Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “The Hadley Academy for the Improbably Gifted” as Want to Read:
The Hadley Academy for the Improbably Gifted
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

The Hadley Academy for the Improbably Gifted

4.32  ·  Rating details ·  38 ratings  ·  19 reviews
Jack Carlson is dreading a class presentation when he suddenly finds himself transported to the Hadley Academy, a secret institution that tracks teens with unlikely gifts and trains them to protect the world from an unseen squad of killers. But Jack isn't the only one who doesn't know what he's doing at Hadley. Despite indications that he is the one prophesied to end the a ...more
Hardcover, 368 pages
Published October 8th 2019 by Thomas Nelson
More Details... Edit Details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about The Hadley Academy for the Improbably Gifted, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about The Hadley Academy for the Improbably Gifted

Community Reviews

Showing 1-30
Average rating 4.32  · 
Rating details
 ·  38 ratings  ·  19 reviews

More filters
Sort order
Sep 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
Thirteen-year-old Jack is always a little embarrassed by his best friend, Freddie, who is constantly going on about the most ridiculous conspiracy theories. His latest is about a school, the Hadley Academy for the Improbably Gifted where children with special talents are taken to train for a war to save humanity against an enemy called the Reapers. So after Freddie presents this latest 'theory' to the entire class, Jack makes an excuse to leave. As he heads for the washroom, he is accosted by th ...more
Sep 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: edelweiss, fantasy
An amazing story full of amazing characters and with an excellent world building.
I loved it and I read it as fast as I could.
It's engrossing and entertaining and the world building is excellent.
I hope to read soon another instalment in this series.
Highly recommended!
Many thanks to the publisher and Edelweiss for this ARC, all opinions are mine.
Sep 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
What an amazing story this was the way this book was written was art. The main character Jack definitely underestimates his worth in this book. Along with his friend he somehow manages to really step up to the plate. Its such a great read, and the world its set in makes you want to dive in and be apart of it. Its one of those books where you read it once and you reread it over and over again. If you looking for a book with a world of possibility's this is the book for you. My rating for this boo ...more
Aug 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Great book!

When I received an advanced copy of The Hadley Academy, I thought it would be a fun book for all of the people in my family to read and discuss (boys: 13, 11. girl: 8). Turns out that was a great call as we all found a ton to enjoy about this one. The boys enjoyed the awkward school kids stuff and then later on, everyone really enjoyed talking about spades and what category they themselves would fall into and the action and set pieces.

For me: I just enjoyed the story. The necessary wo
Kristen Gwen Johnson
Oct 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I did not want to stop ready The Hadley Academy for the Improbably Gifted by Conor Grennan. As I was reading, there were so many moments of, “That’s so awesome!” and, “Wait. What?!” and, “I can’t believe it! No way.” When I had to put the book down, the characters were often in my thoughts as I wondered what was going to happen to them next.

Jack Carlson just wants to pass eighth grade. Preferably without the embarrassment of his best friend, Freddy’s, conspiracy theories. But when a strange scho
Lucas Agulla
Oct 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I’m 12 years old, and I absolutely loved it. There are so many small details that make every page and chapter so interesting. It has a perfect balance of mystery and action. The whole book is so satisfying to the reader. I highly recommend reading it. I was super into it the entire time! The Hadley Academy is kind of like a mix of Percy Jackson and Harry Potter. It’s amazing, and it’s perfect for anyone from about 9 years old on.
Heather Huston
Jul 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book is a fab new middle grade read from NYT's best selling author, Conor Grennan. His first book, "Little Princes," was a memoir about saving kids from trafficking and civil war in a far away land. I've heard the author say...this is the "superhero version." Hadley Academy is a fantasy novel that follows a boy's unlikely journey to save the world. Meet a group of kids who are whisked out of the only world they know to become trained fighters working to combat the "reapers" who are a secret ...more
Kim Carbonelli Tingler
Oct 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
One of the best books I have read in the past decade. I loved every page. This action-packed adventure of good versus evil, in a story of identity and ultimate sacrifice, had me completely engaged from beginning to end. I literally could not put it down – and read it in 5 days. Connor Grennan is masterful at creating complex characters, a layered plot, and enough descriptive detail that The Hadley Academy came to life before my eyes.

If you, or anyone you know, has ever struggled with feelings of
Lara Lillibridge
Oct 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
"Harry Potter" meets "A Wrinkle in Time." Fans of the secret magic boarding school will love this modern take on the genre. An imaginative tale with diverse characters, Grennan incorporated many of children's favorite aspects of novels--epic battles for good and evil, impossible--I mean improbable--odds, the help of a good group of friends, and even a dragon or two. The plot is complex without becoming convoluted--a bit of a trick with so much going on. Face-paced, without seeming rushed.

