Thursday, June 2, 2011

Framed book review

by Gordon Korman

The 'man with the plan' is back!! But this time he doesn't have all his friends right beside him to help come up with that plan. He has been framed. Will he be able to prove it? Or will he end up in Juvenile Detention?

Griffin Bing has been framed with the theft of a Superbowl Ring from within a locked case.
I mean, it's pretty straight laced and done...after all, his retainer is found inside the case.
But Griffin and his friends:  Melissa, Logan, Ben, Peter, and Savannah (whom you might recognize from the other two books in this series: Swiddle and Zoobreak!!) know that Griffin didn't do it. The problem is, will they be able to prove it in time?? And in order to prove it, they would have to figure out the real thief.

From the beginning, Griffin's new principal has his eye on Griffin, because he is known as a regular troublemaker around town with the police and others. Somehow or another, trouble always seems to find it's way to Griffin!! But this time the trouble we speak of is serious business.

Griffin and his parents must attend a hearing before the judge, and he is placed under house arrest (with an ankle bracelet and all) and ordered to attend an alternative school called JFK for short. Griffin jokes that JFK stands for 'Jail for Kids.' If Griffin doesn't find his way out of this framed mess, he will be placed into juvenile detention. That would certainly be worse than an alternative school.

Griffins friends get together without him (because he's on house arrest) and try to come up with a list of possible subjects who might be the real thief. They try and figure out a way to 'set them up' and catch them red-handed or at least catch them with the stolen property.

Will they find the real thief in time??

Pick up your copy of 'Framed' today to find out!!


My ten year old and I took turns reading this book out loud! My five year old even listened to the chapters each night. I think it was a little too much for him to understand, but he laughed a few times. I mean after all he was just in it for the Book-It minutes which we all know equals a free pizza at the end of the month, lol.

But seriously, my ten year old and I both loved this story. It was at times funny and exciting, definitely mysterious throughout. It was fun watching my son really put his thinking and logic skills to work to try and pinpoint this person, or decide that this person couldn't have possibly stolen the ring.

Yes, this book definitely kept the both of us guessing right up until the end.
I must say that my son was more than just a little worried about Griffin ending up in juvie for something he didn't do. I think this book taught my son a lesson.
He not only learned how important it is for friends to always stick together,
but he also learned that it isn't funny to play a joke on someone,
ESPECIALLY if it could get that person into serious trouble.
No matter how funny it might seem at the time.

Gordon Korman

About the author:
(from his websites' biography)

Gordon Korman was born October 23, 1963 in Montreal, Quebec in Canada. He 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, where Mr. Huge was based on that 7th grade teacher.

His first book found a home with Scholastic, who also published his next 20 or so books, including six more Bruno and Boots titles, and several award winning young adult titles, among them my personal favorite, Son of Interflux. Scholastic still publishes many of Gordon's titles, though Hyperion Press is also now printing some of Gordon's stories.

Gordon eventually made one of his homes in New York City, where he studied film and film writing. While in New York, he also met his future wife, and they eventually married -- they now have three children. He now lives on Long Island, outside of New York City, has approximately 55 books to his credit, and is currently contracted for several more, including the six volume On the Run adventure series, and new young adult and childrens' titles.


I recommend this book to any parent looking for a good book for their middle ages children.
 Perhaps ages 8 or 9 to about 14 or 15??

Gordon has published so many books, well you read it...about 55 of them!! Wow!
Yeah, that's what I said!!  Take a moment and check some of them out.
He even wrote two of the ten '39 Clues' books :)

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