August 04, 2006 at 04:00 AM EDT

Lit prodigy Quart, who wrote her first novel at 7, studies the movement to ”invent gifted children,” from Baby Genius videos on.

Standout Student
Marla Olmstead, age 4, whose oil paintings have brought in nearly half a million dollars.

Final Grade
Utterly fascinating — Quart’s meticulous research and insightful analysis range from teen preacher competitions to the link between mathletes and Wall Street recruits.

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