The Miscalculations of Lightning Girl

Book review by Darienne Stewart, Common Sense Media
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age 8+

Math whiz gets out of comfort zone in smart, touching story.

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age 8+

Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 9+

Based on 14 reviews

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age 8+

Have you ever been the outsider? It is tough especially when you are a math savant with obsessive compulsive disorder.

Lucy can’t remember the moment when lightning struck her four years ago, but now the 12-year-old is a numbers savant. Her favorite is pi, and she can recite the digits to the 314th decimal place. The doctors call her condition acquired savant syndrome. To Lucy she’s a reclusive genius who also has obsessive-compulsive. Kids and adults think she is weird. After finishing all of her homeschool requirements needed to graduate, Lucy decides she’s ready for online college. Sixty six year old Nana has raised Lucy since Lucy’s mother died of cancer and her father took off. Nana feels her granddaughter needs socialisation more than online college so Lucy unwillingly heads to seventh grade. She knows it’s going to be a long year, but when a school service project at a local animal shelter forces the math whiz to interact with other socially awkward kids, she begins to solve a problem that seems to defy logic—making friends. Lucy who finds animals filthy and disgusting creatures meets a dirty dog with its own special condition. His name is Cutie Pi and he needs saving. Lucy feels a bolt of kindness and empathy as she finds she has other gifts besides math. This book is filled with numbers and the ups and downs of middle school. I think everyone will love the gentle humor and the story of Lucy’s struggles as an outsider. Lucy can’t remember the moment when lightning struck her four years ago, but now the 12-year-old is a numbers savant. Her favorite is pi, and she can recite the digits to the 314th decimal place. The doctors call her condition acquired savant syndrome. To Lucy she’s a reclusive genius who also has obsessive-compulsive. Kids and adults think she is weird. After finishing all of her homeschool requirements needed to graduate, Lucy decides she’s ready for online college. Sixty six year old Nana has raised Lucy since Lucy’s mother died of cancer and her father took off. Nana feels her granddaughter needs socialisation more than online college so Lucy unwillingly heads to seventh grade. She knows it’s going to be a long year, but when a school service project at a local animal shelter forces the math whiz to interact with other socially awkward kids, she begins to solve a problem that seems to defy logic—making friends. Lucy who finds animals filthy and disgusting creatures meets a dirty dog with its own special condition. His name is Cutie Pi and he needs saving. Lucy feels a bolt of kindness and empathy as she finds she has other gifts besides math. This book is filled with numbers and the ups and downs of middle school. I think everyone will love the gentle humor and the story of Lucy’s struggles as an outsider. Lucy can’t remember the moment when lightning struck her four years ago, but now the 12-year-old is a numbers savant. Her favorite is pi, and she can recite the digits to the 314th decimal place. The doctors call her condition acquired savant syndrome. To Lucy she’s a reclusive genius who also has obsessive-compulsive. Kids and adults think she is weird. After finishing all of her homeschool requirements needed to graduate, Lucy decides she’s ready for online college. Sixty six year old Nana has raised Lucy since Lucy’s mother died of cancer and her father took off. Nana feels her granddaughter needs socialisation more than online college so Lucy unwillingly heads to seventh grade. She knows it’s going to be a long year, but when a school service project at a local animal shelter forces the math whiz to interact with other socially awkward kids, she begins to solve a problem that seems to defy logic—making friends. Lucy who finds animals filthy and disgusting creatures meets a dirty dog with its own special condition. His name is Cutie Pi and he needs saving. Lucy feels a bolt of kindness and empathy as she finds she has other gifts besides math. This book is filled with numbers and the ups and downs of middle school. I think everyone will love the gentle humor and the story of Lucy’s struggles as an outsider.

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