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Product Details

  • Age Range: 10 - 13 years
  • Grade Level: 5 - 8
  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Starscape; First Edition edition (March 6, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0765309777
  • ISBN-13: 978-0765309778
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 1.1 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #922,307 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Grade 6–8—A year has passed since the five boys from Hidden Talents (Tor, 1999) left Edgeview Alternative School. An evil former military operative, Major Bowdler, has kidnapped telekinetic 15-year-old Eddie "Trash" Thalmayer, and his supernaturally talented friends must rescue him. The plot—full of top-secret equipment and espionage—is a little confusing, but it moves well, thanks to Trash's snappy and heartfelt narration. Lubar's trademark, genius one-liners are few here, as the sober themes of mortality and the fuzzy area between good and evil prevail. Fortunately, the novel's swashbuckling action balances the mood. The author's writing is as fluid and teen-smart as ever, though discussion of the boys' true talent—their brotherly bond—is occasionally heavy-handed and sentimental. The characters have both depth and sparkle, and the author deftly juggles the ensemble of five funny, thoughtful, distinct boys. Bowdler is just plain, puppy-killing mean, but Lubar gives him dimension by getting into his head. Older elementary and middle school fans of the genre, even those who missed Hidden Talents, should enjoy this one.—Johanna Lewis, New York Public Library
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From Booklist

Fans of Lubar's Hidden Talents (1999) will be happy to see the paranormals from Edgeview Alternative School back together in an action-packed adventure. Fifteen-year-old "Trash" tests his telekinesis in a bank by moving a stack of cash into his pocket, which sets off a dangerous chain of events, including his kidnapping by shady spooks. Meanwhile, the others in the group gravitate to Philadelphia, where they unite to stop a government conspiracy and uncover their most powerful weapon--the strength of their friendship. Brief chapters alternating among the six characters' stories are interspersed with memos, e-mails, illustrations, and notes that enhance the plot and also break up the text in a way that will draw reluctant readers. Lubar's trademark blend of humor and suspense, complete with explosions, supernatural powers, and just enough gore, will be a hit. Heather Booth
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on May 12, 2007
Format: Hardcover
It's been over a year since teen Eddie and his friends from Edgeview Alternative School have discovered their special hidden talents, which involve PSI and other extra-sensory abilities: now they are back with their families and looking for normalcy, when a kidnapping involves the group in both a rescue and a battle against an organization which seeks to use their talents for evil. A dramatic story of confrontation and courage evolves in an excellent, fast-paced story teen leisure readers at the middle to high school grades will relish.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By N. S. VINE VOICE on April 6, 2007
Format: Hardcover
"As I headed for the stairs, I sensed someone behind me. The footsteps matched my own. I sped up. So did the steps that followed me. I wanted to run. But that would be a mistake. Running would get me noticed. Notice would get me caught.

"Someone whispered in my ear. Three words. 'Be cool, Trash.' "

"School days were such happy days

Now they seem so far away"

--The Kinks

I fondly remember those school days that were so uncomplicated and happy, those younger days that revolved around friendships amongst a group of guys. Sadly, a devastating house fire two decades ago scatted the ashes of a long-cherished photograph to the wind, but I can still see that photo perfectly in my mind's eye. It was taken the afternoon of my twelfth birthday, exactly forty years ago, today. March 4th in 1967 fell on a Saturday. We were all dressed quite nicely -- mostly button-down shirts and even some blazers -- and we were all at my house, downstairs in the rec room, gathered close together at that moment, mugging for the camera. It would be the last big occasion I'd ever share with many of them, for we were in what would today be called a charter school, and many of those guys would begin the next school year at a distant junior high school situated at the other end of the large school district. The crowd that day included the lanky Mike O'Brien, an upcoming basketball player who could expertly pick out "Do You Want to Know a Secret" on his acoustic guitar. There was Paul Marino, who could pull faces that would crack up a Sphinx. David Cripps was my steady homework buddy -- we'd been the school's math stars for the past couple of years.
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Format: Mass Market Paperback
In the book True Talents by:David Lubar, Eddie Thalmeyer or "Trash" as his friends call him, has a hidden talent along with his five fiends. Their talents include things like predicting the future, mind reading,seeing into peoples souls, and more. They are all home and can get back to their normal lives when Eddie decides to try out his power and ends up stealing a bunch of money on accident in the process. This action gets the attention of a company whose leader will do anything it takes to gather information about psychic phenomena. So Eddie gets kidnapped. Then it's his friends job to rescue Eddie before time runs out to save him. Throughout the book the six friends discover their true talents, and what they really mean. I personally really enjoyed this book there was never a point that I was bored I always wanted to keep reading to find out what would happen next. I would recommend this book to anyone who is about twelve-thirteen and is an average reader that likes books about adventure and super powers. Overall the book was not very difficult, and it was a very fun read.
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I started reading this book after hearing my 11 yr old discuss reading it in school. It makes being different about life, not about wrong. The writing is engaging and the boys won over my heart. Excellent book for that age when we start to notice we are not the same as everyone and need the reminder that we are wonderful just as we are!!
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By topside on November 3, 2010
Format: Mass Market Paperback
The book was for my 10 year old nephew. He said it was a good book and he didn't mind reading it.
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More About the Author

David Lubar has written more than thirty books for teens and young readers. His novels, including Hidden Talents and Sleeping Freshmen Never Lie, are on reading lists across the country, saving countless students from a close encounter with Madam Bovary. His novel, Dunk, won Pennsylvania's Young Adult Book Award and was used by the New Jersey Library Association for their One Book New Jersey program. His Weenies short story collections have sold more than two million copies. He had several books come out this year, including Hyde and Shriek, and Extremities: Stories of Death, Murder, and Revenge (He's actually a much nicer person than these titles would indicate.) He is a popular speaker at schools and conferences around the country. He also designed and programmed many video games in an earlier eight-bit life, including Home Alone and Frogger 2. In his spare time, he takes naps on the couch. He grew up in New Jersey, went to Rutgers, and now lives in Nazareth, PA with one awesome female and various annoying felines. You can visit him on the web at www.davidlubar.com.

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