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The Hypnotists (The Hypnotists #1)

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

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...more
Hardcover, 232 pages
Published August 1st 2013 by Scholastic Press (first published May 1st 2013)
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Jax Opus has a gift…although for a long while he has no clue as to what he can do. He can hypnotize people to do what he wants. Take for example the fact that he could tell a basketball rival to not play well or a bus driver to get him to his stop “as soon as possible” and they do it. Or that he can tell a hypnotist to act like a chicken…and he does. To Jax it seems just like an ordinary amount of luck and odd coincidences mixed together. But when Dr. Mako shows up and tells Jax he is special an...more
Harry Brake
Jul 17, 2013 Harry Brake rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Middle School boys and girls
When you have a text that also has the deeper levels of a moral value, this makes the story more real to you as a reader. This is the case in Korman's text. There is an underlying theme of morality and stream of consciousness amid others that can;t find their way to reach beyond events that benefit themselves the most. The selflessness is not lost on the reader they see Jackson Opus work through higher levels of maturity through his decisions and resisting peer pressure to do otherwise. That und...more
Gordon Korman has wowed my students several times over the years. It looks like he's going to do it again with his new Hypnotists series. Jackson Opus is a lucky guy - really lucky. It seems like he can charm just about anyone when they glance into his multicolored eyes. His best friend, who happens to be colorblind, sees through the blarney and calls him on it though, so for the first twelve years of his life Jackson is pretty much a normal guy. That is, until weird things start happening. When...more
Book with such good promise by such a good author. I was listening to it on audio and thought the first two chapters were funny. Then switched over to the hardback to finish. Boy can hypnotize people and gets training to do so better. It was an excellent topic however I couldn't understand why he was so naïve. It starts off with him being able to hypnotize someone but he doesn't realize it. For example he tell someone to jump off the roof and he's puzzled when the guy actually tries to do so. Th...more
Maddie Magee
This was a really good book, defiantly not for everyone though. The plot and the characters were great, but I felt like it was going really fast and not everything was explained in detail enough. If it had just been a little slower and went further into detail, I think it would have been a better book. This is why I gave it four stars. But, if you really are looking for a good, quick book to read, this might be the one you're looking for.

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In the book, I felt like there were a lot of actions tha...more
Harrison Schwartz
Who has read a book about hypnotism? I certainly hadn't. So when I
heard Gordon Korman released a book about hypnotism, and he was going
to be at a Barnes & Noble in my area, I HAD to go. I knew Gordon
Korman was a good author because I had read the books he wrote in the
39 Clues series, so I had high hopes for this book. When I met Gordon
Korman, he was really nice. He answered every question and even read
us a portion of The Hypnotists. Below is a picture of me with Gordon

The book isn’t r...more
Dawn Moews
Gordon Korman is a good storyteller with a great deal of appeal for middle school/intermediate grade readers. I think this story will also appeal to them. I was not as enthusiastic about it as I have been about some of Korman's other works. I'm not sure if it is actually any flaws in this book, or if it is just that I'm not particularly fond of this genre. I know that most 'tween and YA works are kids versus adults, but I'm kind of tired of that. I felt that the story was contrived. Marianne Moo...more
When strange events start happening as people gaze into Jax Opus's color-changing eyes, he starts to believe he is hypnotizing them to do odd things. Jax and his parents search for someone to help him at the same time when Jax is recruited by Dr. Elias Mako, founder and director of The Sentia Institute as a mind-bending prodigy. Dr. Mako's most famous slogan, one that is repeated often, by many, is "Dr. Mako has devoted his life to New York City education and is an inspiration to every single on...more
Christian Touhey
"Hypnosis, you know, it ain't as easy as it seems", The Hypnotists (The Hypnotists, #1). "The Hypnotists' By Gordon Korman is a science fiction novel about a boy that comes from a family of hypnotists, and slowly learns his powers. While learning, he is faced with an organization that say they can change the world with his powers. He does not know whether he should change the world, or keep the powers to himself. He then realizes, the choice isn't fully up to him.
I was really expecting more out...more
Gibson Gallant
the hypnotist is a decent read it starts off with jax a kid with the unnatural power to hypnotize people but he doesn't know it yet until he's recruited by dr. mako who tells him that he is a hypnotist and is told to come to sentia but mako isn't all that he seems in would recommend this book tom people who like action novels
Jackson Opus has strange eyes. They seem to change color depending on his mood. When they are purple strange things can happen; it is almost like he has a special power. Turns out he does; he has the power to hypnotize people. He is recruited by Dr. Mako at Sentia to learn more about and develop his power. Everyone believes Dr. Mako only wants to learn more about hypnotism, but is he truly good? Jax meets some people who don't believe he has the world's best interests in mind. Unfortunately, Jax...more
Barb Middleton
This fast-paced novel starts out exciting only to backfire like a sputtering car. Gordon Korman has terrific descriptions that involve all the senses and allow readers to get sucked into the plot like a "speeding jaggernaut." Chapter one was my favorite and reminded me of the movie, "Speed." The promising plot went downhill from there with its predictability and pacing that has the reader knowing long in advance what is happening before the protagonist does. I'm okay with a little bit of this bu...more
“Everyone’s a little weird around you. It’s been happening since kindergarten.”

