Saving the school — one con at a time.
Jackson Greene has reformed. No, really he has. He became famous for the Shakedown at Shimmering Hills, and everyone still talks about the Blitz at the Fitz…. But after the disaster of the Mid-Day PDA, he swore off scheming and conning for good.
Then Keith Sinclair — loser of the Blitz — announces he’s running for school president, against Jackson’s former best friend Gaby de la Cruz. Gaby hasn’t talked to Jackson since the PDA, and he knows she won’t welcome his involvement. But he also knows Keith has “connections” to the principal, which could win him the election whatever the vote count.
So Jackson assembles a crack team to ensure the election is done right: Hashemi Larijani, tech genius. Victor Cho, bankroll. Megan Feldman, science goddess and cheerleader. Charlie de la Cruz, point man. Together they devise a plan that will bring Keith down once and for all. Yet as Jackson draws closer to Gaby again, he realizes the election isn’t the only thing he wants to win.
I’ve seen two different covers for The Great Greene Heist, and I included them both in this post because they’re both adorable. Though I like the first a little better than the second, they both nail two elements: illustration style and diversity. I ADORE this cover style. I’ve mentioned many times that middle grade books are more willing to experiment when it comes to illustrated cover art, and the gamble pays off most of the time. Not that a photo cover wouldn’t have been okay, but this! This is fresh! It’s cute! It’s eye-catching! Even better is the racial representation on this cover. Of course, the majority of the credit goes for the author for purposely writing a diverse crew, but yay designers for not white-washing! Girls, boys, white kids, brown kids, they’re all here! Also, all the wee spectacles make me squee.
Like I said, I think I like the first cover better because the colors really pop and we get to see the kids a little better, but both covers are enticing enough to catch a reader’s eye from the shelf. Good job, designers!