A Gift of Magic
As her parents are separating, Nancy reluctantly moves to her mother's home town in Florida with her older sister Kirby and her younger brother, Brendon. Used to traveling around the world with her father, a photographer, Nancy resists the things and people in her new town. Kirby, a talented ballet dancer, becomes immersed in her dance school, while Brendon begins to make new friends. The school counselor is the first to suspect that Nancy has extra-sensory perception, or ESP. Can she really read other people's minds?
This is a really worthwhile book, because it blends the fantasy premise so naturally with relatable realistic fiction kinds of challenges, like sibling arguments, parental communication, and teachers you'd rather not have. Further, the ambition that Kirby displays and the complete lack of ambition that Brendon displays make interesting foils to each other - what is your responsibility to your talent? What kinds of talents do people value, and who are you without your talent? All these are interesting questions explored in this book. Revolving points of view between Nancy, Kirby, and Brendon give the book interesting voice and balance.
Lois Duncan is also the author of I Know What You Did Last Summer. The book cover in this photo suggests that this is an action thriller in that vein, but the story is really focused on family relationships.
"If they walked into a restaurant, Nancy would say, 'they're all out of clams,' and as the waiter passed out the menus, he would say, 'I'm sorry, all our clams are gone.' It was just part of Nancy, the way she was serious and had straight hair."
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