Varian Johnson has written a guidebook to pulling scams in his book The Great Greene Heist. Jackson's team of middle school nerds, techies, cheerleaders and chess champs manages to uncover a plot to fix the election so that Keith will win. There are references to Jackson's older brother, Samuel, and a criminally inclined grandfather that makes ME hope for more about the Greene family of rapscallions.
Maya Van Wagenen was an 8th grade Social Outcast at her middle school. Even the sixth graders insulted her. When she found a copy of Betty Cornell's Teenager Popularity Guide circa 1951, her mom suggested that Maya follow the guide as an experiment and journal about it. The result is Popular: Vintage Wisdom for a Modern Geek, a clever, funny and moving adventure into the social jungle that is Middle School. Maya followed advice that is timeless AND dated in her attempt to be popular. And what Maya learned is a lesson we can all use.