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Praise for "True Talents":
A Book Sense Spring Children's Pick 2007
"It's a complete page-turner. Lubar manages to be funny and real, even while telling a story that is fantastical to the core."--Orson Scott Card, bestselling author of "Ender's Game"
"The fine, suspenseful writing will keep readers on edge."--Starred review, "KLIATT"
"The author's writing is a fluid and teen-smart as ever...The characters have both depth and sparkle, and the author deftly juggles the ensemble of five funny, thoughtful, distinct boys."--"School Library Journal"
"Lubar's trademark blend of humor and suspense, complete with explosions, supernatural powers, and just enough gore, will be a hit. The book may be an entertaining sequel, but it also stands nicely on its own."--Booklist"
.,."a gripping page-turner, with a flawlessly structured plot and compelling, struggling characters who never let each other down.""--VOYA"
"With its tumbling action sequences, interesting moral dilemmas, and clever tie-ins to technology and corporate wrongdoing, this book is a winner."--"Philadelphia"" Inquirer"
"The characters are pleasantly quirky...admirers of "Hole"s will enjoy the light humor, the touch of melodrama, and the male camaraderie here, and teachers and librarians using the short chapters as read-alouds will find students eager for the next installment."--"The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books "


Praise for "True Talents": A Book Sense Spring Children's Pick 2007 "It's a complete page-turner. Lubar manages to be funny and real, even while telling a story that is fantastical to the core."--Orson Scott Card, bestselling author of "Ender's Game" "The fine, suspenseful writing will keep readers on edge."--Starred review, "KLIATT"

"The author's writing is a fluid and teen-smart as ever...The characters have both depth and sparkle, and the author deftly juggles the ensemble of five funny, thoughtful, distinct boys."--"School Library Journal"

"Lubar's trademark blend of humor and suspense, complete with explosions, supernatural powers, and just enough gore, will be a hit. The book may be an entertaining sequel, but it also stands nicely on its own."--Booklist"

.,."a gripping page-turner, with a flawlessly structured plot and compelling, struggling characters who never let each other down.""--VOYA"

"With its tumbling action sequences, interesting moral dilemmas, and clever tie-ins to technology and corporate wrongdoing, this book is a winner."--"Philadelphia"" Inquirer"

"The characters are pleasantly quirky...admirers of "Hole"s will enjoy the light humor, the touch of melodrama, and the male camaraderie here, and teachers and librarians using the short chapters as read-alouds will find students eager for the next installment."--"The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books"

Praise for "True Talents":  A Book Sense Spring Children’s Pick 2007

 

“It’s a complete page-turner. Lubar manages to be funny and real, even while telling a story that is fantastical to the core.”—Orson Scott Card, bestselling author of "Ender’s Game"

 “The fine, suspenseful writing will keep readers on edge.”—Starred review, "KLIATT" 

“The author’s writing is a fluid and teen-smart as ever…The characters have both depth and sparkle, and the author deftly juggles the ensemble of five funny, thoughtful, distinct boys.”—"School Library Journal"

“Lubar’s trademark blend of humor and suspense, complete with explosions, supernatural powers, and just enough gore, will be a hit. The book may be an entertaining sequel, but it also stands nicely on its own."—Booklist"

“…a gripping page-turner, with a flawlessly structured plot and compelling, st

Praise for "True Talents" A Book Sense Spring Children's Pick 2007

"It's a complete page-turner. Lubar manages to be funny and real, even while telling a story that is fantastical to the core."--Orson Scott Card, bestselling author of "Ender's Game"

"The fine, suspenseful writing will keep readers on edge."--Starred review, "KLIATT"

"The author's writing is a fluid and teen-smart as ever...The characters have both depth and sparkle, and the author deftly juggles the ensemble of five funny, thoughtful, distinct boys."--"School Library Journal"

"Lubar's trademark blend of humor and suspense, complete with explosions, supernatural powers, and just enough gore, will be a hit. The book may be an entertaining sequel, but it also stands nicely on its own."--Booklist"

..".a gripping page-turner, with a flawlessly structured plot and compelling, struggling characters who never let each other down.""--VOYA"

"With its tumbling action sequences, interesting moral dilemmas, and clever tie-ins to technology and corporate wrongdoing, this book is a winner."--"Philadelphia"" Inquirer"

"The characters are pleasantly quirky...admirers of "Hole"s will enjoy the light humor, the touch of melodrama, and the male camaraderie here, and teachers and librarians using the short chapters as read-alouds will find students eager for the next installment."--"The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books "

A Book Sense Spring Children's Pick 2007

"It's a complete page-turner. Lubar manages to be funny and real, even while telling a story that is fantastical to the core."--Orson Scott Card, bestselling author of "Ender's Game"

"The fine, suspenseful writing will keep readers on edge."--Starred review, "KLIATT"

"The author's writing is a fluid and teen-smart as ever...The characters have both depth and sparkle, and the author deftly juggles the ensemble of five funny, thoughtful, distinct boys."--"School Library Journal"

"Lubar's trademark blend of humor and suspense, complete with explosions, supernatural powers, and just enough gore, will be a hit. The book may be an entertaining sequel, but it also stands nicely on its own."--Booklist"

