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Thank you Lola for recommending such a cool book Well that was a pleasant surprise Our main character, Lucy, was struck by lightning when she was younger and as a result has become a math wizard who has a case of OCD to go with it As someone with a mild case of OCD it was refreshing to see acceptance and support for Lucy throughout the book Anyone dealing with any form of OCD will know that it is not easy to get understanding of all our quirks and weird habits as a lot of my family and friends like to phrase it.Levi, Windy and Nana are all so casual and accepting This was refreshing from the usual confusion and anger we find most characters with OCD receiving.The amount of nonchalance they show with Lucy s rituals is wonderful to see in print.While it s great that people feel comfortable enough to ask questions to help them understand why I feel the undeniable urge to make an entire timetable for the day before I can leave the housethe questions usually just make me self conscience and embarrassed about something I have no control overplus that sh t was not in my agenda for the day For me I prefer when someone acts like it s normal that I never eat yellow candy and that I usually schedule my day in restricted time chunks instead of tasks When someone realizes, and ignores, these habits I have and decides to pretend it s not happeningit s like winning the lottery Or at least what I assume it feels like having never won.I think the way the supporting characters were with Lucy was what really made this one a winner for me Ya the story is great and there is lots of feels, but for me that was all secondary.This is one you should check out for sure This is the kind of children s middle grade novel I can immediately sink into I did not want to put it down It helped me realize how I was often reading a book a day in elementary school middle grade reader and jr high middle school because I think I was as fast a reader at ages 9 13 as I am now, and kids books read fast compared to most books written for an adult audience This book gets a full 5 star rating from me and would definitely have been a favorite of mine when I was 9 12 years old I love the main character narrator s voice She s so engaging and sympathetic There are so many interesting and memorable characters in this story, the kids and the adults too, and a dog as well I was nearly in emotional tears during many parts of the story, especially toward the end of it It s a mostly realistic story, though some happy circumstances do occur, but I was glad for them, and they kept this story appropriate you young and sensitive readers I enjoyed the 4 illustrated math pages at the end, explaining pi and the Fibonacci sequence I was not a math fan at Lucy s age, but I think this book would have gotten me a bit interested in the subject Highly recommended for kids ages 9 12, especially girls, and especially kids who feel different in any kind of uncomfortable way, and for anyone who likes a good friendship story, and for all math numbers fans I think most readers who can enjoy middle grade novels will enjoy this one. 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 Years Old, She S Technically Ready For College She Just Has To Pass Test Middle School Lucy S Grandma Insists Go To Middle School For Year Make Friend Join Activity And Read Book That S Not A Math Textbook Lucy S Not Sure What A Girl Who Does Calculus Homework For Fun Can Possibly Learn In Th 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 4.5 stars A really cute middle grade novel about a girl who was struck by lightning and becomes a math genius Smart enough to go to college at 12 if she wanted to, her Nana decides that she needs to conquer something else first middle school.The child genius in middle grade a trope I am getting a wee bit sick of but this book was still really excellent all around so I enjoyed it Great for a kid who feels like they don t fit in and may be a little bit different.Follow me on Facebook Blog Instagram Twitter Mini review DNFGR Ultimate Summer Reading Challenge Beach Bum.This was recommended to me by Lola Click on her name to read her review I was really looking forward to reading this I didn t hesitate to put it on hold when I saw that it was in my library Unfortunately it wasn t for me.I felt that some of the science wasn t accurate And that really damped my will to complete this book Alas I DNFed.This was a personal thing I m sure others will enjoy this than I did. Check out reviews Perspective of a WriterWhat happens when a girl is struck by lightning It zaps her to genius level math skills with only a few side issues Lucy prefers to be homeschooled as she doesn t have to deal with being made fun of for her rigid routines Now at 12 years old she s got everything ready to go to enroll in college only her grandma wants her to pass one test middle school The short reviewI loved Lucy I think her kind of character is so relatable even for older readers because she s smart and yet also