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%%* MentalTimeTravel* MentalTimeTravel: Nancy is able to see the past, specifically her grandmother's bestowing of gifts on her and her siblings. She is even able to dialogue with her long-deceased grandmother.



* ParentsAsPeople: Unlike a number of Duncan's stories involving divorced parents, this one portrays both parents sympathetically, having split up because their respective goals in life are mutually incompatible.



* PsychicPowers

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* PsychicPowersPsychicPowers: Nancy's psychic powers drive much of the plot of the story.

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* AmicableExes: The parents. They get along; they just can't stay married because the kids' mother wants to settle down in one place, and their father has a continued need to travel the world.

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* FemaleMisogynist: Nancy, at least in regards to her sister wanting to be a dancer instead of staying home.


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* SadistTeacher: Ms. Green, the social studies teacher after finding out about Nancy's ESP. She purposefully gives C's to Nancy when she does A level work, and when Kirby is depressed after breaking her foot and isn't doing well in school, Ms. Green coldly askes her "You don't read with your leg, do you?"
* ScrewThisImOutOfHere: Ms. Green is old enough to retire at the end of the book, and does so because she doesn't want to deal with Brendon (whom she never even met)


A novel written by Creator/LoisDuncan in TheSeventies.

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A ''A Gift of Magic'' is a novel written by Creator/LoisDuncan in TheSeventies.



* ArtisticLicenseStatistics: In one chapter Nancy is given a standard test to measure psychic ability. She is asked to pick, without looking, all the white cards out of a deck of cards filled with an equal amount of black and white cards. Because she wishes to hide her [[PsychicPowers ability]], she picks all the black cards so that she would get all the "wrong" answers and fail the test. The examiner sees right through Nancy's ploy because there is an equal probability of picking only white or only black cards and explains that if she really wanted to screw up the test, she should have picked a roughly equal amount of black and white cards at random.



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* [[YouFailStatisticsForever Nancy Fails Statistics Forever]]: In one chapter Nancy is given a standard test to measure psychic ability. She is asked to pick, without looking, all the white cards out of a deck of cards filled with an equal amount of black and white cards. Because she wishes to hide her [[PsychicPowers ability]], she [[YouFailStatisticsForever picks all the black cards so that she would get all the "wrong" answers and fail the test]]. The examiner sees right through Nancy's ploy because there is an equal probability of picking only white or only black cards and explains that if she really wanted to screw up the test, she should have picked a roughly equal amount of black and white cards at random.


Despite the somewhat similar premise, this was actually written a few years before ''{{Carrie}}'' and is much less action-packed and violent.

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Despite the somewhat similar premise, this was actually written a few years before ''{{Carrie}}'' ''{{Literature/Carrie}}'' and is much less action-packed and violent.


* IWishedYouWereDead: Nancy wishes her sister would stay home and not go to dance school, and her sister falls down the stairs and breaks her foot. Her mentor argues that Kirby skipping breakfast that morning because she thought a dancer should be thin is a more likely cause; it's left ambiguous who is right.

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* IWishedYouWereDead: Nancy wishes her sister would stay home and not go to dance school, and her sister falls down the stairs and breaks her foot. Her mentor argues that Kirby skipping breakfast that morning because she thought a dancer should be thin is a more likely cause; it's left ambiguous who is right. Nancy still feels horrible whichever it was.
* MaybeMagicMaybeMundane: See above; while Nancy's powers are definitely real, how strong they are is up for debate. Her ESP works, but it's never confirmed either way whether she is also a strong enough telekinetic or chance manipulator to actually shove Kirby down the stairs and then heal her, or whether those were coincidences caused by ordinary means.


* IWishedYouWereDead: Nancy wishes her sister would stay home and not go to dance school, and her sister falls down the stairs and breaks her foot. (Although her mentor argues that Kirby skipping breakfast that morning because she thought a dancer should be thin is a more likely cause; it's ambiguous who is right.)

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* IWishedYouWereDead: Nancy wishes her sister would stay home and not go to dance school, and her sister falls down the stairs and breaks her foot. (Although her Her mentor argues that Kirby skipping breakfast that morning because she thought a dancer should be thin is a more likely cause; it's left ambiguous who is right.)



* PoliticallyIncorrectHero

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* PoliticallyIncorrectHeroPoliticallyIncorrectHero: Nancy has a bit of a StayInTheKitchen attitude going on towards her older sister.


* IWishedYouWereDead: Nancy wishes her sister would stay home and not go to dance school, and her sister falls down the stairs and breaks her foot.

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* IWishedYouWereDead: Nancy wishes her sister would stay home and not go to dance school, and her sister falls down the stairs and breaks her foot. (Although her mentor argues that Kirby skipping breakfast that morning because she thought a dancer should be thin is a more likely cause; it's ambiguous who is right.)

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Not to be confused with ''Film/TheGiftOfTheMagi'' which is something completely different.


* HaveAGayOldTime: Nancy's sister is named {{Kirby}}.

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* HaveAGayOldTime: Nancy's sister is named {{Kirby}}.Franchise/{{Kirby}}.


A novel written by LoisDuncan in TheSeventies.

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A novel written by LoisDuncan Creator/LoisDuncan in TheSeventies.



* ShoutOut: At the end of the WhereAreTheyNowEpilogue, it's mentioned that Nancy's mother had one more daughter named [[spoiler: Lois]], [[LoisDuncan who had the gift of storytelling]].

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* ShoutOut: At the end of the WhereAreTheyNowEpilogue, it's mentioned that Nancy's mother had one more daughter named [[spoiler: Lois]], [[LoisDuncan [[Creator/LoisDuncan who had the gift of storytelling]].


* DoubleStandard: Nancy believes that her sister is "badly adjusted" because she [[DeTerminator would rather pursue her dream]] of becoming a dancer than chase boys and live at home. After this, she accuses her [[BrilliantButLazy brother of wasting his talent]] by not taking his musical ability seriously.

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* DoubleStandard: Nancy believes that her sister is "badly adjusted" because she [[DeTerminator [[{{Determinator}} would rather pursue her dream]] of becoming a dancer than chase boys and live at home. After this, she accuses her [[BrilliantButLazy brother of wasting his talent]] by not taking his musical ability seriously.


* [=~What the Hell, Hero?~=]: Nancy, despite being the heroine and being described as such, is ''not'' [[{{Jerkass}} a nice person]]. She (maybe) knocks her sister down the stairs to prevent her from attending dance school and [[ForYourOwnGood "ruining her life"]]. Although it's subconscious and she does feel bad after, it's still shocking as hell. In addition to this, Nancy tries to use her PsychicPowers to run her mother's life and get her parents back together.

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* [=~What the Hell, Hero?~=]: WhatTheHellHero: Nancy, despite being the heroine and being described as such, is ''not'' [[{{Jerkass}} a nice person]]. She (maybe) knocks her sister down the stairs to prevent her from attending dance school and [[ForYourOwnGood "ruining her life"]]. Although it's subconscious and she does feel bad after, it's still shocking as hell. In addition to this, Nancy tries to use her PsychicPowers to run her mother's life and get her parents back together.

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