While there, Griffin roamed around the house and found an old desk. Pulling out a drawer, he saw something tucked all the way in the back. Reaching in, Griffin pulled out a baseball card of Babe Ruth in a Boston Red Sox uniform. (We all know him as a Yankee.) Thinking it might be rare and worth a lot, and therefore the key to ending his familys financial problems, he and Ben bring the card to S. Wendell (aka Swindle) Palomino, a buyer and seller of memorabilia, who tells Griffin the card is a fake and pays him $100. Better than nothing.
Hours later, Griffin is watching TV and sees Swindle being interviewed about a rare baseball card he has, which at an upcoming auction might sell for $1,000,000. Sure enough, its the Babe Ruth card. Right then and there, Griffin formulates a plan. Hes going to swindle Swindle out of the Babe Ruth card, because no one swindles Griffin Bing and gets away with it.
Swindle is a fun read. Griffin, Ben and their cohorts in crime are great characters. There are twists and turns in this caper&its not easy going. There is suspense, action, drama, vicious guard dogs, double crossing, humor and a surprise ending. Something for everyone. So, if youve got a few hours to kill, try Swindle and find out why crime does not pay.
This kid named Griffin and his friends are all dared to go to this old mansion that is known to be haunted Griffin finds this baseball card on the floor and turns his flash light on to see that it was The Legendary Babe Ruth’s card of course when he tells his friends the rumor spreads the Griffin goes to a pawn shop and shows the guy working there named Wendell nicknamed Swindle who tricks him into thinking the card is a fake and the guy says he would give Griffin only 20$ for it Griffin was indeed depressed it wasn’t real (even though it was) and sold it.
The kid a few days later see’s a sign on the pawn shop window saying that their is going to be an auction held in a week saying that the item up for auction is the Babe Ruth baseball car the same one that the kid sold to him. So Griffin fights with the man but the man denies tricking him so Griffin is a man with a plan and gets a group of friends and even 1 or 2 enemies and has to get the card but many things are standing in their way a menacing dog, a high tech security system, a very good hiding place and the fact that none of them are old enough to drive or can drive.
Definition of Swindle: to cheat, steal, trick, deceive, defraud, lie, rob, con, backstab, obtain dishonestly.
- The vocabulary wasn't to hard to understand or to simple.
I asked my friend for a book that has a fantastic beginning that would immediately pull me into the story, and SWITCH was what she placed in my hand. I was not disappointed. After the first paragraph I was transported to Claire's sunny and stormy beach town, and I was perfectly happy to be there.
SWITCH was a completely original idea and Carol Snow pulled off the believability aspect of it wonderfully. The narration of Claire's character is very easy to relate to. She has a bit of every girl's personality in her. She is a likable protagonist, despite the fact that her inner monologue sometimes seems whiny.
The overall theme of the book, to appreciate yourself for who you are, was excellently delivered throughout the novel. Carol Snow's writing creates the characters and situations in a way that the reader will completely empathize for them.
The ending was somewhat unsatisfactory for me. Claire resolved things to my contentment with some characters, but I think that others needed to know more of the truth. It might have changed the outcome. I find myself hoping that there will be a sequel to this story, because there is so much more I want to learn about the characters and their endings.