oh so vulnerable Who doesn t struggle in some way with social encounters It may be making friends, or it may be dealing with strangers It could be public speaking what ever it is the reader understands and sympathizes We all at least have a parental unit that makes us go to school Hahaha so the fact that Lucy has other options is neat in its own right This isn t just your average smart either Lucy is smart for a very special reason, it makes her stand out It gives her an identity to herself for a long time What she learns through the course of the book is that being a math genius isn t everything Her life doesn t have to revolve around just math nor does it have to revolve around her OCD either Yes, she s different but there is also a connection between her and others This is important because Lucy also learned that everyone is going through something No one is free from difficulty its another universal idea we get to explore through Lucy s friendships.Lucy, her mental health, her unique ability and her need to relate to other middle school kids are all MAJOR reasons for you to read The Miscalculations of Lightning Girl but if you can believe it I still have reasonsCover Title grade B Not my favorite cover and so lacking in character I probably would NEVER have picked it up on my own I probably wouldn t even have read the premise which is so sad because this book is about than school or math Still I think a middle school reader may very well pick it up for that title alone and I think that is what the cover designer banks on It s not a bad decision to focus on the target reader, I just think it should be taken into consideration who is doing the buyingWhy does EVERYONE need to read The Miscalculations of Lightning Girl The Family Take care of my girl She s 100 percent ordinary Normal Plain Boring Average Nana winks at me, and I beg with my eyes for her to stop Absolutely nothing special about her GAHHHH her family so not perfect but sooooo loving I just adored her uncle Paul and the small part he played in Lucy s story He is such an important part of her feeling loved Then there is her grandma who plays hard ball and makes THE deal with Lucy out of some tough love You go Making friendships Only 27 hours after our post about Murphy goes up, he s adopted Windy acts like we saved the last black rhino from extinction Calm down, Levi warns her before homeroom We ve helped 1 dog find a home And Murphy only got adopted so quick because my mom put links to the Pet Hut blog all over her social media We saved a life Windy sits on Levi s desk, her legs swinging back and forth It s a no kill shelter, he reminds her.Windy shrugs Still Without us, who knows how long poor Murphy would have suffered in that place He wasn t suffering, Levi says Ugh, Maddie moans as she walks by We re all suffering just listening to you 3 Then don t listen, Levi shoots back And I looked at your website, Maddie says It s a blog, Windy corrects her Whatever, Maddie continues You had about 100 spelling mistakes, and you also Cool Levi says I m glad you checked it out Nice to know you re a fan There is always THAT friend in these types of books that just gets you and you accept them and there is that beautiful click I loved Windy for that but we go beyond that easiness to a tough time in their friendship and how to survive it Plus there is a 2nd friend and the road to their relationship is a little bumpy with Levi It s the best of both Teacher Love Every student is unique, he says Sometimes I create unique tests He goes to his desk and picks up the pile of quizzes That s not fair It s certainly fair It s not equal That s the word you were looking for Equal WOW the teacher love in this book is so, so good I love when a middle grade book shows how children can bond with those that teach them and how it helps facilitate learning and growth if that teacher is doing their job right This takes that powerful example and super heroes it Cutie Pi GAHHHH you get NO CLUE from the cover that there are DOGS in this books yes, there are dogs And you will love them and why they are a part of the story and how they come to totally get at Lucy and her mental health issues No a boy isn t the catalyst for change this time its a dog As a WriterThis is an unusual month of reading in that I read two other middle grade books at the same time as this one And The Miscalculations of Lightning Girl is the clear winner The other two books weren t bad at all, and in fact, one of the two I adored almost as much as this one Except that The Miscalculations of Lightning Girl had ALL of the elements of a great middle grade book and executes them all flawlessly Most middle grade books share certain elements that make them clearly fit the middle grade genre A protagonist of the right age Hard growing up topics at the heart of the story No romance A lot can fall into this range but an excellent middle grade book also fits these criteria The narrative sounds like a middle grader Plot points are dealt in a way a middle grader finds authentic Interactions