This book was well-written and humorous, immersing the reader immediately and completely into Martin’s world. The author did an excellent job of characterization; each of the main characters was different and memorable.
The story is about a boy who is sent to an alternative school, and finds that he & his friends have extraordinary abilities overlooked even by themselves. I think most kids could relate with Martin, who has trouble with bullies and trying to get along with his teachers, and has to deal with misunderstandings with his friends.
I like the fact that in the end, they not only learn about their special talents, but they realize that they have to choose when and how to use them.
I also like that, even with the alternative school setting, the book was clean, with no profanity or other garbage to wade through. In fact, it is a very good example of how unnecessary those things really are in a well-written story.