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To Catch a Cheat

By Varian Johnson


When a video frames Jackson Greene and his friends for a crime they didn't commit, Gang Greene battles the blackmailers in this sequel to the acclaimed The Great Greene Heist.

He brought down the bullies.
He saved the election.
He outsmarted the principal (though that didn't take much).

He's Jackson Greene, and ever since the Great Greene Heist, things have been going pretty well for him. Principal Kelsey is (mostly) off his back. His friends have terrific new projects of their own. And he's been hanging out a lot with Gaby de la Cruz, so he thinks maybe, just maybe, they'll soon have their first kiss.

Then Jackson receives a link to a faked security video that shows him and "Gang Greene" flooding the entire school. The jerks behind the video say they'll send it to Principal Kelsey - unless Jackson steals a copy of the school's toughest exam.

So Jackson and his crew reunite for their biggest job yet. To get the test and clear their names, they'll have to outrun the school's new security cameras, outwit a nosy member of the Honor Board, and outmaneuver the blackmailers while setting a trap for them in turn. And as Gang Greene executes another exciting caper full of twists and turns, they'll prove that it takes a thief to catch a cheat.


Reviews and Awards

⋆ “A convincing portrayal of a likable and highly diverse group of geeky middle-school students, eager to outwit the bad guys, authority, and sometimes one another. A satisfying stand-alone sequel; new readers and old friends will be hoping for further adventures.” - Booklist, starred review

⋆ "An intricate plot, fast-paced action, short chapters, and changing perspectives characterize this smartly structured tale… A satisfying stand-alone sequel; new readers and old friends will be hoping for further adventures." - Kirkus Reviews, starred review

"[A] smart, complicated mystery caper, reminiscent of the Ocean’s Eleven movies, Mission: Impossible, and The Westing Game… Sheer fun." - Horn Book

"This sequel is even better than the first book… It has more depth and character development, and the plot is complex and engaging. Although it is recommended that kids read the first one, this book can also be enjoyed as a stand-alone… Those who enjoy realistic fiction with action, mystery, and humor will have a hard time putting this novel down." - School Library Journal  


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Spring 2016
Middle Grade Novel
ISBN: 978-0-545-72239-1
Price: $16.99/$20.99
Trim Size: 5 1/2" x 8 1/4"
Page Count: 256
Foreign Rights: Scholastic
Translation Rights: Scholastic
Rights Available? yes


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