Memory Maze (Hypnotists Series #2)

Memory Maze (Hypnotists Series #2)

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by Gordon Korman
     
 

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The second entry in an all-new, mesmerizing adventure from the masterful, #1 NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author Gordon Korman!

Jax Opus knows he's not like other kids. And it isn't his skill 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

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The second entry in an all-new, mesmerizing adventure from the masterful, #1 NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author Gordon Korman!

Jax Opus knows he's not like other kids. And it isn't his skill 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 also starting to ask questions about Jax and his abilities.

Jax thinks life might be getting a little 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.

#1 NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author Gordon Korman keeps the thrills coming and the adventure nonstop as the past and the present collide to build a memory maze that Jax Opus may never escape. . .

Editorial Reviews

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Praise for Gordon Korman's Swindle series:

-"Pure fun from top to bottom." -- SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL

-"Korman's fast moving, feel-good suspense novel will have middle schoolers, especially boys, turning the pages." -- VOYA

-"Korman again knocks it out of the park . . . interesting, full of humor, and good fun." -- VOYA

-"Goofball-funny and addictive" -- KIRKUS REVIEWS

Children's Literature - Claudia Mills
Jax Opus is a twelve-year-old kid now living in a ramshackle rental home in suburban Connecticut, far away from his family’s former luxurious life in New York City, and trying to keep a low profile in the chess club in his new middle school. He’s also the “nexus of the two greatest bloodlines in hypnotic history,” a prodigiously gifted “sandman” (hypnotist), who alone has the potential to challenge ruthless Dr. Elias Mako’s bid for world domination. Jax is hiding in Connecticut to escape Mako’s homicidal revenge against him for refusing to use his powers to rig a presidential election (in The Hypnotists, the previous book in Korman’s new series). But when Jax is lured by a dying billionaire, Avery Quackenbush, to use his hypnotic gifts to put the old man into hypnotic trances that may buy time to lengthen his waning life, Jax also takes on the man’s harrowing memories—memories that may lead Jax back into the very clutches of Dr. Elias Mako himself. Korman’s tale borrows heavily from earlier classics: Jax’s messianic destiny to combat Mako recalls Harry Potter’s messianic destiny to combat Voldemort, and it’s impossible to read the scenes of Jax’s memory-meld with Quackenbush without thinking of Lois Lowry’s The Giver. But Korman is a formidably talented storyteller who makes this familiar material his own in a thrill-a-minute thriller that delivers a satisfying series of heart-stopping plot twists right up to the cliff-hanging conclusion. Reviewer: Claudia Mills, Ph.D.; Ages 9 to 14.
Kirkus Reviews
2014-05-28
A new identity can’t keep Jackson Opus and his parents out of harm’s way.After refusing to help Elias Mako and his Sentia Institute mesmerists rig an election in The Hypnotists (2013), Jax and his parents move from New York City to Haywood, Connecticut, and change their name from Opus to Magnus. They are in hiding from Mako and his young thugs with the help of Axel Braintree, head of the Sandman’s Guild (a kind of 12-step group for hypnotists to keep them on the straight and narrow). But it’s hard for Jax to keep his head down when his color-changing gaze and an offhand comment can send anyone into a mind-controlled trance. When dying media tycoon Avery Quackenbush, who’s on to Jax’s identity, approaches the middle schooler with an offer he can’t refuse, Jax takes on the task of hypnotizing Quackenbush to extend his life—against Braintree’s advice. But if Quackenbush has figured out who Jax is, can Mako and the FBI be far behind? Though it’s less hypnotism and more telepathic mind control that acts as a catalyst to the tale, Korman’s second light and action-oriented tale about Jax Opus will please fans of the first or his other short suspense trilogies. Though there’s not much character depth, and it’s a bit slow at times, there are still a couple of surprises.Not Korman’s best but good for a summer read. (Suspense fantasy. 9-12)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780545503297
Publisher:
Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date:
07/29/2014
Series:
Hypnotists Series , #2
Pages:
240
Sales rank:
837,947
Product dimensions:
5.66(w) x 8.44(h) x 0.83(d)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

Meet the Author


Gordon Korman is the author of THE 39 CLUES BOOK 2: ONE FALSE NOTE, which debuted at #1 on the NEW YORK TIMES bestseller list, and THE 39 CLUES BOOK 8: THE EMPEROR'S CODE. Gordon has written more than sixty books for kids and young adults, including ZOOBREAK, SWINDLE, and SON OF THE MOB, as well as the On the Run series and the Island, Everest, Dive, and Kidnapped trilogies. A native of Ontario, Canada, Korman now lives with his family in Long Island, New York.

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Memory Maze (Hypnotists Series #2) 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this millions of times and i still enjoy it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have to do it as a book report
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I think this is the best book to have ever been written in the world. Thanks for the detication gordo
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
True
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
First!!!!!!!!!!i am the king of this book!!!!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Braintree dues, and the memories are too graphic. Uggggggh!