Gifted Kids, Gifted Characters, and Great Books compiled by Bertie Kingore, Ph.D

"A gifted ten year old reacted to E. L. Konigsburg's female protagonist From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler (1967) by exclaiming: "Claudia is so much like me! She's so bright, she uses logic and plans, but most of all, she wants to do something important with her life. That's exactly how I feel. I don't want my life to just be regular." Quality literature involving gifted characters should be available to gifted children and adolescents to encourage reflection about their feelings, concerns, and interests. These books can help students gain insights into their own lives and identify with others. Librarians know that children frequently seek books about "kids like me." However, because the development of key characters who are gifted is not typical in most books, help is needed to locate books with gifted characters." - Bertie Kingore