Ungifted by Gordon Korman

UngiftedLooking for an audio book the whole family can listen to? Try Ungifted by Gordon Korman, where we meet Donovan Curtis, aka Donny. Donny is a middle schooler who has lots going on his life. He frequently gets in trouble for the poor choices he makes, usually with his two best buds, the Daniels.

Donny’s home life has become very strange as well. His very pregnant sister has moved back home while her husband is serving as a tank commander in Afghanistan. She has brought with her his brother-in-law’s dog, a Chow-Chow named Beatrice, who hates everybody but Donny.

Donny’s life becomes more complicated when he impulsively smacks a statue at school, causing the globe Atlas is holding on his shoulder to be dislodged. Once loose, the globe races down through the parking lot ultimately crashing through the gym doors into a basketball game being watched by the Superintendent of Schools. Donny is caught almost red-handed.

In a bizarre twist of fate, Donny ends up as a student at the gifted school. He is not sure how this happened, but he’s counting his lucky stars that he escaped punishment for the Atlas incident. However, Donny does not belong with the gifted kids. He knows it, his classmates know it, and even the teachers know it. What Donny lacks in school smarts, he makes up for by helping his new classmates be more “normal.” Well, that, and helping with the robotics project. The gifted students are trying to beat their archrivals for the state championship.

Ungifted is a story about finding your place wherever you land. It also explores the gifts of friendship and what it really means to be accepted for who you are.

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