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Donovan Curtis has never been what anyone would call "gifted". But his genius friend Noah Youkilis is actually supergifted, with one of the highest IQs around. After years at the Academy for Scholastic Distinction, all Noah dreams of is the opportunity to fail if he wants to. And he's landed in the perfect place to do it - Donovan's school.
Almost immediately, Noah finds himself on the wrong side of cheerleading captain Megan Mercury and alpha jock Hash "Hashtag" Taggart. Sticking up for Noah lands Donovan in the middle of a huge feud with Hashtag. He's told to stay away from the sports star - or else.
That should be the end of it, but when a freak incident suddenly makes Donovan a hero, he can't tell anyone about it since Hashtag is involved. So Noah steps in and becomes "Superkid". Now he's gone from nerd to titan at school. And it may have gone more than a little bit to his head.
This funny and heartwarming sequel to Ungifted, which has become a word-of-mouth hit, cleverly sends up our ideas about intelligence, heroism, and popularity.
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By Amazon Customer on 08-06-18
Clever plot for a middle school reader
My child, a 5th grade graduate read this as part of his summer reading. After a recounting of the plot from him, I decided to give it a go.
Cute, fun creative premise. A goof ball of a kid that seems to have trouble following him plays a prank on the school that goes very far south. Due to an administrative mix-up he is sent to a special school for genius students, rather than receiving fines and punishments for his misdeed.
Each chapter is told by a different character, and their IQ is always listed at the beginning of the chapter. I thought the message of "just because you don't have a high IQ doesn't mean you're not a genius at something else" was a little too heavily delivered.
There are plenty of things that adults can take issue with (reality checks) in the execution of this story, but if you suspend disbelief, and just read it like a 5th grader, it's a lot of fun. Lots of great themes for kids that age to talk about--inclusion, bullying, stereotyping, romance, rebellion, identity, school rules, authority, classifying, and a person's ability to change.
Fun middle school read.