105 pages 3 hours read

Gordon Korman


Fiction | Novel | Middle Grade | Published in 2012

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  • Genre: Fiction; middle-grade realistic/humor
  • Originally Published: 2012
  • Reading Level/Interest: Lexile 730L; grades 5-8
  • Structure/Length: 31 chapters; approximately 288 pages; approximately 6 hours, 14 minutes on audio
  • Protagonist/Central Conflict: The story follows Donovan Curtis, a seventh-grade boy notorious for his troublesome antics. After a mistake, Donovan is transferred to a gifted school, despite not having the same academic abilities as his peers. The central conflict revolves around Donovan trying to keep his true academic abilities secret while inadvertently helping his new classmates in unexpected ways.
  • Potential Sensitivity Issues: Misbehavior and pranks; peer pressure and acceptance

Gordon Korman, Author

  • Bio: Born 1963; Canadian American author; began writing in seventh grade; published his first book at the age of 14; has written more than 80 middle-grade and young adult novels; his books often feature humor and relatable characters; one of the prominent figures in contemporary children's literature
  • Other Works: This Can’t Be Happening at Macdonald Hall (1978); No More Dead Dogs (2000); Schooled (2007); The Unteachables (2019)
  • Awards: Canadian Library Association Book of the Year for Children (shortlist, 2013); Snow Willow Award (shortlist, 2013); Red Cedar Award (2014); Manitoba Young Readers’ Choice Award (runner-up, 2014); Pacific Northwest Library Association Young Readers’ Choice (shortlist, 2015)