The Dragonfly Effect – Gordon Korman – #3
Fiction , The Hypnotists / May 20, 2019

The government has promised to protect Jackson Opus and his family from enemies who want to use his hypnotic power to bring more evil into the world. Jax has reluctantly agreed to be protected. But protection has its price–and soon Jax learns that if the government is going to help him, it’s going to want some help in return. The reach of Jax’s hypnotic talents is especially dangerous because he doesn’t have to be looking at people directly to control them. No, he can hypnotize people through video broadcasts–so a person can be innocently checking a computer, and suddenly have a hypnotic message planted. Even worse? Jax is not the only person who can do this. He is up against a hypnotic mastermind who has more than a few tricks up his sleeve. It’s a race against time and the power of evil in this heart-stopping adventure from #1 New York Times bestselling author Gordon Korman. (Description taken from the book: The Dragonfly Effect. Story — Violence/Scariness — Some kids fight physically and mentally once, hypnotizing throughout the book. Language — N/A Sex/Love — N/A Drugs/Alcohol — N/A Other Info Title — The Dragonfly Effect Author — Gordon Korman Series…

Memory Maze – Gordon Korman – #2
Fiction , The Hypnotists / May 18, 2019

Jax Opus knows he’s not like other kids. And it isn’t his skills on the basketball court or his test scores that set him apart. No, Jax is different because he can hypnotize people. In fact, he might be the best hypnotist the world has seen in a very long time. You would think Jax would be happy about this. But really? It’s ruining his life. He and his family are hiding from a master hypnotist who wants Jax out of the picture forever. And the FBI is starting to ask questions about Jax and his abilities. Jax thinks his life might be getting a little bit better when a very rich, very powerful man asks him to help out with something. The reward will be great. And the price–well, the price is that Jax starts taking on the man’s memories. And some of them are pretty deadly. (Description taken from the book: Memory Maze. Story — Violence/Scariness — Jax takes a journey in someone else’s memories and gets shot at, shot, injured, has a heart attack, and sees what a grenade leaves behind in a close quarter room with people in it. Language — Damned is said once in…

The Hypnotists – Gordon Korman – #1
Fiction , The Hypnotists / April 22, 2019

Is it a gift… or is it a curse? Jax Opus can use his color-changing eyes to make people do things they don’t want to do. (Only his color-blind best friend, Tommy, seems immune.) At first, Jax doesn’t know what he’s doing — temporarily hypnotizing friends, foes, and strangers. But then his power pushes things way too far, and his secret isn’t a secret any longer. Soon Jax finds himself meeting Dr. Elias Mako, who wants him to join a special institution that will teach him how to use his powers. But what will his powers be used for? That’s the big question for Jax as his hypnotic abilities draw him into a conspiracy that will have him racing against time and a mysterious mastermind to save his best friend, his parents, and the entire United States. (Description taken from the book: The Hypnotists. Story — Violence — A man tries to jump off a bridge but Jax hypnotizes him to not (may have been a set-up), two adults are hypnotized to jump in front of a train but are stopped, a kid is hypnotized to jump off a railing that was very high up but gets saved. Language —…