• Hardcover: 240 pages
• Publisher: Holiday House (April 1, 2012)
In a famous family of exceptionally talented people, fifteen-year-old Claire Walker is ordinary . . . or so she leads everyone to believe. Yet the minute she steps out of line, her parents transfer her to Cambial Academy: the prestigious boarding school that her great-grandfather founded for students with supernatural abilities, or “specials”. Although Claire can’t see ghosts or move objects with her mind like the other students, she does have a special she considers too lame to admit: she can hear the thoughts of animals.
Just as she is settling in, one by one the most talented students – the Exceptionals – go missing. In an attempt to find out what happened to them, Claire uncovers a dark prophecy involving a plot to destroy Cambial and a mysterious girl who can communicate with a hawk. Could she be that girl? Does the gorgeous but secretive boy she meets in the woods know more than he is letting on? After years of ignoring her special gift, Claire decides the time has come to embrace her ability . . . before it’s too late.
“With it’s varied and intriguing cast of characters, The Exceptionals will appeal to a wide range of readers, all of whom will be eager to see if there will be forthcoming adventures at Cambial Academy” — School Library Journal
“This supernatural mystery will draw readers in as they search for answers and meaning, as well as the discovery of a secret kept quiet for years.” — The Librarian – All Systems Go Review
“The moment I started reading this novel, I was absolutely enthralled. As soon as I read the first page, I knew this was a book that was going to occupy my thoughts until I finished it.” — Taking It One Page at a Time
“The Exceptionals is a really, really cool book – think X-Men meets the Graveyard Book meets Percy Jackson and the Olympians…refreshing teen book…has something for everyone” — The Maniac Society of Young Book Reviewers
Erin Cashman graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Bates College in Maine and from Boston College Law School. She lives in Massachusetts with her husband, three children, and dog. The Exceptionals is her first novel.
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