Review: Supergifted

supergiftedBook: Supergifted
Author: Gordon Korman
Genre: MG, Contemporary/School
Rating: 3 Stars

Basic Plot: Donovan and Noah are back from Ungifted. This time, they’re both attending “regular” school. Noah is thrilled at getting his first low grade. But when Donovan tries to protect Noah from a bully, he ends up putting the family dog in jeopardy. Which means, Donovan can’t be seen anywhere near the bully’s home unless he wants the dog to be declared vicious. But, Noah has ideas that set about a course of events that lead to the creation of “Superkid”.

WHAT’S COOL…

1) The friendship and the loyalty. I love how Donovan is SO loyal to Noah. Even when Noah does things that hurt him. He knows Noah is a little clueless.

2) The theme of fame and what it can do to us. This was an interesting look at how fame can go to the head… how we blindly worship and adore fame… and how fame can also be so fleeting.

3) The stereotypes. I’m usually not crazy about stereotypes in books. But somehow Gordon Korman knows how to make them work. We have likable ruffian (Donovan); the super-geek (Noah); the super cheerful cheerleader (Megan); the jock/bully (Hashtag).

4) The chapter titles. Korman did something very similar with the first book: Ungifted. Each chapter is called “Super Something-Something”. It’s very clever and it’s always fun to try to figure out what the Something-Something could mean prior to reading the chapter…

WHAT’S NOT COOL…

1) Plot holes. There are a bunch of plot holes throughout the book. The biggest one happens during the event involving the big propane truck. Both Donovan and Noah are present. Noah is in this crazy costume–trying to look like a wrestling star, complete with folding chair. And somehow, the driver of the propane truck does not notice Noah. Really?

Another plot hole happens when Donovan goes to Megan’s party. Again, there’s no reason to incite his going. One minute he’s talking to his sister, Katie, about this missing bone. And the next minute, he’s on his way to the party. There’s no correlation action/reaction to these two scenes.

2) At one point, Hashtag mentions that the cheerleaders have tryouts. If Noah is such a klutz (one that manages to send a cheerleader to the hospital), why don’t the tryouts apply to him. Korman does try to get around this by making the teacher tell Megan that Noah must be on the team… but really, it doesn’t make sense. As in any sport, if one athlete is even a potential danger to the rest of the team, that guy should be out of there!

3) I didn’t believe all the hero-worship of the Super Kid. I mean, it’s the whole school, the whole town, even the governor? It’s not like he saved City Hall or something. He just saved one girl’s house. Yes, the girl’s family is thankful. But the whole state???

FINAL THOUGHTS…

My rating is 3 Stars (out of 5) – Will kids like this book? Yes, I think so. It’s a fun read, and I did enjoy it. But, it’s not Korman’s best. It seems like he’s churning out the books and I wonder if he has the time to really perfect them all…


YOUR TURN…

Have you read this book? What did you think of it? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments!

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