• Sat. Apr 1st, 2023

The Miscalculations of Lightning Girl by Stacy McAnulty, a #Cybils middle grade finalist


The Miscalculations of Lightning Girl
by Stacy McAnulty

If you’ve ever wondered what happens to someone if they get hit by lightning? The Miscalculations of Lightning Girl will answer your questions.

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.

Such a fun book.  Lucy is so super smart its hard for her to fit in anywhere. But she manages to find a way, even if it does involve a dog (ugh germs).