Books and Film Resources
More detail about these books will follow – in the meantime they may provide you with some guidance if you are looking for more information

Resources from Great Potential Press
This site has some excellent resource materials for parents (and teachers) that can be ordered from the US. Also some excellent resources for home-schooling families. All prices in US Dollars. http://www.giftedbooks.com/products.asp (some of these are available in Australia from other sources, you may wish to do a price check to compare the best source, or try the Book Depository which offers free international shipping www.bookdepository.co.uk)

Books for Gifted Readers
Follow the link in the navigation bar on that site marked "Book Reviews"
"a searchable database of book reviews that take gifted readers into account! A tool that helps you identify satisfying books for a particular reader…"

Movies featuring Gifted Characters (some reviews have come from Amazon.com)

Billy Elliot
Billy’s got problems. His dad has scraped together the fees to send him to boxing lessons, but Billy has discovered a different aptitude: a genius for ballet dancing. Since admitting to such an activity is tantamount, in this fiercely macho culture, is very bad, Billy keeps it quiet. But his teacher, Mrs. Wilkinson , thinks he should audition for ballet school in London.

Dead Poets Society
English professor John Keating (Robin Williams) inspires his students to a love of poetry and to seize the day. A compelling warning in it to parents who don’t respect their children’s gifts.
 
Good Will Hunting
A therapist (Robin Williams) tries to help a brilliant, but troubled young man (Matt Damon) overcome his personal problems and realize his potential
 
Infinity
Story of the early life of genius and Nobel Prize-winning physicist Richard Feynman (Matthew Broderick)

Little Man Tate
The difference is the little boy is human, and not just a brain. He worries about people dying, envies the popular athletic boy, all the while plays music in competition form and forms math problems in his head

Mr Holland’s Opus
Being a true musician is about leaving your legacy for future generations, and by inspiring his students, Mr. Holland is ensuring that his passion will live forever, through them
 
Shine
This  Australian film is a surprising story about real-life classical pianist David Helfgott, an Australian who rose to international prominence at a very young age in the 1950s and ’60s, and suffered a psychological collapse after enduring years of abuse from his father. Despite the Helfgotts’ compromised psychological health, Shine is hardly a depressing experience. If anything, the story is really about how long one person’s life can take to make glorious sense of itself.

Searching for Bobby Fischer
The chess prodigy (Max Pomeranc) who refuses to become ruthless despite the prodding of his father (Joe Mantegna) and his surrogate-father / chess champion (Ben Kingsley)

Whalerider
One of the most charming and critically acclaimed films of 2003, the New Zealand hit Whale Rider effectively combines Maori tribal tradition with the timely "girl power" of a vibrant new millennium. Despite the discouragement of her gruff and disapproving grandfather (Rawiri Paratene), who nearly disowns her because she is female and therefore traditionally disqualified from tribal leadership, 12-year-old Pai (Keisha Castle-Hughes) is convinced that she is a tribal leader, and sets about to prove it…

Matilda
Based on the Roald Dahl classic book; cursed with a cretinous family and a witch of a school principal, a bright young girl  learns self-reliance–and develops unusual powers

My Left Foot
Don’t feel sorry for this character! Daniel Day-Lewis won a much-deserved Oscar for his wily, passionate performance as Irish artist and writer Christy Brown, whose cerebral palsy kept him confined to a wheelchair.

October Sky
A West Virginia teenager hopes to break free from his predetermined coal miner’s life by winning a national science fair competition with his rocket building designs

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
Adapted from the popular books by J.K. Rowlings, these movies bring to life Harry Potter’s world of Hogwarts, the school for young witches and wizards…

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