Author: Gordon Korman
Recommended for: boys and girls 3rd-6th grade
Call Number/Link: J FICTION, KORMAN, G.
When Donovan Curtis pulls a major prank at his middle school, he thinks he’s finally gone too far. But thanks to a mix-up by one of the administrators, instead of getting in trouble, Donovan is sent to the Academy of Scholastic Distinction, a special program for gifted and talented students.
Although it wasn’t exactly what Donovan had intended, the ASD couldn’t be a more perfectly unexpected hideout for someone like him. But as the students and teachers of ASD grow to realize that Donovan may not be good at math or science (or just about anything), he shows that his gifts may be exactly what the ASD students never knew they needed.
Review: Donovan Curtis is a very likeable character who seems to be in the wrong place at the wrong time, and gets in trouble a lot because of it. When he gets transferred to the Academy of Scholastic Distinction it doesn’t take long for the other students to realize that he isn’t like them. The students there really like him, and since he has a lot of video game experience he is the best driver for the robot competition coming up.
I really liked this book, it was funny and I think kids can really identify with this kid, who can’t seem to do anything right and not sure how he fits in. Korman does a good job writing from the various kids perspectives in a way that seems real, like a kid really thinks and acts. I would suggest it for kids that like funny realistic fiction.