“Anyway, being psychic isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. Like, when I broke the lamp in my parent’s bedroom. I knew I was going to be grounded for two weeks. Did that help me get out of it? Noooo! Another problem with reading minds is that it’s not an exact science. I mean, I usually know what you’re thinking at the moment, but that doesn’t mean you won’t change your mind. Or, that you’re not wrong.” – From ESPete Sixth Grade Sense
Pete has the ordinary troubles often plaguing public school sixth graders—things like more homework than the previous year, a big bully in his class, and a girl that he’s crazy about.
But Pete has another unusual challenge that the others in his class *don’t* have: the gift of ESP, or Extra Sensory Perception.
With the extraordinary ability to read minds, Pete—nicknamed ESPete by Rodney the bully—must not only navigate the potholes of preteen awkwardness, but also juggle (and often hide) his gift of perceiving the attitudes and motives of his parents, teachers, and classmates.
Such is the premise of the first book in a new action-packed series for ‘Tween readers titled ESPete: Sixth Grade Sense by Arnold Rudnick, who happens to be a paranormal researcher and a darn good writer.
With a fast-paced plot and believable characters, this 106-page book was a pleasurable, quick read. Author Rudnick ably portrays the idea that ESP isn’t an exact science, weaving Pete’s psychic hits and misses throughout the story. In fact, when Pete thinks that his substitute teacher, Frank (N.?) Stein plans to rob the school cafeteria—and then something even more sinister later on—readers are kept guessing at what will really happen.
ESPete: Sixth Grade Sense stands on its own merit as a wonderful debut ‘Tween book, but it’s also a fascinating primer on psychic giftedness in children, and how they face the same dilemmas as their peers—but with a few more uncertainties and self-consciousness, at times.
Because of some of the dangerous aspects of the story, especially towards the end, I feel this book would actually be better for kids 13 and up (I wouldn’t let my 10 year old read this book just yet, myself). But if you’re an adult who enjoys great juvenile fiction or escapist reading—or an older kid interested in mysteries and positive portrayals of the paranormal, ESPete: Sixth Grade Sense would make a fine addition to your personal library.
And even better news? The second book in the sequel, ESPete: Psychic Hoop Dreams will be coming soon! Hooray! To learn more about Pete and this series, visit the author’s website at ESPete.com.