GIFTED by Beth Evangelista


Age Range: 10 - 14
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A spoiled brainiac learns to appreciate others in this mildly entertaining but not particularly convincing first effort. George is the principal’s son. He’s also small, pale and extremely near-sighted. Until now, George has managed to escape the worst of the bullying handed out by his huskier classmates. But a weeklong field trip at the shore offers plenty of opportunities for trouble. From a painful game of touch football to the punishment meted out for a prank played on their chaperone, nothing goes right for George. Things go spectacularly wrong, however, when a hurricane hits and he’s inadvertently left behind when the group evacuates. George manages to survive and even saves one of his erstwhile enemies. Unfortunately, the action comes late and George’s unpleasant personality has been so clearly drawn that his conversion to caring friend isn’t entirely believable. Still, some readers may enjoy George’s amusingly self-centered narration enough to reach, and appreciate, the positive ending. Like George himself, this unlikely adventure has its flaws, but it’s not without a quirky charm. (Fiction. 10-14)

Pub Date: Oct. 1st, 2005
ISBN: 0-8027-8994-3
Page count: 192pp
Publisher: Walker
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Sept. 15th, 2005