I HATE BEING GIFTED by Patricia Hermes

I HATE BEING GIFTED

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Sixth-grader KT (Keely Tamara) is devastated: she's one of four in her class chosen to spend three afternoons a week in "LEAP," her school's "Learning Enrichment Activity Program." She fears, correctly, that this will isolate her from her two best friends: they are soon enmeshed in charismatic, failed-LEAP-aspirant Erica's plans for an exclusive club. In the end, Erica's unsubtle social cruelty backfires: KT not only makes new friends but gets her loyal old one back with apologies. Meanwhile, her family (four older brothers and two genuinely understanding psychiatrist parents) have been warmly supportive. Light, predictable fare, but smoothly fashioned. The characters have enough quirky, unique traits to keep them interesting, and KT's adversarial relationship with her next-older brother--and his unexpected sympathy when she's really down--are nicely depicted.

Pub Date: Dec. 14th, 1990
ISBN: 399-21687-1
Page count: 144pp
Publisher: Putnam
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