Gifted Touch (Fingerprints Series #1) [NOOK Book]

Overview

Sometimes, when I touch things, words fill my head. Words that feel like thoughts—thoughts that are inside of me...but not mine.

I used to think I was crazy. Used to.

I'm starting to wonder if there's a reason for all the voices that tangle together in my mind. And if I'm right, then it's not my sanity I'm worried about—it's my life.

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Gifted Touch (Fingerprints Series #1)

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Overview

Sometimes, when I touch things, words fill my head. Words that feel like thoughts—thoughts that are inside of me...but not mine.

I used to think I was crazy. Used to.

I'm starting to wonder if there's a reason for all the voices that tangle together in my mind. And if I'm right, then it's not my sanity I'm worried about—it's my life.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061756610
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 10/13/2009
  • Series: Fingerprints Series , #1
  • Sold by: HARPERCOLLINS
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 368,255
  • Age range: 13 - 17 Years
  • File size: 689 KB

Meet the Author

Melinda Metz has long been fascinated with the paranormal. She explored the world of aliens with her Roswell High series and now enters the mind of a psychic girl in the Echoes books. She was on the writing staff, along with writing partner Laura J. Burns, of the TV shows Roswell (based on her series) and 1-800-Missing. Melinda lives in Concord, North Carolina, with her pen-eating dog, Dodger.

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Fingerprints #1: Gifted Touch

Chapter One

"Is there anything you need for school tomorrow?" Rae's father asked as they drove down the freeway at precisely fifty-five miles an hour. "We could swing by the mall after your, uh, meeting. I'd be willing to give you control of my AmEx for, say, twelve or thirteen minutes." He took his eyes off the road long enough to give her something that she knew was supposed to be a smile, although it came out more like a grimace. Just way too many teeth showing.

That was your cue, Rae, she told herself. Her cue to launch into a long and elaborate whine-protest that would convince him just how key the right clothes and accessories were to having the kind of school year she'd want to look back on fondly when she was his age.

"What do you say?" her father asked. He rubbed the little mole on his right cheek, the way he always did when he got stressed.

"I'm good," Rae answered. She was sure there were some things she should want for the start of her junior year. A shirt in one of the "new" colors or a backpack upgrade or something. But she had no idea what the things she should want were. It seemed safer to stick to the stuff she already had. She could trust that Rae, the pre-freak-out Rae. But the only-days-out-of-the-hospital Rae—that was not someone who could be trusted with something as delicate as picking out appropriate clothes.

Her father's smile-grimace faded. "Well, if you change your mind . . ." He let his words trail off and studied the freeway stretching out in front of them with unnecessary intensity. Rae stared through the windshield, too, letting the waves of heat rising off theasphalt and the white lines flying past mesmerize her. Her happiest times, happiest post-freak-out, were moments like this—when she could blank out, her mind quiet. Which was pretty pathetic. She could just imagine her first day of school.

Hey, Rae, what did you do this summer?

Oh, I had a nice, long rest in a kind of . . . resort. And I took a lot of baths, which was fab because in the tub, my mind actually seems to work fairly non-psycho-ly. What about you?

And that was if anybody was even willing to talk to her at all after her meltdown in the cafeteria last spring. She'd seen Marcus only once since that day—hospitals gave him the creeps—although she'd gotten a couple of sweet cards from him. Lea had actually shown up at the hospital a couple of times—with a few other friends in tow—but she'd been better about sending an endless stream of little gifts. Not that Rae could blame her. A day at the hospital wasn't exactly the definition of summer fun.

"Could you hand me my sunglasses?" Rae's dad asked."Sure. You should always wear them when it's this bright. We blue-eyed types are so sun sensitive," Rae answered, doing her look-how-normal-I-am routine. She opened the glove box.

"What am I supposed to say to her?"

The thought was followed by a vicious wrench in the muscles between Rae's shoulder blades. A tiny gasp of pain escaped her lips.

"Are you all right?" her father demanded, his voice filled with needles of anxiety.

"Yeah, fine. Just banged my elbow on the door handle," Rae answered quickly. She'd managed to convince her dad and her doctor that the strange thoughts that had started slamming into her brain without warning were gone. And she wasn't going to give either of them any reason to suspect that she'd been lying; otherwise she'd be on the express train back to squirrel city.

"Sunglasses?" her father reminded her, sounding a little more normal. Neither of them sounded completely normal anymore."Oh, right." Rae snatched up her dad's dorky, geek-professor-attempting-coolness mirrored shades—"a bald spot"—and handed them to him, absentmindedly stroking the top of her head. She didn't try to figure out where the thought about a bald spot had come from. She'd given up on searching for explanations months ago and accepted the fact that this was her life now. All she could do was deal—and try not to foam unattractively at the mouth.

Rae focused her attention back on the heat waves and the white lines. But just as she was starting to reenter the blank zone, her dad changed lanes and moved onto the off-ramp. Three turns later the sign for the Oakvale Institute came into view. It was more low security than the hospital. No fences or anything. But Rae still bet it had that smell, that bargain-brand-disinfectant smell.

"I don't know why I even have to do this. I'm fine. Dr. Warriner said I was fine," Rae said.

