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The Hypnotists: Book 1 by Gordon Korman

Posted by Caitie F on August 23, 2013

Title: The Hypnotists: Book 1Hypnotists
Author: Gordon Korman
Hardcover: 240 pages
Pub Date: July 30, 2013
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Rating: ++++

Summary from pub:

Jackson Opus has always been persuasive, but he doesn’t know that he’s descended from the two most powerful hypnotist bloodlines on the planet. He’s excited to be accepted into a special program at the Sentia Institute — but when he realizes he’s in over his head, Jackson will have to find a way to use his powers to save his friends, his parents, and his government.


This is a fun start to a new series! The main character is great, the concept is new and fresh, and than evil plan is dastardly. Middle grade readers will love this fast-paced book about mind-control and saving the day.

Jackson is a cool character, but sometimes a little annoying and clueless. Part of that problem is that I knew too much of what was going on based on the title of the book. While he is trying to figure out what he can do and what the institute does, the reader already knows. It makes the first part of the book drag.

I loved how high the stakes were in this book. It wasn’t just Jackson at risk, it was his friends, family, and the entire US population. In order to save them all, Jackson must be more clever than one of the top minds in the entire country.

This is a fast middle-grade read and I think reluctant readers would enjoy it a lot.



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