Review: Ungifted


by Gordon Korman

ISBN 9780062218605 (ebook)

As the mother of a 7th grade boy, this book struck a humorous chord with me that made nme giggke almost thriugh the whole thing. What sort of twisted idea of punishment would it be to send a not-so-talented kids who loves pranks and hates homework to a special kind of detention: an academy for gifted students! But through a school mix-up, that is exactly where our middle school trixter Donovan finds himself. His parents are excited, his friends are confused, his robot is a mess, and our unlikely hero is sure this is a new type of reprimand – one that might actually keep him from pulling another prank ever again! Although he is sure he should not be there, what Donovan brings to the “Academy of Scholastic Distinction” is unlike any gift these students have seen before.

Gordon Korman does a great job of puting readers into the middle school mind – particularly middle school boys – and this story has a voice that rings true.

Quantitative: Lexile Level 730; ATOS 5.2

Qualitative: Middle Grades (4-8). Suitable for students at any reading level in this grade range.

Content Area: English

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