Ungifted The word gifted has never been applied to a kid like Donovan Curtis It s usually like Don t try this at home So when the troublemaker pulls a major prank at his middle school he thinks he s finally g

The word gifted has never been applied to a kid like Donovan Curtis It s usually 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 Distinction ASD , a speciThe word gifted has never been applied to a kid like Donovan Curtis It s usually 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 Distinction ASD , a special program for gifted and talented students.It wasn t exactly what Donovan had intended, but there couldn t be a 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.

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  1. Korman wrote his first book, This Can t be Happening at Macdonald Hall , when he was 12 years old, for a coach who suddenly found himself teaching 7th grade English He later took that episode and created a book out of it, as well, in The Sixth Grade Nickname Game , wherein Mr Huge was based on that 7th grade teacher.Korman moved to New York City, where he studied film and film writing While in New York, he met his future wife live in Long Island with their three children.He has published than 50 books.

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  1. This is going to be a review in two parts.Part the First In Which I Talk About the Plot, Characters and General Thoughts About UngiftedIf Donovan Curtis has one gift, it is his gift for troublemaking With his poor impulse control and his recklessness, chaos follows him wherever he goes After a particularly stupid prank with its costly and dangerous result, he thinks he has gone too far But instead of being punished for it, an error by his school s administrator sends him to the Academy of Distin [...]

  2. Korman stereotypes gifted kids and spec ed teachers throughout this book almost as though he had never met one Fact most gifted kids don t know they re gifted, and certainly don t know their IQ Also fact giftedness comes with a variety of benefits and challenges, and not all of them include tunnel vision, awkwardness, or the tendency to be sanctimoniously judgmental Spec Ed teachers and yes, gifted ed is Special Education do not sit around wondering how a student got into the gifted school Testi [...]

  3. I truly believe that Ungifted shows Mr Korman at his best I think that he stereo typed that Gifted program a little I m in one and all the kids there are crazy than socially awkward brainiacs We know a lot and we do have high IQs, but Noah is unrealistically smart and stupid at the exact same time I think Chloe shows the best example of what Gifted kids are REALLY like.

  4. When Donovan hit the Atlas statue with a tree branch, he really just meant it to make a loud, echoey clang He had no way of knowing that the 400 pound globe on Atlas s shoulders was held on with one single rusty bolt Donovan didn t mean to send the ball careening down the hill, through the glass doors, and across the gym floor So when a disciplinary screw up sends him to the Academy for Distinction, he didn t really mean for that to happen, either but it s a great place to hide out for a while I [...]

  5. This book is Gordon Korman at his best It s also not very old, so that gives me hope for his future books I hate it when an author kind of slowly slides down in quality until you go from great books to reading mud, you know But this is definitely not the case with Gordon Korman He s at the top of his game in Ungifted, and I love it Donovan is not gifted At all He s average in every sense of the word but he does get in trouble than the average person He has what could almost be some form of ADHD [...]

  6. I really enjoyed this book, for me at every page something new kept happening, open begging to read of the book Ungifted reopened up the stereotypes of the gifted program, which I really enjoyed as well Even though the book did switch people s views each chapter, it didn t bother me as much as I thought it would This book is really good and keeps you reading the whole way through, for me at least, and I definitely recommend it to many people.

  7. Middle school students hankering for themes such as rebellion against school rules and authority, burgeoning interest in girls, friendship issues, identity, and growing up will get all that and in Korman s novel The writing is well done along with the character development and humor, but my adult brain wanted the issue of gifted tackled even Several reviewers have pointed out, and rightfully so, that the gifted students in this story are presented as stereotyped nerds with IQ s over 130 and th [...]

  8. This is a really impressive novel Lots of a adults try to write books from the point of a child, and fail This doesn t When a kid named Donovan accedently destroys his school gym with a large bronze sphere don t ask , a principle screws up and gets him sent to a smarty pants private school instead of juvenile detention There, he s the only one who s ever Explored YouTubeSkateboardedMade a half decent jokePlayed a video game Wrecked a school gym with a bronze ball no surprise there He s going to [...]

