Gifted [NOOK Book]

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Sometimes brains aren't everything.

George R. Clark is gifted. Mentally, he's light-years ahead of his classmates. His parents worship him, and his teachers adore him. But socially, George is at the bottom of the curve. Most of his classmates avoid him-if he's lucky. Until the Bruise Brothers, the intellectually challenged members of the school football team, decide they ...
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Overview

Sometimes brains aren't everything.

George R. Clark is gifted. Mentally, he's light-years ahead of his classmates. His parents worship him, and his teachers adore him. But socially, George is at the bottom of the curve. Most of his classmates avoid him-if he's lucky. Until the Bruise Brothers, the intellectually challenged members of the school football team, decide they want George to pass a test of their own design.

Only the fact that George's father is the school principal has saved him in the past. But his father isn't going on the eighth grade science field trip, and George has a feeling it's going to be open season on dorks. Suddenly thrown into a crash course on human nature, without his father to protect him, the most intellectually gifted kid in the eighth-grade might actually learn something before the end of the trip . . . if he survives it.
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Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
Gr 4-7-George Clark would be the first to tell you that he is gifted. He is about the smartest eighth grader in his school and has science-fair ribbons to prove it. For someone so smart, though, his social skills leave much to be desired. Most of the time he is protected from bullies he annoys with his mouthiness since his father is the school principal. Now, however, he is going on a class trip without his dad. The journey to the camp is relatively uneventful; even the football team isn't picking on him for a change. George thinks that just maybe the guys are coming around. They talk him into the game of smearing mustard all over the teacher chaperone; however, George gets set up big time and has to do chores for punishment. To retaliate, he locks the "Bruise Brothers" in an unused bunker-then he's glad to be around the teachers. The story takes a hard-to-believe turn when the campers must evacuate due to a hurricane warning, the abruptness of which, in light of recent events, stretches the imagination a bit. No one knew about the storm before the trip? In the chaos of leaving, George is attacked and left behind. He finds shelter and, in the storm, finds one of his tormentors severely injured. George helps him and, in the process, has a change in attitude. No longer lonely and dorky, he tutors the football team and runs track. Overall, the story is a light read with an obvious moral.-Diana Pierce, Running Brushy Middle School, Cedar Park, TX Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
A spoiled brainiac learns to appreciate others in this mildly entertaining but not particularly convincing first effort. George is the principal's son. He's also small, pale and extremely near-sighted. Until now, George has managed to escape the worst of the bullying handed out by his huskier classmates. But a weeklong field trip at the shore offers plenty of opportunities for trouble. From a painful game of touch football to the punishment meted out for a prank played on their chaperone, nothing goes right for George. Things go spectacularly wrong, however, when a hurricane hits and he's inadvertently left behind when the group evacuates. George manages to survive and even saves one of his erstwhile enemies. Unfortunately, the action comes late and George's unpleasant personality has been so clearly drawn that his conversion to caring friend isn't entirely believable. Still, some readers may enjoy George's amusingly self-centered narration enough to reach, and appreciate, the positive ending. Like George himself, this unlikely adventure has its flaws, but it's not without a quirky charm. (Fiction. 10-14)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780802734952
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
  • Publication date: 11/1/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 646,787
  • Age range: 10 years
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Beth Evangelista lives and writes in the Philadelphia area. Her favorite things in the world are reading, writing, watching submarine movies,  eating Hershey bars, and being with her husband  and three sons. Gifted is her first novel.
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  • Posted October 6, 2011

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    This is one of the best books out there!!

    George Clark, son of the principle of a middle school, is getting ready to go on a field trip - without his dad. They are sure to attack him. He and his friend Anita, try to best out the week with the wrath of Them. Them, being the Bruise Brothers, football jocks that can crush you like a toothpick. During the trip, George learns that you don't know what you have till it's gone and things come by surprise and in packages. This book I have personally read 4 - yes, 4 - times and I am smiling every time I read it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 6, 2007

    Excellent read

    When I first started the book I thought it was just another silly and exagerrated story of bullied kid, but as I continued, the story evolved into a fun, and heartwarming story. I have a gifted daughter that just started middle school and her experiences have not been much different. She also faces dislike from other kids because they think shes a know-it-all so I did relate to the story. Read this book because it has its funny parts and it most heartfelt parts as well. Its worth the time spent on it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 16, 2005

    With Many Twists & Turns . . .

    I finished 'Gifted' last night and LOVED it. It was so interesting and exciting, I couldn't wait to see what happens next ~ I could not put the book down and read it straight through. The characters and Cape Rose are described so well, and in such detail that it¿s easy to imagine them exactly in your mind. The entire story, from beginning to end was exciting and heartwarming and will make an excellent movie one day. Mr. Zimmerman (a/k/a The Music Man) driving a macho truck (detailed in small musical notes) turns out to be one of my favorite characters that contributes many twists and turns along the way. I can't wait to read the next book and see what happens to George, Anita and Sam in 9th grade. Excellent Book.

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