The Juvie Three

By Korman, Gordon

Publishers Summary:
Gecko Fosse drove the getaway car. Terence Florian ran with the worst gang in Chicago. Arjay Moran killed someone. All three boys are serving time in juvenile detention centers until they get a second chance at life in the form of Douglas Healy. A former juvenile delinquent himself, Healy is running an experimental halfway house in New York City where he wants to make a difference in the lives of kids like Gecko, Terence, and Arjay. Things are going well, until one night Healy is accidentally knocked unconscious while trying to break up a scuffle among the boys. Terrified of the consequences, they drop him off at a hospital and run away. But when Healy awakes, he has no memory of them or the halfway house. Afraid of being sent back to Juvie, the guys hatch a crazy scheme to continue on as if the group leader never left. They will go to school, do their community service, attend therapy, and act like model citizens until Healy's memory returns and he can resume his place with them. But life keeps getting in the way...like when Gecko finds romance. Or Arjay gets famous. Or Terence starts reverting to his old ways. If the boys are discovered, their second chance will be their last.

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978-1-42310-158-1
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School Library Journal

Reviewed on December 1, 2008

Gr 6-9 Terence, Gecko, and Arjay made serious mistakes and wound up doing time in juvenile-detention facilities. Empathetic adult Douglas Healy, a former juvenile offender himself, has secured a grant to operate an experimental halfway house in New York City designed to provide second chances to boys deemed as deserving. The teens accept his offer to become his first reformees, willing to trade their bleak incarceration for a small taste of freedom, even though the bargain entails maintaining academic excellence,...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

Horn Book Guide

Reviewed on January 1, 2008

When three boys are hand-selected for Doug Healy's alternative detention program, they aren't sure what to expect. Homework, housework...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

Junior Library Guild

Reviewed on January 1, 2009

From its attention-grabbing setup to its madcap conclusion, The Juvie Three is a spirited, rousing read. It is also an exploration of trust—how it defines relationships and helps determine people’s futures. Healy cautiously extends his trust to Gecko, Terence, and Arjay, due to extenuating circumstances in their criminal records, but he also trusts them for more personal reasons. “To tell you the truth,” Healy tells another counselor, “they remind me of me.” Gecko, Terence, and Arjay’s increasingly precarious situ...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

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