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For the Love of a Book, Week 12

Okay, okay, okay. I know…I’ve been MIA for a while now. Like a month. Probably no one has even noticed but if you have, my apologies. The end of the school year is crazy and then I just wanted to lie around and do nothing this first week of summer. But today I am starting to browse Pinterest for lesson ideas and so I thought I’d get back into my blog with today’s installment of “super awesome book you should definitely read and recommend.” 

You all know that I absolutely love Gordon Korman. When I go to book sales, the first books I look for are ones by Korman (although I’m pretty sure I’m getting to the point where I own all of his books). When my mom goes to book sales and asks me what I want her to look for, my first answer is always “anything by Gordon Korman.” 


My mom recently procured me two new Korman books and one of them is the focus of today’s blog post. It’s called Ungifted and is about a young boy who ends up in a gifted school by accident after destroying a statue and his school’s gym via a prank. The book focuses on Donovan’s adventures at the gifted school and how he comes to have an impact on these nerdy, awkward, smart kids – at the same time that they’re impacting him. Like all Korman books, this one is a great read. It’s engaging, fun, and quick. There are lessons (don’t judge someone by first impressions being one of the main ones) that are subtly hidden behind wit and entertainment. The book is just. plain. good. This is what I love about Korman. His books are always good. I don’t think I’ve ever read one that I didn’t like or that I didn’t highly recommend. I can’t wait to put this one in the classroom library and encourage students to read it.

What about you? Do you have an author that you absolutely recommend hands-down to your students? Have you read anything new this summer? Sound off in the comments – I’d love to hear about it.

For now, that’s a wrap!