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By author: Don Trembath
Selling Points: "Humor, hypnotism, siblings"
Publisher: Orca Book Publishers
Pub Date: Mar/01/2007
Lexile Level: HL550L
Fry Reading Level: 3.1
Pages: 128
Fiction Ages 10-14
Price:  $9.95
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"She's locked in," he says, his eyes wide. "She's hypnotized. I did it. She's down there with this totally serene look on her face. It's unbelievable."

I'm not hungry anymore.

I bolt downstairs. I have never seen my sister look serene before.

I stop in my tracks when I see her. She's sitting on a chair in the middle of our basement. Her back is straight. Her eyes are closed. Her face is passive, relaxed, devoid of all emotion--meaning, in her case, devoid of anger.

I see nothing evil about her for the first time in my entire life.

Rufus and his sister Alexa hate each other at the best of times. When Rufus's friend Phil manages to hypnotize Alexa, Rufus is ready to enjoy the power. They begin by ordering Alexa to be kind to her parents and Phil. The plan backfires when Alexa sweetly suggests canceling an expensive family vacation in favor of a week at home playing board games. Then Alexa turns on the charm with Phil and suddenly Rufus has to deal with a lovesick amateur hypnotist. Rufus is certain it can't get any stranger until Alexa, still in her hypnotic state, is kind to the brother she's always hated and Rufus is more confused than he's ever been.

NMRLS Youth Services Book Review - February 12, 2009
"Quirky and funny with a nice sibling-rivalry bent...Very enjoyable."
KLIATT - July 1, 2008
"The engaging plot...will captivate reluctant YA readers."
Resource Links - October 1, 2007
"In the world of the special needs classroom or for lesser able readers, this book would intrigue and encourage the student to continue reading."
CM Magazine - April 27, 2007
"Hypnotized does its job...A worthwhile addition to any bookshelf."


CCBC Best Books , commended  CA  2008


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