The Great Greene Heist

It’s on the shelves (and I’m talking about it)!

THE GREAT GREENE HEIST is now available! You can pick up signed / personalized copies at BookPeople and The Book Spot. The book is also available from your local independent bookstore, Barnes and Noble, Amazon, Books-A-Million, and anywhere else books are sold. If you’re interested in hearing me talk more about the book, check out… Read more »

The Great Greene Heist Challenge

Updated to add: Thank you so much for participating in the #GreatGreeneChallenge. For all participating bookstores, please email me at vcj (at) varianjohnson (dot) com to let me know (1) that you participated in the challenge (if you’re not listed below) and (2) the number of books sold (if you’d like to provide that information)…. Read more »

The Kelsey Job (or, the story behind the story)

Want to know the story behind the story of The Great Greene Heist? Check out The Kelsey Job, a short prequel that takes place a few months before the novel. Also, since the last time I posted, a few nice things have happened with the novel. It received a number of positive reviews, including a… Read more »

A New Cover!

…but first, check out all these awesome blurbs for  THE GREAT GREENE HEIST! “A political heist page-turner set in middle school? Is that even possible? Varian Johnson shows us how it’s done, expertly walking the tightrope between true-to-life school experiences and belly laughs.” — GORDON KORMAN, author of Swindle and The Hypnotists “Pay attention! This… Read more »

2014, Day 1

I really hate making New Year’s Resolutions. Let me clarify—I don’t hate making them, but I don’t do such a good job of keeping and tracking them. Last year, my goal was to write 1500 words a week. Did I hit it? Maybe. I never really tracked it, so it’s hard to say. Plus, I… Read more »

The Great Greene Heist

The Great Greene Heist Arthur A. Levine / ScholasticMiddle Grade Summer 2014 Edited by Cheryl Klein Designed by Nina Goffi Cover Illustration by Kali Ciesemier “If you’re going to pull a con, know how to pull a con in style.”