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Hidden Talents

Hidden Talents

Talents (Volume 1)

David Lubar

Tor Teen

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Hidden Talents is the first novel in a hit supernatural duology for young readers by award-winning author David Lubar. This hilarious coming-of-age-with-powers story starring the misfits at Edgeview Alternative School was shortlisted for the Printz Award and is now available in trade paperback.

When thirteen-year-old Martin Anderson arrives at the Edgeview Alternative School, it's the end of the road. Literally. He's been expelled from every other school. Edgeview is the last stop. A warehouse for the system's rejects.

Martin fits right in.

Everyone has given up on Martin. Even Martin. But at Edgeview Martin falls in with a group of five outsiders who make the other Edgeview rejects appear gifted by comparison. He makes a remarkable discovery: each of his friends possesses a remarkable talent. One is telekinetic. Another is empathic. Others have psychic abilities. Martin thinks these talents make them special. They think it makes them freaks.

Martin has one shot to convince them otherwise.

"Hidden Talents provides us with a glimpse of David Lubar as a writer whose comic talent is matched by his ability to write with sensitivity and power about adolescents." —The Alan Review

Michael L. Printz Award - Honor, American Library Association Popular Paperbacks for Young Readers, Booklist Top 10 Fantasy for Youth, ALA Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults, Maryland Black-Eyed Susan Award, ALA Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adults, American Library Association Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adults, American Library Association Best Books for Young Adults, ALA Best Books for Young Adults

Praise for Hidden Talents

“At a time when truly humorous young adult fiction is scarce, reading Lubar's first YA novel (a coming of age story) is like finding a nest of kittens in a hayloft--wondrously surprising, playful, and heartwarming.” —VOYA (5Q, 4P, M, J)

Hidden Talents provides us with a glimpse of David Lubar as a writer whose comic talent is matched by his ability to write with sensitivity and power about adolescents.” —The Alan Review

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

“[T]he interrelationships between the five misfits and their interactions with the teachers are credible, and the dialogue is right on target. With plenty of humor, this is a good bet for reluctant readers as well as for kids who like offbeat fiction.” —Booklist

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, bestselling author of Ender's Game

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David Lubar

DAVID LUBAR created a sensation with his debut novel, Hidden Talents, an ALA Best Book for Young Adults. He is also the author of True Talents, Flip, and Extremities, an ALA Quick Pick for Reluctant Young Readers, as well as the popular Weenies short-story collections, and the Nathan Abercrombie, Accidental Zombie series, which has been optioned for TV. He lives in Nazareth, Pennsylvania.

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Joelle Lubar

Tor Teen

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