Hidden Talents

Hidden Talents

by David Lubar

Martin Anderson and his friends don't like being called losers.

But for Martin and his friends, it just might be a new beginning.

  • Series: Talents
  • Language: English
  • Category: Young Adult
  • Rating: 3.93
  • Pages: 240
  • Publish Date: February 6th 2007 by Starscape
  • Isbn10: 0765357666
  • Isbn13: 9780765357663

What People Think about "Hidden Talents"

It is about a young boy, about our age, who has gotten kicked out of all of the schools back in his hometown for lipping off to the teachers and somehow always knowing just the right thing to make them feel bad. But Martin feels bad because he thinks he is the only one without a power, but he was wrong. He too has a power of his own, and at the end of the book, he uses it to help save the school of Edgeview from being closed down by the towns people. Its very ironic because Martin is finding out that all of his new friends have these cool psychic powers, and he thinks he has nothing, except the ability to get in trouble with teachers. Near the end of the book, Martin finds out that, he too, has a power of his own! Second off, I love that I can relate my everyday school life, to that of Martin Anderson's in this book.

When Martin first gets there he makes friends with his roommate, Torchie, a kid who is constantly accused of setting fires. Eventually Martin realizes that his friends have special powers; Torchie can set fires with his mind, Lucky hears the items talk to him, Flinch can see into the future, and Cheater hears other people's thoughts. When Martin first tells his friends about their special powers, they are in denial and get angry with him. Martin and his friends with the use of their special powers manage to stop Bloodbaths tricks (setting off 20 roman candles throughout the school and starting huge fights.) Then the committee decides they want to speak to a student and Martin is selected. He explains how helpful the school really is, but that there are some students that are much more violent and cruel then the rest of them that make it hard for the kids who want to change.

This book struck more of a chord with me than most of the adult books I read, emotionally and otherwise.

For me, it was nothing special, but I liked being reintroduced to the characters again.

"Martin Mindmaster, Conqueror of the Universe." Lucky started laughing, "With his faithful sidekick, Zucchini, who can read the minds of vegetables and fruits." - page 184 of Hidden Talents Leafing through my worn out pages of a book I read so many times before, I feel the same joy I felt the first time reading it many years before. The novel starts with Martin on the bus to the special high school for juvenile delinquents, the ever-exciting Edgeview. Edgeview holds Martin's journey to maturity, true friends and the discovery of supernatural talents. Above all, I love the "Why I like being me?" pieces that each of Martin's friends wrote. When I pick up my pen and start drawing on a blank piece of paper, I know I can make something wonderful." - page 173 of Hidden Talents What really makes Hidden Talent remarkable is its characters interwoven with its simple story of boys with superpowers rebelling against conforming and learning to fight for what is right. Martin, the brilliant protagonist is the one who unites his friends to their full potential while learning more about himself too. Martin and his friends, Torchie, Lucky, Finch, Cheater and Trash, are all grow up magnificently throughout this novel as they learn the truth about Edgeview, their first place to belong.

Later, Martin finds out that they all have hidden psychic powers, but none of them will admitt it. Bloodbath, a bully, is trying to screw the inspection up, but Martin and his friends use their powers to stop him. At the end of the inspection, Martin is called in and he has to help save the school from the citizens of Edgeview who want to close it down.

Martin has just been sent to the Edgeview Alternative School for kids who have gotten expelled from everywhere else. I liked the pieces of writing assignments, letters, and internal memos between each chapter - they added a little more to the story (mostly the subplot of the town wanting to shut down Edgeview).

There, he makes friends with an odd cast of characters, including a pyromaniac known causing fires even in the controlled school setting. I remember liking it, and thinking it fairly funny.

David Lubar created a sensation with his debut novel, Hidden Talents, an ALA Best Book for Young Adults.