Korman, Gordon. Unleashed (A Swindle Mystery). Scholastic Press, 2015. $16.99. 208 pages. Language: G. Sexual Content: G. Violence: G.
Luthor the Doberman is obsessed with the extermination truck and keeps chasing it, bringing his owner Savannah to tears. The rest of the gang is up in arms because they can no longer use their shortcut through a yard to school. The new owner, Ezekiel Hartman, doesn’t want anyone trespassing on his property and he thinks the government has a conspiracy against him. Griffin’s troubles are just beginning, because besides being tardy, everyone expects him to enter the Invent-a-Palooza contest because his dad is an inventor. Griffin doesn’t want to, but then his nemesis Darren Vader goads him into entering. He assumes that his friends will help him, but discovers that his friend Melissa has entered as well. Soon the gang splits up between girls and boys to win the contest. Melissa invents the Hover Handler, a flying device to stop Luthor from chasing cars. The boys are trying to make a quieter vacuum, but all it does is suck power. When Melissa’s invention is stolen, the boys and girls make up and join forces to solve the mystery with the unexpected help of Ezekiel Hartman. As always, author Gordon Korman delivers humor, relate-able characters, and a quick plot. Readers will prefer to read the previous Swindle books to better understand who the characters are and how they all became friends. It is a good, light-hearted mystery that would be a great addition to any library.
EL-ADVISABLE. Samantha Hastings, MA, MLS.