Long-story (oh-so-long!) short, I ended up having to get a review copy sent to my vacation-hotel in California because the publisher wouldn’t ship to Canada.
Was it worth it? Yes. Memorable characters and interesting premise. Things get a little wild and crazy in the middle, which became a bit distracting for me, but of course that’s just the sort of stuff kids love.
It’s a story about a bunch of gifted kids who run into some bad guys and use their own gifted creations to get away from them.
Here’s my precis.
The School for the Insanely Gifted, by Dan Elish
Daphna writes music that puts people into a trance. Harkin has developed a flying car. And Wanda is designing a bridge from New York to Moscow.
If these are the projects the students at the Blatt School for the Insanely Gifted are working on, just imagine what Mr. Blatt himself is creating!
As Daphna and her fellow students prepare for the upcoming Insanity Cup competition, they’ll also have to solve the riddle of her mother’s disappearance and reveal the enormous secret Mr. Blatt is hiding from the world.
Join in a race around the globe as the kids try to outrun the bad guys using their own inventions, clues from Daphne’s mother and their insanely awesome brains.
Probably the thing I like most about this book (besides main characters Daphna and Harkin) is the author. Dan Elish has written a number of kids’ novels, and lives in New York with his wife and two kids; he seems. from our email correspondence when he helped me obtain a copy of his book, like a truly nice guy. Check out his website.