304p. HarperCollins/Balzer + Bray. Apr. 2018. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9780062563842. POP
Gr 4–7—Laughs abound in Korman's satisfying sequel to Ungifted. Donovan is the same goofy, impulse-driven kid that got put into the TaG class instead of suspension by a superintendent's slip of the pen. His instinctive dive into a runaway truck averts a disaster but then precipitates a series of mishaps when his nerdy friend Noah, a downwardly mobile transfer from a magnet school, decides to take the credit for Donovan's heroic act in order to protect him from the wrath of his ex-Marine brother-in-law. Told from the point of view of several of Donovan's classmates in both his regular school and the magnet school that he still attends once a week for the robotics team, Korman shows the varying perceptions of heroism among Donovan's broadly drawn community: the unsympathetic cheerleader Megan, the lacrosse-playing entitled bully, the nerds on the robotics team, the rigid authoritarian brother-in-law who is helpless when dealing with a new infant, and the plastic television host on the track of a news story. Korman expertly holds readers' attention with a fast-paced plot culminating in a climactic denouement at the robotics meeting. Eventually, the true hero is unmasked, relationships are healed within and outside his family, and once again kindness and tolerance win the day.
VERDICT Humorous, relatable, and full of heart, Korman's gift for understanding the middle school mind is on full display.

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