Gordon Korman, will talk about his life’s work and his latest book Ungifted, on Tuesday, November 6th at 7 pm, at the Farmington Hills Community Library. Book sales and signing will follow the presentation. To preorder books call Book Beat at (248) 968-1190. Registration is required and begins October 1. For more information call (248) 848-4315. The Farmington Hills Community Library is located at 32737 West 12 Mile Road. This event has been generously sponsored by the Barbara and John Novatis Foundation. The Book Beat will be providing books at the reading.
“Korman demonstrates how many gifts one “ungifted” kid can bring to a classroom full of geniuses. This wacky yet well-crafted novel explores the fish-out-of-water theme with freshness and pizzazz.” -Book Talk
“Frequent allusions to The Wizard of Oz—with Tin Man the robot, Oz the teacher and themes of brains, heart and courage—add to the charm of this tale of a boy finding his home. (Fiction. ages 10-14) – Kirkus Revuews
“I found this book to be both amusing and touching, quite a feat for a middle grade book… theme-wise, Korman admirably demonstrates that while not all students have academic talents, everyone has something to add to the school environment… not only entertainment but lots of food for thought as well.” – Marvelous Middle-grade Monday
“By comparing the day to day life of highly gifted students and that of “normal” (word used in the book) students it makes really good points about how expectations can shape the life of students (gifted or not ), how educational labelling can be problematic and how separating talented students from the rest of the student body is questionable when it completely sets them apart (they don’t even interact socially).” – The Book Smugglers
“Korman’s fast moving, feel-good suspense novel will have middle schoolers, especially boys, turning the pages.” – VOYA review of Swindle
“Goofball-funny and addictive” – Kirkus Reviews review for Zoobreak
“[A] lean, easy-to-like thrill ride with guaranteed crowd-pleasing elements like secret societies, art heists, and heroes with unlimited cash and connections to fuel their around-the-world intrigue.” — Booklist, 39 Clues, Medusa Plot
Teens and pre-teens flock to any new offering from New York Times best-selling author Gordon Korman. He is the author of a series of exciting children’s books including 39 Clues, Bruno and Boots, Kidnapped, Everest, On the Run, Swindle and Monday Night Football. Told through multiple viewpoints, Ungifted follows Donovan Curtis through his year at a magnet school for gifted and talented kids. Thanks to an administrative foul-up, the decidedly mediocre student Donovan finds himself enrolled in the Academy of Scholastic Distinction. Out of place and out of luck, Donovan joins the robotics team. And while he learns a few lessons from his gifted classmates, he also teaches a few of his own.
Gordon Korman (born October 23, 1963) is a Canadian author, primarily of novels for children and young adults. He lives in Long Island’s Great Neck, New York, with his wife and three children.Korman wrote his first book unexpectedly when he was twelve years old. While in 7th grade at German Mills Public School, his 7th grade English writing assignment became the manuscript for Korman’s first book This Can’t Be Happening at Macdonald Hall, the first book in his Bruno and Boots series. Mr. Hamilton, Korman’s 7th grade English teacher, was a track and field coach who suddenly found himself teaching English for the first time. Hamilton required students to write a novel during the semester. Korman was the Scholastic Arrow Book Club monitor for the class; after completing the assignment, he mailed his manuscript to Scholastic. This Can’t Be Happening at Macdonald Hall was published by Scholastic Press in 1975 when Korman was only twelve years old, in seventh grade. Before graduating from high school in Thornhill, Ont., Korman wrote and published five books. Korman has written more than 75 books which have sold more than 7 million copies in a career that has spanned three decades.