This is a great read, especially for middle-grade boys. I'd say probably 3rd-7th. The dialogue is funny, and there's just enough challenging vocabulary to make it educational, too. The characters are well-written, and not just one-dimensional. There are some great moments of hypnotism gone awry- one of my favorites occurs in the school cafeteria, and also some heart-stopping action-y moments.
I'm always on the lookout for books to sell to boys. It's not that I'm not on the lookout for books to sell to girls, too, but, truthfully, girls are an easier sell. Girls don't care, usually, about the gender of the protagonist, etc. I think boys definitely love stories about guys their own age being chosen to do extraordinary things (like Horowitz's Alex Rider series, Harry Potter, Percy Jackson, even the 39 Clues series...which also has books written by Korman!)
Full of action and adventure, fantasy, and humor, this book gets two thumbs up from me! There's even some political intrigue thrown in for good measure!
Hypnotize Me (The Hypnotists #1) is published by Scholastic. ARC provided by publisher.
Release Date: 08.2013