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Masterminds
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Masterminds
Masterminds Series, Book 1
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The first book in the action-packed trilogy from New York Times bestselling author Gordon Korman is perfect for fans of Stranger Things and James Patterson.

Eli Frieden has never left Serenity, New Mexico...why would he ever want to? Then one day, he bikes to the edge of the city limits and something so crazy and unexpected happens, it changes everything.

Eli convinces his friends to help him investigate further, and soon it becomes clear that nothing is as it seems in Serenity. The clues mount to reveal a shocking discovery, connecting their ideal crime-free community to some of the greatest criminal masterminds ever known.

The kids realize they can trust no one—least of all their own parents.

The first book in the action-packed trilogy from New York Times bestselling author Gordon Korman is perfect for fans of Stranger Things and James Patterson.

Eli Frieden has never left Serenity, New Mexico...why would he ever want to? Then one day, he bikes to the edge of the city limits and something so crazy and unexpected happens, it changes everything.

Eli convinces his friends to help him investigate further, and soon it becomes clear that nothing is as it seems in Serenity. The clues mount to reveal a shocking discovery, connecting their ideal crime-free community to some of the greatest criminal masterminds ever known.

The kids realize they can trust no one—least of all their own parents.

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  • ATOS:
    5.2
  • Lexile:
    730
  • Interest Level:
    MG
  • Text Difficulty:
    3 - 4

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About the Author-
  • Gordon Korman published his first book at age fourteen and since then has written more than ninety middle grade and teen novels. Favorites include the New York Times bestselling Ungifted, Supergifted, The Unteachables, Pop, Schooled, and the Masterminds series. Gordon lives with his family on Long Island, New York. You can visit him online at www.gordonkorman.com.

Reviews-
  • DOGO Books glitterdancer13 - I liked the author Gordon Korman and decied to read it. If you like adventure and mystery this is the perfect book for you. I also reccomond reading the second one in the story Masterminds Crimnal Dystany.
  • Publisher's Weekly

    December 15, 2014
    Several teens learn that their idyllic small-town existence is a sham in this first entry in Korman’s Masterminds series. Serenity, N.Mex., has the best standard of living in the country, with zero unemployment and total peace and prosperity. Thirteen-year-old Eli and his friends have never known anywhere else. Honesty, harmony, and contentment aren’t just valued in Serenity, they’re a way of life. Then Eli and the others start to notice odd things: when they try to leave town, they get sick; their Internet is remarkably sanitized compared to outside sites they accidentally come across; and some kids are considered special, while others are less so. After they discover the truth about why Serenity is so peaceful, they must face the fact that their lives have been ruled by a gigantic lie. Rotating among several young narrators, Korman builds tension as the mystery unfolds, leading to several surprise twists that upend the status quo. While an awful lot of dumb luck is involved in the kids’ discoveries, this tense, fast-paced story will have readers racing toward the cliffhanger ending. Ages 8–12.

  • Booklist (starred review) ★ "A compelling, twisty mystery with a truly gratifying payoff."
  • School Library Journal "This unique and action-packed story is filled with twists and turns that readers will not see coming. A wonderful start to what promises to be a thrilling series."
  • Publishers Weekly "This tense, fast-paced story will have readers racing toward the cliffhanger ending."
  • Kirkus Reviews "A fresh premise, good pacing, surprising twists and engaging characters all combine to make this a series worth following."
  • James Patterson "A terrific page-turner, full of unexpected twists and revelations. Buckle up."
  • Peter Lerangis, bestselling author of the Seven Wonders series "Masterminds is a masterpiece—a mind-bending adventure in a shocking but all-too-possible present, a tale of friendship and ultimate sacrifice with characters who will reach inside you and not let go. It's that rare book that scares you to the core while you're laughing your head off."
  • Brandon Mull, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Fablehaven and Five Kingdoms "Masterminds takes readers on wild ride with terrific humor, a surprising mystery, and characters you can't help but root for."
  • Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA) Praise for UNGIFTED: "Touching, without being overly sentimental, Ungifted is a gem for readers looking for a story where the underdog comes out on top."
  • ALA Booklist Praise for UNGIFTED: "From its lovable-robot jacket art to its satisfying conclusion, this will please Korman's fans and win him new ones."
  • School Library Journal Praise for UNGIFTED: "Donovan has a goofy kindness that charms characters and readers alike ... The message is tolerance, and Korman expertly and humorously delivers it in an unpretentious and universally appealing tale."
  • Publishers Weekly Praise for UNGIFTED: "Funny and insightful."
  • The New York Times Book Review Praise for POP: "A brisk, heartfelt and timely novel."
  • Kirkus Reviews (starred review) Praise for POP: "Korman goes straight to the heart."
  • Publishers Weekly Praise for POP: "Thought-provoking."
  • Tim Green, author of the New York Times bestselling Football Genius and Football Champ Praise for POP: "Funny, poignant and full of football action, POP hits you hard and doesn't let up."
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