Balzer & Bray/Harperteen, Hardcover, 9780061742668, 280pp.
Publication Date: August 21, 2012
From #1 New York Times bestselling author Gordon Korman comes a hilarious and heartfelt novel in which one middle-school troublemaker accidentally moves into the gifted and talented program--and changes everything. For fans of Louis Sachar and Jack Gantos, this funny and touching underdog story is a lovable and goofy adventure with robot fights, middle-school dances, live experiments, and statue-toppling pranks
When Donovan Curtis 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, a special program for gifted and talented students.
Although it wasn't exactly what Donovan had intended, the ASD couldn't be a more perfectly unexpected hideout for someone like him. But as the students and teachers of ASD grow to realize that Donovan may not be good at math or science (or just about anything), he shows that his gifts may be exactly what the ASD students never knew they needed.
“Touching, without being overly sentimental, Ungifted is a gem for readers looking for a story where the underdog comes out on top.”
-Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA)
“From its lovable-robot jacket art to its satisfying conclusion, this will please Korman’s fans and win him new ones.”
“Donovan has a goofy kindness that charms characters and readers alike … The message is tolerance, and Korman expertly and humorously delivers it in an unpretentious and universally appealing tale.”
-School Library Journal
“Funny and insightful.”
Praise for POP: “A brisk, heartfelt and timely novel.”
-New York Times Book Review
Praise for POP: “Korman goes straight to the heart.”
-Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
Praise for POP: “Thought-provoking.”