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The Hypnotists (Hypnotists Series #1)

The Hypnotists (Hypnotists Series #1)

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by Gordon Korman

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An all-new, mesmerizing adventure from the masterful Gordon Korman!

NARRATOR: Ramon de Ocampo
FORMAT: 6 CDs, Unabridged

Jackson Opus has always been persuasive, but he doesn't know that he's descended from the two most powerful hypnotist bloodlines on the planet. He's excited to be accepted into a special program at the Sentia Institute -- but when


An all-new, mesmerizing adventure from the masterful Gordon Korman!

NARRATOR: Ramon de Ocampo
FORMAT: 6 CDs, Unabridged

Jackson Opus has always been persuasive, but he doesn't know that he's descended from the two most powerful hypnotist bloodlines on the planet. He's excited to be accepted into a special program at the Sentia Institute -- but when he realizes he's in over his head, Jackson will have to find a way to use his powers to save his friends, his parents, and his government.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Audio
Twelve-year-old Jackson is accepted into a program at the Sentia Institute after an encounter with a stage hypnotist—and because he's actually the descendent of powerful hypnotists. At the institute, Jackson begins honing his skills, but soon realizes that hypnotism will be the key to his survival. Korman's novel is simply yet vividly narrated by Ramon de Ocampo in a subtle performance that allows the author's material to shine. de Ocampo's subtle shifts in tone give the characters original and unique voices. As Jackson, de Ocampo is an easygoing yet determined young man with an incredible gift, and when it comes time to use that gift, de Ocampo's delivery is pitch-perfect. Ages 8–12. A Scholastic hardcover. (July)
Publishers Weekly
The fast-paced first volume in Korman’s Hypnotists series introduces some historical conspiracies worthy of Dan Brown. In Korman’s world, famous events from the Hindenberg disaster to the Lewis and Clark expedition were influenced by hypnotists, people with a genetic gift that allows them to control others’ minds. Twelve-year-old Jackson “Jax” Opus is starting to notice that people sometimes do what he says without thinking about it, and that he has strange visions when this happens. After a run-in with a stage hypnotist, he is recruited to the Sentia Institute, run by Dr. Elias Mako, friend to politicians and movie stars alike. Jax starts training his natural skills, but an encounter with another hypnotist, former con artist Axel Braintree, persuades him that there’s more to both his own family history and to Sentia. Korman (the Swindle series) delivers an entertaining mix of intense action and goofy fun; he isn’t afraid to raise the stakes when necessary, and he makes the moral murkiness of mind control apparent to characters and readers alike. The ending wraps up some loose ends, but leaves plenty for future books. Ages 8–12. (Aug.)
From the Publisher

Praise for SWINDLE:

"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

Praise for ZOOBREAK:

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

"Korman's second tale of 11-year-old Mr. Fix-it Griffin and his friends is a page-turning adventure. . . . The author's fans will be more than pleased." -- KIRKUS REVIEWS

"This book is overflowing with energy, and each chapter ends with the promise of more excitement. In addition, woven perfectly into the story . . . are the themes of friendship, working together, accomplishing the impossible, and having the courage to do what is right." -- www.Kidreads.com

Praise for FRAMED:

"Goofball-funny and addictive" -- KIRKUS REVIEWS

"Make no mistake; this mystery will keep readers guessing until the end, and there is enough action to keep readers on the edge of their seats." -- SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL

