Tuesday, June 11, 2013

June 11: Another Book, Last Day of Classes!

Gordon Korman: Ungifted. 2/5 stars. (Can't get Goodreads to link effectively here anymore. . . Bummer!)

Had hopes for this book--that, even as a ya novel, it might address issues of tracking, rigid definitions of "giftedness", stereotyping. It was pleasant enough, but no real development of anything. Donovan doesn't learn any self-control; characters are pretty darn wooden; there's a random dog schtick that goes nowhere; tho Korman touches a few points about how terrible the non-gifted school is, he never does anything with the bigger idea in a valuable way. So: ultimately unrewarding!

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