are shown so that a reader can apply them to their own lives Friendship and what that looks like is explored through plot and dialogue.If you re looking for a book for a middle grade child to read and enjoy then you re looking for The Miscalculations of Lightning Girl It has a smart protagonist, with some mental health and social issues that any reader can identify with because its all about being different The message is so, so beautiful you won t regret reading this girl empowerment story Authenticity Writing Style Plot Pacing World BuildingYou can find this review and many others on my book blog Perspective of a Writer See my special perspective at the bottom of my reviews under the typewriter Please like this review if you enjoyed it bow bow It helps me out a ton Thanks to the author for sharing this review copy with Kid Lit Exchange What a heartwarming and unique middle school story I loved reading about Lucy and her savant brain as she navigated the challenges of middle school, challenges that are daunting even for the most school savvy tween The math angle of this book is absolutely fabulous and while the setting is middle school, this book is appropriate all the way down through 4th grade younger too, but reading level may be challenging fine for a read aloud though As a dog lover, the pet shelter angle made my heart sing and there may just have been times that tears came to my eyes Highly recommend for all libraries and classrooms serving a middle grade audience I had already pre ordered this for my library and daughter based on the recommendations of another middle grade audience can t wait to share it with kids The world would have us believe that the left brained and right brained amongst us can never see eye to eye Think about it How many times have you heard a perfectly intelligent person say with a shrug, I m bad at math This is considered acceptable behavior amongst the literary In fact, the sentence might, at most, elicit some sympathetic shrugs from listeners Now imagine the person saying, I m bad at reading Disbelieving laughter might come, following by stunned silence Why do we feel this way Because at a young age the speaker, as a child, was probably victim of a bad math experience or and this is very likely heard a respected grown up say those very words I m bad at math and internalized them I mean, truly, some folks just aren t good at it because their brains don t operate that way, but there s a whole swath of people that don t suffer that same problem Where s their literature Who are their heroes And while I admit that writing a novel about a math lover is taking a left brain issue and planting it squarely in right brain territory, I m also truly grateful this book exists You know how your parents tell you not to go swimming during a lightning storm Apparently no one ever told Lucy not to go climbing any chain link fences either One minute she s a normal 8 year old and the next she s been struck by lightning The good news is that she survived it The odd news is that it gave her superpowers Okay, not really She got left with a lot of neuroses and maybe some obsessive compulsive disorders, but there was one upside Lucy is now a certifiable math genius Heck, she s already passed the GED at home With that taken care of, Lucy is ready to apply to all the best colleges There s only one snag in the plan Nana Nana is convinced that Lucy needs some socialization, so the next thing she knows she s being packed off to the local middle school As expected, it s awful, but there are a couple silver linings There s Windy, the social activist with a big mouth that takes Lucy under her wing There s also Levi, the cynical photographer who can keep a secret Math is easy for Lucy Middle school is hard, friendships and betrayals harder, and ultimately deciding to stay or to go That may turn out to be the most difficult problem of all.So let s consider the wide and wonderful world of math in children s novels When I mention it, what books come immediately to mind Maybe The Phantom Tollbooth or Flatland Maybe The Number Devil or Gene Luen Yang s Secret Coders series You can t think of all that many off the top of your head, though, can you After a while you start asking yourself questions like Does Alice Through the Looking Glass count I ve seen plenty of novels seem to include math, but if the main character likes it then it s usually played off as a quirk For example, in Giant Pumpkin Suite, by Melanie Heuiser Hill, the main character s math is present right at the start and then just sort of alluded to for the rest of the book This is what makes Lightning Girl so extraordinary As an author, McAnulty doesn t skimp on the math Nor does Lucy forget about it in the course of the story Math is so integral to her being that it provides the answer on how to do the group project It distances her from her friends And at the end of the book we even have a section on Pi and another on Fibonacci McAnulty is committing to the bit Disability is not a substitute for a personality I ve