Book Reviews

Book Review: Ungifted by Gordon Korman

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Genre: Middle Grade
Series: Ungifted, book 1
Rating: 5 out of 5
Recommend to Others?: Yes


Summary (via Goodreads):
The word gifted has never been applied to a kid like Donovan Curtis. It’s usually more like Don’t try this at home. So when the troublemaker pulls a major prank at his middle school, he thinks he’s finally gone too far. But thanks to a mix-up by one of the administrators, instead of getting in trouble, Donovan is sent to the Academy of Scholastic Distinction (ASD), a special program for gifted and talented students.

It wasn’t exactly what Donovan had intended, but there couldn’t be a more perfect hideout for someone like him. That is, if he can manage to fool people whose IQs are above genius level. And that becomes harder and harder as the students and teachers of ASD grow to realize that Donovan may not be good at math or science (or just about anything). But after an ongoing experiment with a live human (sister), an unforgettably dramatic middle-school dance, and the most astonishing come-from-behind robot victory ever, Donovan shows that his gifts might be exactly what the ASD students never knew they needed.


My Review:
I loved Ungifted. From a compelling plot to very likable characters to humorous writing, Ungifted is a reading must.

I was very intrigued by this story. Here you have a troublemaker kid, Donovan (love the name), who by mistakes ends up in a gifted program. While there he must fake what he is sorely not: a genius. As improbable of this happening in real life, I feel readers can relate to not only kids like Donovan but also to Chloe and the other children at ASD. They all feel like they don’t belong in some way and struggle (and later come to realize) to find a place to belong.

I really liked getting the kids at ASD Chloe, Noah, Abigail, Latrell, Jacey, Kevin, and their teacher, Mr. Osborne (aka Oz). I also loved that the team’s robot (see the cover) is called Tin Man Metallica Squarepants and how the name came to be.

This is just a really fun story. Everything comes full circle almost seamlessly. There’s the added tension and suspense in wondering if/when Donovan will get caught. Not to mention as a reader, you learn what makes you “gifted” in your own way.

I had a really great reading experience and would highly recommend it to everyone. I have a good feeling Gordon Korman is going to become one of my new favorite authors. I’m so glad I found this book.

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