Wednesday, December 25, 2013

The Hypnotists by Gordon Korman-OPTIONAL

Korman, Gordon, The Hypnotists. Pgs. 240. Scholastic, 2013. $16.99 Content: Language: PG (5 or 6 swears, no “f:s),, Mature Content: PG, Violence: PG-13

Jackson Opus is the descendant of two powerful hypnotist bloodlines. He doesn’t start to realize it, however, until he magically hypnotizes the bus driver to get him to his basketball practice in time. After this incident, he begins to realize that he has a way of convincing people to do what he wants. After a run-in with a stage hypnotist, he is recruited to the Sentia Institute, run by Dr. Elias Mako, friend to politicians and movie stars everywhere. As he begins training his skills, Jackson encounters another hypnotist, former con artist Axel Braintree. Axel claims that Mako’s intentions may be nefarious. As the evidence mounts, Jax comes to realize there may be some truth to Braintree’s accusations. But will he be able to stop the power-mad doctor? Who will  Jackson believe?

The overall story runs a little thin at times, but the adventure is quick and thrilling. The characters are intriguing and the plot is unique despite its shortcomings. Readers who are fans of Gordon Korman and like adventure, mystery, and suspense will enjoy reading this book.  MS. OPTIONAL. Reviewer: Jessica Moody, Library Media Specialist, Olympus Jr. High.

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