Novels about Gifted Children: Science Fiction/Fantasy Novels

This list of novels is comprised of science fiction/fantasy books that feature gifted characters, allowing gifted children the opportunity to discover intelligent, quick-witted protagonists who are not bound by the limits of the real world.

This list of novels is comprised of science fiction/fantasy books that feature gifted characters, allowing gifted children the opportunity to discover intelligent, quick-witted protagonists who are not bound by the limits of the real world.

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Make Me Disappear

Author: Kent, Cameron

Subjects: Problem Solving; Family Relationships; Magic/Fantasy

Age: 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

Grade: 3, 4, 5, 6

Order code: 1005

Price: $14.99
Website price: $10.00

Class sets: 10 or more: $7.00 each.
Order code: 1005S

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It is said in the magic profession that when a true magician leaves this realm, another one is sent to take his place. Harry Houdini died on October 31—Halloween. Sam Sullivan was born on this day, and his passion has always been magic. Maybe he is the one.

Make Me Disappear is a present-day adventure set both in the real world and in Wundriana, the land of magic where things go when they disappear. It is also a Christmas story with a wonderful cast of characters.

At age ten, Sam’s fate seems set. His widowed father will marry the dishonest, materialistic, manipulative Cynthia, who wants Sam out of the way in a boarding school. Sam loves doing magic tricks and is well-read about the profession. When Choko the Clown performs magic tricks at his tenth birthday party, Sam later discovers him to be The Great Blackwell LaVeque, and his fortune changes. Because Sam’s birthday is Houdini’s day of leaving this realm, Blackwell accepts Sam as his apprentice and welcomes him into his home and his heart.

Cynthia has been making Sam’s life miserable; therefore, when Blackwell sends him to Wundriana as part of his apprenticeship, Sam determines to return one day and remain there. In Wundriana he meets the stranded, beautiful Kristina and the evil Sinjin, whom the young Blackwell banished years before for murdering his own love and assistant, Lily. Both Kristina and Sinjin desperately want to get back to the real world. Only Sam has the means in Blackwell’s book, but he must discover the magical way. Sam’s intelligence prevails as he sends Kristina back and outwits Sinjin.

Back in the real world, Sam’s disappearance shakes his father and straightens out his values. He sees Cynthia for what she is. Kristina arrives with news of Sam. Together they go to see Blackwell, now in the hospital, weak with trying to retrieve Sam. Sam alone must now effect his own return. Sam again outsmarts Sinjin, performs the necessary magic, and returns.

In a wonderful scene reaffirming concern for his son's feelings—one evoking their Christmas tree ritual of years past—Sam’s father trashes Cynthias plastic decorator tree, stomps across the sacred lawn, axes a prized ornamental tree, lugs it across the living room, and anchors it in an antique vase. The rare Persian rug becomes the tree's skirt. As Sam and his father scan the room for something to use for a star, a perfect five-pointed one suddenly appears on top of the tree with a light so clear and pure that it seems to let them know that everything is going to be fine.

Cameron Kent was an award-winning television evening news anchor for a major network and a successful screenwriter.

It is said in the magic profession that when a true magician leaves this realm, another one is sent to take his place. Harry Houdini died on October 31—Halloween. Sam Sullivan was born on this day, and his passion has always been magic. Maybe he is the one.

Make Me Disappear is a present-day adventure set both in the real world and in Wundriana, the land of magic where things go when they disappear. It is also a Christmas story with a wonderful cast of characters.

At age ten, Sam’s fate seems set. His widowed father will marry the dishonest, materialistic, manipulative Cynthia, who wants Sam out of the way in a boarding school. Sam loves doing magic tricks and is well-read about the profession. When Choko the Clown performs magic tricks at his tenth birthday party, Sam later discovers him to be The Great Blackwell LaVeque, and his fortune changes. Because Sam’s birthday is Houdini’s day of leaving this realm, Blackwell accepts Sam as his apprentice and welcomes him into his home and his heart. 

Cynthia has been making Sam’s life miserable; therefore, when Blackwell sends him to Wundriana as part of his apprenticeship, Sam determines to return one day and remain there. In Wundriana he meets the stranded, beautiful Kristina and the evil Sinjin, whom the young Blackwell banished years before for murdering his own love and assistant, Lily. Both Kristina and Sinjin desperately want to get back to the real world. Only Sam has the means in Blackwell’s book, but he must discover the magical way. Sam’s intelligence prevails as he sends Kristina back and outwits Sinjin.

Back in the real world, Sam’s disappearance shakes his father and straightens out his values. He sees Cynthia for what she is. Kristina arrives with news of Sam. Together they go to see Blackwell, now in the hospital, weak with trying to retrieve Sam. Sam alone must now effect his own return. Sam again outsmarts Sinjin, performs the necessary magic, and returns.

In a wonderful scene reaffirming concern for his son's feelings—one evoking their Christmas tree ritual of years past—Sam’s father trashes Cynthias plastic decorator tree, stomps across the sacred lawn, axes a prized ornamental tree, lugs it across the living room, and anchors it in an antique vase. The rare Persian rug becomes the tree's skirt. As Sam and his father scan the room for something to use for a star, a perfect five-pointed one suddenly appears on top of the tree with a light so clear and pure that it seems to let them know that everything is going to be fine.

Cameron Kent was an award-winning television evening news anchor for a major network and a successful screenwriter.

