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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Disney-Hyperion; Reprint edition (Jan. 5 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1423101626
  • ISBN-13: 978-1423101628
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 1.3 x 19 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 181 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,044,674 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Gordon Korman’s latest finds a trio of 15-year-old boys plucked from the American penal system and planted in an experimental halfway house in Manhattan. Gecko Fosse, a smart kid whose self-proclaimed hobby is not thinking, is serving time for driving his burglar brother’s getaway car. Arjay Moran is a gentle giant with a talent for music, who accidentally killed a boy in a schoolyard tussle. Terence Florian is a fast-talking petty thief and would-be gang member. The halfway house affords the boys limited liberty, but if any of them messes up, they all go back to jail. When Terence tries to escape, their minder, the big-hearted Mr. Healy, falls from a fire escape. Healy is hospitalized as a comatose John Doe, and the boys realize they must work together to maintain the appearance that Healy is still at the helm, lest they be sent back to prison. This is a story about boys learning how to use their innate character traits for positive, rather than criminal, ends. The big, fun irony is that to maintain the façade of the halfway house, they must keep their noses extra clean – an often difficult task when faced with the temptations and opportunities of Manhattan. There is enough action and suspense in this novel to hold just about any reader. On occasion the story adopts a comic-book feel, but those scenes – mostly car chases – are justified, and Korman always guides the narrative back to character. The Juvie Three does a great job bundling into one package the sort of challenges teens face – especially inner-city boys. Gangs, peer pressure, judgmental or indifferent adults, crushes, school troubles, money woes – they’re all here, and more. Despite occasional plot gaps and some corny Degrassi-esque dialogue, Korman provides an entertaining lesson in making the leap from rebellion to responsibility. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


Praise for The Juvie Three:

"Korman provides an entertaining lesson in making the leap from rebellion to responsibility" -Quill & Quire

"The characters are well-developed and engaging. The adventure... builds to a satisfying climax that will attract reluctant readers." -CM Reviews --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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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.
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HASH(0xa5e492ac) out of 5 stars Excellent choice for reluctant teen readers Jan. 21 2009
By High school teacher - Published on
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This is a quality title that is accessible for reluctant readers. The premise will capture their interest and the fast-paced action will hold their attention. It may not be a Printz contender, but it's well-written, engaging and definitely serves a purpose. I'd highly recommend it for teen readers.
6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa5e90f3c) out of 5 stars Will keep readers rooting for the boys and their overwhelming odds right through to the end Nov. 18 2008
By Teen Reads - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Gecko Fosse drove the getaway car for another of his brother Ruben's thieving escapades. Arjay Moran fought back against some bullies, and one was killed accidentally after a punch. Terence Florian planned a robbery that others in a Chicago gang he wanted to join committed. All are in lockup and miserable.

Douglas Healy designed a pilot program for juvenile offenders. These three are chosen to live with him in an apartment, go to school, attend therapy sessions and be involved in community service. One slip-up and the boys will go back to prison.

Terence has no intention of toeing the line; he aims to run away as soon as possible. Gecko and Arjay know that if he disappears, they will be sent back. One night, while the three are arguing, Healy tries to intervene and is accidentally knocked unconscious. The boys drop him off at a hospital and live in fear of the consequences.

Nothing happens the next day, and they all go to school and work as if nothing happened. Gecko sneaks into the hospital to learn that Healy has no memory of who he is or what had occurred. In order to keep an eye on him, Gecko pretends to be a volunteer there. Then he meets Roxanne, another volunteer, and falls in love. Roxanne's wealthy, well-connected family threatens him, and he does not want to return to prison.

Arjay makes Gecko and Terence do their homework and keep all appointments so no one will suspect Healy is gone. But he also sneaks in some guitar practice at school and with a band at a nightclub. He finds success beyond his dreams, but knows he is now jeopardizing his freedom and those of his two friends as he becomes more known.

