The Miscalculations of Lightning Girl

The Miscalculations of Lightning GirlBy Stacy McAnulty

Lucy Callahan is a math genius.  After being struck by lightning at age 8, Lucy became a “savant”.  Her math skills are phenomenal!  She is only 12 years old, but already she has finished high school courses and can begin applying for university.  But after doing all her schoolwork at home, she is still unfamiliar with the ups and downs of school life. 

Although she has super powers when it comes to math, she has never really made a friend.  Much to Lucy’s chagrin, her Nana wants her to spend one year in middle school before she goes to college.  Lucy wonders what she could possibly have to learn.

Lucy agrees to attend grade seven at East Hamlin Middle School.  She quickly becomes known for her quirky habits of standing up 3 times before sitting and cleaning every surface with cleansing wipes.  In an attempt not to draw more attention to herself, Lucy tries to act like an average kid in math class and even gets answers wrong on purpose.

Lucy soon makes friends with Windy and Levi, and they team up to work on a volunteer project to help pets at the Pet Centre.  But it turns out that friendship is tricky in middle school.  Another classmate, Maddie, is constantly making fun of Lucy and trying to get Windy away from her.

Despite the problems, Lucy does learn a lot in middle school and might not even want to leave.  If you’ve ever felt a little different from the crowd, this book is for you!