The Other Ones by Jean Thesman
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Ever since she can remember, 15-year-old Bridget has had extraordinary powers. She can talk to animals, move objects by thinking about them, and read minds. Bridget is a witch. For years, she has been pushing down her powers in order to fit in. Her aunt Cait, also a witch, has been urging her to accept her true self-but it's not until a new girl comes to school that Bridget has to take a stand. For Althea Peale is a shapeshifter, and only Bridget can save her and her family. The Other Ones is thoughtful, suspenseful, and laced with magic-the acclaimed Jean Thesman at her very best.
 

About Jean Thesman

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Jean Thesman is the author of more than a dozen books for young readers. She makes her home with her husband in Bothell, Washington.
 
Published May 1, 1999 by Viking Juvenile. 208 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Children's Books, Education & Reference, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Bridget's friends try to convince her that she should join the wicce, or witches.

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Her aunt Cait, also marked by the family ""gift,"" and Bridget's ""threshold guardian"", xiii (pronounced ""shhh""), both try to convince her that by denying her powers, she is denying her true self.

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But others urge her in a different direction, including her aunt Cait, who has the same powers Bridget has, and a bad-tempered shape-shifting creature called xiii (pronounced shhh), who claims to be Bridget's guardian.

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As desperate as teens can be to fit in, it will be hard for most readers to credit, or sympathize with, a character who rejects magic powers so she'll seem normal.

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