Teen Review
Ungifted
Gordon Korman
Pub 8-2012, Balzer & Bray, $16.99
Hello Reader! The book you are about to read about is Ungifted by Gordon Korman. This book is realistic fiction. I chose this book because I had read one of his other books in the 39 Clues series and I liked it a lot. I hope you will like Ungifted, too.Dovan is the main character in this book. He is one of those kids who will let other people convince him to do things even if they are not the best idea. This gets him in lots of trouble, which you will notice throughout this book (if you read it). One day, he knocks a large globe off of a statue during a school dance (the statue is of a man holding a globe). Dovan knocks it off with a stick because he is really mad at his friends, but he never meant to break it. The globe goes through the gym that the school dance is hosted in. He gets in trouble. The man who gets him in trouble puts his name on a list that he thinks is for kids who are being punished, but it is really for kids who are going to go to a special school. Dovan goes to the school and learns it is a school for very intelligent people. One thing I liked about this book was that Dovan has trouble blending in. The reason I liked this book is because a lot of kids including me (sometimes) have trouble blending in. But somehow Gordon Korman makes this a really important part of the book. I find Dovan’s attempts to blend in quite pathetic and funny, because though he could meet the standards in his old school, in his new school, it is so much harder that he basically fails at everything but robotics, which you will later learn. At first, he is bad at robotics, but he likes the class, so he prints out pictures and pastes them on the class robot. I can tell that Dovan likes robotics because it is the class that is focused on most in the book and it is the only class where Dovan makes friends.
Dovan learns that the robot is going to be in a contest and needs to be driven with a joystick. No one knows how to drive the robot but Dovan, so he drives it. I think this is a special moment for Dovan because he was feeling like he didn’t fit in for a long time, and now he’s finally found something he is good at. 
Soon, people notice he does not belong at the school, so they make him take a test to see if he really is smart. Someone in the school hacks into the computer and does the test for him. Dovan doubts that this plan will work. He even doubts that the person who helped him is really a friend to him because they might just want Dovan to stay in the school so he can steer the robot. I am not sure what Gordon Korman was trying to say about friendship, but he is surely not saying that friends always help. Sometimes people only do things for themselves, even if it seems like they are doing it for a friend.  I liked this book because the characters had real-to-life feelings. When Dovan starts at the gifted school, he feels nervous like a real kid would feel. Just like you might feel on your first day at a new school.Want to find out if Dovan gets to stay in the school or he doesn’t? Then read this book. I hope you’ll like it!
- Luisa P., 8

Teen Review

Ungifted

Gordon Korman

Pub 8-2012, Balzer & Bray, $16.99

Hello Reader! The book you are about to read about is Ungifted by Gordon Korman. This book is realistic fiction. I chose this book because I had read one of his other books in the 39 Clues series and I liked it a lot. I hope you will like Ungifted, too.

Dovan is the main character in this book. He is one of those kids who will let other people convince him to do things even if they are not the best idea. This gets him in lots of trouble, which you will notice throughout this book (if you read it). One day, he knocks a large globe off of a statue during a school dance (the statue is of a man holding a globe). Dovan knocks it off with a stick because he is really mad at his friends, but he never meant to break it. The globe goes through the gym that the school dance is hosted in. He gets in trouble. The man who gets him in trouble puts his name on a list that he thinks is for kids who are being punished, but it is really for kids who are going to go to a special school. Dovan goes to the school and learns it is a school for very intelligent people.

One thing I liked about this book was that Dovan has trouble blending in. The reason I liked this book is because a lot of kids including me (sometimes) have trouble blending in. But somehow Gordon Korman makes this a really important part of the book. I find Dovan’s attempts to blend in quite pathetic and funny, because though he could meet the standards in his old school, in his new school, it is so much harder that he basically fails at everything but robotics, which you will later learn. At first, he is bad at robotics, but he likes the class, so he prints out pictures and pastes them on the class robot. I can tell that Dovan likes robotics because it is the class that is focused on most in the book and it is the only class where Dovan makes friends.

Dovan learns that the robot is going to be in a contest and needs to be driven with a joystick. No one knows how to drive the robot but Dovan, so he drives it. I think this is a special moment for Dovan because he was feeling like he didn’t fit in for a long time, and now he’s finally found something he is good at. 

Soon, people notice he does not belong at the school, so they make him take a test to see if he really is smart. Someone in the school hacks into the computer and does the test for him. Dovan doubts that this plan will work. He even doubts that the person who helped him is really a friend to him because they might just want Dovan to stay in the school so he can steer the robot. I am not sure what Gordon Korman was trying to say about friendship, but he is surely not saying that friends always help. Sometimes people only do things for themselves, even if it seems like they are doing it for a friend.  

I liked this book because the characters had real-to-life feelings. When Dovan starts at the gifted school, he feels nervous like a real kid would feel. Just like you might feel on your first day at a new school.

Want to find out if Dovan gets to stay in the school or he doesn’t? Then read this book. I hope you’ll like it!

- Luisa P., 8