July 24th, 2017 by Karen
From the moment I met Jackson Greene, I knew I was in for an entertaining ride! The title of The Great Greene Heist by Varian Johnson really says it all. You’ve got the slick con man (or middle school student, as the case may be) and you’ve got his one last big job — even though he vowed he was out of the game after the last one blew up in his face.
What could possibly tempt Jackson to come out of retirement and return to a life of crime? Why, the girl of his dreams, of course! Unfortunately for Jackson, he really messed things up with Gaby, his best friend (and more?), during his last plot. Can he make it up to her when she faces an unexpected challenge in her bid to be school president?
Much to my delight, Jackson recruits a team to help him pull off his great heist: a tech whiz, an inside man, someone to bankroll the mission, etc. I’m a huge fan of Ocean’s Eleven, so I always love watching specialists assemble, plan, and then execute complicated schemes — maybe even with some double crosses and bluffs thrown in.
I think pretty much anyone would enjoy this book because it’s fast-paced, fun, and funny — but I’d especially recommend this book if you’re a fan of other capers like The Fourth Stall by Chris Rylander or the Swindle books by Gordon Korman.
And once you finish The Great Greene Heist, you can check out the sequel: To Catch a Cheat!
Have you already read The Great Greene Heist, or do you have another caper book to recommend? Leave a comment below!
Karen gets freaked out by movies that are overly suspenseful, but for some reason she loves capers (so long as they’re light-hearted). Maybe she’s got a secret schemer inside of her, just waiting to get out!