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Most Helpful Favorable Review

33 out of 45 people found this review helpful.

A unique and comical story about finding ones place

Donovan Curtis is the troublemaker of Hardcastle Middle School and can often be found at the creation of mischief and chaos. But one day he goes too far, his prank causes damage that no amount of detention will solve. But due to a mistake, rather than punishment, Donova...
Donovan Curtis is the troublemaker of Hardcastle Middle School and can often be found at the creation of mischief and chaos. But one day he goes too far, his prank causes damage that no amount of detention will solve. But due to a mistake, rather than punishment, Donovan is sent to the Academy of Scholastic Distinction, a school for the gifted and talented students.
It is the perfect hide out, where no one would think to look for him, but he is completely out of his element, surrounded by peers who’s IQ are off the charts. He tries to fake his way to acceptance, but soon everyone is on to him. Donovan is not gifted at all, he’s normal. But despite his rather normal IQ, Donovan offers the students at the Academy of Scholastic Distinction something they can’t learn at school, and exactly what they need.
Written in short chapters, each from the view of several different characters, Korman creates a great storyline decorated with unique characters. Ungifted is as much about growing up and trying to fit in as it is about friendship in the most unlikely circumstances. As the author of over 70 novels, Korman does not disappoint.

posted by mrsvaljones on August 28, 2012

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9 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

Excellent

This book was very humorous and, overall, excellent. It begins when troublemaker Donovan Curtis "accidentally" sends part of a huge statue rolling into the gymnasium in Hardcastle. The superintendent absently records Donovan's name on a piece of paper... without realizi...
This book was very humorous and, overall, excellent. It begins when troublemaker Donovan Curtis "accidentally" sends part of a huge statue rolling into the gymnasium in Hardcastle. The superintendent absently records Donovan's name on a piece of paper... without realizing that it had been recorded on the list for Gifted and Talented kids at a place called The Academy. Donovan decides this is the perfect way to hide from the superintendent-- after all, if he can't remember Donovan's name, his family won't have to pay for the vast wreckage of the school gym. Donovan meets the Academy kids, who each have their little quirks that set them apart from Hardcastle's students. Laugh-out-loud funny, what with genius Noah's obsession with YouTube and Donovan's struggling attempt to blend in with everyone else. Told from various perspectives, UNGIFTED is sure to delight and pull in its readers.

posted by 10317655 on March 9, 2013

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 16, 2014

    Ok

    This is a pretty good book.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 12, 2014

    ???????????????????????????

    I wonder if it is good it looks good and funny

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 15, 2013

    witty and charming

    I purchased this book for my daughter, but I read it for myself. I actually laughed out loud and found myself rooting for the main character. Fabulous story with a great plot. Highly recommended!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 21, 2012

    Hmmmmmm....

    I wonder. Can't find it anywhere.

    1 out of 18 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 8, 2014

    Funny and well-written, but offensive to gifted kids

    Although I will acknowledge that this book is funny and well-written, I am unhappy about the gifted stereotypes it incorporates. I myself am a gifted student, and I have recently begun attending a school that is designed to address the needs of students like me- a school that's nothing like the gifted school that is depicted in Ungifted. My friends and classmates are nothing like the studying obsessed, socially inept kids in this book. The kids at my school are funny, creative, nicer to others than most kids(knock on wood), social, and smart. We have some kids who slack off at times, just like all humans do. We have a very reasonable load of homework. We even have class troublemakers- troublemakers who are very much gifted! We try harder thn most kids in school, and we care deeply about our academic performance, but school is not the only component of our lives: academics are a major part of us, but it's not all that we are. We are pretty awesome, I think: we're kids that you can discuss various ways to wreak vengeance on evil orthodontists with- or contemplate quantum physics with. None of us are like the stereotype gifted kid. I believe that it is wrong that Gordon Kormon is promoting these unfair, unkind stereotypes about gifted kids. Gifted kids deserve respect: they should not be mocked in books like this.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 2, 2013

    I dont love it

    ;-(

    0 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 10, 2013

    What the...?

    Once again; what the...?

    0 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted December 28, 2012

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    Posted March 11, 2013

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