HIDEOUT by Gordon Korman


From the "Swindle" series, volume 5
Age Range: 9 - 12
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Hiding out’s easy; forcing 150 pounds of former guard dog to hide out—not so much.

Thirteen-year-old "Man With The Plan" Griffin Bing and his five friends are celebrating the fifth birthday of Savannah's rescued Doberman, Luthor, when S. Wendell Palomino, or "Swindle," as they came to know him during their first adventure, arrives to say he is suing to get Luthor back. The kids know it's because Swindle heard that Luthor nearly won a ton of money at a recent dog show. When the dog pound fails to produce Luthor’s release-for-adoption paperwork, Swindle wins him back. Rather than surrender her beloved fur-friend, Savannah prevails on the group to help her hide him...but all of them are headed to different summer camps in a few days. Griffin must devise his most complex plan to date, and when that goes south (as most of his plans do), it’s on to yet another scheme, since Swindle’s promised to use his dog-show winnings to make the kids' lives miserable forever. Korman's fifth caper is wholly unbelievable from start to finish but a ton of fun nonetheless. Kids will be too busy laughing at the antics of Griffin and his pals to mind their implausibility. 

Easy, slick and silly; it’s Saturday-morning-cartoon hijinks between the covers of a book. (Fiction. 9-12)

Pub Date: Jan. 1st, 2013
ISBN: 978-0-545-44866-6
Page count: 288pp
Publisher: Scholastic
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Dec. 1st, 2012


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