The Juvie Three (repackage)

The Juvie Three (repackage)

by Gordon Korman


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Gecko Fosse drove the getaway car.
Terence Florian ran with the worst gang in Chicago.
Arjay Moran killed someone.

All three boys are serving time in juvenile detention centers until they get a second chance. Douglas Healy, a former juvenile delinquent himself, is running an experimental halfway house in New York City, where he wants to make a difference in the lives of kids like Gecko, Terence, and Arjay.

Things are going well until one night Healy is accidentally knocked unconscious while trying to break up a scuffle among the boys. Terrified of the consequences, they drop him off at a hospital and run away. When Healy wakes up, he has no memory of them or the halfway house. Afraid of being sent back to Juvie, the guys hatch a crazy scheme to continue on as if the group leader never left.

But if the boys are discovered, their second chance will be their last. . . .

An ALSCA Notable Book, 2009

* "[T]hese kids are living minute to minute, where one false step may haunt them forever. . . . [B]e prepared for high demand."

- Booklist, starred review

"This novel is signature Korman."

- School Library Journal

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781484798430
Publisher: Hyperion Books for Children
Publication date: 07/03/2017
Edition description: Reissue
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 112,880
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range: 10 - 14 Years

About the Author

Gordon Korman has written more than eighty novels for young adult and middle-grade readers, including Schooled; Son of the Mob; No More Dead Dogs; The 6th Grade Nickname Game; Born to Rock; and Jake, Reinvented. He lives with his family on Long Island.

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Juvie Three 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 20 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book had me reading instead of watching tv. This was an exeptinally good book. Loved it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Iff you like to read books with action bit a god story an a lesson to learn read this amazing heart stopping book and yu will see ypur life ina different way This is a book about 3 troubled teenagers all faced woth the centence of juvinial detention But a seamingly to good tp be true chance comes along fpr tye three bpts that have been selected to leave juvoe and go live in a small apartment with a probatoon officer that is more that willing to leave his own life behind in an attemp to set these kids down tje right road The kids are unhappy at first and already have troubles at the school that they are attending while under juristiction of the courts they get into really big trouble in a small amount of time This is a touching book about 3 how gping wih the beating path of your freinds not the smartest idea follow what your common scence tells you to do and do it even if yu nt want to let ypur freinds down it could change the way you live the rest pf your life Future author Greg brychta
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Amazing book you wont find another like this .i was up all night reading it if your in to the whole suspencie kinds a books then stop looking cause this one will drive crazzy you will be wanting more
SpartanReading More than 1 year ago
The Juvie Three is a great book that will introduce you to the wonderful, yet realistic world of Gordon Korman books. Three juvenile delinquents, Gecko, Terence, and Arjay, are boosted from juvie and sent to an experimental "Halfway House" run by Douglas Healy, an adult who also has a bit of a dirty record. Everything is going well until Terence violates the rules and leaves the apartment to go do business with people he calls "His Dogs". When Healy and the boys try to stop him, Healy ends up falling 30 feet to the grimy, New York City alleyway. Fearing the potential consequences of their actions, the boys drop him off at a hospital without an I.D. When he comes to, he has no idea who he is, let alone who the boys are. The boys decide to proceed with their lives as if Healy was still there with them. Everything is going well until Gecko meets Roxanne, Arjay becomes a star, and Terence goes back to his old, gangster lifestyle. This book will keep you up until the wee hours of the morning. I would rate this book 10 out of 10 jail cells because it was fast paced, fun to read, and quite the page turner, without ever being too boring, or too graphic. I recommend this book to anybody who enjoys an adventure about jail, stolen cars, rock stars, love, and more stolen cars. Gecko, Arjay, and Terence were all at juvie, some longer than others, for different reasons: Gecko, because he drove the getaway car for one of his brother's crazy schemes, Terence, because he got mixed in with the wrong crowd, and Arjay, because he "hit some guy against a statue real hard, and he didn't get up". The trio even steals a whopping total of 4 cars and trucks throughout the book, including an Infiniti and a van. Gecko's love for underage driving is what got him into the "Teeth Jarring" crash that put him in juvie in the first place. Overall, this is a very good book and I'm sure when you are up at 3:00 A.M. reading it, you'll thank me for this review.
TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
What do you get when you mix three juvenile delinquents on their last chance before doing some long-term hard time, one do-gooder out to help them become better people, and Gordon Korman? THE JUVIE THREE! It is a fast-paced page-turner complete with humor, action scenes, romance, and some fascinating twists and turns.

