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Children's Nonfiction Curiosities & Wonders

Are You Psychic?

The Official Guide for Kids

by (author) Helaine Becker

illustrated by Claudia Dávila

Owlkids Books Inc.
Initial publish date
Mar 2005
Curiosities & Wonders, Experiments & Projects
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Mar 2005
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    Publish Date
    Mar 2005
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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 8 to 12
  • Grade: 3 to 6


Imagine that you are sitting at your desk, doing your homework. All of a sudden, the image of a friend who you haven’t seen in a very long time pops into your mind. A few minutes later, the phone rings. Surprise! It’s that very same friend calling! Coincidence, or premonition? Author Helaine Becker pairs mysteries of the mind with the natural curiosity of savvy young readers in this interactive guide. What is Extra Sensory Perception (ESP)? Do psychic powers really exist, or can they be explained by science? Better yet, how can we have fun with it? Kids will read about everything from the intruiging science and history behind these mysterious phenomena, to the tricks that phony psychics use to fool us. Are You Psychic? is also chock-full of many exciting activities and experiments, providing the tools for kids to become their own psychic investigators. They’ll learn to identify and weed out the scheming phonies, and have a great time testing friends, family — even their pets!

About the authors


Helaine Becker
est l'auteure de nombreux livres jeunesse primés. Elle a écrit plus de 80
livres, dont Raconte-moi les graphiques : L'histoire de William Playfair et
l'album illustré à succès Un porc-épic dans un sapin. Helaine
habite à Toronto, en Ontario.


HELAINE BECKER is the author of numerous of books of fiction and non-fiction for children, among them the best-selling A Porcupine in a Pine Tree and its sequel, Dashing Through the Snow: A Canadian Jingle Bells, The Haunted House That Jack Built and Little Jack Horner, Live from the Corner. Her books have won the Silver Birch Award and the CBA Libris Award and have been shortlisted for the Red Cedar, the Hackmatack and the Rocky Mountain awards. Helaine lives in Toronto with her family. Visit her at

Helaine Becker's profile page


CLAUDIA DÁVILA a été directrice artistique des magazines Chirp et ChickaDEE, en plus d’être l’auteure-illustratrice de la série de bandes dessinées primées The Future According to Luz et de l’album Super Red Riding Hood. Elle a également illustré l’ouvrage percutant et multi récompensé Child Soldier: When Boys and Girls Are Used in War de Michel Chikwanine et Jessica Dee Humphreys, ainsi que Viminy Crowe’s Comic Book de Marthe Jocelyn et Richard Scrimger. Claudia est née à Santiago, au Chili, et vit maintenant à Toronto avec sa famille.


Claudia Dávila is the former art director of Chirp and chickaDEE magazines, and is the author-illustrator of the award-winning graphic novel series The Future According to Luz and the picture book Super Red Riding Hood. Claudia illustrated the powerful and multi-award-winning book Child Soldier: When Boys and Girls Are Used in War by Michel Chikwanine and Jessica Dee Humphreys, Viminy Crowe's Comic Book by Marthe Jocelyn and Richard Scrimger and The Canadian Kids Guide to Outdoor Fun by Helaine Becker. Claudia was born in Santiago, Chile, and lives in Toronto, Ontario, with her husband and two children.

Claudia Dávila's profile page


  • Short-listed, British Columbia Library Association, Red Cedar Book Award
  • Short-listed, Children's Literature Roundtables of Canada, Information Book Award
  • Commended, Ontario Library Association, Top 10 Canadian Children's Books, Non-fiction Category

Editorial Reviews

This fast-paced, jam-packed introduction to psychic phenomena has good vibes...Are You Psychic? will entertain children with inquiring minds and encourage them to observe, think, ask, test, and arrive responsibly at conclusions.

Quill & Quire

Well researched, easy to understand and inviting, this visionary read will entrance readers young and old.

Today’s Parent

Whether for sleepover entertainment or for serious scientific investigation, these simple experiments are sure to please.

Pennsylvania School Librarians Association

The book is brightly illustrated with short east to read, blocks of information. This fun-filled book is not only entertaining but also educational.

Resource Links

The author's approach prompts children to think critically about the subject matter and encourages them to draw their own conclusions on whether or not ESP is eye-catching book.

Canadian Children's Book News

Uncanny fun. ***** (out of five)

New Brunswick Telegraph Journal

This is a solid offering for kids interested in honing their paranormal skills.

School Library Journal

Third eye exercises, colored auras, precognition dream analysis, and scores of other paranormal phenomena are explored, explained and experimented within this psychic treat.

Albany Democrat-Herald

Are You Psychic? rolls age appropriate, quality information (think first year psychology course) into a snazzy package, with the perfect "all about me" perspective that late elementary, early middle school aged kids love.

CM Magazine: Canadian Review of Materials

Librarian Reviews

Are You Psychic?: The Official Guide for Kids

“Is there such a thing as ESP?” Freaky facts, games and activities examine mind-reading, fakes and phonies, clairvoyance, fortune-telling and psychokinesis the fun way!

Source: The Canadian Children’s Book Centre. Canadian Children’s Book News. 2006.

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