Thursday, December 26, 2013

The Juvie Three by Gordon Korman*****

I've read most of Gordon Korman's books, but The Juvie Three is definitely different. I liked it better than his other books because it is more thought-provoking and has a more powerful theme. Readers learn a lesson about following the rules in this story about three boys who are sent to juvie. Gecko was the getaway driver for his older brother. Arjay "killed" someone. Terence ran with a gang in Chicago. They are given a second chance by Douglas Healy. He tells them that they are to be model citizens and have to follow his rules as well. Then a fight breaks out; Mr. Healy is sent flying off the fire escape, three stories above ground. The boys hotwire a car and take him to the hospital. Mr. Healy has lost his memory, and it's up to The Juvie Three to get him back.

This book also teaches readers about respect. All three boys almost get sent back to prison because one gets out of hand. I loved the way the three boys' different skills overlap and make this story great. I would recommend this book to anyone and everyone. There is a little violence and cussing, but it is appropriate for upper grade school and middle school students.