read countless novels where a character is solely defined by what makes them different It can be a key component, absolutely, but if you make it all there is to know about the person then you find yourself in tricky territory Boring territory, frankly At the end of the book Lucy says, with a hint of surprise, I m than just numbers Had the author done a poor job of bringing her to life, the reader might disagree with that little closing statement Instead, you find yourself nodding a little Lucy will never escape her accident Not really But she can still choose the kind of person she wants to be And it s because of her author that we, the readers, feel she s capable of doing so.As I read through the book, it was easy, as a 21st century adult, to identify many of Lucy s quirks as a form of OCD Why does no one else in the books, with the exception of Windy, seem to know about this I took a step back One important thing to remember is that even if we re living in a world where people know what OCD is, that knowledge doesn t mean they know what to do about it Or how to handle it Or how to explain it to classmates The incompetence of real adults is always going to pave the way for the incompetence of literary adults It s all very believable, even if you wish it wasn t.There were other choices in the book that I found myself appreciating Take how McAnulty writes characters In this tale Lucy acquires two new friends Friendships of three people tend to be very strong in children s books Just think of Ron, Harry, and Hermione How do you create a trio without inadvertently referencing that classic threesome Easy peasy, you just make sure that one of the trio is a cynic, the other a cock eyed optimist, and the third a complete newbie to friendships in general Or, as Windy tells Lucy at one point, You don t try to change people It s like you re only trying to understand people Then there s the bully In many ways, Maddie is a pretty standard bully material Disliking the hero from the get go Check Hangers on Check But even as she ratchets up the pain, McAnulty grants her moments of humanity, like when she gives Levi some money to buy himself a new lunch She is awful, though And after one of the satisfying bully comeuppance moments in children s literature, the author still does the standard it s not okay follow up to the moment but, c mon Still awesome Do you ever find yourself in a situation where you encounter an author that you honestly believe you ve never read before, only to find that they re the mild mannered genius behind some of your favorite books Man, I ve been all over McAnulty s new picture book Max Explains Everything the single greatest breakdown of grocery store shopping you ll find , little suspecting that the author was also behind Lightning Girl This may be her debut novel but the woman knows how to write In many ways this is just your usual fish out of water middle school tale But throw in all that math she doesn t skimp on the numbers , the character development, and the writing itself a good dose of humor never hurts anything and you ve got yourself one heck of a fun, strong book It doesn t matter if the kids reading this thing like math or loathe it It s hard to resist a heroine and a book packed to the gills with electricity This book It s number one For ages 9 12. Acquired number synesthesia made easy A fun reading for kids.Q I m a reclusive genius As it turns out, I m than just numbers c Q Life is like an equation, and mine is perfectly balanced.Nana Uncle Paul Math Happiness.Other people might need to add in friends or sports or money or something else, but my equation is already solved c Q I ve thought of myself as a genius, a savant, and a freak, but never an orphan c Q Savant means that my math skills are far beyond normal, and acquired means I wasn t born with this wacky ability I got it because I was holding a metal fence during a lightning storm c Q Cecelia didn t get any special powers We stopped being friends soon after that c Q But really, I m brain damaged Part of my left lobe has been turned off, and now my right lobe works overtime c Q Every number has its own color and shape Take the number 5 it s a jelly bean shape, red brown, like the color of Carolina mud The number 12 is a set of cream colored squares The number 47 is a fluorescent orange oval Prime numbers have curves Non primes have hard edges These colors and shapes make it fun and easy to play with numbers, and I can find patterns in anything from the stock market to baseball games to the price of cereal c Q When people meet me, they expect Einstein or Maryam Mirzakhani if they re familiar with recent mathematical geniuses But instead, they get the 1 and only freaky strange Lucy c Q Uncle Paul said sometime after 4 00 p.m It s only 4 11 So, technically, he s not late, and he won t ever be, even if he doesn t show up for days c Q I have 4 friends Who Nana asks SquareHead314, HipHypotenuse, Numberlicious, and GregS77 c Q He or she can explain things in the simplest terms He or she Don t be sexist c