I assu
Ryan Burnham
Oct 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The Hadley Academy for the Improbably Gifted was a story that connected the mysterious and magical with the reality of the insecurities and fears common to man. Ultimately, you see destiny and identity unfold amidst a group of friends through a captivating and engaging storyline. I loved every bit of it and honestly read it through in 24 hours. I couldn't put it down!
Rosie Rizk
Sep 10, 2019 rated it liked it
Kids with powers fighting to prevent the zombie apocalypse.

This reminded me vaguely of Holly Black's magisterium series. We have kids with magic like abilities, who need to prevent a great evil from taking over. There's another reason I found it so similar, but that would be a spoiler.

The magic abilities were great, and the characters were engaging. The book had a great premise, plot, and lots of potential, but it felt like everything was forced to fit into one book, probably with a word count,
Sep 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
Make yourself comfortable when you pick up The Hadley Academy for the Improbably Gifted because this book is hard to put down once you get started. With creatively crafted characters and a fast-paced story line, you will want to just keep reading, and then when it's over, you will beg for more!

Thank you to NetGalley for my copy of the book in exchange for my honest review.
Aug 29, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: middle-grade
This book starts out with an intriguing premise: Jack's conspiracy theorist friend Freddy spins wild yarns about an invisible island and a secret battle between good and evil — which turns out to be true! The Hadley Academy for the Improbably Gifted brings together teenagers who manifest a gift and are then trained to fight the evil Reapers. It's a little bit like a teen version of the X-Men. Except Jack apparently has no gift and we are left to puzzle out why he's been recruited. Some sinister ...more
Becky B
There is a secret war going on all over the world that most people don’t know about and never will. Reapers look like humans to most people but they are creatures that freeze people to death. The only ones keeping people safe from these assassins are operatives from the Hadley Academy for the Improbably Gifted, people whose spades - special abilities – have awoken and are trained to take out Reapers. Jack knows nothing about Reapers or Hadley Academy when he is rescued from a Reaper by a man nam ...more
books are love
Sep 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
Received in exchange for a honest review.

The description of the book interested me right away. It wasn’t like what we have been seeing in middle/ya books lately. It is but isn’t. When you read it you are thinging maybe a little Harry Potter meets Izombie thoughts but it isn’t. This si far from that. We have prophecies, the living being taken over, dragons, talent that is similar to a power but not magic. It works of elements some of them but not all of the talents do. WE have believers and those
Jenna R
Oct 04, 2019 rated it liked it
**I received an electronic ARC of this book from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for honest review.**

Actual rating: 3.5 stars

In Conor Grennan's new novel, The Hadley Academy for the Improbably Gifted, there is a military academy for gifted kids somewhere off the coast of Maine. The gifted students, called improbables, defend civilians against secret beings called reapers.

Let me begin by saying that I am not in the intended age range for this book. However, I still found the book to
Jen Layton
Oct 06, 2019 rated it liked it
A library loan, not a keeper.

I think I set my expectations too high for this book. I imagined a cross between the X-Men & Harry Potter. This is neither. It had a lot of potential, but the way it is written, I couldn't really care about any of the characters. They fell pretty flat. They all had a backstory but it wasn't in depth enough for me to really care one way or another. Sadly, I found this to be true of every single character.

It doesn't end with a lack of depth for the characters eith
Alex M
Oct 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This was an amazing book. My two kids (ages 12 & 14) loved it. I read it and loved it too. It Is a wonderful adventure with more twists and turns then I think any other book I’ve read. It’s imaginative and to top it all off has a great message for kids.
Oct 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book has a lot of twists and surprises and is amazing. I've read it twice already! You MUST read it!
Conor Grennan
Sep 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Chrissy Fallone
rated it it was amazing
Sep 29, 2019
rated it really liked it
Aug 02, 2019
Eleanor Roth
rated it did not like it
Aug 24, 2019
Anniston Linh
rated it it was amazing
Jun 24, 2019
Michele Jennifer
rated it really liked it
Oct 13, 2019
Ashley Cox
rated it really liked it
Jul 09, 2019
rated it liked it
Sep 16, 2019
Erin Aiken
rated it it was amazing
Aug 16, 2019
Liz (Flanagan) Grennan
rated it it was amazing
Aug 16, 2019
Marti Hidden
rated it really liked it
Oct 13, 2019
« previous 1 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »
Conor Grennan is a citizen of the US and Ireland. He grew up in Poughkeepsie NY and Jersey City, NJ. He spent eight years at the EastWest Institute (EWI), both in Prague and the EU Office in Brussels, focusing on peace and reconciliation in the Balkans. He left EWI in 2004 to travel and volunteer in Nepal, where he ultimately started Next Generation Nepal (NGN), an organization dedicated to reconn ...more