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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (271 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Erin Cashman Narrator: Madeleine Lambert Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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. 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 foretelling a mysterious girl who will use her ability to save Cambial students from a dire fate. 

Could she be that girl? Does the gorgeous but secretive boy she meets in the woods know more than he’s letting on? After years of ignoring her special, Claire decides the time has come to embrace her ability—before it’s too late.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A pleasant read…Cashman knows how to craft natural dialogue and empathetic characters.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “The writing is lively and the animal interactions intriguing.” 

    Booklist

  • 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

  • "I liked Claire. She’s brave and she also sounds like a teenage girl—concerned about boys and her friends. She has a conflicted relationship with her mom, and that rang very true as well. I also liked the characters around her. They all have distinct voices and personalities and contributed well to the overall conflict…The story kept my interest and is a solid debut. I’m looking forward to the sequel."

    YA Books Central

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Martha | 2/19/2014

    " Good vs evil; who to trust? A school of exceptionally talented kids (each with their own special powers) must face the one ready to destroy them. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Patricia | 2/6/2014

    " This was an interesting story ut for me it was average-good and not exceptional. I expect there will be another book to follow. I may or not read it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Mcbooks | 1/24/2014

    " The Exceptionals is a really great fantasy novel. It is very suspensful, I read it in two days because I had to know what happened! It has the perfect amount of romance, action and fantasy. I loved the parts with Claire and Ferana, they were my favorite, and Tabby the cat was hysterical. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Mitzi | 12/30/2013

    " This book is a Young Adult novel with all sorts of paranormal in it. Loved the book. It was well written and it's about a girl that has special abilities as well as her family and goes to a special school for kids that have different abilities. There's a little romance, suspense. Very good. "

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About the Author
Author Erin Cashman

Erin Cashman graduated from Bates College with a degree in English and from Boston College Law School. She lives in Massachusetts.