The School for the Insanely Gifted

The School for the Insanely Gifted Daphna Whispers is insanely gifted At age two and a half she composed her first sonata At age eight she completed an opera And now at eleven and three quarters she is orchestrating a piano rhapsod

  • Title: The School for the Insanely Gifted
  • Author: Dan Elish
  • ISBN: 9780061138737
  • Page: 126
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Daphna Whispers is insanely gifted.At age two and a half, she composed her first sonata.At age eight, she completed an opera.And now, at eleven and three quarters, she is orchestrating a piano rhapsody.With a r sum like that, it s no wonder she is a student at the prestigious Blatt School for the Insanely Gifted But as sixth grade draws to a close, Daphna s mind is far fDaphna Whispers is insanely gifted.At age two and a half, she composed her first sonata.At age eight, she completed an opera.And now, at eleven and three quarters, she is orchestrating a piano rhapsody.With a r sum like that, it s no wonder she is a student at the prestigious Blatt School for the Insanely Gifted But as sixth grade draws to a close, Daphna s mind is far from the upcoming Insanity Cup competition She s preoccupied by her mother s disappearance two months ago.When a mysterious man breaks into Daphna s small New York apartment, Daphna discovers that her mother s disappearance wasn t a random accident Her mother knew something and now somebody is after Daphna What starts out as a simple fact finding trip to the basement with her friends spirals into an international expedition And while Daphna hopes to uncover the secret of her mother s disappearance on her global trek, the last thing she expects to uncover is an outrageous secret about the Blatt School.And one insanely shocking secret about herself.

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    1. Daphna Whispers is a student at the School for the Insanely Gifted. Her gift is music. Her friends are Cynthia and Harkin whose gifts are acting and engineering. Cynthia would like nothing more than to have her One-Woman MacBeth performed on Broadway. Harkin has developed a chewing gum that allows you to view websites while chewing it. The music that Daphna composes has a strange effect on people. In fact, her teacher tells her the music has the power to heal the mind. Daphna's life is in need o [...]

    2. Started this and really enjoyed the beginning. I wish the pov character was different. So far harkin is my fave! The more i read the more i like the creativity but feel the story is spinning its wheels Finished, frustratingly uneven. parts were at the school but plot went off, and took character with it Big twist was telegraphed So were little ones

    3. I just couldn't get into it - I started okay, but my mind kept wandering. The Steve Jobs/Willy Wonka guy was predictable and the contraptions were way too far-fetched to believe. I think it's supposed to be funny, but it just came across as stilted. I had to work too hard to stay interested.

    4. Daphna Whispers is nearly twelve and composes utterly entrancing music; her best friend Harkin Thunkenreiser (aka Thunk) builds amazing machine, and her other best friend Cynthia Trustwell has starred in multiple Broadway musicals. They are all insanely gifted and students at the Blatt School for the Insanely Gifted, an institution founded by the extremely colorful entrepreneur Ignatious Peabody Blatt. Daphna's life had been fine until her mother disappeared two months ago, and she was slowly st [...]

    5. Plot: Daphna is a gifted musician at teh Blatt School for teh Insanely Gifted. She has talent adn close friends, but what most occupies her mind is the mysterious disappearance of her mother. When a mysterious man breaks into Daphna's apartment asking about a Flex Bed, Daphna suspects her mother's disappearance may not be merely a random accident. Can she and her friends discover the truth before it's too late? And just how does the founder of the Blatt school fit into the scheme of things?Why I [...]

    6. Ignatious Peabody Blatt, great inventor of all things technological, opens a school for the insanely gifted. Only 100 students are admitted, among them friends Daphna, Cynthia, and Harkin. Each kid has a unique talent and Blatt decides to hold the "Insanity Cup" competition which will showcase one student as the best of the best. Daphna is preoccupied with the disappearance of her mother, though, and barely finishes her musical masterpiece in time. But, as with an insanely gifted headmaster, Bla [...]

