Keenan’s Review on Masterminds by Gordon Korman

Keenan is the fifth grade son of a coworker.  He’s an avid reader.  Every week I pick his mom’s brain about the books he enjoys.  When he visited the library last weekend,  I asked if he would do a review of a recent favorite read.  He chose Masterminds by Gordon Korman.
  • Write three words to describe this book.  Action packed, mysterious, exciting.
  • What was your favorite part of the book? Why?  My favorite part was when they found they were clones.  I loved their reaction.
  • Who was your favorite character?  Why?  Eli.  He was funny and had the best reactions.
  • How did the book make you feel?  Sad, but also in a weird sort of way happy.

Summary of the book from Harper Collins website:
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 thirty 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.

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