Thursday, April 25, 2013

Wonder by R.J. Palacio

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Auggie knew he was different.  Born with severe facial deformities, he was used to the stares, the pointing, and the looks of horror and disgust from others.  At least Auggie had the love, support, and protection of his family. 

Now things are changing.  Auggie will be attending a public school for the first time.  For the most part, the students at Beecher Prep treat Auggie like an outcast and a freak.  Can Auggie show his classmates that he is a regular kid just like them?  Or should he just give up on ever having a "normal" life?

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Ungifted by Gordon Korman

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Trouble-maker, prankster Donovan Curtis only wanted to pull a cool prank. He never meant to destroy the school's treasured statue.  Now the Superintendent is determined to find the perpetrator! Donovan knows he needs to disappear quickly.

By freak accident, that is exactly what Donovan manages to do. Due to a computer error, Donovan's name is included amongst the students who have been tested and are eligible to attend the prestigious Academy of Scholastic Distinction.  Despite Donovan making below average grades, he finds himself attending classes with the brightest students in the state and taking accelerated courses with a difficulty level way above Donovan's capabilities.  A school for nerds!  How will Donovan - the world's biggest goof - manage to fool everyone into thinking he is actually gifted?

To Donovan's surprise, though his reason for being at the Academy was to avoid getting busted by the school district Superintendent, he finds himself actually wanting to be there.  The nerdy kids weren't too bad.  Robotics class was cool and that Chloe chick was geeky chic and cute.  Being at the Academy wasn't so bad after all...until the teachers being to question how Donovan EVER qualified to attend their gifted school.  Will Donovan be able to convince everyone this is where he now belongs?

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