Douglas Healy lived through his own hard times, and now he is determined to give some hope to a new crop of troubled teens. He has worked hard to cut through the red tape and bureaucratic nonsense to open a small halfway house (apartment) for three lost boys. Gecko, Terence, and Arjay have committed a variety of crimes, from driving a stolen getaway car to murder, and society seems to say their are beyond hope. The efforts of Douglas Healy have given the three a last chance.

Gecko seems grateful and determined to do the right thing. Arjay is confused and suspicious, yet strangely appreciative, that a stranger would take the time to reach out a helping hand. Terence looks at the situation as an opportunity to make a quick buck and escape ASAP.

When Terence breaks the rules one night and attempts to sneak out by way of the fire-escape, the other two boys step in to protect what they view as their last chance at a real life. The scuffle between the boys is interrupted by a sleepy and angry Douglas Healy, who has the unfortunate luck to plummet head-first from the fire-escape to the pavement below.

Fearful of the outcome if they are caught, the three boys load an unconscious, bleeding Healy in the back of a stolen car and rush him to the nearest emergency room, where they dump him and then hightail it back to the apartment. Until they can decide what to do next, they agree to keep up appearances and stick to their usual daily routine. What follows is an amazing tale of how three supposedly "no good" kids follow the rules and make the right decisions without adult supervision.

