I finished the book Jackpot, by Gordon Korman. This is a book that from the outside looks like a child’s book with a simple and cheap story line, but actually had a much deeper meaning of keeping friendships, and taking sacrifices for those who care about you. The author, Gordon Korman is a Canadian born who has made over 80 young adult and children books. Jackpot is technically part of a series, but with each book having completely different story lines. The only thing the books have in common is that they’re ll mystery based books. Gordon says he is so fascinated by mystery because he always wanted to be mystery solver growing up in Montreal, Canada.
In the book jackpot, Griffin is the man with the plan. When he is with his team of friends, each contributing in their own unique ways, there’s not many mysteries the gang can’t solve. A lottery ticket has gone missing. A winning lottery ticket. A winning lottery ticket that is worth thirty million dollars. A winning lottery ticket that is worth thirty million dollars is somewhere in the man with the plan’s hometown. But the worst part is that the ticket expires in less than two weeks. After dealing with a bully at school, Griffin thinks up a plan. To embarrass his worst enemy. Darren Vader. He’s only the most greedy and mean kid alive. The team decides to sending him searching through garbage cans and dumps by printing out fake newspapers articles claiming that the infamous is in a garbage can somewhere. Griffin’s plan makes a turn for the worst when Darren finds out that the article is fake. Darren speaks at an assembly that Griffin is a bully. Now his team has turned against him, even recruiting a new man with a plan. Griffin, now team-less, has to find that ticket, by himself. Can Griffin strive without his beloved team? Will he ever win them back? Find out in Gordon Korman’s Jackpot.
Out of ten stars, I would give it a very solid 9. The only reason that it didn’t get itself a ten out of ten, really isn’t entirely the book’s fault. I love these kind of mysteries. But Gordon Korman is more of a kid book writer. So the book naturally had to be a bit immature to survive in the genre. I would definitely like a more serious version, where the book would go more in depth in Griffin’s specific feelings toward his friends. Overall, I would recommend this to anybody who doesn’t really have to think while they read, the book has a very simple concept.