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Book Review: Ungifted by Gordon Korman

December 14, 2012

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When troublemaker Donovan is transferred to a gifted school, he learns to be a better person and teaches the gifted students an important life lesson. Kidzworld reviews Ungifted by Gordon Korman.

Donovan Gets The Ball Rolling

Donovan Curtis is the last kid you’d ever call gifted. In fact, he’s more of a troublemaker than anything. He and his friends pull stupid pranks, and his latest one was a doozy. He pushed the massive globe off of his school’s statue of Atlas - the Greek God - which then rolled down the hill, smashing through the school’s gym and ruining the floor. But after a lucky mix-up, Donovan isn’t punished. Instead he’s sent to the school for gifted students.

Tin Man

At the Academy of Scholastic Distinction, Donovan meets the robotics team and brings new life to their once impersonal robot, Tin Man. The annual robotics competition is just around the corner and Donovan is a wonder with the joystick. But will he be able to stay under the radar long enough to remain at the school and compete, especially since his grades have fallen to new lows?

The Bottom Line

At the gifted school, normal-as-can-be Donovan brings out the kid in all the gifted students. He shows them that there’s more to life than just being a smarty-pants. With a good mix of humor and inspiration, Gordon Korman delivers another worthy read for middle graders in Ungifted.

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