Thursday, May 1, 2014

Ungifted by Gordon Korman

by Gordon Korman [j Korman]

This is a Young Adult book but still interesting, humorous, and heartwarming to the adult reader. Donovan Curtis is a marginal eighth-grade student and always getting into trouble (he's been told he has "poor impulse control"). The superintendent catches Donovan after his latest fiasco and writes his name on a paper on his desk, planning to lower the boom the next day. Unfortunately, the paper the superintendent used to make note of Donovan's name is actually the list of Gifted Students to be transferred to the Academy of Scholastic Distinction, the list which the secretary takes with her, and the next day he's unable to remember Donovan's name. His parents are proud, Donovan figures the academy is good place to hide from the superintendent for the moment, and the superintendent is quietly going crazy while seeking him. It soon becomes apparent that Donovan doesn't belong in the academy, however as a "regular" kid, he influences the nerds, geeks, and other social misfits in his homeroom - and they have an impact on him as well. This story doesn't talk down to the reader and holds your attention throughout as Donovan and the other students work on their robot project for the competition the following month, as the gifted kids are forced to attend a school dance, and school officials realize the gifted kids cannot graduate because they haven't had their sex ed class – and the solution to that problem is hysterical. This is a 2014 Golden Sower nominee (winners announced May 1 2014). -- recommended by Charlotte K. - Bennett Martin Public Library [ See Charlotte's Reviewer Profile ]

[Also available in book-on-cd format.]

[ official Ungifted page on the official Gordon Korman web site ]

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