"And you are fine," her father answered, his voice a little too loud. "You're doing great. The group sessions are just to help you keep on track, especially with starting back to school tomorrow." He pulled into the institute's parking lot and maneuvered the old Chevette into a spot almost in front of the main doors. "I'll be right here when you're done," he said, giving her arm an awkward pat.

Rae noticed he'd been touching her more since she got out of the hospital. She wondered if that was something Dr. Warriner had encouraged him to do in one of their private sessions. Rae wished her dad wouldn't bother. They'd never been touchy with each other, and now it just felt weird.

Fingerprints #1: Gifted Touch. Copyright © by Melinda Metz. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 8, 2014

    Love it

    I read this books
    over 12 years ago then got to thinking about them a few days ago so look it and thay wher on hear thank you so much for haveing them in e reader form

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  • Posted July 10, 2011

    Awesome

    If you like this read immortal series

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 31, 2005

    ONE OF MY FAVORITES

    this book was truly interesting and AWESOME! it's intriguing how Rae can read people's minds.... though in a cooler way than a mindreader. the author keeps u hanging about who are the guys (there are 2, u'll find out) that want to kill Rae. btw, I think Rae and Anthony should TOTALLY be together!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 25, 2005

    gifted touch

    I loved this book i checked it out from the public library a couple days ago and finished it that day!! Now i cannot get the 5th one cause the library does not have it and i am going crazy!! i want to know what happens next!! if you are a fan of the 1-800-where-are-you series than you wll like these books!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 6, 2005

    TO READ OR NOT TO READ........READ!!!!!!!!!!

    this book is so... everything we have suspense,teenage paranormal, even alittle love between certain characters (well not yet but soon to come anyone can see that)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 13, 2005

    Gifted Touch

    I love this book. I liked everything about it from cover to cover. I can't believe I am the only boy to have read these. Or at least I am the only boy to have written a review. I am kind of mad, though. I read a review where the person completely spilled the ending. I totally agree with the girl that said she didn't know if she was going to read these, because someone spilled. I get on here to see if people enjoyed the book, I didn't get on to hear the end and then decide if I wanted to read them. So please, don't spill the ending. And to the girl that didn't know if she was going to read them: read them even if you know the end! I don't know if you only knew the end to the first one, or the whole series, but if you only know the end to the first, then keep going. I am still reading them, and I know the very end! They are awsome! I wish the author would write a series about Rae's mother when she was younger.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 22, 2004

    great series

    i love this book. it's unique and the whole series is just great to read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 17, 2004

    I love it

    This was a great book I read it in a day! Its a very interesting book one of my favorite series!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 1, 2003

    Come on people

    I was looking for books online and heard about this one. Now that I know 'who did it', i'm not so sure. Please do not give away the plot online!! I was really looking forawrd to getting this, but since i know the end already it's pointless. This still looks good, but come one people that was a major disapointment.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 21, 2003

    Only the Best,

    This book is by far the best book i have ever read. To start out a series with such a wonderful jump-start is a gift that only true writers have. Melinda Metz is an award-winning author that deserves every award she has earned. Fingerprints are the must read series for all young adults.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 12, 2003

    GREAT BOOK!

    I normally don't like reading books, but when i started reading this book i read it and couldn't put it down. It was such a great mystery and I loved they whole story... I CAN'T WAIT TO READ THE SECOND BOOK!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 17, 2003

    Great BooK!!!

    This book was great. I didn't read that much befor but this book was hard to put down. I have now read them all and hope to see more put out.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 19, 2002

    Excellent Book

    At first I thought that this book would be boring, but then I really got into it. I don't really like Sci-fi books, and even though this one sorta is I loved it so much I had to go out and get all of the other books (which are also great).

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 22, 2002

    This was the Greatest Book!

    I loved this book. When Rae didn't know who had set that pipe bomb, I looked back and thought it was a little weird for that Cynda girl to tell her to go to the bathroom. I knew it was her! I love this book! I think Anthony and Rae would be a good couple! Just saying! Anyway, I'm going read the second book when I get my hands on it!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 19, 2002

    Great 'Gifted...' Grabs and Grips You

    Great book! It is such an interesting concept, and such a new-ish topic! It's a gripping book, although I would have liked it to be longer.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 16, 2002

    A 14 yr. old in maine

    OMG! you need to get this book right away! It's one of the best books I have ever read. Once you pick it up you cant put it down until before you know it your done the whole series!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 12, 2002

    AMAZING and DAZZLING

    Hey I've always loved to read but Melinda Metz just touches the heart with every novel she writes. When I saw she had another series after her Roswell Hit well I had no choice but to pick up a book and read I LOVE IT!!!!! and you will too:)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 30, 2001

    truely gifted

    This book was so wonderful!! It just sucked me in!! I couldn't stop reading!! I hope this book continues on through so many books!! I can't wait to read them all!! RECOMMEND THIS BOOK TO ALL YOUR FRIENDS!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 2, 2001

    Sad, Happy, Funny, and Suspenceful

    Wow! This book was great. I love the relationship betwenn Rae and Anthony. I can't wait to read the nest one and find out about Jesse!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 10, 2001

    Awesome series

    I really love this series! I've read the first three and I can't wait to read the next one. While I'm reading these books I get excited and nervous at the same time....I'm so anxious for Anthony to just kiss Rae already! They're perfect together and she should realize that Marcus is a loser. (sorry for talking about them like they're real people, but that just shows you how wrapped up you can get in this series) :)

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