Author(s): Gitty Daneshvari
'When people say that "the children are the future" they aren't talking about me.' Jonathan Murray, aged 12, Evanston, Virginia When Jonathan and Shelley are summoned to work for The League of Unexceptional Children they're more than a little bit surprised. Average in every single way, they've never been singled out for anything in their lives ...scrap that, they've never even been noticed. But that's exactly what the League is after. Because if you're truly forgettable, you're perfect for acts of espionage - as Jonathan and Shelley are about to find out.
Delivers hilarious shenanigans...This humorous new series is sure to appeal to fans of Daneshvari and other lovers of the ludicrous. Kirkus Pokes sly fun at the pressure to raise future valedictorians and CEOs, by turning the tables on the classic trope of an average kid discovering greatness...Daneshvari's fast-paced, twisty story is chock-full of clever humor. Publisher's Weekly This...amusing chapter book goes down easy. Even with the fate of the world resting on their 'slightly hunched' shoulders, the main characters are so disarmingly upfront about their inadequacies that they'll definitely have readers on their side. Booklist Keeps readers giggling. SLJ
At the ripe old age of ten, Gitty and her classmates underwent an IQ test followed by a short interview. A week later, it was announced that of the twenty-five students in her class, twenty had been chosen for the Talented and Gifted Program. Gitty, along with two foreign exchange students who could barely speak English, was in the remaining five. That day she went home and explained to her parents that she believed working at the mall's food court was her destiny for she was neither talented nor gifted. Decades later, Gitty realized that more important than being 'talented' is finding something you love and working hard at it.