The Great Greene Heist by Varian Johnson
7 word summary: Middle school elections bring about a heist.
Realistic fiction, crime. Stand-alone novel. Share with ages 9-12.
Take the premise of Ocean’s 11 – a gang of friends working on a complicated heist for the greater good – and set it in middle school. Jackson’s a reformed con, but dusts off his gloves when the school elections seem to be corrupted by both students and faculty. With some of the most outrageously talented 7th graders around, he pulls off a complicated switch involving ballots, keys, and Scantron machines. Keep all the characters straight and this is a nerd-tastic, kids-can-do-anything romp to enjoy.