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A Tale of a Hero and the Song of Her Sword

Author: Brody, Dylan

Subjects: Science Fiction; Leadership; Gifted Women and Girls; Girl's Adventure

Age: 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18

Grade: 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

Order code: 4128

Price: $14.99
Website price: $10.00

Class sets: 10 or more: $7.00 each.
Order code: 4128S

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If more girls grew up to be heroes, the world would be different.

In Rowan Milne’s world, heroes study swordplay and learn to slay magical beasts, but Rowan is full of surprises. From her departure to Hero School at age thirteen to her insistence that there is more to heroism than the strength and courage of the warrior beast-slayer, she always seems to be aware of more options than those around her. Her story serves as both a feminist anthem for young adult readers and a case for traditionally feminine virtues like empathy and creative problem solving, as opposed to the traditional male virtues of romanticized violence and warriorism.

With her sword at her hip and her keen mind and conscience to guide her through stunning fencing competitions and heroic battles, Rowan leaves convention behind. On her way, she redefines the role of the hero in society and the meaning of heroism. Now it will include empathy, creative problem solving, and self-discovery. Sometimes girls just don’t want to settle for “happily ever after.”

Dylan Brody is a successful screenwriter, author, and stand-up comedian. He resides in Studio City, California.

If more girls grew up to be heroes, the world would be different.

In Rowan Milne’s world, heroes study swordplay and learn to slay magical beasts, but Rowan is full of surprises. From her departure to Hero School at age thirteen to her insistence that there is more to heroism than the strength and courage of the warrior beast-slayer, she always seems to be aware of more options than those around her. Her story serves as both a feminist anthem for young adult readers and a case for traditionally feminine virtues like empathy and creative problem solving, as opposed to the traditional male virtues of romanticized violence and warriorism.

With her sword at her hip and her keen mind and conscience to guide her through stunning fencing competitions and heroic battles, Rowan leaves convention behind. On her way, she redefines the role of the hero in society and the meaning of heroism. Now it will include empathy, creative problem solving, and self-discovery. Sometimes girls just don’t want to settle for “happily ever after.”

Dylan Brody is a successful screenwriter, author, and stand-up comedian. He resides in Studio City, California.

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Works of Thy Hands

Author: Seal, Gyla Beth; Taylor, January

Subjects: Science Fiction; Relationships; Genetics

Age: 15, 16, 17, 18

Grade: 10, 11, 12

Order code: 2990

Price: $14.99
Website price: $10.00

Class sets: 10 or more: $7.00 each.
Order code: 2990S

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Finalist, 1997 Golden Duck Award for Excellence in Science Fiction

“...feels more ‘serious’ than science fiction...powerful.” – Locus Magazine

A young man discovers that his mother, a scientist, has been working secretly on a DNA project and has successfully bred children—two boys and a girl. Throughout their childhood, the three youngsters had no idea that they were artificial creations. They believed that they were the natural children of their mother and her professor husband. Mother was always emotionally cold toward them yet completely involved with them. She chronicled their every move, their triumphs, and their slightest sniffles. The three children were far superior to their peers, and as they grew into adulthood, they could be counted on to excel. Now, in emotional limbo as young adults, the two boys find themselves involved with young women, while their sister seeks comfort in the church. One of the boys begins to explore his origins, only to find a long series of scientific articles by his mother. She has applied for patent numbers rather than birth certificates for the three.

Forbidden by their mother ever to think of marriage, the older boy rebelliously announces his engagement, while the other falls for the charms of a young woman and gets her pregnant. The couple flees to the Earth colony on Mars to have the child. His mother sues for the return of her property, thus setting the stage for a brilliant courtroom battle. The trial is held with high-powered advocates arguing the case for the scientist and her associates. Issues of being and life, human rights and property rights are raised. The young man’s lawyer is superb. The court sets a legal definition, and new direction for humanity begins.

This is science fiction at its best—exploring the fundamental issues of the human condition.

Finalist, 1997 Golden Duck Award for Excellence in Science Fiction

“...feels more ‘serious’ than science fiction...powerful.” – Locus Magazine

A young man discovers that his mother, a scientist, has been working secretly on a DNA project and has successfully bred children—two boys and a girl. Throughout their childhood, the three youngsters had no idea that they were artificial creations. They believed that they were the natural children of their mother and her professor husband. Mother was always emotionally cold toward them yet completely involved with them. She chronicled their every move, their triumphs, and their slightest sniffles. The three children were far superior to their peers, and as they grew into adulthood, they could be counted on to excel. Now, in emotional limbo as young adults, the two boys find themselves involved with young women, while their sister seeks comfort in the church. One of the boys begins to explore his origins, only to find a long series of scientific articles by his mother. She has applied for patent numbers rather than birth certificates for the three.

Forbidden by their mother ever to think of marriage, the older boy rebelliously announces his engagement, while the other falls for the charms of a young woman and gets her pregnant. The couple flees to the Earth colony on Mars to have the child. His mother sues for the return of her property, thus setting the stage for a brilliant courtroom battle. The trial is held with high-powered advocates arguing the case for the scientist and her associates. Issues of being and life, human rights and property rights are raised. The young man’s lawyer is superb. The court sets a legal definition, and new direction for humanity begins.

This is science fiction at its best—exploring the fundamental issues of the human condition.

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