I used Ungifted by Gordon Korman as a read aloud for my 7th graders last year. Normally, I read higher lexile books to them (the idea being it helps their vocabulary and fluency more to hear harder texts they can’t tackle on their own), but it was the end of the year and I wanted to read something a little lighter.
Ungifted centers around troublemaker Donovan Curtis who, through a series of mistakes, gets sent to his school district’s gifted school instead of getting suspended for pulling a prank that went too far. It is obvious from the beginning that he doesn’t belong at the school, but he really does try to fit in and stop making impulsive decisions so he can lay low until the incident that got him there dies down.
Eventually he is found out, of course, but by this point, it’s become apparent that the gifted school needed him just as much as he needed them. Ungifted by Gordon Korman is funny, engaging, and kids will love it. The troublemaker or the whiz kid will find something to relate to in this book and I’m sure this year’s students will love it too.