The Miscalculations of Lightning Girl

The Miscalculations of Lightning Girl

eBook - 2018
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A lightning strike made Lucy, twelve, a math genius but, after years of homeschooling, her grandmother enrolls her in middle school and she learns that life is more than numbers.
Publisher: [S.l.] : Random House Children's Books, 2018
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781524767594
Branch Call Number: EBOOK
Characteristics: text file
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Additional Contributors: Cloud Library


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RainbowPonygirl1234 Jul 08, 2019

Once upon a time, I was bored and scrolling through Libby for something to read because the 20 books on my window sill were simply not appealing to me at the mo'. So, I went with this book because I had been hearing about left and right at work, and knew it was a nominated for the Texas Bluebonnet Award for 2019-2020. Whelp. If I could figure out how to add an image to this review I would insert a meme that conveys my feelings so much better than words can right now, but here I go!

This book was so good! The writing was age-appropriate for middle schoolers, but not super childish so an adult would enjoy it too (hrrm, hrrm, I am an adult). Lucy, our math girl genius, has OCD and a love of numbers and math. But Grams thinks she needs to work on her "people skills" (highly overrated in my humble opinion), so decides Lucy is going to middle school. Nevermind she's basically ready to start freshman year at MIT. So, to middle school she goes, surrounded by all those germy (blegh) 12-13 year olds, with 'ttude, and just general meanness that kids are capable of when they "begin to flower" (aka hit puberty).

And of course, she makes a couple of friends, but she still struggles with not wanting to stand out but still doing things that make her happy. But the main focus of the book, I think, is friendship and how it can bring many good experiences and help us grow as people. I highly recommend for kids and adults alike.

Jun 11, 2019

This is the fiftieth book I read this year and it is by far the best. Lucy was hit by lightning and this made her a savant - a Math Genius. She loves working on Math Problems and is supremely happy till her Nana decides she has to go to Middle School.McAnulty describes Lucy's trauma trying to fit into Middle School and she guards her secret of being a genius with all her might since she doesn't want to be considered more of a freak. A school project makes her friends with Windy and Levi and then surprisingly a dog she named pi. The book is gripping and heart-rending at the same time and has a cool ending. I would recommend this book for all the tweens on your list and if you get a chance to, read it before you hand it to them:-)

Dec 31, 2018

When 8-year-old Lucy Callahan was struck by lightning, her life was changed forever. Her brain was damaged resulting in her acquired savant syndrome and excessive-compulsive disorder. Four years after the incident, Lucy has many achievements, such as perfect SAT scores and plenty of online credits, but has yet to leave the safety of her grandmother's homeschooling. While Lucy could easily go to college, her grandmother wants her to enroll for one year in... Middle school. Lucy struggles to find her place in such an environment and is also bullied by a popular classmate, Maddie. She acts below her standards in math class so she doesn't stick out and tells no one of the incident. When Lucy makes a friend on the bus, Windy Sitton, her insights do change. Along with quiet classmate, Levi, they team up on a community service project at the pet shelter. Lucy contemplates if she can trust them with her secret. At the shelter, Lucy meets a dog, Cutie Pi that she becomes very attached to. All of this is new for Lucy, and everything becomes more complicated when she is invited to an all girls sleepover. A cute book that demonstrates that we all have differences and an easy read that you can finish in one sitting. Very punny and heartwarming for us all. Stacy does good to the world by gifting us these characters and this plot. Lot's of lessons to learn as Lucy finds she is more than numbers.

Dec 29, 2018

A math genius (savant) and her misfit friends. OCD behaviors. A lovable dog named Pi who is suffering from cancer. Great character names (Levi, Lucy, Windy). Emotional depth. I can't say enough positive things about this book. Anytime I'm moved to tears AND there's a dog character, the book automatically gets five stars. Pi raised to the infinite power. It made me miss my 12-year-old dog who suffered from cancer in 2012, all over again. I totally adored this book.

Dec 12, 2018

Lucy is self-conscious about her genius status and the different way she interacts with the world. And now her Nana wants her (now 12) to complete 1 year of middle school before she’ll allow Lucy to go on to something collegiate. I think Nana is the only 1 (including the reader) who doesn’t express concern as to how this could go very badly, if not with excruciating awkwardness.

A noteworthy aspect to The Miscalculations of Lightning Girl is that Lucy/Lightning Girl isn’t the only vivid character McAnulty casts in the novel. [...] McAnulty will define reality and normal for her contemporary novel—and it will resonate.

McAnulty is successful at reminding her readers and her characters that they are of value. They shouldn’t be afraid to express who they are because they are needed. What is popularly “normal” is unnecessary and undesirable; being honest, functioning, and in relationships are both necessary and desirable.

Lucy may not grasp Windy’s struggle with the scripts we’re given, but McAnulty does and in The Miscalculations of Lightning Girl she works to undermine them. For 1, she makes that “popularly dreaded” subject math fascinating. 2, she makes the “popularly dreaded” middle school characters, including the queen bee mean girl, more human and thus more provocative. Lucy was provoked to wonder about what and who really matters; by the close of The Miscalculations of Lightning Girl, so will the reader.


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