The Talent Diary

      Chris McFarland / History & Fiction
The Talent Diary

Sixth grader Samantha Branson is a normal, everyday girl, playing with her friends, and having a great time building the “clubhouse” in the bamboo covering her backyard. Once twelve, changes come fast for Samantha as she discovers a family secret even her parents know nothing about. The talent brings lies and dangers and she is pursued by ominous strangers who will harm her just for her gift.Sixth grader Samantha Branson is a normal, everyday girl, playing with her friends, and having a great time building the “clubhouse” in the bamboo covering her backyard. And her twelfth birthday is almost here. She is planning a fantastic party with her friends. But her grandfather is also coming, with a gift she may not want but will not be able to refuse. Changes come fast for Samantha as she discovers a family secret even her parents know nothing about. The talent brings lies and dangers and she is pursued by ominous strangers who will harm her just for her new-found gift. She is aided in unexpected places by others who share her mysterious talent. At the same time, she's arguing with her best friends and the next door neighbor boy Mark goes missing.When Samantha's friends don't want to help Mark, Samantha decides to go alone and when she does she knows nothing will ever be the same.
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