..".a gripping page-turner, with a flawlessly structured plot and compelling, struggling characters who never let each other down.""--VOYA"

"With its tumbling action sequences, interesting moral dilemmas, and clever tie-ins to technology and corporate wrongdoing, this book is a winner."--"Philadelphia"" Inquirer"

"The characters are pleasantly quirky...admirers of "Hole"s will enjoy the light humor, the touch of melodrama, and the male camaraderie here, and teachers and librarians using the short chapters as read-alouds will find students eager for the next installment."--"The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books "

It's a complete page-turner. Lubar manages to be funny and real, even while telling a story that is fantastical to the core. "Orson Scott Card, bestselling author of Ender's Game"

The fine, suspenseful writing will keep readers on edge. "Starred review, KLIATT"

The author's writing is a fluid and teen-smart as ever The characters have both depth and sparkle, and the author deftly juggles the ensemble of five funny, thoughtful, distinct boys. "School Library Journal"

Lubar's trademark blend of humor and suspense, complete with explosions, supernatural powers, and just enough gore, will be a hit. The book may be an entertaining sequel, but it also stands nicely on its own. "Booklist"

a gripping page-turner, with a flawlessly structured plot and compelling, struggling characters who never let each other down. "VOYA"

With its tumbling action sequences, interesting moral dilemmas, and clever tie-ins to technology and corporate wrongdoing, this book is a winner. "Philadelphia Inquirer"

The characters are pleasantly quirky admirers of "Hole"s will enjoy the light humor, the touch of melodrama, and the male camaraderie here, and teachers and librarians using the short chapters as read-alouds will find students eager for the next installment. "The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books""

About the Author

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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Amazon.com: 4.4 out of 5 stars 11 reviews
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A dramatic story of confrontation and courage 13 May 2007
By Midwest Book Review - Published on Amazon.com
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.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Richie's Picks: TRUE TALENTS 6 April 2007
By N. S. - Published on Amazon.com
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. Brian Staab and I had gotten together and collaborated on the sort of memorable science fair project that required incendiary devices.

Sure, I was also friends in those days with some girls. (Not that there were any at that party.) It was back when girls were still just people, with all the adolescent self-consciousness and weirdness somewhere yet on the horizon. Nevertheless, I just didn't have the kind of camaraderie with girls that I did with the guys. All the significant females in my life at that point in time were caregivers; in contrast, those guys played a significant role in who I was.

"When I woke on Friday morning, Martin was already up, watching TV with the sound turned low.

" 'I have a perfect plan,' he said. 'We stay here. The food is great. They have all the good cable channels.' He pointed to the TV section from the paper. 'There are some cool shows on tonight. The beds are comfortable, and there's a maid to clean up after us. What do you think?' "

David Lubar's 1999 tween novel HIDDEN TALENTS is a middle school treasure-of-a-story. I was turned onto it years ago by an eighth grader who announced in one of Shari's English classes that "Anyone who likes HOLES will love HIDDEN TALENTS." (That sure got us to read it in a hurry, and we've been booktalking it ever since.) HIDDEN TALENTS is the story of six troubled boys who, upon being sent to the high-security Edgewater Alternative School and meeting one another, discover that each is really a superhero of sorts -- a group of boys with hidden talents. One of the most wonderful things about HIDDEN TALENTS and TRUE TALENTS, one that is sometimes overlooked in those discussions that often center on the more clever and flashier aspects of the story, is the spot-on camaraderie among the boys.

"Flinch dove past me, landed on the bed with a belly flop, and shot his arm toward the bedside table. 'I got it,' he said. As he put his hand on the phone, it rang.

" 'Showoff,' I said.

"He flashed me a smirk and lifted the receiver. Before he could speak, I yanked the phone from him and shot it across the room to my waiting hand, then returned his smirk as I said, 'Hello?' "

In TRUE TALENTS, the long-awaited sequel, the six boys reunite and take their show on the road to Philly, becoming embroiled in a thriller of deceit and danger and death and double-crosses. A really, really bad guy has caught wind of some of their hidden talents and is developing a plan to control the sextet for his own sinister purposes. So the boys -- who so clearly care about each other -- have to help one another out of some seriously scary scrapes and, in the process, reveal their true talents.

"But there was nothing he could do about it. Life didn't come with a backspace key."

In TRUE TALENTS, as was the case with my life in sixth grade, the occasional female characters are pretty much all caregivers. And so, while there is no backspace key of life that permits me to go hang once again with my old buddies from the Grace L. Hubbs Extended School Year program, I have, instead, spent quality time chilling with another great bunch of guys: Martin, Cheater, Lucky, Flinch, Trash, and Torchie (who just set the candles AND the cake on fire).
4.0 out of 5 stars True Talents- A Great Book! 20 Oct. 2013
By lalallalalalalla - Published on Amazon.com
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.
5.0 out of 5 stars really enjoyed sharing this with my son 20 Dec. 2013
By athena vanderstaay - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
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!!
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Loved This Book! 27 Dec. 2015
By Skylar - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback Verified Purchase
Loved this! Have bought the next book as well! The characters are amazing and one of the best teen superhero books I have read. I definitely recommend this to all teens and young adults.
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