Balzer + Bray, 9780062299963, 336pp.
Publication Date: February 3, 2015
The first book in the 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 criminal masterminds ever known.
The kids realize they can trust no one—least of all their own parents.
Praise For Masterminds…
“A terrific page-turner, full of unexpected twists and revelations. Buckle up.”
“Masterminds is a masterpiece - a mind-bending adventure in a shocking but all-too-possible present, a tale of friendship and ultimate sacrifice with characters who will reach inside you and not let go. It’s that rare book that scares you to the core while you’re laughing your head off.”
“It’s hard to express how much I loved MASTERMINDS without spoiling it. Real characters that make you laugh, twists that genuinely surprise, a plot that reveals itself perfectly. Another instant classic by one of my favorite authors.”
“Masterminds takes readers on wild ride with terrific humor, a surprising mystery, and characters you can’t help but root for.”
“This tense, fast-paced story will have readers racing toward the cliffhanger ending.”
“A fresh premise, good pacing, surprising twists and engaging characters all combine to make this a series worth following.”
“This unique and action-packed story is filled with twists and turns that readers will not see coming. A wonderful start to what promises to be a thrilling series.”
Praise for UNGIFTED: “Touching, without being overly sentimental, Ungifted is a gem for readers looking for a story where the underdog comes out on top.”
Praise for UNGIFTED: “From its lovable-robot jacket art to its satisfying conclusion, this will please Korman’s fans and win him new ones.”
Praise for UNGIFTED: “Donovan has a goofy kindness that charms characters and readers alike … The message is tolerance, and Korman expertly and humorously delivers it in an unpretentious and universally appealing tale.”
Praise for UNGIFTED: “Funny and insightful.”
Praise for POP: “A brisk, heartfelt and timely novel.”
Praise for POP: “Korman goes straight to the heart.”
Praise for POP: “Thought-provoking.”
Praise for POP: “Fantastic…Perfectly captures the football experience.”
Praise for POP: “Funny, poignant and full of football action, POP hits you hard and doesn’t let up.”