Title: THE MISCALCULATIONS OF LIGHTNING GIRL
Author: Stacy McAnulty
Pub. Date: May 1, 2018
Publisher: Random House
Formats: Hardcover, eBook
Middle school is the one problem Lucy Callahan can’t solve in this middle-grade novel perfect for fans of The Fourteenth Goldfish, Rain Reign, and Counting by 7s.
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 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
Since I really love reading middle grade books, I knew I was going to absolutely adore The Miscalculations of Lightning Girl. It sounded all kinds of fun and quirky while still have the deep emotions that I always end up loving about middle grade books, so I was thrilled to have the chance to give it a read!
The cover is awesome – I seriously found myself really loving how they created it to match the title and the story so well.
I think my favorite part of this book was definitely Lucy’s character. She was so much fun to read about and I loved how easy it is for readers of all ages to relate to her. She’s kind of awkward, she’s kind of nerdy, but she has such a big heart and she practically jumps off of the page due to how well the author has written her.
The supporting characters in the novel are all well written, as well, and I found myself just adoring every single one of them. I think that the author really has a talent for writing deep, well developed characters who have so much to offer.
Lucy’s grandma was just such a treat and I loved how she tried so hard to get Lucy to try new things and make some new friends, even if she didn’t want to. It was so nice to see family being such an intense subject in this book, as I see way too often family seems to be left out or just brushed over in middle grade novels.
The whole “struck by lightning and now is super smart” thing that Lucy has going on is pretty original – it isn’t something I’ve seen done before in middle grade fiction, so the story’s plot is enough to really grab a hold of you and really draw you into the book.
If you love middle grade books, you don’t want to miss this! It’s such a fun read, full of character, personality, and charm, and you won’t want to put it down once you stop reading. Going on these adventures with Lucy really is the ride of a lifetime!
Note: I received an ARC of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review – Thank you!
Stacy McAnulty is a children’s book author, who used to be a mechanical engineer, who’s also qualified to be a paleontologist (NOT REALLY), a correspondent for The Daily Show (why not), and a Green Bay Packer coach (totally!). She is the 2017 Ezra Jack Keats New Writer Honor Recipient for Excellent Ed, illustrated by Julia Sarcone-Roach. Her other picture books include Earth! My First 4.54 Billion Years, illustrated by David Litchfield; Max Explains Everything: Grocery Store Expert, illustrated by Deborah Hocking, Brave and Beautiful, both illustrated by Joanne Lew-Vriethoff; Mr. Fuzzbuster Knows He’s the Favorite, illustrated by Edward Hemingway; and 101 Reasons Why I’m Not Taking a Bath, illustrated by Joy Ang. She’s also authored the chapter book series Goldie Blox, based on the award-winning toys, and The Dino Files. Her debut middle grade novel, The Miscalculations of Lightning Girl, will publish in May 2018. When not writing, Stacy likes to listen to NPR, bake triple-chocolate cupcakes, and eat triple-chocolate cupcakes. Originally from upstate NY, she now lives in Kernersville, NC with her 3 kids, 3 dogs, and 1 husband.
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