  9. I borrowed this book from a student who had liked it, and since I teach gifted kids, I wanted to read it I also read some criticism about it on a gifted education website, so I was curious about that I thought the premise of the story was funny a trouble maker and middle schooler of average intelligence, Donovan, pulls a prank that gets out of control, and the superintendent, who prides himself with a well run district, wants him gone However, Donovan s name gets accidentally picked up as someon [...]

  10. When I was in 1st grade, my best friend got into the gifted program Boy, was I jealous Every Thursday, 2 or 3 students in my class would go out to another classroom, and come back just before school ended I felt stupid Why were they smarter than me I m creative and clever and got good grades At least, I thought I did But seeing other kids get treated special, I felt left out How were they better than me The next year, I was accepted into the gifted program I was estatic Finally, Thursdays would [...]

  11. This book was recommended to me by one of my baby nerdfighter friends at the STEM school He said it was awesome , hilarious , and he wanted to see the graphic novel verision They want a graphic novel verision of everything, which is good because I was there for graphic novel book clubAnywho, Gordon Korman knows his audience, and I can see why middle school guys gifted and ungifted alike dig this book It reminded me a bit of a Carter Finally Gets It or Swim the Fly but for the younger set.

  12. It was a well written book There weren t to many deep meanings but if you dig beep you could find a few I really liked the book for an easy read but I am still looking forward to reading something a bit challenging.

  13. This book was amazing But its is pretty easy so high leveled 5th graders and average 6th grade readers should be challenged with it

  14. Richie s Picks UNGIFTED by Gordon Korman, Balzer Bray, September 2012, 288p ISBN 978 0 06 174266 8 You may ask yourself, Well, how did I get here Talking Heads, Once in a Lifetime Donovan Curtis, IQ 112 Nussbaum noticed my zombielike concentration Dude, what are you doing I didn t answer, and he didn t really expect me to He knew me They both did I cocked back the branch, and unloaded a home run swing The impact vibrated up through my arms to my brain stem, and into every cell of my body The bra [...]

  15. A book that I would definitely recommend to anyone is Ungifted by Gordon Korman because of the relatable characters, the suspenseful plot, and the meaningful theme that can really relate with anyone The story is mainly about a real goofball named Donovan and he really messed up while joking around with his friends Destroying the school gym and having the school headmaster now hunting him down, Donovan really needed to find a way to distance himself from the school headmaster without his parents [...]

  16. Honestly, I would not have picked up this book if it had not just made the CCBA Colorado Children s Book Award nominee list for 2015 I had seen an advertisement for this book when it was among the selections in my most recent book fair, and, although the premise sounded cute, it didn t grab me.Well, silly me I actually got a big kick out of this story, and appreciated the clever way it is laid out Basic premise Donovan Harris is a middle school class clown By his own admission, he just never thi [...]

  17. LOVED everything about this quirky book And I firmly believe it will resonate with those readers that are hard to find books for It s humorous, clever, and keeps you reading It is the story of middle schooler, Donovan, who is known for being in trouble After a major catastrophe at school, that Donovan was responsible for, he is oddly sent to the Academy of Distinction He has no idea how he got there, but if it gets him out of trouble, he will take it What ensues is a delightful story of Donovan [...]

  18. I really liked the concept of this book It was easy going with a nice plot considering it s a book about middle schoolers, and I enjoyed reading a stress free book just for the fun of it It s been a while since I read a book in one sitting, and this one was really comforting and made me laugh out loud at some parts Recommending this to people who want an enjoying read just for the funsies T

  19. This book was about an average kid who goes into a really smart school on accident.I loved when Donavon joined the robotics club and I also liked how Donavan s sister and his dog were pregnant I learned that you should never black mail anybody even if its for something that could cost you later on.This book was funny for somebody who isn t that smart as the others.

