Masterminds (Masterminds #1)
How happy is too happy?
Eli and Randy are good friends, and get into more than their fair share of trouble in their tiny town of Serenity. Randy's newest idea is to bike out of town to see an abandoned house with a cool vintage car in the garage. Eli realizes he's never actually left town before, and as the boys near the city limits, Eli feels very ill and collapses. He ends up being out of school for two weeks, even though he feels fine back in town, but he suspects that Dr. Bruder is giving him pills to make him forget the incident. Bruder's son, Malik, is not happy with the small town, and is ready to leave, even though he has a friend in Hector, even if the two don't always see eye-to-eye. Serenity is a great place to live, and there's no crime or urban blight or any of the horrible things that the local newspaper talks about, so Eli is worried when Randy gets sent to live with his grandparents after the boys' ill-fated excursion. His friend leaves clues, however, and Tori Pritel helps Eli realize that not everything is as is should be in Serenity. With the annual Serenity Days celebration coming up, this small group of children discovers horrifying secrets about their town and have to decide what to do about it.
One of the main characters supposedly dies during an escape attempt, but I wonder if that character might return in the next book. It might be upsetting for sensitive readers.
Korman is such a multifacted rock star of an author. I am astonished and grateful every time he comes out with a new book!