Bibliographic Information: Korman, G. (2012). Ungifted. New York: HarperCollins Publishers.
Brief Annotation: Middle-schooler Donovan Curtis gets a letter to join the gifted program at the Academy for Scholastic Distinction by mistake, but he is far from “gifted.” But, being a “normal” kid at the gifted school makes a lasting impression on both Donovan and the gifted students at his school.
Grade Level: 5-6
Readers who will like this: Children who like reading about middle school; children who like people their own age as the main characters; children who like robots.
Rating/Response: 4 I thought this book was a great read! Every chapter is a different character’s perspective on the story so the reader gets to see how each character feels about the situations in the story. Also, it’s interesting to see how the characters change over time as a result of Donovan being at the gifted school.
One question you would ask before a read aloud: Have you ever felt like you don’t belong at school?
Reading Strategy: Free Choice (Chapter)
Rationale for Strategy: This book would make a great free choice chapter book because students can relate to the things and emotions the characters are going through and get a new perspective on what it means to be a “normal” and “gifted” student.
Posted by: Jenna Bosch