By: Gordan Korman
The first thing that comes to mind when someone says ¨Donovan Curtis¨, is troublemaker, mischievous, and all around ungifted. Will Donovan prove to everyone else that he is somewhat gifted.
Book reviews by: Shane O
Overall, I think this book was pretty good. Although it had a slow start and it was kind of boring, once you got farther in it was really interesting. There was a lot of surprise to the book so you never knew what was coming. I also liked how Donovan changed a lot throughout the book. I would give this book a 4 star rating because it was a good book but it had a slow start but had a great finish! 5/5-Common Sense Media 4.⅗-Barnes and Nobes
About the Author by: Ashley M
Summary Zack G.
Book Cover Analyisis by: Allison K.
There are many different reasons why the author could have chosen this book cover. One analysis that I have for why the author chose this book cover is because Donovan, the main character, was on the robotics team at his new school The Academy of Scholastic Distinction. The cover could represent how he worked with robots on the robotics team and that’s why there is a robot on the cover. It could have also been because Donovan thought he was ungifted. The robot has a sign on his back, like how bullies put ‘kick me’ signs on other people’s backs. This sign says Ungifted, which can represent how Donovan thinks he’s Ungifted. I also think that the robot is turned around because it could represent how when Donovan first came to that school everyone thought he was less intelligent than them. He is turning his head because he is realizing that the kids are realizing that he is really not supposed to be in their school. Donovan wanted to fit in but he thought he just wasn’t smart enough to be with the other kids at the academy. Lastly, I think it could be Donovan’s team’s robot, Tin man because they really cared about their robot and helping with the robotics team was one of the only things Donovan was good at doing in the academy.
There are also many different reasons why the author chose the title Ungifted. One analysis that I had was that because Donovan always thought that he was Ungifted. All of the other kids there was always called gifted except for Donovan because he really wasn’t meant to go to The Academy of Scholastic Distinction. Donovan didn’t think that he fit in at the academy with the other kids therefore he was Ungifted instead of gifted like the other kids.
Cast of Characters by: Callie F
Main Character 1: Donovan Curtis; Donovan Curtis is the protagonist in the book Ungifted. Donovan is considered the biggest troublemaker at his school, Hardcastle Middle School, and is described mostly in one word; Ungifted. Until he accidentally gets transferred to the Academy of Scholastic Distinction, a school for ‘gifted and talented’ students’. Even though Donovan is considered “Ungifted”, he changes the way every student at the Academy (a bunch of kids who are just drowning in seas of knowledge) looks at things.
Main Character 2: Chloe Garfinkle; Chloe Garfinkle is a 13 year old student at the Academy of Scholastic Distinction. She’s very smart for her age, but has never known what it’s like to be a normal kid. Until Donovan Curtis shows up at the Academy. While everyone is reluctant about letting Donovan stay, Chloe, however is more than excited about Donovan being at the Academy for one reason: He’s just a normal kid, something that the Academy needed.
Main Character 3: Mr. Schultz; Mr. Schultz is the Head Director of Donovan Curtis’s school district, and has one rule for himself; no screwups. But when he accidentally sends the ungifted Donovan Curtis to a gifted and talented school without knowing it, after Donovan caused horrible damage to Hardcastle Middle School, he’s absolutely furious. He’s absolutely focused on trying to find Donovan, no matter how much it takes. When he does find Donovan, he’s still furious.