Jackson (Jax) Opus seems to always have things go his way. His best friend, Tommy, says 'people are different with you. It’s like there are two sets of rules in the world - one for you and one for the rest of us.” Is it luck? Is it because he's such a nice guy? He finds the answer when he goes on a field trip and sees a hypnotist called "The Amazing Ramolo." Out of anger, Jax turns the table on Ramolo and suddenly the...more
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Mrs. G's Reading Literature
My book review is on THE HYPNOTISTS by: Gordon Korman. This book is realistic fiction. It has a hypnotists,villains,hero's, and even everyday ordinary people! This book is for people who enjoy suspense, a little action, and the everyday life of a hypnotist in seventh grade. If you love hypnotism, you'll LOVE this BOOK!
My overall rating for this book is 5 point for being FANTASTIC! 1 points for being sucked-everything in-between feelings. This book is a great read! I could not put this book dow...more
Dan Rogers
Jackson (Jax) Opus has a gift, he can hypnotize people, only he's not aware that he's doing it. Then Dr. Elias Mako invites Jax to attend the Sentia Institute. Here Jax learns, not only that he can hypnotize people, but also that he comes from a long line of hypnotists. As Dr. Mako helps him develop his gift, Jax begins to wonder about the motives behind Dr. Mako's interest in his ability. As he learns the answers to his questions, Jax realizes that not only he, but also his parents and his best...more
Lonna Pierce
Jax has no clue he is a descendant of talented hypnotists on both sides of his family. He is so gifted, Dr. Mako of the Sentia Institute, recruits him so he can use Jax's astonishing powers to manipulate politics and people to suit his own nefarious plans. Funny and thoughtful at the same time,(Korman's strong suit)the only problem is that it is the first in yet another series.
Keri Douglas
Korman, G. (2013). The hypnotists. New York: Scholastic.

12 year old Jax has crazy things happen around him. When he joins a special program for hypnotists, he soon realizes he has mind changing powers. His powers are be honed through Dr. Mako’s support, but what the doctor's are his motives. When Jax realizes what he has gotten himself into, it becomes a race against time to right the hypnotic wrongs. This is book one of Gordon Korman’s new series.

Use as part of a Gordon Korman author study. ht...more
Lianne Burwell
I grew up reading Gordon Korman books (MacDonald Hall, I Want to Go Home, etc). This might sound strange, since the author is only 5 years older than me, but his first novel hit the stores when he was only 14 years old. He published 5 books before finishing high school, and now, at the age of 50, he has 80 published novels.

So, when my niece got the latest book from school Scholastic order forms, I asked if I could borrow it after she finished it.

