The authorial adventures of Lana Krumwiede, author, avid reader, and board game queen from Richmond, Virginia.
My first book, FREAKLING, now available from Candlewick.
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?
“Freakling is that perfect combination of thought-provoking and entertaining. Readers will marvel at Taemon’s world and thrill with him as he discovers his own powers, limitations—and choices. What an impressive debut for Lana Krumwiede!”
- Margaret Peterson Haddix
“[W]ell done, unique, and emotionally satisfying…I totally bought into the world of FREAKLING. In the way that I bought the Buggers in ENDER’S GAME and Hogwarts School in HARRY POTTER and The Capitol in THE HUNGER GAMES, there was an internal logic and richness to the world that immersed me quite fully.”
- Colleen Clayton, author of WHAT HAPPENS NEXT
“Lana Krumwiede combines classic story elements particularly pertinent to this age group – sibling rivalry and insider-outsider conflict – and creates a main character whose intentions are admirable, yet realistic, in this new middle grade novel.”
- Jenesse Evertson, co-owner of bbgb tales for kids