By Timothy Zahn
On Tigris, young children enhance telekinesis starting on the age of 5. by the point they’re pre-teens, even though, their precise talents height, then slip away as they succeed in adulthood. having the ability to “teek” supplies them power—even over so much adults—until they steadily develop into general little ones, not precise, now not with authority and standing. a few deal with the Transition higher than others.
Lisa Duncan regularly inspiration she’d mature gracefully, yet at age fourteen, and shut to wasting her talents, she’s pressured and unsure approximately what the longer term will deliver. that's, until eventually she will get drawn into the experimental plan of Dr. Matthew Jarvis, whose medical discovery may well modify Tigrin society endlessly. . . .
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A Coming of Age by Timothy Zahn