To Catch a Cheat

256p. Scholastic/Arthur A. Levine Bks. Feb. 2016. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9780545722391; ebk. $16.99. ISBN 9780545722414.
Gr 5–9—Jackson Greene claims to have sworn off heists once and for all, but he keeps getting blamed for them. When the school gets flooded, he and his friends are accused of pulling a prank. Soon after, a group of students from their school claim that they have proof that Jackson and his friends did it. In order to keep the video from being leaked to the principal, Jackson and his friends have to pull off the impossible: they must break into Mrs. Clark's room and steal a copy of her infamously hard end-of-term test. Will Jackson and his friends succeed or get caught red-handed? Who is blackmailing them? What is the blackmailer really after? This sequel is even better than the first book, The Great Greene Heist (Scholastic, 2014). It has more depth and character development, and the plot is complex and engaging. Although it is recommended that kids read the first one, this book can also be enjoyed as a stand-alone.
VERDICT Those who enjoy realistic fiction with action, mystery, and humor will have a hard time putting this novel down.

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