Summary Ungifted is about a troublemaking 7th grader named Donovan Curtis. As Donovan ingratiates himself more deeply with his classmates, teachers at the Academy become increasingly suspicious about how he came to be there.
Separating kids so completely from the rest of the student body is a bad thing in many ways — it separates them from the rest of their colleagues, it can create too high expectations and it can also result in creating too low expectations for all the other kids. Everything goes back to normal — or close to normal: I wonder if a side effect of the book is to make people feel better about not being gifted, as well as be somewhat in awe towards the main character of the book.
But somehow it gets mixed up, and instead of his name being put down for big trouble, it gets put on the list of new gifted students. There is a lot of character development, and the book is really centered around an impulsive kid, which can be of intrigue.
I can totally understand that. Donovan whacks a statue outside of his school with an old tree branch, causing part of the statue a globe to fall off, roll towards the school, crash through the gymnasium doors, and seriously disrupt a major sporting event.
The central premise of the novel precludes the possibility — nay, the reality — that it takes creativity to be in the sciences or related subjects.
His friends at his old school see how upset he is, and conspire with Katie now very close to delivering her baby to take him to the meet. But the biggest problem I had with the book is the fact that the high IQ kids are portrayed as lacking any creativity this is reinforced by all characters and by the plot.
I found it really hard to believe that a smart kid like Noah would not have heard about youtube EVER.
I recently read another one of his books, and that seemed a little more mature. He passes and remains at the school — until, that is, an incident at a school dance leads him to being recognized by the Superintendent and being taken out of the Academy. After a particularly stupid prank with its costly and dangerous result, he thinks he has gone too far.
As an average student, Donovan is the proverbial fish out of water at the Academy, at least to start with. Soon though, he and the other students start to realise that Donovan is exactly what the Academy needed: As Donovan Curtis struggles to keep several important secrets, he finds himself making unexpected friends and learning surprising truths about himself and people he once had little time for.
It took me about a day and a half to read it.UNGIFTED. The word “gifted” has never been applied to Donovan Curtis. It’s usually more 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.
Book Review: Ungifted by Gordon Korman. December 14, Donovan Curtis is the last kid you’d ever call gifted.
In fact, he’s more. Title: Ungifted. Author: Gordon Korman. Genre: Contemporary, Middle Grade. Publisher: Balzer & Bray Publication date: August 21 Hardcover: pages. The word gifted has never been applied to a kid like Donovan Curtis.
It’s usually more like Don’t try this at. Donovan whacks a statue outside of his school with an old tree branch, causing part of the statue (a globe) to fall off, roll towards the school, crash through the gymnasium doors, and seriously disrupt a major sporting event.
Ungifted by Gordon Korman Ungifted by Gordan Korman Authors purpose: the authors purpose was to entertain the people with a fiction book.
Narrative elements. One problem: Donovan is ungifted. The book is about Donovan’s adventures towards the class, which are quite entertaining. It is told in the first person, and each chapter switches the narrator, whether it be Donovan, his teachers, classmates, or sister.Download