Friday, February 7, 2020

The Gifted School

Deception. People have secrets and Bruce Holsinger pulls us into a swirl of deception in his novel titled, The Gifted School. After a Boulder, Colorado-like suburb announces competitive testing for a new school, the race is on for those families who want to secure places. Holsinger lets us gradually come to know four families, and their connected relationships. As we get to know the characters, we are drawn into a world of privilege and ambitions inside a community divided by income and class. Our feelings about different characters change over the course of the novel, and what causes us to laugh in one section can lead us to sadness in another. Spouses have kept secrets from each other. Children are not who we think they are. Readers can reflect about friendship and ambition while considering the steps we are willing to take for our children, and whether those steps are really for us or for the kids. Rating: Four-star (I like it) Click here to purchase The Gifted School from

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