Saturday, July 11, 2009

The Juvie Three by Gordon Korman

Gecko was driving the getaway car for his brother when he robbed a store. Now Gecko is in juvenile hall for his crime. But out of the blue Mr. Healy shows up with an offer for something better. He has hand-picked three boys in jail to join him in a halfway house. Along with Arjay and Terrance, Gecko now goes to school, does community service and attends counseling. Arjay and Gecko are happy for the chance to redeem themselves but Terrance is still looking to join a crew and cause problems. When he sneaks out one night the other boys and Mr. Healy find themselves on the fire escape trying to stop him. In the scuffle Mr. Healy falls off the escape goes into a coma at the hospital. The boys know that if anyone finds out they are three criminals living alone they will all be sent back to jail so now they have to make sure not to attract any attention at all. But as time goes on that becomes harder and harder. Terrance is still trying to join a gang, Arjay joins a band and becomes more famous, and Gecko meets a girl at the hospital where Mr. Healy is staying. It's only a matter of time before everything falls to pieces for the juvie three.

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