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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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 BoothCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved