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Gordon Korman

The Juvie Three

Fiction | Novel | YA | Published in 2008

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The Juvie Three

  • Genre: Fiction; Juvenile, contemporary
  • Originally Published: 2008
  • Reading Level/Interest: Lexile NC730L; Grades 6-8
  • Structure/Length: 33 chapters; approximately 256 pages; approximately 5 hours, 28 minutes on audiobook
  • Protagonist/Central Conflict: The novel follows Gecko, Terence, and Arjay, three teenage boys who have been sent to a juvenile detention center after various run-ins with the law. When given a chance to participate in a program that involves restoring an old retirement home, they seize the opportunity to prove themselves. As they navigate their challenging pasts and develop a unique bond, they discover the value of friendship, redemption, and second chances. The central conflict revolves around the boys’ journey to reform their lives while confronting the consequences of their actions.
  • Potential Sensitivity Issues: Themes of anti-social behavior; youth at risk; redemption and personal growth

Gordon Korman, Author

  • Bio: Born 1963; Canadian American author known for writing engaging, humorous, and relatable stories for young readers; writes comedy, adventure, and realistic fiction; gained popularity at a young age with his debut novel, This Can’t Be Happening at Macdonald Hall! (1978)
  • Other Works: Swindle series (2008-2015); Schooled (2007); Restart (2017); Slacker (2016); The 39 Clues series (2008-2010); Island trilogy (2001-2002); No More Dead Dogs (2000); Zoobreak (2009); Pop (2009); The Hypnotists series (2013-2014)