Wednesday, June 05, 2013
WHAT IS GIFTED EXACTLY?
Ungifted by Gordon Korman is a funny tale of a series of unfortunate incidents. Unintended accidents really, according to Donovan. You see, Donovan wasn't gifted and never even wanted to go to the Academy of Scholastic Distinction until he got in trouble again, and realized this was as good as any place to hide out from Dr. Schultz, the school district superintendent. However, being in the gifted program isn't as easy an out as it seems and it's just a matter of time before he's discovered for the fraud that he is.
As the robotics team, all the teachers and every single student wait for Donovan's special talent to reveal itself, the gifted students in his homeroom discover that what they really want is normalcy in the form of Donovan in their lives, not to mention being grateful to him for getting them out of summer school by way of his pregnant sister because of a missed human development class.
What follows is a series of mishaps, subterfuge, the forging of friendships and camaraderie among the unlikeliest of eighth graders. Told from multiple points of view in each chapter, this is another fun and fast paced winner. For reader 6th-8th.