The Miscalculations of Lightning Girl by Stacy McAnulty

Lucy is 12 years old and developed genius-level math skills from a lightning strike four years ago. Along with those math skills, the lightning strike also made Lucy extremely conscientious about germs and she has developed some rituals around the numbers 3 and pi that make her stand out (not always in the best ways).

At the beginning of the novel, Lucy has passed the GED and is ready to start college virtually. But Grandma throws a wrench in the perfect plan by insisting Lucy goes to middle school for a year. And she has some requirements: Make 1 friend. Join 1 activity. Read 1 non-math book.

Simple, right?

This is a wonderful book that shows the battles kids face every day in middle school surrounding bullies, where to sit at lunch, picking partners, doing well on tests, making friends, and being true to yourself in an environment where no one wants to be different. Lucy provides valuable insight into this world, and brings some humor along with her.

I highly recommend this book for any one, but especially kids in upper elementary school and middle school.

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