By Gordon Korman
(Balzer + Bray, Hardcover, 9780061742668, 288pp.)
Publication Date: August 2012
Other Editions of This Title: Paperback
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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.
Gordon Korman has written more than fifty middle-grade and teen novels. Favorites include the #1 New York Times bestseller The 39 Clues: One False Note, Son of the Mob, and Schooled. Though he didn't play football in high school, Gordon's been a lifelong fan and season ticket holder. He says, "I've always been fascinated by the 'culture of collision' in football, and wanted to explore itnot just from the highlight films, but from its darker side as well." Gordon lives with his family on Long Island, New York.
“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.”
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