Children's Literature - Heidi Hauser Green
Jax Opus does not understand the power of his color-changing eyes, but he cannot deny it, either. He is unable to explain the strange things that seem to happen when he focuses on people he encounters. There is the basketball player from the other team who seems to throw the game when faced off against Jax. There is the doctor who almost jumps out of a window in response to the teen’s flip and casual remark. The examples are piling up fast, with increasingly high stakes. Then a hypnotist comes to school, and Jax counteracts his parlor trick. Soon, Jax is being recruited to learn at the prestigious and mysterious Sentia, under its equally mysterious leader, Dr. Mako. When Axel Braintree tracks him down and suggests that Dr. Mako’s intentions are dangerous, Jax refuses to believe him. As the evidence mounts, Jax comes to realize the truth of Braintree’s accusations. But will he be able to prevent the power-mad doctor’s success? Book one of “The Hypnotists” series. Reviewer: Heidi Hauser Green AGERANGE: Ages 9 to 13.
School Library Journal
Gr 5–8—Twelve-year-old Jackson Opus knows that he is a little different and that people sometimes act odd around him. But when his New York City bus driver suddenly starts driving like a madman and his psychiatrist tries to jump out the window, Jax thinks it's more than a little strange. Turns out, Jax is a hypnotist, a person capable of capturing others' minds and bending them to suggestions. It's not an easy power to master. Fortunately, Jax is taken under the wing of Dr. Elias Mako of the Sentia Institute, where he, along with others with similar powers, learns how to control his ability. But with great power comes great responsibility, and his gift makes him a ripe target for those who want to use him to "bend" others. Can Jax determine who is friend and who is foe in a world in which his own mind can be used against him? Korman delivers a quick and thrilling adventure with accessible characters and a familiar urban landscape. While the overall story and world-building run thin at times, readers looking for an action-filled plot will enjoy this contemporary story of psychic powers and betrayal. The dramatic tone may be unexpected for fans who know Korman for high jinks and humor, but it should be a good fit for fans of his "Titanic" trilogy (Scholastic).—Stephanie Whelan, New York Public Library
School Library Journal - Audio
★ 12/01/2013
Gr 5–8—In this funny, fast-paced tale of supernatural suspense, Jackson "Jax" Opus never thought too much about his color-changing eyes until strange things began happening to people who looked into them. After a series of wacky mishaps, Jax discovers that he's descended from the two strongest hypnotic bloodlines and that the powerful gift he has inherited could put all those he cares about in danger. Before he discovered his gift, Jax was just a normal teenager dealing with problems related to friends, school, and girls, but his ability draws the attention of many people, including Dr. Elias Mako, the head of an institute that promises to help the boy learn to control his powers—for a dangerous price. Korman has created a very believable hero. Any reader who has ever felt different will identify with Jax's struggle to be "normal" while still doing the right thing. Ramon D'Ocampo's well-modulated, youthful voice is a perfect fit for Korman's story (Scholastic, 2013). He easily keeps up vocally with the nonstop action, but never goes too rapidly, and his decision not to do a fully voiced narration was absolutely correct. Listeners will eagerly anticipate the next installment in Jax's adventures.—Shari Fesko, Southfield Public Librry, MI
Kirkus Reviews
An unsettling premise and wildly escalating threats jump-start Korman's newest series. Jackson Opus is uneasy about his ability to, sometimes, make people do exactly what he tells them to--until he's invited to join a training program at the mysterious Sentia Institute, where he learns that he's an uncommonly gifted member of a rare but not unknown breed of natural-born "mind-benders." Initially dazzled by the glittering promises of world-changing powers offered by Sentia's founder, Elias Mako, Jax soon gets the feeling that Mako has a hidden agenda. That feeling becomes a certainty after Jax meets the Sandman's Guild, an underclass of benders struggling with the ability's addictive lure, and records a video for, supposedly, experimental purposes that hypnotizes anyone who sees it. Despite such tongue-in-cheek highlights as a guild meeting modeled on an AA support group and a "Sorcerer's Apprentice"–style scene in the wake of a string of badly worded hypnotic commands, the story takes a suspenseful turn. Jax discovers that his own parents have been implanted with a deadly posthypnotic command to keep him in line and that Mako has "bent" the leading U.S. presidential candidate. There's action aplenty, and belly laughs too--though the implication that benders have played significant roles in history and are among us now may leave readers feeling queasy. (Suspense fantasy. 10-13)

