Swindle By Gordon Korman 1. Q.: At the beginning of the story, where are Griffin Bing and Ben Slovak spending the night? A.: At the Old Rockford House, a condemned building. A crane with a wrecking ball is parked out in front. 2. Q.: What do people say about the Rockford House? A.: It is haunted by : Old Man Rockford’s wife who he cut up with a chain saw or killed with a railway spike, or with the spirit of a dog from WWI, or by a baby carried off by a chicken hawk or by a 23 year old school teacher. 3. Q.: What is Griffin’s nickname? A.: The Man with the Plan 4. Q.: What was Griffin’s plan? A.: Griffin planned for 28 sixth graders to sleep at the old house. Only Griffin and his best friend Ben Slovak actually came. 5. Q.: What is the weather on the night of the sleep over? A.: Thunder and Lightning. 6. Q.: Why didn’t the 28 6th graders come to the sleepover? A.: No beds, running water, furniture, lights or TV in the Rockford House. 7. Q.: How did sleeping at the Rockford House show adults that kids were standing up for their rights? A.: The kids would have to lie to their parents about going to a fake sleepover. 8. Q.: What had Griffin hoped that Cedarville would build on the Rockford site? A.: A Skate & Roller Park 9. Q.: What is their 6th grade teacher’s name? A.: Mr. Martinez 10. Q.: What did the town plan to build? A.: A museum. 11. Q.: What did Griffin find in the roll top desk drawer in the Rockford House? A.: A Babe Ruth in a Red Sox uniform baseball card. 12. Q.: What kind of problems were Griffin’s parents having? A.: Financial. 13. Q.: The Babe Ruth baseball card might be worth a lot of money. Where did Griffin and Ben have it appraised? A.: Palomino’s Emporium owned by S. Wendell Palomino. 14. Q.: How much did S. Wendell Palomino give Griffin for the Babe Ruth baseball card? A.: $120.00 15. Q.: Why had Griffin’s father quit his job? A.: To work on his invention the Smart Pick fruit picker with padded pincers and a twisting motion, no cutting blade so no damaged produce. 16. Q.: Did Wendell Palomino trick Griffin? A.: Yes, the baseball card was authentic and worth close to a million dollars. 17. Q.: Who is Swindle? A.: S. Wendell Palomino, Griffin gave him this nick name after he tricked him. 18. Q.: Who is Luther? A.: Swindle’s guard dog at the Emporium. Swindle is a Doberman Pincer. 19. Q.: How did Griffin’s classmate, Savannah, calm Luther? A.: Savannah was a whisperer. She tried to reach Luther’s inner puppy through treats, toys and kindnesses. 20. Q.: What was the Security Code at the Emporium? A.: 1701, the serial # of the Star Trek USS Enterprise. 21. Q.: Did the boys successfully break into the Emporium and steal back the Babe Ruth baseball card? A.: They successfully broke in and got out, but the safe that had been bolted to the floor wasn’t there. 22. Q.: Where was the safe? A.: At Swindle’s house on 531 Park Street Extension. 23. Q.: How did the boys break into Swindle’s house? A.: Through a skylight in the cathedral ceiling. 24. Q.: How did the boys learn the floor plan of Swindle’s house? A.: They studied the plans of an identical house on 1414 Lakewood Road. 25. Q.: Who did Griffin invite to help with the heist? A.: Savannah – dog whisperer, Melissa – computer geek, Logan – actor, Pitch – rock climber, Ben – best friend. 26. Q.: Where does Swindle hope to sell the baseball card? A.: At Worthington’s Auction on Oct. 17th at a $200,000 starting bid. 27. Q.: Who was the 7th member of the Heist Team? The muscle man? A.: Darren Vader, Griffin’s nemesis since preschool. 28. Q.: What talent did Darren bring to the team? A.: Darren was so awful, he thought like Swindle. 29. Q.: How did the Heist Team get Swindle out of the house? A.: They dropped a birthday card, addressed to someone else, with a ticket to a New York Ranger’s hockey game in Swindle’s mailbox. They knew Swindle could not resist using someone else’s ticket. It cost them $80. 30. Q.: What is the name of Ben’s illness? A.: Narcolepsy, the sleeping sickness. Ben might fall into a deep sleep anytime of the day or night. 31. Q.: What happened to Pitch when the Heist Team broke into Swindle’s house? A.: Pitch twisted her ankle. 32. Q.: How many dogs were in Swindle’s house? A.: Two, Luther and a German Shepherd. 33. Q.: How did Melissa help the Heist Team get out of Swindle’s house? A.: Melissa disarmed the alarm. 34. Q.: Was the Babe Ruth baseball card in the safe in Wendell’s house? A.: NO. 35. Q.: How did the German shepherd get loose in Swindle’s house? A.: Lamar Fontaine, the courier sent by the Auction House to Swindle’s house opened the door to the room where Savannah had found him. 36. Q.: Where did Griffin find the baseball card? A.: Swindle had hidden it in a Ziploc bag in a 20 pound turkey in his refrigerator. 37. Q.: Who ate the turkey? A.: Swindle and the German shepherd. It kept them quiet. 38. Q.: Who stole the card from Griffin? A.: Darren. Q.: How did the card get in the tree? A.: Darren dropped it and the wind carried it. 39. Q.: How did Griffin get the card out of the tree? A.: With his father’s invention, the Smart Pick with the padded pincers and twisting motion, not to cut anything. 40. Q.: What was Code Z? A.: Griffin’s escape plan. 41. Q.: Where did Griffin mail the baseball card? A.: To the Rockford house, the house had been demolished but the mailbox was still standing. 42. Q.: Who actually owned the baseball card? A.: A 97 year old lady from Baltimore, the only living Rockford family member. 43. Q.: What did the little old lady do with the card? A.: She gave it to Darren Vader, her nephew. Darren’s parents donated the money to the Cedarville Museum with the stipulation that a Skate and Roller Park be built next to the museum. 44. Q.: Did Swindle press charges for the break in? A.: No, and he moved to California. 45. Q.: Did the Bing family sell their house? A.: No, the baseball card publicity generated interest and investors in Smart Pick. 46. Q.: What happened to Luther? A.: Savannah adopted him.
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