Talent: A Novel

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High school sophomore Sandee Mason has been living in the shadow of her big brother, Brian, for several months, ever since he disappeared while serving in Afghanistan. Instead of obsessing over when Bri will return (or if he’ll ever return), Sandee decides to step out of the shadows and audition for her school’s spring production of Oklahoma!. She wants everyone to stop looking at her like she’s the girl whose brother went missing, even if she still hears Bri talking to her sometimes.

Talent by B. Lynn Goodwin is a novel about family and identity. With strong, well-written characters, Goodwin takes readers backstage into the life of a fifteen-year-old who struggles to find her place in the world while navigating an overwhelming loss. The behind the scenes making of Oklahoma! is well rendered and a fun dive into a high school production. There are some portions of the plot with scenes that feel incomplete and choppy, but the emotional journey of the main character and her strong voice are a direct through line that makes the book hard to put down.

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Author B. Lynn Goodwin
Star Count /5
Format Trade
Page Count 246 pages
Publisher Koehler Books
Publish Date 2020-Nov-01
ISBN 9781646630165
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Issue February 2021
Category Young Adult


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