Masterminds is an action-packed book, full of unexpected twists. It is book one of a new series by Gordon Korman. Masterminds is perfect for grades 4-8 and is written at a 5.2 grade equivalency level.
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.
This product includes menu choices organized by chapter (see preview). Most choices are inference questions, but also include some comprehension questions, research projects, and vocabulary work. Answers are provided.