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Publisher's Summary

Teens and pre-teens flock to any new offering from New York Times best-selling author Gordon Korman. Told through multiple viewpoints, Ungifted follows Donovan Curtis through his year at a magnet school for gifted and talented kids. Thanks to an administrative foul-up, the decidedly mediocre student Donovan finds himself enrolled in the Academy of Scholastic Distinction. Out of place and out of luck, Donovan joins the robotics team. And while he learns a few lessons from his gifted classmates, he also teaches a few of his own.

©2012 Gordon Korman (P)2012 Recorded Books

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Ungifted: One of the best books I have ever read in my life

I think that Ungifted is a really great book. It shows a boy that once has no interest in robotics, to be part of a team that involves robots a lot! I love that the audiobook version had the different voices, so that you knew who was talking, instead of getting confused with who is speaking and who is not. I am recommending this to anyone that would enjoy a nice book that involves teamwork, and a book that involves a very good moral. This book was amazing, and I hope that people like me enjoy this book just like I did, and I hope that people read this and have hopes for another person to like the same thing.

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A good read for any audience

This book has so much to offer, it is cute, funny, suspenseful, action, comedy, & drama. No nonsense fun for kids & adults alike. Parents this is a good book to share with your kids!

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amazing

If you could sum up Ungifted in three words, what would they be?

amazing, funny, interesting

Who was your favorite character and why?

Donovan: he was clever, funny and changed and grew a lot throughout the book. Noah was a close second.

Which scene was your favorite?

The Robotics competition.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

It was a book we listened to together, so we snuggled into bed every night to listen.

Any additional comments?

This was my first Gordon Korman book and I am now a fan. I love that Korman writes intelligent, funny and engaging stories. It is one both kids and adults will both love! Such a fun cast of crazy and interesting characters. A delight for all! 5 stars

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Very funny

Would you consider the audio edition of Ungifted to be better than the print version?

I don't know, I only listened to the audio!

What was one of the most memorable moments of Ungifted?

The opening was hilarious, total Korman.

Did the narrators do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

Yes - my only critiques are: I wish more narrators of young characters actually sounded young. And also: The narrator who was cast as Kate seemed totally wrong. She sounded really posh, whereas Kate came across much more brassy to me.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I probably could have, if I had time just to sit and listen to audiobooks.

Any additional comments?

Very cute.

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Fun for the kids

We listened to this in the car with the kids and it inspired many laughs and great discussions. #underdog #happyending #funny #school #childprotagonist #tagsgiving #sweepstakes

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8th Grade Middle School

My kiddos (and I) are normally a tremendous fan of Korman (MasterMinds Trilogy, Whatshisface, The Juvie Three, Swindle). However, they had a difficult time with the Ungifted story line. Considering the amount of books we have read from Korman, I was expecting a lot more action with the main character, Donovan. Donovan was the bad boy of the book, yet when he went to A.S.D., he did not experience any significant, memorable adventures. Noah Youkilis was a character that I kept waiting and wanting to evolve. However, he stayed stagnant thoughout the book. When Noah developed a goofy interest in YouTube, I was sure his story line would take off. Sadly, it did not.

I am going to give Supergifted a chance and hope the action we are looking for is there!

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Great for middle school kids

My students recommended this book to me on a Friday, and I finished it by Sunday morning. I really enjoyed it. I especially loved that it wasn’t exactly the typical “lesson learned” type story. The main character, Donovan, grew immensely through the book and his character stayed strong. I was happy that he stayed true to himself. Even though I thought some of the stuff may be a little too old for my students, by the end, I definitely would recommend it to my 5th graders.

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Funny and Charming

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.

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Clever plot for a middle school reader

My child, a 5th grade graduate read this as part of his summer reading. After a recounting of the plot from him, I decided to give it a go.
Cute, fun creative premise. A goof ball of a kid that seems to have trouble following him plays a prank on the school that goes very far south. Due to an administrative mix-up he is sent to a special school for genius students, rather than receiving fines and punishments for his misdeed.
Each chapter is told by a different character, and their IQ is always listed at the beginning of the chapter. I thought the message of "just because you don't have a high IQ doesn't mean you're not a genius at something else" was a little too heavily delivered.
There are plenty of things that adults can take issue with (reality checks) in the execution of this story, but if you suspend disbelief, and just read it like a 5th grader, it's a lot of fun. Lots of great themes for kids that age to talk about--inclusion, bullying, stereotyping, romance, rebellion, identity, school rules, authority, classifying, and a person's ability to change.
Fun middle school read.

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Great fun for the family!

My son and I listened to this audiobook on the way to and from school. We both thoroughly enjoyed the story, characters, and morals. We laughed a lot! This is our second Gordan Korman audiobook and we will be listening to many more!! Very highly recommended!