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Publisher's Summary

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 tree house. Honesty and integrity are valued above all else. The 30 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....

This is the first book in a thrilling new series from best-selling (noncriminal) mastermind Gordon Korman.

©2015 Gordon Korman (P)2015 HarperCollins Publishers

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Good story, some narration needs work

My kids love this story. I do too but one of the narrators uses a lisp whenever he narrates his experience of one of the female characters or a weaker male character and that narration is nothing short of offensive and really difficult to listen to; it actually ruined some of the story for me. The other narrators' performances are wonderful.

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Good book, terrible ending.

I can't belive that's how it ends. That's one way to sell more books. Of course I will have to buy the next one, or should I say the rest of the story.

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Love this book.

I LOVE this book. It's a cliffhanger at every turn and I couldn't stop listening to it. I will be moving right on to the sequel, which will probably better. This book will surprise you at every turn!

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awesome a juvenile John Grisham wonderful

I really enjoyed this it was a little slow at first but the ending is absolutely Spectacular Now I have to read the next one

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Highly recommend to all 10 years olds!

If you could sum up Masterminds in three words, what would they be?

Amazing! Spectacular! Unbelievable!

What was one of the most memorable moments of Masterminds?

This is my son's 3rd book by Korman. He first read 'Ungifted' a few years ago and then recently decided to read it again. He loved it all over again. So I then bought him 'Schooled' and he read it straight through and wanted to retart it again right away. I decided to look for more Korman books after that and he picked this one. In my 10 year old's own words, "The book is amazing." "The adventure is spectacular --and you won't believe what happens in the story!" He woke up very early this morning to continue reading. At about 8:00 am. he came bounding into my bedroom to tell me an unbelievable plot twist! -Very exciting!! He can't wait to start the second book in this series.

What does the narrators bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

The multiple voices help to make the story more vivid in my son's imagination.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Best story ever!

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Wonderful Story - Well Narrated

My boys and I loved this story and I loved that there were various narrators. The story is sophisticated but is well written and the author build the suspense beautifully.

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Wow

Mr Korman you did a great job! I can't wait to share this with my students!!
I know they will love it!

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Mastermind

This was a good book with many suprizes! I can't wait to read the next one!

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8th grade Middle School

Amazing! We are reading this in my Language Arts class and the kids are loving it. It is part one of a 3 part series and they are alreadylooking forward to the 2nd book (Criminal Destiny).

The different character perspectives are awesome and interesting. MasterMinds has everything: Malik...the resident "bad" guy, Amber...the "perfect" daughter., Tori...the "free" thinker., and Eli..."the "rational" one.

This book leaves you guessing what will happen next. The underlying paradox of the town, Serenity, is fascinating. There are SO many ways to teach this book. I highly recommend this book to anyone, especially to middle school!

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loved it was awesome

the 1st book was really sad and shocking and dont get me started one 2nd