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True Talents (Talents #2)

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It's been over a year since fourteen-year-old Eddie "Trash" Thalmeyer and his friends from Edgeview Alternative School found out about their special hidden talents. Trash can move things with his mind, Torchie is a fire-starter, Cheater reads minds, Lucky finds lost objects, Flinch can predict the future, and Martin can see into people's souls. Now back home with their fam ...more
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Published March 6th 2007 by Starscape
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May 27, 2009 Claudia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: YA suspense fans
Recommended to Claudia by: Kalen
I didn't read the first book, HIDDEN TALENTS, but I caught on quickly that these six boys, Trash, Cheater, Torchie, Lucky, and Martin, have powers that complicate their lives and put them in danger. Eddie, Trash, finds himself in some kind of horrible nightmare where his abilities are being tested against his will. Come to find out, an evil opportunist is trying to harness the boys' talents for his own ugly purposes. We see Bowlder as a perfect antagonist with ample resources to destroy the boys ...more
Tyler Blasi
The book I read was True Talents. The sequel continues from the first book Hidden Talents, the story of the six psychic teens who became friends at Edgeview. A year has passed since "Trash" learned he has telekinetic powers and his friends found their skills too. Cheater reads minds (he hates it because he was always getting accused of cheating), Torchie lights fires (he always catches objects on fire and causes problems), Flinch forecasts the future (he can see whats coming so he flinches), Ma ...more
Jan 14, 2015 Joshua rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
True Talents is the action packed tale of six teenagers with psychic powers who met at an alternative school in the predecessor to this book, Hidden Talents. The one thing that they all feared has come true. Someone has found out about their talents. That someone, the ruthless Douglas Bowdler, has kidnapped Eddie “Trash” Thalmeyer, who possesses the power of telekinesis, and is experimenting on him to find out the limits of his powers.

A series of remarkable coincidences, which is never fully exp
Dec 30, 2014 Aelvana rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Eddie "Trash" Thalmyer is in trouble. After leaving Edgeview Alternative School and the friends he made there---friends like himself with special powers---life was going well. With his powers now under control, the unexplainable destruction that had previously marked his life was gone. Until one careless use of his powers landed him in a research lab, the subject of a very dangerous man's experiments.

Now he's stuck in a web of conspiracies and murder. His own family thinks he's dead, his friends
Michaelias Elias
David Lubar's "True Talents" is action/mystery book in which 5 teenagers with special powers that are trying to escape from a crazy military man named Bowlder. This book is in 1st person varying between all of the five kids and Bowlder. The setting is in many different cities but mainly Philidalphidia. This book reminds me of a a detective investigation because Bowler is looking for clues so that he can locate the children and capture them. Also this reminds me of at recess when kids get in trou ...more
Javon Rice
Feb 12, 2014 Javon Rice rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
True Talents by David Lubar is an action pact book about five teenage boys that go to Edgeview Alternate High school, discover they have powers when they have to rescue their sixth man. Eddie Thalmeyer aka Trash is the one that is kidnapped and he can make things move with his mind, Torchie can start fires, Cheater can read peoples minds, Lucky can find lost objects, Flinch can tell the future, and Martin can see people souls. The five boys get to use the powers they never knew they had control ...more
Kay Mcgriff
Feb 10, 2014 Kay Mcgriff rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In the author's note in the back (yes, I'm that geeky reader that reads those, too), David Lubar shared that he did not want to write a sequel to Hidden Talents. I am glad he gave in to reader requests and wrote True Talents (A Tom Doherty Associates Book 2007).

Trash, otherwise known as Eddie Thalmeyer, wakes up in a concrete cell and knows he is in trouble. He is seeing gorillas on the wall and has vague memories of pain. A guy named Bowdler insists that he use his mind to move a marble across
ACS Librarian
I don 19t often like stories featuring people with superpowers. It 19s too easy to nit-pick: 1CWell, if he could use his power to do that, why didn 19t he simply do this other thing, and win even faster. 1D

