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From #1 New York Times bestselling author Gordon Korman comes a hilarious and heartfelt novel in which one middle-school troublemaker accidentally moves into the gifted and talented program—and changes everything. For fans of Louis Sachar and Jack Gantos, this funny and touching underdog story is a lovable and goofy adventure with robot fights, middle-school dances, live experiments, and statue-toppling pranks!

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.

Hardcover, 288 pages
Published on August 21, 2012 by Balzer + Bray
ISBN-10: 006174266X
ISBN-13: 9780061742668
80 Book Reviews
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  • soup22Wednesday, March 7, 2018 at 1:09 pm
    Okay, to be completely honest the only reason I chose to pick this book up was to complete a project. I expected another realistic fiction dud, a book nobody wanted to read. On the contrary, I picked up a book that contained complex characters, enjoyable humor, and a great story line. As Donovan Curtis journeys through the gifted program, you realize how gifted he is too, in his own way. I recommend this book to anyone ready to not put it down for a couple hours.
    • BookpersonMonday, February 12, 2018 at 8:25 am
      This book is very good. It has an amazing timeline and is very descriptive. It shows what Donovan goes through having a new experience.
      • MinjiFriday, February 2, 2018 at 8:10 am
        Whilst I Have not finished this book, I love it so far!! Donnovan using the academy as a hideout for what he did is a great idea, and I can't wait to see what happens next!!
        • texashawkeye
          texashawkeyeSaturday, November 11, 2017 at 6:12 pm55 stars
          I loved his book. It is an fun and crazy story about a kid who accidentally gets on different paperwork by mistake and ends in the gifted program. It t.ells the story about how a kid who isn't gifted at all brings some of the best ideas to the class. The greatest part is in the end how the students would do anything to help Donovan
          • awesomejas10
            awesomejas10Friday, October 13, 2017 at 2:21 pm44 stars
            Its good. Its about a robot that has impulse control. Its when you do and don't think. He gets in a lot of trouble
            • bluehorse3
              bluehorse3Sunday, March 20, 2016 at 3:22 pm
              We read this as a literature lunch book. Since it's by Gordon Korman it's funny and cute. Clever and satisfying.
              • explore55
                explore55Tuesday, February 16, 2016 at 4:05 am55 stars
                the word gifted has never been aplie to a kid like donovan it's usally more liike don't try tis at home. so when the troublemaker pulls a major parank at his school.then he thanks it gone to far.
                • booklover1969
                  booklover1969Saturday, January 23, 2016 at 10:57 am44 stars
                  This book was entertaining and funny. A good, quick read for grades 4 and up. I laughed out loud at a few parts!
                  • srox
                    sroxWednesday, January 20, 2016 at 7:56 am44 stars
                    This book is a great story about a boy who is a person who does bad things and 'accidentally' gets into the gifted program. He really isn't supposed to be there cause he really isn't gifted and the end is not for me to tell...
                    • schultheis_16
                      schultheis_16Thursday, January 14, 2016 at 7:47 am
                      It wasn't very good