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Gordon Korman. The Juvie Three
Scholastic Canada  $19.99  ISBN 978-0-545-99628-0  250 pg.
Reviewed by Mena, Age 14

You mean go to school?” Gecko asks.

Terence makes a face.  “I hardly ever went to school when my old man chased me down the street with a shovel.  You expect me to go voluntarily?

“If we ditch it gets reported to Ms Vaughn,” Arjay points out. “She may be the least of our problems now, but she can still put us behind bars.”

“What about garbage picking and therapy?” Terence stares at the big boy. “Not those too?”

Arjay sucks in a deep breath.  “Let’s hope it doesn’t come to that. For all we know, Healy’s on his way home right now. But until he’s back, we’re obedient little robots, doing everything we’re programmed to.”

Arjay, Terence and Gecko are juvenile delinquents who have been placed in Douglas Healy’s new halfway house.  They know this is their last chance of freedom, but fate is against them.  After a terrible accident the three boys must make serious choices about what to do for their future.

Gordon Korman is the author of numerous young children’s literature, including Island, Dive and On the Run.  I enjoyed this book because it held my attention.  The flashbacks of the characters’ lives helped you feel like you knew these people. 

I think The Juvie Three is a five star book and would suggest it for middle school readers. 


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