That 19s not the only problem with this 1Csuper teens vs the machine 1D drama. The first chapters are too choppy. Different teen psy-ops heroes pull all sorts of stunts. And some of the characters, especially Lucky and Torchie and the evil Major Bowdler, have painfully exaggerated mannerisms.
Apr 10, 2011 MizziQ rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: People who read the 1st one and liked.
Recommended to MizziQ by: The one who reccomended the 1st one. :)
I absulutely adored the first one, "Hidden Talents", but this one was seriously lacking. Their point of views for the stories changed too much and the plot was more unbelievable than kids with supernatural powers. :) I think for some insight on what happened after they left the school, it is good to read. It gives you a little more closure. However this story just did not pull me in like I had hoped. I really hope Lubar writes another one like he hinted in the AUTHOR'S NOTE.
Julian Johnson
Nov 30, 2014 Julian Johnson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
True Talents is a story about six teenage boys. Every one of the young men has an individual psychic ability. One has telekinesis, one has the ability to control fire with his mind, one can see into the future etc. In the wake of coming back from a detention school to their neighborhood school, the young men are simply attempting to live as normal a life as could reasonably be expected. At that point, one of the young men who has the ability to move objects with his brain, attempts to test his c ...more
David Williams
Mar 22, 2014 David Williams rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
After seeing how things played out through Martin's point of view, Trash had a story of his own. Things seemed to get better after Trash and his friends split up when they left Edgeview Alternative. However, there were a few problems he had to face on his own. It didn't take very long for these complications to get worse.
This book is easily one of my favorite books if not my favorite. The suspense and quick decisions leads you to multiple ideas on how the story will end, then takes unexpected tu
Darius Mask
The title of the book is called "True Talents" the author of the book is David Lubar. I liked this book because its kids with super powers and when i was little i wished i had super powers and still do today, only i wish i could make money fall from the sky. The setting is Edgeview Alternitive School and the main characters are Trash,Torchie,Cheater,Lucky,Flinch,and Martin. The book is about these six friends that go to Edgeview Alternitive School and about four years ago is when they found out ...more
Christopher Spinosa
This book was extemely good, and although it was slightly slow in some sections, there were many aspects that were enjoyable. My favorite aspect of the book is how there are multiple protagonists, and how they are all connected. All the main characters In this story have special powers and abilities that make them different than most children. Becuase they are the only ones with the abilities, they know they have to stick together in order to be protected. They know that if government had learne ...more
Krystl Louwagie
Sadly, this one didn't feel quite as well put together as the first book. I loved that we got to know "Trash" more, I like him, and I loved that he was interested in art and interesting facts and history. I also loved that he's not "too good", I like that about multiple characters in this series-they're not "too good", but, they're really good people. The way this story plays out fills a little bit less realistic than the first volume, as well, but I think I can overlook that.
My biggest complain
UWE Library
Feb 27, 2015 UWE Library rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Reviewed by T.G.
True Talents by David Lubar

The book that I have read, True Talents , was a great book, and I hope that other readers like it.

The book is about four boys that find out about their hidden talents, like telling the future, reading minds, finding lost objects and more. But when one of the boys, Trash, is in the bank, things don't go as planned. Trash accidentally steals a handful of money and is kidnapped.

My favorite part of the book was when Trash got kidnapped. That shows that
Moises C
Mar 27, 2015 Moises C rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Grade/Interest level:Middle school
Reading level:590
Genre:Adventure, Science Fiction, Fantasy
Main Characters:Lucky,Trash, Torchie, Cheater, Flint, Martin
Setting:Restaurant, Bank, Company
POV:1st person
Trash wakes up in a lab and didn't know how he got their and why. Trash had to do something with boulder he had to try levitating a marble, but trash thought it was just a dream. He manages to escape, and tries to go back home. Trash found out someone faked his death. So he had to gather his friends
Rob Thelen
Apr 21, 2014 Rob Thelen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hidden Talents quickly became one of my favorite books after reading it, so naturally I became excited when I heard of the sequel,True Talents. Upon completing it, I was impressed with what David Lubar was able to come up with. Unlike the first book, where the narration of the book is provided by the main character, Martin Anderson. True Talents is written from each character's point of view, especially Trash's. However, I was disappointed to find out that this book contained a mild amount of vi ...more
Sep 10, 2014 Laura rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi, fiction
I did not realize this novel was directed at teen readers when I picked it up.
The story starts out very promising, with a teen trapped in some kind of research facility as a glorified guinea pig for tests that he does not understand until he manages to escape, and contact some of his old buddies.
This escapee was one of about a half-dozen gifted students who attended the same high school -- their gifts were all some type of ESP or related psychic attunement. One can start fires, one breaks thing
Veronica K-M
I read Hidden Talents at least three times in middle school and loved it to pieces, so that's a lot for any sequel to live up to (though I will say that the new editions have way better covers!) plus I'm not in middle school anymore and have slightly different reading preferences nowadays. No, I definitely didn't love it like I loved Hidden Talents, but it was still a fun read and I would happily recommend it to any middle schoolers who enjoy paranormal fiction.
Anthony Guo
Sep 06, 2011 Anthony Guo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
True Talents, by David Lubar, is a fascinating book about some high school students with special powers, or talents. One of the boys, Trash, was kidnapped by a organization who wants to use his powers to do evil. Then, the other boys, also with special powers began trying to help Trash escape, but some got kidnapped as well. I thought that this book would be about regular talents, such as sewing, or sports. When I picked up this book, I never knew it would display talents other than the normal ...more
Int'l librarian
I don’t often like stories featuring people with superpowers. It’s too easy to nit-pick: “Well, if he could use his power to do that, why didn’t he simply do this other thing, and win even faster.”

