“Challenge isn’t going to come from any curriculum, no matter how hard they make it. It’s going to come from life.”  

What middle school student doesn’t love some rebellion? Ungifted is a wonderful story about friendship, school rules, and changes as you mature and grow. Donovan Curtis is your typical rebellious teen, who only thinks of himself and how to have fun. If it will make people laugh, Donovan is all over it. Unfortunately, he takes his fun a step too far and ends up wrecking the school gym. As he is being scolded by the superintendent, there is a slight mix up with the report and Donovan ends up accepted to the gifted and talented program. As he hides out, Donovan learns about friendships, and begins to think outside of himself and how his actions affect others. He finds his niche in assisting with the robotics team’s “Tin Man.” This is a true watch him grow as the pages turn story. I think the story makes for a great read for the younger crowd, and the author does a wonderful job of setting the tone from an actual student’s perspective. I will definitely be looking into other books by Gordon Korman


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