Do you like ESP novels (paranormal talents) for teens and children? Here are some recommendations.

I LOVE reading (well-written) YA and middle-grade novels with some form of ESP in them–telepathy, telekineses, clairvoyance, etc. Those books seem to feed me; sometimes I feel starved for them. (That’s why I put telepathy into Hunted.) I never feel like I have enough. So I asked my fellow readers and writers for some suggestions.

My recommendations–paranormal-talent books that are my favorites and that I love:

-Lois Duncan’s books, especially Down a Dark Hall, The Third Eye, A Gift of Magic

-Tamora Pierce’s The Immortal series, starting with Wild Magic

-Alexander Key’s books: The Forgotten Door, Escape to Witch Mountain, The Magic Meadow, The Preposterous Adventures of Swimmer, The Mystery of the Sassafras Chair) (out of print, so check on AbeBooks)

-Melinda Metz’ Fingerprints series, starting with Gifted Touch

-Cora Taylor’s Julie series (middle grade), starting with Julie

-Lena Coakley’s Witchlanders
-Jay Williams’ The Magic Grandfather (middle grade) (out of print, so check on AbeBooks)
-Dorothy Hass’ The Secret Life of Dilly McBean (middle grade) (out of print, so check on AbeBooks)

-Wilanne Schneider Beldon’s Mind-Find, Mind-Hold, and Mind-Call (out of print, so check on AbeBooks)

-Michelle Grose’s Jasper (middle grade) (out of print, so check on AbeBooks)

-Stephanie Tolan’s Welcome to the Ark

-Jude Watson’s Premonitions and Premonitions 2. Also The Sight (haven’t read The Sight yet)

-John Wyndham’s The Chrysalids, and Cholky

-Madeline L’Engle’s Time Quintent starting with A Wrinkle In Time (middle grade)

-Sherwood Smith’s Wren series, starting with Wren To the Rescue

-Willo Roberts Davis’ The Girl With the Silver Eyes (middle grade)


New (to me) recommendations that I’m excited to read (with some that I’ve read but will likely check out again):

-L J Smith’s Dark Visions series, starting with The Strange Power

-Kelley Armstrong’s Darkest Powers trilogy, starting with The Summoning

-Marilyn Kaye’s Gifted series, starting with Out of Sight, Out of Mind

-Brent Hartinger’s Shadow Walkers

-Cindy Pon’s Silver Phoenix and Fury of the Phoenix

-Marlene Perez’ Dead Is series, starting with Dead Is The New Black

-David Lubar’s Hidden Talents

-Nina Kiriki Hoffman’s A Fistful of Sky

-Alyson Noel’s Immortal series, starting with Evermore

-Patrick Ness’ The Knife of Never Letting Go

-Kim Harrington’s Clarity

-Neal Shusterman’s Bruiser

-PJ Hoover’s Forgotten World series, starting with The Emerald Tablet

-Linda Joy Singleton’s Seer series, starting with Don’t Die, Dragonfly

-Robin McKinley’s Damar series: The Blue Sword, and The Hero and the Crown

-Kiersten White’s Paranormalcy

-Myra McEntire’s Hourglass

-Laurence Gonzales’ Lucy

-James Dashner’s MazeRunner series, starting with The MazeRunner

-PHC Marchesi’s Shelby and Shauna Kitt and the Dimensional Holes (middle grade)

-A. E. Van Vogt’s Slan

-Zenna Henderson’s Ingathering: The Complete People Stories

I also received a few adult book recommendations:
-Rachel Caine’s Weather Wardens series, starting with Ill Wind; and
-Julian May’s Saga of Plicene Exile, starting with The Many-Colored Land

If you have any other YA or middle-grade books to recommend with paranormal gifts in them, please let me know in the comments!

About Cheryl Rainfield

I write the books I needed and couldn't find as a teen. I write teen fiction--paranormal fantasy and gritty realistic fiction. I'm the author of SCARS (WestSide Books, 2010) #1 ALA QuickPicks, and Governor General Literary Award Finalist, HUNTED (WestSide Books, Oct 2011), STAINED (Harcourt, 2013), The Last Dragon (HIP Books, Sept 2009), and Walking Both Sides (HIP Books, 2011). I also enjoy drawing, surfing the web, connecting with people I like, doing crafts, and being with my dog.
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5 Responses to Do you like ESP novels (paranormal talents) for teens and children? Here are some recommendations.

  1. Allison says:

    Love this list! And you start with Lois Duncan, my favorite in this genre- perfection!

  2. My YA novel ULTRAVIOLET (Carolrhoda Lab, Sept 2011 – was released in the UK June 2011 by Orchard Books) deals with paranormal abilities as well.

  3. Charlotte says:

    Great list!

    I’ve thought of another–Sharon Shinn has a nice series for younger YA readers that begins with The Safe-Keeper’s Secret, which I enjoyed.

  4. Thank you so much for the suggestions, you guys! I’m in the middle of copyedits but I’ll try to incorporate them into the post soon. (Or, ahem, if I forget, people can, of course, find them in the comments here. 🙂 ) So glad to find more good books!

    And Allison, Lois Duncan’s books are my favorites, too, and the first ones I think of for paranormal-talent fiction!

  5. Jo Ramsey says:

    Great list. I love Madeleine L’Engle’s books!

    In Margaret Mahy’s Changeover, the main character has some psychic talents, and is changed into a witch to save her little brother from a psychic vampirey sort of person.

    At the risk of blowing my own horn…In my book The Black Bridge (first in a series; book 2 comes out in September), the characters have psychic abilities that they use to fight against the forces of darkness.

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