Gordon Korman’s new science-fiction novel, the Dragonfly Effect, works well as a stand-alone novel, or as the third book of The Hypnotists series. The young teen protagonist, Jax Opus, has been seconded by the army, and is under their protection along with his parents. He has been enlisted to run experiments to determine if his extraordinary powers of hypnotism might be channelled enough to be used as a military stealth and attack weapon. When this new “weapon” is stolen by Josh’s archenemy, Dr. Mako, whose plan is to take control of the world, it is up to Josh and two friends (a girl and a boy) to foil the plot and avert disaster. An action packed adventure story for girls and boys in Grades 4-6.
Other titles in the Hypnotist series: Hypnotists; Memory Maze.
A fresh premise, good pacing, surprising twists and engaging characters all combine to make this a series worth following. (Adventure. 8-12)