In twelve-year-old Taemon’s city, everyone has a power called psi — the ability to move and manipulate objects with their minds. When Taemon loses his psi in a traumatic accident, he must hide his lack of power by any means possible. But a humiliating incident at a sports tournament exposes his disability, and Taemon is exiled to the powerless colony.
The “dud farm” is not what Taemon expected, though: people are kind and open, and they actually seem to enjoy using their hands to work and play and even comfort their children. Taemon adjusts to his new life quickly, making friends and finding unconditional acceptance. But gradually he discovers that for all its openness, there are mysteries at the colony, too — dangerous secrets that would give unchecked power to psi wielders if discovered.
When Taemon unwittingly leaks one of these secrets, will he have the courage to repair the damage — even if it means returning to the city and facing the very people who exiled him?
Title: Freakling (Psi Chronicles #1)
Author: Lana Krumwiede
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Release Date: October 9, 2012
Size: 321 pages, hardcover
Genre: Middle Grade Speculative
This was a great middle-grade dystopian! The world building wasn’t too complex and the main character was young (12 years old). I will definitely be recommending it to my kids.