Meanwhile, Terence tries to get in with a gang again, finding a way to set up another robbery to court favor. When that doesn't make them accept him, and when they ask him to do something truly harmful to another person, he realizes that this is not who he wants to be. But now he has made some bad guys quite angry.

Healy is transferred to a mental institution because he still doesn't know who he is. Gecko, Arjay and Terence know they can't let him stay in that awful place; they need to band together and find some allies to help them out. Very few trust them with their criminal past, and many would just as soon see them all get sent back to prison.

The clock is ticking for all of them. The dialogue and brotherhood developing among the three boys speak true amidst a crazy situation. Would you do the right thing if no one was watching you? From thinking about surviving the next prison beating to finding out what they want for their future, they grow through every exciting page.

Prolific author Gordon Korman uses his usual humor in THE JUVIE THREE, but adds a suspenseful edge that will keep readers rooting for the boys and their overwhelming odds right through to the end.

--- Reviewed by Amy Alessio
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa686ad5c) out of 5 stars Much better than I expected.... Dec 12 2012
By The Flashlight Reader - Published on
Format: Paperback
Another book club hit!

I was really worried when I started this one that it was going to be like a Walter Dean Meyers book. (Not that I don't love those; I do. I've just read a lot of them already.) You know the scenario. Troubled teens get a second chance, but someone blows it. Will they do the right thing or not? Very plaid out cliche in literature, I think. Well, thankfully Gordon Korman came along and gave it fresh insight.

Yes, the cliche remains, but he doesn't beat the dead horse. There are no neat little bows wrapping up the plot at the end. No rainbows and unicorns-- at least not completely. Yes, there is that obvious "happy ending" that you knew was coming (so don't whine about a spoiler). BUT somethings were not solved in the way you might think. That made it believable, and I am thankful that not everything ended up sugary sweet.

The characters are a nice compliment to one another as well. Gecko is shy but funny. Arjay is misunderstood and layered. And Terrance is your basic pain in the arse thug wannabe. They interact nicely with one another, giving the perfect combination of conflict throughout the book. There were minor characters that make appearances too, but they aren't all that memorable. Ms. Vaughn makes me laugh with her obvious stereotypes, but beyond that... bleh.

It's a quick read. I flew threw it in two sittings. Great descriptions and some seriously funny LOL moments. I think MG readers would enjoy this one if they like stories about troubled youth getting second chances.
HASH(0xa698fbd0) out of 5 stars The Juvie three review Sept. 25 2012
By Anthony - Published on
Format: Paperback
The Juvie three book is a good book for grades around 6-9 it is about three kids that are juvenile delinquents they steal cars don't listen there just all around terrible kids. Until one day a guy named Douglas Healy gives the three boys a second chance a chance to fix there lives and be able to do something good in there life. He got the boys out of jail and put them in an apartment. The boys actually hurt Douglas and put him in the hospital for trying to help them. Healy got hurt trying to break up a fight they didn't want to get introuble so they brought him to the hospital and left. One of the boys doesn't like what Healy is trying to do so he decided to run away as soon as possible but the other two boys know that if he does all of them go back to prison.One of the boys wanted to visit Healy so he pretends to be a volunteer and falls in love with an actual volunteer there.One of the boys tries to get in a gang again and setup a robery. Healy was sent to a mental institution and the boys try to find allies to help get him out so they won't go back to prison.
HASH(0xa5d29330) out of 5 stars A fun story for young and old Dec 9 2009
By Mark - Published on
Format: Hardcover
My wife and I chose the audio-book of this novel because we had enjoyed two other novels narrated by Christopher Welch. We were not disappointed in this. While this is a bit of a predictable story about three boys taken in by an idealistic social worker, the characters and story were fun. It's a novel that the whole family can enjoy. This does not have the cutting realism of many other YA novels, but I enjoyed rooting for these likable characters who are down on their luck. Chris Welch is very easy to listen to as well.