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By Mary Eisenhart, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 9+

Wacky mayhem fills tale of troublemaker in genius academy.

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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this book.

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age 11+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 11+


Sexual content only appears in this story when Mr. Osborne is told that his students have to go to summer school for sex ed. I have always been a fan of Gordon Korman ever since I first read Ungifted, and I think that others should experience the same joy I felt when I fell into the mist of this AMAZING story. It’s very uplifting, and it had me biting my nails to the nub at certain times. Plus, it can... kind of help kids who don’t feel that they’re that unique, Donovan’s story can help them see otherwise. I know that since then I’ve been patting myself on the back every day, whenever I do something to help someone without having to go all prodigy. In short, I suggest that you read this book. It is so inspiring and amazing!
age 10+

Great for parents and upper-elementary or higher kids

This book was so much fun that I wanted to keep reading even after my son had gone to bed. It has some humor that he might have missed, but a lot that he understood. It talks about the older sister's pregnancy in a very reasonable way. The title character changes a bit less than I'd like, but he is a better person in the end.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (2 ):
Kids say (14 ):

UNGIFTED once again shows The 39 Clues series author Gordon Korman's light touch and fine sense of the absurd. The varied characters and their perspectives on events in this page-turning wacky tale will resonate with kids and adults; the issues they confront -- from prankster mayhem to cheating on tests to just exactly what constitutes "gifted," anyway -- move the story along and offer interesting things to consider after it's over.

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