What would it be like if you could hypnotize people and take control of their mind? Would you do with your gift? These are questions that Jax Opus must answer in The Hypnotists by Gordon Korman (Lexile: 850; Interest Level: Grades 4-7).
Jax Opus lives a bit of a charmed life, but he doesn't know it is himself doing the charming. Until the star player on the other team in a basketball championship starts to play badly around Jax on the same day that a crazed bus driver barrels through all of the lights in the city to get him to his destination, Jax didn't really realize that anything about him was different. Then he finds out about hypnotism, and that it is a gift he has inherited from his family. Caught up in a sense of wonder about his newly-recognized abilities and people who want to tell him how to use it, Jax gets sucked into a scheme that can affect the whole world. What should he do? Who should he believe? Read on to find out...
This book is great for readers who want a little bit of fantasy without fairy tale, monsters or magic and a little realistic science fiction. It is a pretty easy read with great adventure. (232 p.)
One of the reasons I became an elementary school librarian is so I can read children's books.