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Book of the Month – The Gifted, The Talented and Me by William Sutcliffe – September 2019

Our September Book of the Month is laugh out-loud, funny, and relatable.

 ‘This school is an amazing opportunity!’ said Mum. ‘You’re going to find new depths you never realised you had’.

‘I don’t want new depths,’ I said. ‘I like the ones I’ve got already.’

‘Those aren’t depths,’ said Ethan. ‘They’re shallows.’

You think you might have problems? Just wait until you meet Sam.

Middle-of-the-road Sam is dreading having to transfer to a new school for the Gifted and Talented, along with his all-black-wearing 17-year-old brother Ethan and unicorn-obsessed, seven-year-old sister Freya. “Why does everyone have to be talented?” Sam grumbles. “Because if everyone’s talented, then nobody is. Why can’t I just be normal?”

Can Sam navigate his way through the weirdness and find a way to be himself?

  • Enjoy fifteen-year-old Sam’s misadventures at the North London Academy for the Gifted and Talented.

 Celebrate staying true to yourself, owning your talents (such as they are) and enjoying experiences for experience’s sake – instead of for the likes, accolades and popularity they could bring with them.

Sounds perfect for the start of a new school year.