Friday, October 23, 2015

Super Freak by Vanessa Barger

Super Freak by Vanessa Barger
Publication Date:  October 13, 2015
Publisher:  Tantrum Books
Genre:  MG, Fantasy

Thirteen-year-old Caroline is a freak. Her parents have uprooted her to a town full of Supernaturals. You’d think she’d be thrilled. But, with someone without a magical bone in her body, this daughter of tree sprites feels like even more of an outcast than she has ever before.

To make matters worse, her new home is cursed. But when Caroline takes to investigating the mysterious and strange happenings of Harridan House, her BFF goes missing. Seems someone doesn’t want Caroline sticking her non-magical nose where it most certainly does not belong. Determined to prove herself, Caroline uncovers a plot to destroy her new hometown.

Undeterred, Caroline can’t give up. But what’s a human without magical powers to do? Caroline better figure it out fast, before she loses everything she has ever loved and the whispers she’s heard all her life prove true: Caroline is a useless superfreak.

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At the front of the room, he had a huge round hydroponics system whirring in the corner that fascinated me. I stopped at the side of the setup on my way to my desk and leaned down to poke at a lettuce leaf.

Mr. Darcy appeared over my shoulder. “We’ll be using this all year. It’s a fantastic system. We should be able to help provide salad greens for the cafeteria for a few weeks. Are you interested in gardening, Caroline?”

I nodded, but he didn’t give me half a chance to say anything.

“Of course you are, with your parents being dryads and all. You probably get bored with all this.”

I shook my head. “I’ve got no supernatural talents, Mr. Darcy. I like gardening–no magic involved.”

His brow rose. “I’d heard a rumor, but I assumed it wasn’t true.”

People around me were starting to whisper as I talked to him. The boys were making jokes. 
The girls looked jealous. “It is.”

He smiled, and a girl behind me sighed. “You’ll get along fine then. I myself have only a minor ability to predict rain and make some charms. Not much at all. Magic isn’t everything.”
I smiled and took my seat as the bell rang. One of the boys next to me mumbled something about having a brown nose. A tingle started at the end of my nose, and I jerked a mirror from my bag.

Yup. Brown smudges marred my nose. I glared at him, and prayed they’d fade before too long. Otherwise I’d have to visit the nurse and get the charm removed before next period.

Vanessa Barger was born in West Virginia, and through several moves ended up spending the majority of her life in Virginia Beach, Virginia. She is a graduate of George Mason University and Old Dominion University, and has degrees in Graphic Design, a minor in Medieval and Renaissance Literature, and a Masters in Technology Education. She has had articles published in Altered Arts Magazine, has had some artwork displayed in galleries in Ohio and online, and currently teaches engineering, practical physics, drafting and other technological things to high school students in the Hampton Roads area of Virginia. She is a member of the SCBWI (Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators), the Virginia Writer’s Club, and the Hampton Roads Writers. When not writing or teaching, she’s a bookaholic, movie fanatic, and loves to travel. She is married to a fabulous man, and has one cat, who believes Vanessa lives only to open cat food cans, and can often be found baking when she should be editing.

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