She was average and “normal” until she was eight. Then, she was struck by lightning. Yeah, really! At that point, Lucy’s life changed. Suddenly, numbers made a whole lot of sense to her, so much so, that they become just about the only thing that does make sense. After being struck by lightning, part of her brain goes into overdrive and pretty much over night Lucy becomes a genius – at least in math. She’s so good that she’s ready to go to college at the age of 12. Because she’s been so far ahead, her grandmother pulled her out of public school and let her do online courses. But for some reason that Lucy can’t fathom, her grandmother has it in her head that Lucy needs to complete at least one year of middle school before she’ll let Lucy enroll in college. Lucy can’t imagine what on earth she could possibly learn in 7th grade, but her grandmother is determined.
So Lucy heads off to 7th grade with no idea what is in store for her. All she knows is she wants to hide what she is – so people won’t treat her differently. The only problem is Lucy has a hard time hiding her aptitude with math. Seems she can’t even fake not knowing math! When she has to do a community service project with two other students in her class, Lucy’s world starts to get larger – in ways she never anticipated.
The Miscalculations of Lighting Girl by Stacy McAnulty is a book that a student recommended I buy for the school library and read. I’m really glad I did. I thoroughly enjoyed this title. Read this book – you won’t be disappointed!
Recommended for 6th grade and up.