Ungifted by Gordon Korman

Young Llama Thoughts
  • Adventurous
  • Christian Friendly
  • Easy Reading
  • Humerous
  • Youth Appropriate
Overall
3.9 Llamas

Review

I have enjoyed Gordon Korman’s books a lot, so I went to the library and ordered like 8 or 9 of his books. I must say the first two books I read I thoroughly enjoyed, and I loved this one too. (Not really surprising, these are funny books….. and I just love funny books!)

The book is about a kid, who broke the school statue; but instead of being punished, he accidentally got sent to the school for gifted kids. And he is not gifted in the least, instead of being good at math or English, he’s good at playing video games, or messing with the teachers. Instead of being really good with robots, he’s good at breaking them and so on.

The only problem I had with the entire book, was a class that the Gifted students forgot to take, called Human Growth and Reproduction… (basically Health or Biology) The book does not describe anything except the growth of a baby in a mothers stomach, but no ‘Bleh!’ stuff. Now you may be asking yourself, “Why is that a big problem. It’s not anything inappropriate.” It’s not a big problem, except for a word that one of the teachers used to describe the class. (Code words everybody!!! CODE WORDS!!!) He described the class as… ‘ex class…   I REALLY hope no kids under 12 got that, cause if you did… I’M SORRY!!! Anyways, it wasn’t too much of a problem; I am just warning you all of this page of nonsense in the book. (Parents, your children are not endanger if they read this book, ’cause that was the only thing mentioned that had me going, “Oh my!” The word is not mentioned more that… 6 or 7 times, and it is JUST the word that is mentioned… nothing else.)

Over all, I really liked this book (Except for the one part. I mean come on!!! Who would put that in a kids book!) and I do think it is kid-friendly, but you may be should let your parents look it over first.

– The Young Llama Reader.

Pros

  • Funny and heart warming

Cons

  • Mention of Birds ‘n bees

When Donovan Curtis 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 Scholastic Distinction, a special program for gifted and talented students.

Although it wasn’t exactly what Donovan had intended, the ASD couldn’t be a more perfectly unexpected hideout for someone like him. But as the students and teachers of ASD grow to realize that Donovan may not be good at math or science (or just about anything), he shows that his gifts may be exactly what the ASD students never knew they needed.

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