Marvelous Middle Grade Monday
I don’t even know how to tell you how much I loved The Miscalculations of Lightning Girl (Random House Children’s Books, 2018) by Stacy McAnulty. It was soooo good. I’m not surprised it has been put on some best book lists.
Four years ago, 12-year-old Lucy Callahan was struck by lightning. It turned her into a math savant and gave her some OCD characteristics. She’s been home-schooled ever since, but now Nana is making her to go to middle school. Lucy doesn’t think she can learn anything in seventh grade. But Nana makes her promise to “Give it 1 year…Make 1 friend.” Plus do 1 activity and read 1 nonmath book.
Day 1 doesn’t start out well when Lucy does her compulsive sit, stand, sit, stand, sit on the bus. And it doesn’t get better from there. Although she does like her math teacher.
Will Lucy be able to make good on her promise?
This is author Stacy McAnulty’s debut novel. However she’s written dozens of picture books and chapter books. Since then she’s had two more novels published (one is coming in September). I’m hoping my library has them.
One amazing fact about Stacy is she’s a 2 finger typer! Read more here.
9 thoughts on “The Miscalculations of Lightning Girl”
This book sounds excellent! Lucy sounds like a great protagonist. Also, I was just thinking about how odd it is that I only type with two fingers—I guess I’m not the only one! Thanks for the great review!
I loved this story, too. It has all the elements to keep the pages turning. Thanks for featuring on MMGM.
Thanks for hosting MMGM!
I can’t believe I haven’t seen this story. I love the Nana’s challenge to Lucy. That should make for some interesting reading! Thanks for sharing!
I think I came across it on MMGM. Such a worthwhile read.
This sounds awesome. And I can’t believe the author types with just two fingers.
How interesting! I think the “getting struck by lightning” is so intriguing for kids. And Lucy sounds like such a fascinating character! Will be keeping my eyes out for this one. Thanks for featuring it!
I am also a big fan of this book. I loved every word. Nice to hear the word being spread. Thanks for the post.
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