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"A group of kids discovers they were cloned from the DNA of some of the greatest criminal masterminds in history for a sociological experiment"--Provided by publisher.
Publisher: Toronto :, HarperCollins Publishers,, [2015]
ISBN: 9781443428736
Branch Call Number: j KOR NVD
Characteristics: 323 pages ; 22 cm


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Apr 27, 2020

A thrilling read with an intriguing premise. Gordon Korman's execution of the story is absolutely fantastic and creates a story that makes you want to keep reading no matter what.

Jan 09, 2020

A really fun book with an interesting premise.

Jan 04, 2020

Amazing, interesting and fast paced story!

Feb 19, 2019

Intriguing and fun, I'm definitely interested in seeing where this series goes from here!

Jan 31, 2019

i feel like this book is my least fav book in the masterminds series. i would normally love Amber but in this book.....but i'm still checking out the series a second time! Payback is the best .

Dec 19, 2018

A solid start to a new series. I will read book #2.

Oct 11, 2018

Five out of five, this is an amazing book. Gotta love Gordon Korman!

Aug 16, 2018

I really enjoyed reading this action-packed book. My favourite characters are Eli and Tori.

Aug 14, 2018

This book was one of the best suspenseful books I have ever read! I just couldn't put the book down once I started reading, and when I finished the book, I kept on wanting to read more. Lucky for me, there are two more books in the series which I have also read. The thing I liked most about the book was the story and the characters. The story of this book is very unique. It talks about four normal kids from a normal place in Mexico who are cloned from criminal masterminds. Each of the characters have their own little story to tell about how they feel about their life. My favourite character in the book is Amber Laska. She is a complete know-it-all and loves school (that best describes me!). My favourite part in the book is when one of the characters, Eli, finds out that there is something fishy in town. He is searching up the Boston Tea Party and all the websites say that it was literally a tea party! Suddenly, the power goes off and comes back. That's when Eli finds another website where it talks about the actual rebellion and protest against taxation. That minor accident is the turning point of the book, and the journey gets intensely exciting after that. I really don't want to spoil anything from any of the other books, but I would definitely recommend reading the entire series! Rating- 5/5
- @Vanilla of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

Apr 16, 2018

Fast-paced adventure, mystery, and action with believable characters and an intriguing plot. I look forward to reading the other books in the series.

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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_Kids 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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Aug 16, 2018

Frightening or Intense Scenes: Supposed death in a truck that blows up.

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


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