    7. Loved this one. Eleven-year-old Daphna, a musical genius, goes to the Blatt School for the Insanely Gifted in New York, where the announcement of the Insanity Cup has all the students competing for the top prize. Things I loved about this book: Daphna lives by herself (since her mom disappeared) in a one-room apartment that can change with the push of a button to a living room or a music room or a bedroom; her best friend Thunk zips around Manhattan in a flying vehicle he built from an old taxi; [...]

    8. Daphna's mother has disappeared. She is living by herself in a weirdly modified apartment across from her guardians and neighbors. She attends a school for the insanely gifted along with her two best friends. Lots of highjinks ensue based on all the different talents, giftedness, they each possess. All is not right at their school.This is a fun read, but not a grab you by the throat and won't let you go read. It's popcorn and soda, not satisfying like bread and definitely not gotta have it choco [...]

    9. Not impressed. Good premise (reminds me a lot of the Mysterious Benedict Society) but the execution was extremely poor. The rules of the reality created in the novel were so inconsistent it was distracting. I could suspend disbelief on some of the ridiculous inventions, but then the simplest things would stump the characters. It just didn't add up. Was not fond of any of the characters. Some of them were really rather irritating. Disappointing.

    10. Wow. Can I say anything praiseworthy about this book? Well, there's no swearing in it. That's good.Admittedly, I am not in the demographic for this book, but it was just stupid. The plot had some merit, but it totally went weird and off-kilter and unbelievable. Just outlandish. Ridiculous.If you're older than 10, please don't read this book. I'm killing brain cells just thinking about it.

    11. The most brilliant students attend a special school, but when a weird burglar attacks one of the students, three of them travel across the globe to figure out who's behind it. It's a fun book, with neat tech ideas and creative parts that I would have loved as a kid, but I do feel like it's missing *something*.

    12. I have no idea why, but I really appreciate this book. I would never read it again, and I wouldn't necessarily recommend it (I read it in 7th grade, I think, so I'm not sure how enjoyable it would be for a non-7th-grader) I read this in half a day, sitting in the same chair, without one putting it down, THAT'S HOW MUCH I LOVED IT.

    13. This was an overall good book. It was a humor book, but it came off not being too light. I liked the twist at the end(view spoiler)[, but it is just me, or is the part about Cynthia's betrayal then change of heart confusing? (hide spoiler)]. But altogether, a very good book.

    14. Decent story line, characters were okay, a bit predictable. It had the potential to be so much more. . . I really felt like the author rushed through much of his story. I hung on till the end, but almost wish that I hadn't.

    15. adventure with plenty of plot twists -gifted children (Daphna, Harkin and Cynthia)go to the school for the insanely gifted in NY. A mysterious man breaks into Daphna's apartment and the adventure begins.

    16. This was a cool book, and I liked the storyline. I was a little unsure of it, but it turned out well, and it had a good ending. The characters were interesting, and Thunk's inventions were very cool.

    17. Not my favorite but my boys loved it. This is one of the few books I could get my son to read all on his own. He even took it with him in the car. I wish I could've liked it more. I saw too many holes (like a child wrote it) but there was a lot of action for boys.

    18. An adventurous story about a group of insanely gifted students who must go on a quest to solve a mystery surrounding their school's founder. I really enjoyed this story and hope that a sequel is written.

    19. This book started out being interesting, but ended up being kind of unbelievable. The characters were okay but it didn't really make sense to me.

    20. I wasn't in love with this book. You had to suspend your disbelief at too many parts. Maybe the target audience would be more appreciative.

    21. I like stories about smart kids. This one bordered on the ridiculous at times, but I think someone in the 9-12 year old range might really like it. It does have a nice "YaSeeTimmy" at the end.

    22. Kid lit. 2.5 stars. Sci Fi and Fantasy. A fun book about some insanely gifted kids and their inventions and adventures.

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