The age bracket of these sophomores/juniors in high school seems a bit older than some of Korman’s other books and characters, but is interestingly sophisticated. I wasn’t sure I was going to like it as much, but it’s starting to grow on me. Their fudging on the poetry assignment is becoming increasingly entertaining. I can feel the proverbial pot beginning to boil the frogs and can’t wait to see when they jump out of the soup.
Not quite as sharp as most of Korman’s other plots, but also in a slightly different area and still interesting.
** spoiler alert **
Knowing that this was his first book and written when he was still a very young teenager, I didn’t expect a whole lot from Korman. Given that I’ve enjoyed so many of his other books, I should have held him to much higher standards as he always seems to be able to deliver!
The balloon arriving at the school was a bit deus-ex-machina, but it played out so well both plot-wise and even comedic-ly–even tying in the flag incident at the start of the story–that who could fault him?
The Fish has to be one of the best and funniest characters. Korman is brilliant at character, structure, and overall story. How can you not love his work?!
I’ve just noticed that this is the seventh in a long series, so I’ve obviously got some catching up to do. I’m curious if anyone has purchased the rights? This would make a great television series, particularly if they’re all full of as much heart and fun as this one.
This funny and touching underdog story is a lovable and goofy adventure with robot fights, middle-school dances, live experiments, and statue-toppling pranks! When Donovan Curtis pulls a major prank at his middle school, he thinks he’s finally gone too far. But thanks to a mix-up by one of the administrators, instead of getting in trouble, Donovan is sent to the Academy of Scholastic Distinction, a special program for gifted and talented students. Although it wasn’t exactly what Donovan had intended, the ASD couldn’t be a more perfectly unexpected hideout for someone like him. But as the students and teachers of ASD grow to realize that Donovan may not be good at math or science (or just about anything), he shows that his gifts may be exactly what the ASD students never knew they needed.
Also I’d just finished a Gordon Korman book the other day, and the book gods have apparently noticed that I’d need a new one.
Things get a bit more far-fetched while running The Pretzel, but the fantasy of the story just sweeps you up.
Also delved into the beginning of the next chapter where everyone stands up for Artie. He’s really got them around his finger now…