The miscalculations of Lightning Girl

by McAnulty, Stacy,

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Summary
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.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "When Lucy, 12, was struck by lightning, she gained extraordinary math skills, and her grandmother, Nana, who raised Lucy after her parents' death, has homeschooled her ever since. Lucy is content to fill her hours with online college classes and chats on math forums where no one knows her real age, but Nana decides that Lucy needs to experience a world outside of a computer screen. If Lucy goes to middle school for one year, Nana promises, she'll be allowed to apply to college, and reluctantly, Lucy agrees. At first, her germophobia and mild obsessive behavior make a difficult situation more difficult, but eventually, she acquires two friends, finds useful work to do at an animal shelter, and has her life changed by a little dog she calls Pi. McAnulty captures the drama and trauma of middle school with well-rounded and believable characters and a convincing and appealing story. The math focus (for instance, McAnulty nicely weaves information about pi and Fibonacci numbers) adds a useful STEM component as well.--Scanlon, Donna Copyright 2018 Booklist"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "When 12-year-old Lucy was struck by lightning at age eight, her brain was damaged, resulting in her acquired savant syndrome. She becomes a mathematical genius and develops obsessive-compulsive disorder; she's been homeschooled ever since. She feels safe at home with her uncle and grandmother, but Nana wants Lucy to become better integrated with her peers and enrolls her in seventh grade. Lucy hides her math abilities to blend in, and she's bullied by popular girl Maddie, but when she and another student, Windy, team up with classmate Levi for a community service project, a true friendship grows. The three help out at the Pet Hut, a no-kill shelter where Lucy, who has never liked animals, bonds with Cutie Pi. After Cutie Pi is diagnosed with cancer-which means that she will likely be transferred to a state shelter and put down-and Windy betrays Lucy by revealing a secret, Lucy must learn how to solve problems of the heart. McAnulty realistically portrays Lucy's OCD, and her struggles in middle school also ring true. Every character is fully formed, and Lucy's journey is beautifully authentic in this debut brimming with warmth, wisdom, and math. Ages 8-12. Agent: Lori Kilkelly, Rodeen Literary Management. (May) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Additional Information
Subjects Savants (Savant syndrome) Fiction
Obsessive-compulsive disorder Fiction
Middle schools Fiction
Schools Fiction
Interpersonal relations Fiction
Savants (Savant syndrome) Juvenile fiction
Obsessive-compulsive disorder Juvenile fiction
Middle schools Juvenile fiction
Schools Juvenile fiction
Interpersonal relations Juvenile fiction
Juvenile Literature
Juvenile Fiction
Electronic books.
Young adult fiction.
Publisher [Place of publication not identified] :Random House Children's Books2018
2018
Edition First edition.
Contributors OverDrive, Inc.
Audience 530L
Decoding demand: 96 (very high) Semantic demand: 100 (very high) Syntactic demand: 75 (high) Structure demand: 89 (very high)
Language English
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ISBN 9781524767594
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