09-15-2013 09:47 PM
Okay here goes: I read a young adult book about orphaned psychic teenagers being studied in a laboratory when I was in middle school (90s). The main character was a teenage boy who somehow got separated from his guardian, a time traveler. The book itself was the last part in a trilogy, but the library never had books 1 and 2. The kids were being held against their will. Some of the experiments had the kids listening to ancient languages trying to figure out the meaning of the words. At one point, the main character gets mad and melts a red ball with just his thoughts. Spoiler alert: at the end the kids escape and are adopted by parents in some type of cold climate, Alaska maybe? The boy reunites with his guardian, and they go visit the ancient Egyptian pyramids. Funny, I can't remember the name or author, but I definitely remember the very end. Does this ring a bell to anyone? I'd love to read books 1 and 2. Thanks in advance!
Yes! This is exactly the book I am trying to find the name of. It's funny how the part about him melting the red ball stood out so clearly for you too. I think they were in a facility with psychic dampening walls to prevent escape. As I recall, the guy who was studying them was doing a sort of group session with other teens around a table. The red ball was on that table. I seem to remember there were some twins there whose abilities were somehow related to one another. Someone in the group struggled hard during the test but the ball barley moved. The researcher then insisted that the protagonist give it a shot. The protagonist melted it in a show of anger and contempt for the trivial test.
I remember reading it in elementary school, so it had to have been on shelves by 1995 or earlier.
I FOUND IT! Actually I found someone who found it. After a lot of googling, I located a q&a site page where someone figured it out.