That’s not the only problem with this “super teens vs the machine” drama. The first chapters are too choppy. Different teen psy-ops heroes pull all sorts of stunts. And some of the characters, especially Lucky and Torchie and the evil Major Bowdler, have painfully exaggerated mannerisms. It’s easy eno
Apr 03, 2014 Kathy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Xander Amiel
Mar 08, 2013 Xander Amiel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's been over a year since fourteen-year-old Eddie "Trash" Thalmeyer and his friends from Edgeview Alternative School found out about their special powers. Trash can move things with his mind; Flinch can predict the future; Lucky finds lost objects; Cheater reads minds; Torchie is a fire-starter and Martin can see into people's souls. They are now back home with their loved ones and are trying to get back to their normal lives, start attending high school and with their Edgeview friends. When T ...more
True Talents is a story about six boys. Each one of the boys has a his own individual psychic gift. After returning from an alternative school to their neighborhood high school, the boys are just trying to live life as normal as possible. Then, One of the boys who is able to move objects with his mind, try to test his ability in a bank. While testing his power, he accidently steals cash. He is then kidnapped by the leader of an organization who is looking to find out information about psychic ph ...more
Karen Ball
This is the long-awaited sequel to 1999's Hidden Talents, where we met five boys at Edgeview Alternative School who each had an unusual power. Trash moves things with his mind, Torchie starts fires telepathically, Cheater reads minds, Lucky finds lost things, Flinch predicts the future and Martin sees people's deepest fears and dreams. True Talents picks up a year after they have left the school. Eddie "Trash" Thalmeyer has been kidnapped by the leader of a company researching psychic phenomena, ...more
The sequel to "Hidden Talents". Now that Martin, Trash, Torch, Cheater, Flinch, and Lucky have gotten out of Edgeview Alternative School, they just want to go back to their normal lives. Busy trying to settle back in and still keep up with their friends, things are going pretty well until Trash accidently uses his powers and ends up giving himself away.

I liked this book more then the first one, I thought it had more action and kept you filled with suspense, wondering what would happen to this mo
May 15, 2015 Laurie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I thought I had read the first book, but after reading this one, I have come to realize that I had not. However, it wasn't hard to follow. The second book is merely another time when these friends with E.T. talents get together and with great adventure, rocking action, and even a few good laughs! Written for older children or young adults, it is a great read -- and lots of fun.
Brandon Kong
Apr 21, 2015 Brandon Kong rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Summary:After leaving Edgeview Alternative School, Martin and the psychic gang continue on through their normal life going back on track. One day, Eddie Thalmeyer (Trash) gets kidnapped by the some government seeking, experimenting, and manipulating his psychic powers. The gang later then commits to saving Trash and stopping the government.

Review:There's not much to say about but this book is absolutely fantastic. I think it's even better than the prequel. Again, the story is understandable, gre
Oct 06, 2014 Matt rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
its about kids who find they have talents like conjuring fire at will or making it go away one can read minds another can use telepathy. they have to escape the bad guy bowlder who wants to use them for money and military power.
Nov 14, 2008 Ashley rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Ashley by: Austin
Even though it is the sequel to Hidden Talents, Lubar lost me on this one. Although I really did like the story primarily being told from Trash's point of view with a few switching between characters, I did not like the story that was told. I learned to love Martin, Trash, Lucky, Flinch, Torchie, and Cheater in Hidden Talents, and then David Lubar decided that it would make a great story to make them all hurt physically, emotionally, etc. I was so happy when the story turned out for the better i ...more
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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 True Talents, the sequel to Hidden Talents; Flip, an ALA Best Book for Young Adults and a VOYA Best Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror selection; several short ...more
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