(Quantum League #1)
by Matthew Kirby
Scholastic, 2014. Fiction. 264 p.
Ben's mother has started yet another graduate degree at another university, and, worried about leaving Ben alone in the afternoons, enrolls him in a "science camp." It turns out that this particular science camp teaches kids to alter their environment using their minds to control quantum entanglement. Ben seems to be a prodigy, and soon surpasses his new friends. Then one day the lab is attacked and their teacher is taken as a hostage. Ben, and his friend, Peter, are recruited by an organization that trains young adepts to defend the world from evil quantum villains. Ben is horrified to discover that when he joins this organization, his family's and friend's memory of him is completely erased. Ben is not at all happy with this arrangement, but agrees to help the League in exchange for a promise that when he is done with the mission they will restore his mother's memory of him. This is a fast paced, high energy, new science fiction series with interesting characters and an intriguing premise. Give this to fans of Harry Potter, or Korman's The Hypnotists.