Q I should be going to college, I snap Or at least high school I don t think so You need to work on some of your soft skills before I send you off to MIT c Q And if you die when you re 80, that s in 7,305 days And it ll be a Sunday But Rachel started crying when she heard her best friend, Sofia Garcia, would outlive her by 172 days c Q It s army green like the number 20 c Q I take a breath and realize that hiding in the dumpster would have been a better way to spend the day c Q Middle school is supposed to be the worst It s like a giant hazing for adulthood We all gotta go through it c Q Have you ever heard the saying Fake it till you make it I don t know Maybe It means you gotta act like you belong or act like you can do something, and eventually you ll be able to That doesn t make any sense Go to school tomorrow with a big smile on your face and act like you belong there Why do all adults think smiling is the answer That s right And act like you belong at the popular lunch table and on the chess or basketball team or whatever extracurricular you want to do Eventually, you ll go from faking it to making it It s all about confidence I m basically giving you the secret to life, kiddo No charge c Q My walls are decorated with images of the Fibonacci spiral in nature flower petals, pinecones, nautilus shells, far off galaxies c Q I wouldn t mind losing my sit stand routine or not worrying about germs But no one was taking away pi c Q Windy likes to think big, and she needs someone else to pull her back to earth I m her gravity c Q While he s talking, I imagine showing him my world He d love to see math and numbers the way I do in everything from the stars to building construction to ripples on a lake Even water draining in the sink I see circles and bisecting triangles that form equations in my brain If only there were an easy way, like wearing special glasses a lightning strike is too painful, and results aren t guaranteed c Q Engineering, science, finance, computer development, teaching, banking These all require mathematics He leans forward on his stool But so do government, art, writing, love c Q I m starting to think working on a team is a form of torture The teachers are doing this as part of a weird social experiment to see if they can make students hate each other c Q I ll have to look up the number when I get home I hate imprecise descriptions like lots, few, and hardly any c Q Hi, my name is Lucy Callahan, and I have some questions for a school project What kind of questions How many dogs can your shelter hold How many dogs get adopted each month How many cats can you hold How many cats All that information is available on the website No, it s not I have the website open in front of me Then it s not public information I m sorry She doesn t sound sorry You don t know how many dogs you have there I ask You just have to count c Q Levi and I live in the same world, but we see things very differently I guess it would be boring if we all had the same view c Q My brain lets me see these perfect circles filled with triangles defined by the ratio pi More beautiful math that surrounds me everywhere c Q Do you realize that everything that comes out of your mouth sounds like an insult Does not Yes, it does He nods You re really talented c Q Is that the mean, median, or mode Most people use mean for average, but I want to be sure It s a guess I can show you our records And you can mean, media, and mole the data yourself c Q Sometimes the cosmos or God is trying to tell us something, c Q Things are coming together Correlation and causality Things are making sense c Q We need some good ideas, like right now Let s just have a bake sale, raise some money, and get it over with, Levi says Do you bake I lie back on my bed No Think bigger, Windy demands A big bake sale, Levi says c Q I stare at my solution, lost in the beauty of it The way an art lover would look at a painting in a museum Then I tear it into little pieces and flush it down the toilet Unlike an original artistic masterpiece, I can do the problem again, and it will be just as beautiful c Q LightningGirl not all problems are solvableSquareHead314 True.SquareHead314 Sometimes solutions take timeLightningGirl I m out of timeSquareHead314 Sometimes solutions take a team SquareHead314 Let me know if I can help You never ask for help c Q I can fake being normal, and eventually I will be c Pros easy reading, short chapters plenty of character interactions ARITHMETIC Math was my favorite subject in grade school Math homework was my favorite homework to work on I d even do extra math problems in my free time, for funThis is actually a hard answer to calculate What makes someone a friend A shared interest Is there a minimum amount of time you need to spend together Does the other person need to call you a friend, toorelatable, I saw myself in Lucy and saw my BFF in Windy I love this cover, I d love to own this Cons I do not own a physical copy I don t even own an eBook copy this was the library s copy through Overdrive get me a damn copy