The Ice Cream Con

Wanna be a gangster? Think again. When Jake Drake gets mugged twice in ten minutes, he comes up with a plan to get revenge on the crooks on his estate. With the help of his friends, he starts a rumour about a new gangster in town – the terrible Big Baresi, the worst gangster who never was. The con works, but not for long. Soon events snowball out of control, leaving Jake and his gang in BIG trouble: facing total meltdown, and stuck with a freezer full of diamonds every bad guy wants a scoop of! A hilarious, pulse-racing action read.

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  • not for me

    I liked this book but it wasn’t. For me so people who love ice cream needs to read the back to understand. But it was a good book! :)

    3 June 2014

  • The Ice Cream Con is all about a boy called Jake who lives in a rough area called the Lochrannoch Estate which is home to quite a few criminals and gangsters. Jake lives with his ill grandmother in a small flat, and they don’t have much money. Jake’s grandmother never sets foot outside the house because she’s too scared, so one day she gives Jake £20 and asks him to go and get her some groceries but Jake is mugged on the way there. He returns home with no money and no food – and that’s where the trouble starts. Jake is so angry with the muggers that he gets his friends (Harvey, Aidan and Sofia) to help him get revenge. Revenge that includes a made up gangster called Baresi, which leads them into all kinds of trouble.

    This book was very funny, the funniest characters being Harvey (who is obsessed with ice cream) and Jake’s grandmother who takes pills to help with her illness – the side effect makes her fart at the most inappropriate times! This book is one of the most hilarious books I’ve ever read, and I was really sad when I got to page 188 – the end.

    Some of it was a bit complicated I think, and some of it wasn’t very realistic, but other than that I really liked it!

    I don’t know if there is a sequel or not, but if there is I would love to read it. The author, Jimmy Docherty, has written this fantastically – he knows how to keep the reader on the edge of their seat, while in a fit of giggles! I’d recommend this book for kids ages 10+, and I give it a rating of 5/5.

    4 March 2013

  • loved it

    When I read it I got into it straight away!

    3 March 2011

  • liked it

    this book looks cool but I dunno if its a boyz type but i’m kinda a tomboy

    27 November 2010

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