- Paperback: 106 pages
- Publisher: Paraphrase, LLC (September 12, 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0981587909
- ISBN-13: 978-0981587905
- Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.3 x 7.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 10 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,555,437 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Pete has the ordinary troubles often plaguing public school sixth graders--things like more homework than the previous year, a big bully in his class, and a girl that he's crazy about.
But Pete has another unusual challenge that the others in his class *don't* have: the gift of ESP, or Extra Sensory Perception.
With the extraordinary ability to read minds, Pete--nicknamed ESPete by Rodney the bully--must not only navigate the potholes of preteen awkwardness, but also juggle (and often hide) his gift of perceiving the attitudes and motives of his parents, teachers, and classmates.
Such is the premise of the first book in a new action-packed series for `Tween readers titled ESPete: Sixth Grade Sense by Arnold Rudnick, who happens to be a paranormal researcher and a darn good writer.
With a fast-paced plot and believable characters, this 106-page book was a pleasurable, quick read. Author Rudnick ably portrays the idea that ESP isn't an exact science, weaving Pete's psychic hits and misses throughout the story. In fact, when Pete thinks that his substitute teacher, Frank (N.?) Stein plans to rob the school cafeteria--and then something even more sinister later on--readers are kept guessing at what will really happen.
ESPete: Sixth Grade Sense stands on its own merit as a wonderful debut `Tween book, but it's also a fascinating primer on psychic giftedness in children, and how they face the same dilemmas as their peers--but with a few more uncertainties and self-consciousness, at times.
Because of some of the dangerous aspects of the story, especially towards the end, I feel this book would actually be better for kids 13 and up (I wouldn't let my 10 year old read this book just yet, myself). But if you're an adult who enjoys great juvenile fiction or escapist reading--or an older kid interested in mysteries and positive portrayals of the paranormal, ESPete: Sixth Grade Sense would make a fine addition to your personal library.
And even better news? The second book in the sequel, ESPete: Psychic Hoop Dreams will be coming soon! Hooray! To learn more about Pete and this series, visit the author's website at [...].
-- Janet Boyer, author of The Back in Time Tarot Book
I read this book with my sixth-grader and noted that she related to the details about middle-school, and chuckled, especially about things Rodney, the bully, said and did. I think this book captures the essense of life for a typical group of eleven-year-olds. It is done with humor and a likable character, Pete, who narrates throughout.
There is a boy-girl (potential?) relationship, issues with a bully, a creepy substitute teacher (who may be a criminal) and a school counselor who wants to take Pete 'on the road' with his ESP. The story keeps you interested and wanting to know what happens next.
When we finished the book, my daughter wanted to know if there was another ES Pete book to read. We'd love to see a whole series of adventures for Pete!!
We will look forward to ESP 2!
This is a fast-moving, light-hearted romp that somehow manages to be sweet without any treacliness even while we're living through threats, bully-whompings, and, yes, a bank robbery (I really couldn't guess how ESP was going to help with THAT bit when it came to the crunch -- and I won't spoil the surprise). Pete himself is pretty much an everykid except for the one little detail of his mind-reading ability, which makes him easy to relate to. He doesn't have ISSUES with authority figures (even when they are, ahem, a little unhelpful, though you can't really blame them under the circumstances), but he still solves his own problems -- you've gotta love that! And he has the really charming (though he doesn't seem to see it) ability to take people for what they are. Rodney beats him up and, well, doesn't really turn into anything other than a bit of a thug, ever. But just because he's part-bad doesn't make him all-bad, and Pete's pragmatic good nature lets him "work with the good" despite...heh, the other stuff. An important thing for kids to grasp, I think -- and grown-ups too!
This story is a fun and fast-paced read. Pete, or E. S. Pete, as Rodney calls him, is likable and humorous--in fact, the humor is a great charm of this book. The writing style is simple and kids of 8-11, including reluctant readers, will really enjoy it.