The Ability by M.M. Vaughan

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Nonsensical of setup and conflict, forced of plot and with a cast that is, at best, two-dimensional.
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Delve into the extraordinary abilities of the twelve-year-old mind in this thrilling start to a middle-grade series that expands the possibilities of power.

No one has any confidence in twelve-year-old Christopher Lane. His teachers discount him as a liar and a thief, and his mom doesn’t have the energy to deal with him. But a mysterious visit from the Ministry of Education indicates that Chris might have some potential after all: He is invited to attend the prestigious Myers Holt Academy.

When Christopher begins at his new school, he is astounded at what he can do. It seems that age twelve is a special time for the human brain, which is capable of remarkable feats—as also evidenced by Chris’s peers Ernest and Mortimer Genver, who, at the direction of their vengeful and manipulative mother, are testing the boundaries of the human mind.

But all this experimentation has consequences, and Chris soon finds himself forced to face them—or his new life will be over before it can begin.

 

About M.M. Vaughan

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M.M. Vaughan (also known as Monica Meira) lives in the UK. She loves to write, to listen to Janis Joplin, and to embark on adventures of any kind. She is the author of The Ability and Mindscape.Iacopo Bruno is an illustrator and graphic designer living in Milan, Italy.
 
Published April 23, 2013 by Margaret K. McElderry Books. 338 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Young Adult, Children's Books. Fiction
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Below average
on May 22 2013

Nonsensical of setup and conflict, forced of plot and with a cast that is, at best, two-dimensional.

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Above average
on Feb 06 2013

Chris’ unresolved home life and an equally open-ended, anticlimactic ending suggest a sequel; readers not yet burned out on paranormal boarding schools may look forward to it.

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