The Miscalculations of Lightning Girl

The Miscalculations of Lightning Girl

Book - 2018 | First edition
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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: New York :, Random House,, [2018]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781524767570
Branch Call Number: J FIC MCANU S


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Apr 30, 2021

Being struck by a bolt of lightning made 12-year-old Lucy Callahan a math whiz, but surviving the jolt came with downsides, too.

Imagine finishing high school and stressing about college applications in...6th grade. Her grandmother is determined that Lucy needs to develop some decent socialization skills before heading to college, so she challenges Lucy to finish 7th grade at the local middle school, first.

But as we all know, middle school is he%$, right? There's no pretending this is going to be anything other than hard on Lucy, even if she does make a friend, Windy, through the rite-of-passage of forgiving said friend for betraying her. (I won't say how, or when it happens -- but it does. Sigh.)

And then Lucy falls in love with a doomed dog at the local shelter, and ...tug on your heart strings, bring out the box of tissues, and prepare for tears! Oh, and it's the math teacher to the rescue! Yes!!!

Apr 04, 2021

I very much enjoyed this book. It was very fun to read and I loved all of the references to math and, of course, Pi. (Both the dog and the mathematical constant) Overall, I highly recommend!

Jun 16, 2020

I read this book for the Battle of the Books. I enjoyed it because it was funny and it made me want to keep reading.

JCLZainabF Apr 02, 2020

It's a heartwarming and unique middle school tale!

JCLS_Ashland_Kristin Mar 31, 2020

Every once in a while a young patron convinces me to read a book because it's a favorite of theirs. This is how I came to read this particular title. The young patron was correct, this is a lovely book!

Jan 16, 2020

This is one of my favorite books in the Langley book of the year. I wish I was a math genius like Lucy

Jan 10, 2020

I loved it. I could never put the book down it was SO good. I think everybody should read this. I love Lucy she makes me laugh.

Oct 23, 2019

I picked this book up randomly, having never heard of it, and it was delightfully enjoyable.

satx_bookshark 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:-)

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