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Book review: ‘The Gifted School’ satirizes what desperate parents will do to secure a good school

Bruce Holsinger’s new novel “The Gifted School” is going to seem snatched straight from recent headlines, even though he first conceived the book a decade-and-a-half ago.

The novel opens with the announcement — it’s even in The New York Times — for a Head of School for Crystal Academy, a new magnet school in Crystal, Colo. The academy is to be an educational institution of “accelerated and exceptional learners” who will be chosen through “a visionary, equitable, and inclusive admissions process that accounts for difference, diversity, and overall excellence.”

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