Product Details

Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date:
Hypnotists Series , #1
Product dimensions:
5.10(w) x 5.90(h) x 1.20(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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The Hypnotists (Hypnotists Series #1) 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 21 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
OMG!!! I just finished this book and I really hope he makes a 2nd. He HAS HAS HAS 2 make a 2nd book. He left it off at the worst possible part. I will not say it 4 those who haven't read it yet. Anyways there is action, suspense, and keeps u on the edge of your seat until it ends. I would recommend it 100%
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I just read the sample and i have to buy it!
BooksAplenty More than 1 year ago
Crazy things happen whenever Jackson Opus is around. When Jackson is recruited into a special program for hypnotists, he learns to hone his mind-bending powers, but also discovers that hypnotizing people can be a dangerous business. Usually I wait a few days after reading a book to write up my review so that I can marinate on it for a bit, but I finished this book about 15 minutes ago and I feel compelled to write about it - RIGHT NOW! I find Gordon Korman's novels to be really hit or miss. My students and I really enjoy some of his titles, but find others tedious and dull. Hypnotize Me definitely falls into the first category of Korman's works. This is probably my favorite Korman novel ever. Hypnotize Me opens with page-turning excitement that will grab readers with a firm grip. The first scene is a crazy action sequence that follows a bus careening down New York City's busy streets with the driver under accidental hypnosis. The next sequence follows Jackson's basketball team in the league's championship game. The opposing team's star player can't seem to make a shot. You guessed it -Jackson accidentally hypnotized him. With an opening like that, even reluctant readers will be jumping in head first. The final third of the book is just as exciting, but the middle section of the novel fades a bit. In addition to a mostly action-packed plot, what really sold me on Hypnotize Me was that it made me think. This novel is so packed with interesting questions of history and morality - How would the world be different if we could influence other people's thoughts and actions? To what extent do advertising and the media do that already? Is it okay to use manipulation if it's for a good cause? Bottom line: This book is a great start to a new series. It includes the best elements of Korman's earlier work (adventure, colorful characters) and should entertain middle grade readers.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Thi sis an awesome book, but its really stupid that theres not a second.one. GORDON KORMAN MAKE ANOTHER BOOK IN THIS SERIES!!!! Oh and the ending really sucks
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a really good book except for thhe ending
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book so much i read it about A million times. Its so adventure and action. And gordan korman is my favorite author
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is awsome!I read it in 2 days.I could not stop reading it!I am in to books about hypnotism like this one.Buy this book right now!
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It was OK
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This wasn't the greatest book for me. I wish there was more surprises in the book. At first it captivated me because Jax was a hypnotist, but then I started snoozing through the book. This would have been a lot better if Jax actually went to a lot of places to do his research on Dr. Elias Mako. All he did was hypnotize people to tell him answers. This was not the greatest book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am a big fan of his wrting, but this story was expensive, and was compleatly unsatisfactory.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Jackson Opus is a teenager who does not know he has bloodlines from the two best hypnotists on the planet. When Jackson gets accepted into a new school, he is really exicted. As the story goes on, Jackson discovers who he really is just in time to save the world and the government. Another great story by Gordan Korman! I would recommend this book to anyone who likes suspensful, adventure, and science fiction books.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
good book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really good book I love how it really tells you what is happining. Totaly woth buying and reading!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I agrre the entire book is so interesting im at lost for words but really korman work on freakin endings will ya,cause this sucks but i recomend it 100,000,000,000%
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am a professional clinical hypnotist, and I work with a number of doctors and therapists to help people. I am appalled at the author's lack of knowledge of what hypnosis really is. No hypnotist can make a person do anything against his will, or against his moral code, and the implication that a hypnotist could do this is an insult to a very respectable profession. The author clearly has no idea what he is writing about, and he should be ashamed of himself. His book is especially odious because it's directed at young people who have no experience with hypnosis, and don't realize what a powerful tool it is to help people with their problems. I'm also disappointed that Scholastic Books would publish such foolishness. In all my years as an educator, I had come to respect them as a reputable publisher -- but now that they're published a book that is so totally erroneous, I've lost respect for them as well. Both the author and the publisher should be ashamed of their ignorance.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I havent actually read this but they probably can review because it isnt for sale at B&N, but is out in other places?