Framed (Korman novel)

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Author Gordon Korman
Country United States
Language English
Genre Adventure
Publisher Scholastic
Publication date
Media type Print
Followed by Showoff

Framed! :] is a 2010 children's novel written by Gordon Korman. It is the third installation in the Swindle series. It is the sequel to the book Zoobreak, and it is the third book in the series.

Plot summary[edit]

The story takes place in Cedarville, while 'The Man with the Plan' Griffin Bing is having a hard time adjusting to his school's new atmosphere, which is more like a strict boot camp than a middle school. His new football fanatic Principal, Dr. Egan, does not like Griffin, due to his past. To make matters worse, somebody has stolen the priceless Super Bowl ring that was in the school's showcase, with Griffin's retainer that he recently lost left in its place. For once, the Man with the Plan DOESN'T have a plan. Things only go from bad to worse when Griffin is accused of stealing it by Egan, and Griffin is sent to a state school for juvenile delinquents. Griffin realizes he has been framed by somebody and calculates a list of suspects:

  • Dr. Egan, (dubbed Dr. Evil) the principal who hates Griffin and could gain the ring as a football collectors item, as he loves the sport.
  • Celia White, A nosy reporter who is digging up dirt on Griffin. She often twists his words, and she will do anything to make him look guilty, possibly to gain a promotion.
  • Darren Vader, A burly boy who annoys Griffin. He could steal the ring after finding Griffin's retainer in order to gain profit. His motive for framing Griffin would be to distract the police from him. He earlier was one of the 7 in Swindle to help Griffin retrieve a Babe Ruth Baseball card.
  • Tony Bartholomew, A boy who claims he is the rightful owner of the ring.

into Griffin's house arrest system that allows him to leave the house without the alarm coming off while his parents are out. At the school during its play, Hail Caesar!, Griffin leads Egan to the pack rat's nest and clears his name. He is then raced home and resets his house arrest anklet as his parents arrive. Egan, who got Griffin home in time, clears up matters and apologizes to Griffin, saying that he was wrong to judge him. Also, Celia White shows up in an attempt to get a story on him. Before she can twist the words, however, Egan makes her stop and makes sure she won't be doing it again. After this, Griffin asks the court if it will take a truly good-hearted friend, Shank, out of the state school, so he can have a chance at life. They accept and it is implied that life will be better for Griffin and his friends.[1]


There is a sequel in the works called Showoff.[2] It was published in January 2012.

Hideout (published in 2013), jackpot (published in 2014), and  

unleashed (January 2015) being the most recent.


  1. ^ framed.htm Framed! at Fantastic Fiction
  2. ^ [1] The Official Gordon Korman Web Site