

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