True Talents

David Lubar

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It’s been over a year since fourteen-year-old Eddie “Trash” Thalmeyer and his friends from Edgeview Alternative School found out about their special hidden talents. Trash can move things with his mind, Torchie is a fire-starter, Cheater reads minds, Lucky finds lost objects, Flinch can predict the future, and Martin can see into people’s souls. Now back home with their families, all the boys want to do is get back to their normal lives, start attending high school, and keep in touch with their friends from Edgeview.
When Trash tests his power in a bank and accidentally steals a fistful of cash, he is kidnapped by the ruthless leader of a shadowy company whose purpose is to gather information about psychic phenomena—and who is willing to do anything to get it…. Torchie, Cheater, Lucky, Flinch, and Martin join forces to rescue their friend using their hidden talents, and discover their true talents in the process.

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Chapter One:

TRYING HARD TO FOCUS

The gorilla who clung to the ceiling was wearing a Princeton t-shirt. It must have been an XXXXL. Exxxxelll. Exxxxelllent. That was funny. I laughed. He didn’t seem to mind. He just kept playing with his cigarette lighter, sparking tiny fireworks through the air. His glasses had thick, black frames. They made him look smart. Laughing made my head spin, so I closed my eyes.

He was gone when I woke up. The walls were still rippling. They always rippled. Sometimes, they hummed movie music. They’d been painted by Vincent Van Gogh.

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Connie Bowman talks with bestselling author David Lubar about True Talents, the sequel to his award-winning debut novel, Hidden Talents.

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Hidden Talents is becoming—and deserves to be—a classic of YA literature. It’s one of the best, no matter what age you are.”—Orson Scott Card, best-selling author of Ender’s Game, on Hidden Talents
 
“Lubar’s first novel is wondrously surprising, playful, and heartwarming. A promising new author.”—VOYA (5Q 4P) on Hidden Talents

“A good bet for readers who like offbeat fiction. The dialogue is right on target with plenty of humor.”—Booklist on Hidden Talents

“Lubar serves up great fun, along with an insight or two for those whose powers are only too human.”—Publishers Weekly on Hidden Talents

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David Lubar

David Lubar created a sensation with his debut novel, Hidden Talents, an ALA Best Book for Young Adults. Thousands of kids and educators across the country have voted Hidden Talents onto over twenty state lists. David is also the author of Flip, an ALA Best Book for Young Adults and a VOYA Best Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror selection; five short story collections: In the Land of the Lawn Weenies, Invasion of the Road Weenies, The Curse of the Campfire Weenies, The Battle of the Red Hot Pepper Weenies, and Attack of the Vampire Weenies; and the Nathan Abercrombie, Accidental Zombie series. Lubar grew up in Morristown, New Jersey, and he has also lived in New Brunswick, Edison, and Piscataway, NJ, and Sacramento, CA. Besides writing, he has also worked as a video game programmer and designer. He now lives in Nazareth, Pennsylvania.

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True Talents
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American Library Association Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adults, Book Sense Children's Pick, KLIATT Editor's Choice Best of the Year, VOYA Top Shelf Fiction for Middle School Readers, NYPL Books for the Teen Age

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Tom Doherty Associates
Starscape
March 2007
e-Book Agency
ISBN: 9781429950251
ISBN10: 1429950250
Middle-Grade Fiction
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 320 pages
Age Range: 10 to 13
Grade Range: 5 to 8
$5.99

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Tom Doherty Associates
Starscape
March 2008
Mass Market Paperbound
ISBN: 9780765348562
ISBN10: 076534856X
Middle-Grade Fiction
5 3/16 x 7 5/8 inches, 320 pages
Age Range: 10 to 13
Grade Range: 5 to 8
$5.99
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