Masterminds

Masterminds

Masterminds Series, Book 1

eBook - 2015
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"A terrific page-turner, full of unexpected twists and revelations. Buckle up."—James PattersonThe first book in a new action-packed series from New York Times bestselling author Gordon Korman is perfect for young fans of James Patterson and John Grisham. Eli Frieden lives in the most perfect town in the world: Serenity, New Mexico. Honesty and integrity are valued above all else. The thirty kids who live there never lie—they know it's a short leap from that to the awful problems of other, less fortunate places.Eli has never left Serenity . . . why would he ever want to? Then one day, he bikes to the edge of 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 discovery, connecting their ideal crime-free community to some of the greatest...
Publisher: 2015
Branch Call Number: Overdrive
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Reproduction: Electronic reproduction. New York : Balzer + Bray, 2015. Requires OverDrive Read (file size: N/A KB) or Adobe Digital Editions (file size: 466 KB) or Amazon Kindle (file size: N/A KB)
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc
ISBN: 9780062300010

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The town is a little too perfect, the people in it a little too good. And, when Eli rides his bike to the edge of town one day, things become a little too shocking.

The first book in a new action-packed series from New York Times bestselling author Gordon Korman is perfect for young fans of James Patterson and John Grisham. Eli Frieden lives in the most perfect town in the world: Serenity, New Mexico. Honesty and integrity are valued above all else. The thir... Read More »


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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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gamerknight
Mar 31, 2017

this book is very exciting, if you love adventure books, this it the go to book to read!

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gaoyitian
Dec 11, 2016

Really Amazing! No wonder one of the Langley Book of the Year :)

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harinii
Aug 04, 2016

this book is so awesome it won the silver birch award

SPL_Childrens Jun 23, 2016

A review of this book can be found in the "Summary" section. The review was published in the Stratford Gazette in November 2015.

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red_eagle_800
Mar 12, 2016

THIS BOOK IS AWESOME!!! I really loved it.

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tonyqu
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tonyqu thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 9 and 13

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

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