I was excited to hear that Allis Wade had completed Revelations, the second book in the School for Gifted Potentials series. She provided me with a copy to review.
Wade, a teacher with a masters in Gifted Education, walks an interesting line with her series, balancing an entertaining sci-fi story while also setting up situations to teach the reader about themselves. I think that Revelations succeeds even more than the previous novel, since the reader is already familiar with Everett, his group of friends, and the school they’re all attending.
In the first book, Orientation, we met Everett, a young boy unwillingly enrolled in a school for gifted students. As Everett went through his first week at school, we learned about his overexcitabilities, his passion for science, and his challenges in making relationships.
In Revelations, Everett has settled into his new school and begins exploring his interests while continuing to learn about himself. In this book, he encounters:
I especially enjoyed how Wade explored perfectionism. Both Everett and his best friend, Greta, want their work to be perfect, but they both handle it differently. Greta pours herself into her work, to the detriment of her social life, while Everett avoids his work, afraid to begin out of a fear of failing. These are topics our gifted learners need to hear about.
A Unique Opportunity
The Gifted Potentials series has a bit of a Harry Potter feel. The students are all away from home, managing new levels of self-awareness and abilities. Teachers are mentors, but can be quite mysterious. Friends create conflict, but also offer insight into each others’ personalities.
In fact, the group of friends is one of the most interesting aspects of the stories. Although each is identified as “gifted,” their personalities, strengths, and passions are all across the map, giving an accurate representation of the actual gifted population.
For The Classroom Or The Home
These stories would make a great read aloud, perhaps for upper elementary students. They present a great starting point for students to think about (and maybe even discuss) their own needs. I also think they’d be an interesting family read for parents who want to help their children understand themselves better.
Revelations is available on Amazon as a paperback or for the Kindle.
And congrats to Claire for winning the book giveaway!