The plot twists and turns will keep even the most reluctant readers on the edge of their seats. Don't miss THE JUVIE THREE.
WarriorLibrary on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I really liked this book. Short chapters keep the action going and it has a good ending.
WSRobitaille on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This story is about three teens that are chosen to try an experimental halfway house in place of their original sentencing at detention centres. When the man who is running the halfway house is knocked unconscious by the boys accidentally, they are forced to come up with a solution that can somehow keep them from having to return to jail.This was a really fun read that kept up a high amount of action, humour and realism throughout, while still managing to cover some of the more serious topics in youth crime. The three main characters have depth and a strong likeability that keeps you hoping that they can get out of their predicament and perhaps turn in their stripes along the way. Nominated for the Intermediate Division Books for 2011 YRCA and nominated for the 2009 Snow willow award.
SmithA45 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The Juvie Three opens with Gecko driving a stolen car as a getaway driver for his older brother. When he makes a snap decision to crash the car rather then hit an old lady crossing the street, the gang is arrested. Flash forward to Gecko getting beaten up in juvie; Douglas Healy shows up with an offer to get him out of there. Gecko meets Terrance Florian and Arjay Moran, two other kids in the system who are offered the same deal: live in an experimental halfway house in New York with Healy as their guardian. Things go sideways one night when Terrance tries to sneak out to meet up with a gang member he met in school. The other boys are trying to grab him off the fire escape and push him back into the house when Healy is awakened. In the scuffle Healy falls of the third floor fire escape, landing in the alley, unconscious and bleeding from the head. The boys panic and drop him off at the emergency doors then speed off in a stolen car. Their plan is to do everything they are supposed to do, school, therapy, and community service, until Healy wakes up and comes home. They hope this will keep them from returning to juvie jail. The problems arise as Terrance's criminal streak surfaces, Gecko gets a girlfriend, Arjay joins a punk band, and Healy is still in a coma. When Healy eventually wakes up, he has amnesia and is sent to the Bronx Psychiatric Hospital. The boys decide that they have been selfish for long enough and have to stage a daring rescue of the man who rescued them from juvie. If they get caught? Give themselves up and admit everything. I thought the characters in this book were relatable; Healy has a troubled past and sees himself in the kids he's trying to rescue. Gecko slowly sees that he can't completely blame his brother for his choices, even if his family isn't there for him. Arjay made a mistake that lead to someone dying, and has thrown himself into creating music. Terrance eventually learns that having street cred isn't the same as having a solid network of people that care about you. Although the scenario is a little far fetched at times, I couldn't put this book down. There is a small mention of class differences, but all the boys come from different backgrounds, and I think almost every kid could relate to these characters.
KZachel on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Gecko, Terence and Arjay are given one last chance to get out of juvenile prison. They are chosen by Douglas Healy for a new program which gives them a chance for some normalcy while yet being counseled and watched by the juvenile system. Doug is seriously injured and the boys carry on as if he were still around until a nosey probation officer gets suspicious. An exciting read filled with action that will keep you engaged.
TigerLMS on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Have you ever been in trouble for something someone else started? Gordon Korman's The Juvie Jail brings together three young men who have one thing in common: they were all convicted for something that wasn't entirely their fault. That's not to say they are completely innocent. But social worker Douglas Healey believes they deserve a second chance. Healey creates a 'halfway house' in New York City and pulls Gecko, Terrance, and Arjay out of juvenile jail. They're all one step away from long-term lock-up when Healey is knocked unconscious trying to break up a fight among the boys. Fearing they'll head back to jail if caught, the boys drop Healey off at a hospital and run away. When Healey wakes up, he has absolutely no idea who he is-- and the boys realize they are completely on their own and must continue to go to school, do community service, even attend group counseling-- as if Healey were there. The hole they've dug for themselves keeps getting deeper, and they know as soon as someone discovers Healey is missing they'll go straight back to jail with additional consequences. Korman has another hit with this book, which is as enjoyable as Son of the Mob and Born to Rock. Like those, The Juvie Three offers a number of moral dilemnas: is it better to do the right thing if it means getting into really bad trouble? Is it better to lie and hurt yourself and your girlfriend knowing that it ultimately helps your two convict housemates not be discovered? I hope that this book becomes a Missouri Gateway nominee for 2010/2011. It's one of the better b ooks I've read in this cycle, and will undoubtedly be a popular title for high schoolers. I recommend it and will book talk it with my students!
readinggeek451 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Not quite a return to Korman's best work (A Semester in the Life of a Garbage Bag, Don't Care High), but much better than most of his recent books. These boys are rougher-edged than many of his teen heroes, but their hearts are in the right place.
mamasigs126 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Korman's newest is both hilarious and poignant. Three juvenile offenders are plucked from prison to be part of a pilot project. Their mentor lives with them in an apartment in NYC and tries to mold a thief, an innocent, and a get away driver into some sort of family. Both middle school and high school students can enjoy this one!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I lived this book and hope you do to;)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was exceptionaly good. You should definitaly read it!
Elzarad1 More than 1 year ago
The story is about three teenage boys serving time in a juvenile detention center until they deserve another chance and are set free back into the real world. A previous juvenile delinquent Douglas Healey is trying to change lives of kids in juvie and jail, so he decides to try and experiment and start a half way house in New York City and has the three main characters Arjay, Gecko, and Terence attend it. The theme of the story is that you should not give up on your self and it's not too late to try to redeem yourself and try to become a better person. In this story there are many likes and very few dislikes. What I liked about the story is it described a lot of the scenes very well for example when Gecko was the driver of a hit and run Gordon Korman described the scene very well. Another thing I really like about the story kept moving like there's always events popping up so the story never gets old and stays interesting. There weren't really anything I didn't like about this book but one thing that did bother me was how Gordan made the characters react when Mr. Healey got hurt I thing he should have changed that part a little bit. I think everyone should read this book because it's a thrilling book the action never stops and it always keeps you wanting to read more. I also believe people should read this because the ending is a surprising ending and it's a must read. I recommend this book to people from middle school up because it uses inappropriate language sometimes.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read the book earlier in the year and loved it it never stops moving.
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The Juvie Three is a fantastic book for reluctant readers. Middle School and High School students - even reluctant readers - will enjoy this book. Korman keeps the characters real and relatable. The first few chapters hook readers and keep them reading until the end. This is a fantastic book for boys who hate to read - they'll appreciate the ending!
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