The Miscalculations of Lightning Girl (Hardcover)
I could not put it down. The book is about a girl named Lucy who, thanks to a freak lightning strike many years ago, acquired genius level math abilities. Her grandmother, concerned about Lucy and her rather isolated life, spending her free time on math websites, has insisted that Lucy spend one year navigating middle school and making friends her age,before she can skip ahead to enroll at college. Lucy’s obsessive-compulsive quirks and observations of middle school are charming and humorous. I enjoyed the author’s insertion of mathematical concepts and talked about them with my math loving son. This was such a great book and I hope that Sarah McAnulty writes a sequel so that readers can find out what happens next for Lucy and her friends.— Teacher at Colorow Elementary in Littleton, CO
A lightning strike gave her a super power...but even a super genius can't solve the problem of middle school. This smart and funny novel is perfect for fans of The Fourteenth Goldfish, Rain Reign, and Counting by Sevens.
Lucy Callahan was struck by lightning. She doesn't remember it, but it changed her life forever. The zap gave her genius-level math skills, and ever since, Lucy has been homeschooled. Now, at 12 years old, she's technically ready for college. She just has to pass 1 more test--middle school!
Lucy's grandma insists: Go to middle school for 1 year. Make 1 friend. Join 1 activity. And read 1 book (that's not a math textbook!). Lucy's not sure what a girl who does calculus homework for fun can possibly learn in 7th grade. She has everything she needs at home, where nobody can make fun of her rigid routines or her superpowered brain. The equation of Lucy's life has already been solved. Unless there's been a miscalculation?
A celebration of friendship, Stacy McAnulty's smart and thoughtful middle-grade debut reminds us all to get out of our comfort zones and embrace what makes us different.
AN NPR BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR
A KIRKUS REVIEWS BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR
"An engaging story, full of heart and hope. Readers of all ages will root for Lucy, aka Lightning Girl. No miscalculations here!" --Kate Beasley, author of Gertie's Leap to Greatness
About the Author
Stacy McAnulty is the author of many books for young readers, including chapter book series The Dino Files and GoldieBlox and picture books including Excellent Ed, 101 Reasons Why I'm NOT Taking a Bath, and Beautiful. The Miscalculations of Lightning Girl is her middle-grade debut. A former mechanical engineer, Stacy writes about math and science with authority. Visit her online at stacymcanulty.com or follow her on social media at:
"Unique and utterly satisfying."—Kirkus Reviews, starred review
"Prepare to fall in love."—School Library Journal, starred review
"Lucy’s journey is beautifully authentic in this debut brimming with warmth, wisdom, and math."—Publishers Weekly, starred review
“Well-rounded and believable characters and a convincing and appealing story…. Adds a useful STEM component as well.” —Booklist
“McAnulty’s well-drawn cast of characters grapple with the difficulties of middle school, friendships, and life. An engaging story, full of heart and hope. Readers of all ages will root for Lucy, aka Lightning Girl. No miscalculations here!” —Kate Beasley, author of Gertie’s Leap to Greatness
"Fresh story, great characters, a winner!" —Barbara O'Connor, author of Wish
"The Miscalculations of Lightning Girl is calculated to steal your heart!" - Alan Gratz author of Ban This Book and Refugee