  20. I had this middle grade fiction novel on my Kindle for some time and took advantage of the snowy weather to finally sit down and read it I had high hopes for this book, as I really enjoyed one of Gordon Korman s other novels, Masterminds It has a premise that has the potential to be fun for middle grade readers Donovan Curtis is an impulsive troublemaker who pulls a major prank at his middle school Due to an administrative mix up, he is sent to the Academy of Distinction instead of being punishe [...]

  21. Another one that spent way, way too long on the TBR shelf but despite that, it is still a delightful read My son grew up reading Gordon Korman made him a reader and love that he is still writing kid pleasing books.

  22. Funny tone, engaging story You might not laugh so much over teenage books as you might on this one The twists are easy to follow, but if you read it as a teenager and then again as an adult you are probably gonna find it complex than you did before.To think of the different causes and effecfs in this book, sometimes makes me wonder that are there really any sefless good deeds in the world Phoebe s dilemma in Friends Series LOL

  23. Ungifted is about a sixth grader named Donavan Donavan is like your everyday sixth grader, or is he Donavan is one of the biggest troublemaker in the school On the day of the middle school championship basketball game, Donavan and his two other troublemaker friends decided to take a walk around the school They were just talking about life, and then thety the got to the parking lot where the statue of The Atlas was Donavan had the idea to pick up the giant stick on the ground, and whack it at the [...]

  24. Donovan Curtis only gift is his unerring knack for getting himself in trouble The gift somehow goes haywire, and instead of in trouble, he finds himself going to a special school for gifted kids Hilarity ensues or it would have if this were a better book.The writing here is fine The story is fairly tight Everything works very much as it should But there is an underlying irony In a book where the message is that each person has his own gift, Korman resorts unabashedly to stereotyping just about e [...]

  25. This book was really cool It is Ungifted by gifted author Gordon Komran It is about a boy named Donovan Curtis who is a straight B student One day, he got a letter in the mail saying he was going to go to the Gifted Academy, accidentally He wanted to run away from Hardcastle Middle School because he wrecked the school gymnasium and the district manager would expel him so he went to the Academy Suprisingly, the students were way gifted than Donovan thought There were boys like Noah Youkillis who [...]

  26. Un gifted is about a boy who always seems to be in the wrong place at the wrong time When he accidentally breaks the school statue instead of going to the alternate school he gets misplaced into the gifted program for super smart kids Then he joins the robotics program while trying to stay hidden from the superintendent of the district This book is awesome for most middle school audiences and I greatly recommend it.

  27. This MG is adorable, and I love it It has a great message about how every person has something unique to offer to life and social situations, even if they aren t rocking a label such as gifted, or athletic, or popular It s funny, with an incredible cast of delightfully unique characters Pages 288

  28. In my opinion, this book was bad I didn t like it at all I think that the best part in this book was when Donovan, pranked his middle school Other than that i just flat out hated it.

  29. The book Ungifted by Gordon Korman is a straightforward story with a simple plot In order to understand my review it s necessary for me to quickly summarize the story Donovan Curtis is a seventh grader with average intelligence who enjoys pranks and mischief One of his pranks goes too far, and Donovan faces serious trouble Due to a mix up with paperwork he gets his name added to the list of students attending the Academy of Distinction which is a school for very gifted students Donovan is gifted [...]

  30. SPOILER ALERT The book, Ungifted, is by Gordon Korman Gordon is a 1 New York Times, bestselling author This book was written to entertain the readers The book is mostly about a boy named Donovan Curtis and how he was considered ungifted.In the beginning of the story, Donovan pulled one of his many huge school pranks and almost destroyed the whole gymnasium This time, he went way too far Then there was a mix up by a school administrator Instead of getting Donovan in trouble, he sent him to The Ac [...]

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