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Monday, May 28, 2012

The Exceptionals

I know most of us know who the X-men are? But what if there really was a school for gifted children, not mutants, that were "special" from others. Had unique abilities that they could work on becoming stronger at, used for good and not evil and they could attend a school designed to help them in those abilities as well as the standard high school subjects as well?

Well look no further than Cambial Academy! That's just what you will discover if you are lucky enough to be chosen to attend this school. A gated community where students can live in dorms and get through high school feeling like normal kids but there aren't really. They each possess unique abilities such as the ability to move objects, read minds, break codes, see into the future and other special attributes. They are given a special class to attend where they work on strengthening those abilities and at times are called to work for the government if the need arises.

However something sinister is going on and the talented students known as Exceptionals are being kidnapped. No one is seeing anything and one by one the students are vanishing. Now the administrators are being called into action and Claire Walker, the daughter of the founders feels she might be the only one who can figure out what is happening. Her unique gift is the ability to talk to animals and she's only told her brother Billy because her parents don't consider this gift to be of any use. Now however when her close friends disappear one by one, Claire decides to use her special abilities to help locate her missing friends before it's too late.

In the young adult novel, The Exceptionals by Erin Cashman, the reader is transported into the life of Claire Walker who is being sent to Cambial Academy as a punishment since she managed to get in trouble for attending her Spring Fling and having beer in the car at Lakeville High School. She didn't know that one of her friends had it and now her parents, who both work at Cambial Academy feel she is wasting her time with the wrong crowd. Feeling less than worthy, Claire tries to fit in, and because her abilities are what her parents consider special, she tells them she can't do it any longer. Until, she learns how to control her ability and really listen to what the animals in the forest surrounding the school can tell her. This is a perfect story for young adults, ages 11 and up because who hasn't dealt with being unpopular, having issues communicating with parents and wanting to believe super powers are possible. If this sounds like your child, then they will love this book.

I received The Exceptionals by Erin Cashman compliments of TLC Book Tours for my honest review. Having a 13-year-old daughter and even remembering how I wished books like this existed when I was younger, I just knew I had to read this one. I've always dreamed of what it would be like to read animals thoughts and even talk to them. If your child loves Super Heroes, like The Avengers or the X-Men, then this will be the perfect action-packed adventure for them. I rate this one a 4.5 out of 5 stars and can't wait to share this one with my daughter! Who hasn't wished for the ability to read minds, or to see into the future? Well in this book, all that is possible and more!

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The Exceptionals by Erin Cashman

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  1. Thank you so much for taking the time to read and review The Exceptionals. I am so happy that you enjoyed it, and I hope your daughter does as well!


  2. I know I would have LOVED this book as a teen! I hope your daughter will like it as much as you did.

    Thanks for being on the tour. I'm featuring your review on TLC's Facebook page today.


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