ABOUT SUPER FREAK:
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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Giveaway Information: Contest ends October 12, 2015
Five (5) winners will receive a digital copy of Super Freak by Vanessa Barger (INT)
ABOUT VANESSA BARGER:
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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“What’s up, Caroline?” Tallulah Jensen smirked and sauntered up to me in the hall between classes. This couldn’t be good.
One of the two cheerleaders who always followed her around tittered behind one hand. I wanted to reach out and yank on one of her bushy ponytails, but I resisted the urge.
“So, I figured you owe me a favor,” Tallulah examined her fingernails, then flicked her gaze back to me. “Because of how much you like me and all.”
I closed my locker with a hollow thud and sighed. “Please, let’s not pretend. You think because you’ve got a couple of trolls on the cheer squad to back yourself up that you can tell me what to do. Well the answer is no.”
Her eyes narrowed. “I haven’t even told you what I want yet.”
She stretched her arms out so she was leaning over me, her face right into mine. Tallulah was psychic, and I could feel her pressing her will into my head. She wanted math homework done. Every day. For the rest of the year.
“Are you nuts?” I said.
She pressed harder, and I winced, squeezing my eyes shut and trying to squirm under her arms.
Just when I thought I would have to say yes, there was a burst of wind and a loud “oof” next to me.
I cracked open one eye, and then relaxed, staring.
Diana stood over Tallulah, fire in her eyes. “That’s enough of that, you pom-pom waving moron. Caroline doesn’t need losers like you making her life miserable.”
Tallulah accepted a hand up from one of her cronies. I found it funny that they gave Diana a wide berth as they frowned, helped Tallulah pick up her things, and then move down the hall. I stared, open mouthed at her.
Diana sniffed and readjusted her book bag while Tallulah cut me one last dark look before turning a corner down the hall.
“You okay, Caro?”
I nodded. “Thanks.” I rubbed a hand over my face. “I can’t believe they didn’t just tackle you.”
She smiled. “Tallulah and I have had run-ins before. By now she’s finally learned better than that.”
I shook my head. “Thank you. I don’t think that’s ever happened before.”
Diana threw an arm over my shoulders. “You’d have dealt with them in your own way. I just sped up the process. Besides, what are friends for?”