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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 is saved. Language —…

One False Note – Gordon Korman – #2
Realistic Fiction , The 39 Clues / February 8, 2019

The race is on to find 39 Clues that safeguard a great power, and a fourteen-year-old Amy Cahill and her younger brother, Dan, are shocked to find themselves in the lead. The search seems to be taking them to Vienna, and they hold a coded piece of Mozart’s sheet music that’s key to finding the next Clue. But tailed by a pack of power-hungry relatives, Amy and Dan can’t see if they are sailing toward victory – or straight into a deadly trap. (Description taken from the book: One False Note. Story — Violence/Scariness — Dan gets choked by one of the Holts, there is a dart gun, a piano explodes, a part of the tunnel explodes, Dan and Amy’s boat crashes, they get thrown overboard by another team. Language — Some name calling. Sex/Love — N/A Drugs/Alcohol — Dan mentions steroids. Other Info Title — One False Note Author — Gordon Korman Series — The 39 Clues Book in Series — #2 Pages — 174 Publishing Date — 2008 Publisher — Scholastic Inc. How to Get One False Note — Amazon-OneFalseNote *The more stars the better.

Zoobreak – Gordon Korman – #2
Realistic Fiction , Swindle / February 4, 2019

A monkey is missing. And it’s not just any monkey – it’s Savannah Drysdale’s, Cleo, who’s also the best friend of a certain Doberman named Luthor. Savannah, Luthor, and Savannah’s friends Griffin and Ben search everywhere for Cleo – But all they can find is one very suspicious banana. The next day, Griffin, Savannah, and Ben take a field trip to a floating zoo… and find a monkey who Savannah swears is Cleo. The evil zookeeper, Mr. Nastase, isn’t going to let her go. Other adults (like the police) aren’t about to help. Luckily, Griffin Bing is a Man With a Plan, and he, Ben, Savannah, and their other friends are soon planning the biggest zoobreak this particular floating zoo has ever seen. There’s only one big problem: If you break a bunch of animals out of a zoo, where do you put them once they’re out? (Description taken from the book: Zoobreak. Story — Violence/Scariness — The only violence is Ben gets bit by an animal, some kids be mean to an animal, the floating zoo doesn’t treat their animals correctly, someone gets shot with a sleep dart. Language — N/A Sex/Love — N/A Drugs/Alcohol — N/A Other Info…

Restart – Gordon Korman
Realistic Fiction / January 2, 2019

Chase doesn’t remember falling off the roof. He doesn’t remember hitting his head. He doesn’t, in fact, remember anything. He wakes up in a hospitable room and suddenly has to learn his whole life over again… starting with his own name. He knows he’s Chase. But who is Chase? When he gets back to school, he sees that different kids have very different reactions to his return. Some kids treat him like a hero. Some kids are clearly afraid of him. One girl in particular is so angry with him that she pours her frozen yogurt on his head the first chance she gets. Pretty soon, it’s not only a question of who Chase is–it’s a question of who he was… and who he’s going to be. From the #1 bestselling author of Swindle and Slacker, Restart is the spectacular story of a kid with a messy past who has to figure out what it means to get a clean start. (Description taken from the book: Restart. Story — Violence/Scariness — Punching, shoving, bullying, someone falls from a roof, someone says they wish a kid could go through a woodchipper. Language — Characters say “Oh My God” a few times….