Jackson Greene has turned over a new leaf, but no one will believe him. While he may be famous for the Shakedown at Shimmering Hills, the Blitz at the Fitz, and the unfortunate Mid-Day PDA, he’s gone straight. No more cons, no more schemes, nothing. It may be tough (and boring) toeing the line, but Jackson is determined to do it. But when notorious bully Keith Sinclair announces that he’s running for school president against Jackson’s former best friend Gaby de la Cruz, Jackson knows he has to do something. Because there is simply no way that Keith will run a clean campaign. So Jackson assembles a crack team to run the biggest con of his life: THE GREAT GREEN HEIST.
This was an incredibly fun read. It’s probably technically a middle grade book, but it teeters on the edge of YA–almost all of the main the characters are in middle school, eighth grade, and would be quite relatable to both younger and older readers. The cast is incredibly diverse, but in a very matter-of-fact way, which is wonderful. It’s a nice reflection of what kids are likely to see around them at school. The adults are a mix–the parents are generally present and involved in their children’s lives, while the school faculty and staff veer towards two-dimensional caricatures (with a couple of cringe-worthy characters you know are actually unfortunately still out there) for the purposes of the story. So it’s about as realistic as your average heist movie, but a lot more fun. Fewer explosions, however, if that matters to you.
I really hope there’s going to be a sequel.
Source: borrowed from library