Jax is a typical teenager, but strange things happ...more
The story: Jackson Opus is seeing things, but it's worse than that: every time he does, the "vision" he sees comes true, and the person he directs to do something does it--from bus drivers to performing magicians. Jax doesn't know what's going on until he's approached by Dr. Mako of the Sentia institute, who helps him recognize his hypnotic abilities and teaches him how to use them. But there's something Jax doesn't know: he's being trained to take over the world. And not for the good guys.

Gordon Korman creates a world within our own world where people have hypnotic power. Some use it for good, but most use it for self-gain. Enter Jackson Opus, a teenager who can’t explain his ability to get people to do what he wants. His talents are noticed by the Sentia Institute, where he is trained and encouraged to expand his powers. Along the way, however, he starts wondering exactly what Sentia is up to. Too late, he finds out and has to deal with the ramifications - or else.

This is an int...more
It's classic Korman, with lots of action and a cool premise and conspiracy and world saving. It's pretty cool, and I'm sure kids will like it. It's got it's limits.
I love Gordon Korman books, but this one is not one of his strongest. The story seemed disjointed through the middle and rushed at the end.
I really like reading Gordon Korman's stuff because he's a hilarious guy. I laugh all the way through his books. Also, his books aren't super deep and don't require a lot of brainpower. That's not an insult; it's a compliment in this case. Sometimes I like to read thought-provoking novels. Other times, I just like to read entertainment, and that's what Gordon Korman writes. He doesn't try to be too serious, and that's what I like about his writing style! A few of the characters in this book were...more
Jax Opus has talents about which he had no idea. Yes, he's noticed strange reactions to his stares, but only when Dr. Elias Mako, the founder of an institute dedicated to studying hypnotism, invites him to join his group does he realize just how talented he is. After a series of tests and exercises, it seems that Jax just may be the most powerful hypnotist of all. But as the story unfolds, Dr. Mako and his institute have goals that may mean the end of democracy as we know it. Readers will race t...more
H Shaffer
Feb 09, 2014 H Shaffer added it
Shelves: ya-adventure
I am a fan of Gordan Korman's books that are a part of the 39 Clues, so I was looking forward to this first book of a new series.
Jackson accidentally discovers that he has the ability to control the minds of people with whom he makes eye contact. Jax is both excited and anxious about his newfound skill, and of course, there is a sinister character that tries to use Jax's "bending" ability to benefit himself.

I teach 8 grade and my low level reluctant readers will appreciate the fast-paced start...more
Hard to tell from the first couple chapters how this story will unfold, but after Jackson met the sandmen, I was able to predict who really would be the good guys and bad guys.
Why did Jackson start having his episodes suddenly? Did he have any indications when he was younger?
The dialogue kept the action moving, and insights to Jackson's thoughts added depth. His parents seem a little thin; how could they be so blind/naive?
I see the ending as a set-up for another story about the young Mr. Opus....more
Gordan Kormans The Hypnotists was an okay book that really could have been alot better if he did'nt go on and on about the characters and then a little bit of action at the end. Jax Opus his a normal boy that lives in New York until he finds out that he has been hypnotising people without knowing and then he gets asked to join a hypnotisim school that has Elias Mako in charge of it all, but Elias Mako has plans for Jax that jax will soon find out and it's not good news because i deals with Elias...more
This was a really fun read! Picked it up because it was on the ALSC Tween Recommended Reads (, and I'm glad that I did! I definitely gripped me from the first page, asking the question, "What would YOU do if you had the power of hypnotism?" Jackson Opus, the main character, has an admirable amount of integrity regarding his newly found power, which is a great model for kids (without coming off didactic or moralistic). It definitely begged for a sequel and...more
Jenny Mock
Fun, unique plot with great pacing.
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Korman wrote his first book, "This Can't be Happening at Macdonald Hall", when he was 12 years old, for a coach who suddenly found himself teaching 7th grade English. He later took that episode and created a book out of it, as well, in "The Sixth Grade Nickname Game", wherein Mr. Huge was based on that 7th grade teacher.

Korman moved to New York City, where he studied film and film writing. While i...more
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“How can a guy like me change the world?” Jax challenged. “I can’t even whistle.” 0 likes
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