Masterminds

Masterminds

Book - 2015
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The first book in a thrilling new series from bestselling (non-criminal) mastermind Gordon Korman.

Eli Frieden lives in the most perfect town in the world: Serenity, New Mexico. In this idyllic place, every lawn is perfectly manicured and everyone has a pool and a treehouse. Honesty and integrity are valued above all else in Serenity. The thirty kids who live there never lie-they know it's a short leap from lying to the awful problems of other less fortunate places.

Eli has never left Serenity. Why would he want to? Then one day he cycles to 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 secret that connects 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. So they hatch a plan for what could be the greatest breakout in history. But will they survive? And if they do, where will they go from there?

Publisher: Toronto : HarperCollins Publishers Ltd., ©2015.
ISBN: 9781443428736
9781443428743
Characteristics: 323 pages ;,23 cm.

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no_1_at_all
Oct 11, 2018

Five out of five, this is an amazing book. Gotta love Gordon Korman!

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reypotter06
Aug 16, 2018

I really enjoyed reading this action-packed book. My favourite characters are Eli and Tori.

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Aug 14, 2018

This book was one of the best suspenseful books I have ever read! I just couldn't put the book down once I started reading, and when I finished the book, I kept on wanting to read more. Lucky for me, there are two more books in the series which I have also read. The thing I liked most about the book was the story and the characters. The story of this book is very unique. It talks about four normal kids from a normal place in Mexico who are cloned from criminal masterminds. Each of the characters have their own little story to tell about how they feel about their life. My favourite character in the book is Amber Laska. She is a complete know-it-all and loves school (that best describes me!). My favourite part in the book is when one of the characters, Eli, finds out that there is something fishy in town. He is searching up the Boston Tea Party and all the websites say that it was literally a tea party! Suddenly, the power goes off and comes back. That's when Eli finds another website where it talks about the actual rebellion and protest against taxation. That minor accident is the turning point of the book, and the journey gets intensely exciting after that. I really don't want to spoil anything from any of the other books, but I would definitely recommend reading the entire series! Rating- 5/5
- @Vanilla of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

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Gwen904
Apr 16, 2018

Fast-paced adventure, mystery, and action with believable characters and an intriguing plot. I look forward to reading the other books in the series.

YLPLchildrens Mar 26, 2018

Masterminds, the first book in the Masterminds series by Gordon Korman is a well written adventure story filled with unexpected twists. Kids live in the perfect town of Serenity. At least they think it’s perfect until they find out they are in the middle of a true nature vs. nurture experiment. Once you start this book, it is hard to put down. This book would make a wonderful read aloud for 4th through 8th grade.

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LukeMalloy
Dec 13, 2017

This book is amazing. Not the normal gordon korman comedy but still great book. susppence is good and you never expect what happens.

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tonyqu
Oct 02, 2017

Best book ever! Must read for fiction lovers and everyone!
Also read book 2 and book 3

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TheMusicKid
Aug 08, 2017

This is a really good book! Probably one of my favorites, actually. The suspense was well spread throughout, and the plot is very creative. If you like suspenseful books packed with adventure, this is a book for you. 5/5 stars for me!

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IlluminatiPickle
Aug 04, 2017

This is a good book that is interesting and fun.

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BudgiesNbooks
Jul 14, 2017

Very good. I couldn't wait for the next book! This was a very well written, and thought out adventure. Full stars!

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tonyqu
Oct 02, 2017

13-year old Eli Frieden is involved in an accident at the edge of Serenity, New Mexico (which is claimed to be "perfect") and he gets sick. Soon his best friend Randy is sent away to boarding school away from Serenity. When Eli finds a note that Randy leaves, and he (and some friends he recruits) finds that nothing is like what is seems like in Serenity.
Recommended for 9-13 year old
P.S. I left out some pretty crucial parts of the book because I don't want to spoil it.

SPL_Childrens Jun 23, 2016

Serenity, New Mexico, is a peaceful, self-sufficient community. Its residents, young and old, practise the values that they have always been taught: honesty, kindness, peace, getting along with others, and non-violence. They believe that Serenity is the best community in the world – there is no crime, unemployment, poverty or homelessness - and they see little need to travel elsewhere.
However, all is not as it seems in “perfect” Serenity.
Eli Frieden, a 13-year-old resident, receives a note from a friend whose family has just been sent away from the community. “Protect yourself, Eli. There’s something screwy going on in that town.”
Shortly after that, a severe storm briefly affects the community’s Internet access. During that short interval, Eli retrieves some very disturbing online information about Serenity - information that isn’t usually available to the public. It appears that town has some very sinister secrets. In fact, Serenity is connected to some of the most heinous criminal masterminds ever known!
Eli is shocked and realizes that most of the residents – even his neighbours and possibly his own parents – can’t be trusted.
In their search for answers, Eli and his friends make some unthinkably grim discoveries.
At the end of this fast-paced story (which is narrated in alternating voices, including that of Eli), some unanswered questions remain. Masterminds is the first book in a new adventure / science fiction trilogy by Gordon Korman, author of a wide range of popular fiction for children. Readers will be keen to read the second installment!
** Recommended for ages 9 to 12 years.

cmlibrary_jcurrie Jan 25, 2016

Eli and his friends live in the small, perfect town of Serenity, New Mexico. The streets have names like Amity and Happiness. All the families have a beautiful green lawn, a big house, and a swimming pool. Life is perfect in Serenity, but boring. Then something happens that gets Eli’s best friend Randy kicked out of Serenity. He leaves clues and a note to warn Eli that something is not right in their perfect little town. Eli and his friends start to investigate and discover that everything they have been told about themselves, their town and their parents is not true.

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reypotter06
Aug 16, 2018

Frightening or Intense Scenes: Supposed death in a truck that blows up.

Violence: There is death, and violence. It isn’t described in great detail. May be frightening to younger children.

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