I read this book when I was much younger. I remember that the main cast all had powers, I think the whole school did. The main character was a boy and he was new to the school (I think it was a school, I remember it being very prison-like). There was a guy with super strength, I think. I vividly remember a twitchy boy who could see only a few seconds into the future. The main character has the ability to read people's faces and pick apart their emotions or personality easily, I think.

Not so sure about the super strength boy. I know the main character is a boy who can read/alter emotions and a twitchy kid who can see the future only by a few seconds. That's all I'm certain about. Someone might be able to start fires but I'm not sure. Something also happens with a boat blowing up.

Does anyone know what this could be?

Edit: The character who can see a few seconds into the future.. I think his name is Twitch or Flinch or something because of his weird jumpiness.

  • Hello and welcome to SFF! Can you have a loot at this guide and edit in any details you may remember. For example, you say you read it when you was younger but we don't know when that is!
    – TheLethalCarrot
    Apr 20, 2018 at 13:42
  • Did this main character possibly have strange aunts and uncles?
    – Mithical
    Apr 20, 2018 at 13:57
  • @Mithrandir It's totally possible, but I don't remember.. that rings a bell sort of. Do you have a certain novel in mind?
    – N.G.D.V.K
    Apr 20, 2018 at 13:59
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    It's kind of making me think of Charlie Bone/The Children of the Red King, but that doesn't match all the details.
    – Mithical
    Apr 20, 2018 at 14:02
  • @Mithrandir Nope, it's not that much of a fantasy book. Afaik it was as rooted in reality as a superpower book could be. I'm remembering now though that the Future Sight kid got a novel.. I'm pretty sure.
    – N.G.D.V.K
    Apr 20, 2018 at 15:23

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Hidden Talents, by David Lubar.

Main character Martin, with his uncanny ability to get on people's nerves, gets thrown into a school for troubled teens. There, he meets several other kids with special abilities:

  • Flinch, a clairvoyant who's always on edge;
  • Torchie, a pyrokinetic who inadvertently starts fires;
  • Cheater, a telepath who always manages to write down the same answers on tests as his classmates;
  • Trash, a telekinetic who accidentally "throws" things a lot;
  • Bloodbath, a school bully with super strength

Martin himself discovers that

he too has a superpower: he can instantly read people's character and find their flaws, which is how he's always able to say just the wrong thing to make people dislike him.

You might also be thinking of the sequel, True Talents, which focuses on "Trash" (I don't remember an exploding boat in the first one, but I never read the second).

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