The Miscalculations of Lightning Girl by Stacy McAnulty

The Miscalculations of Lightning Girl

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 ...

Details The Miscalculations of Lightning Girl

TitleThe Miscalculations of Lightning Girl
Release DateMay 1st, 2018
PublisherRandom House
GenreChildrens, Middle Grade, Realistic Fiction, Science, Mathematics, Fiction, Contemporary

Reviews The Miscalculations of Lightning Girl

  • Lola Reviewer
    This beautiful book is so under the radar that, out of the 700 magnificent friends that I have on here, only four have added it to their to-read list.And none have read it.I am not mad – I would never force someone to read a book (too forcefully) – but I am a little disappointed, because I do so wish more people knew about it and gave it a chance. What can I say, I go hard for my babies. The last middle grade story I read, titled Aru Shah and...
  • Cyn
    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 fun :)⚡ "This 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 frie...
  • Kate Olson
    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 t...
  • Betsy
    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 lau...
  • Nicole Hewitt
    4.5/5 StarsThis book was a breath of fresh air, with a uniquely intelligent MC who we can truly root for!What Fed My Addiction:A mathematical mind. When Lucy was struck by lightning, she woke up with genius-level mathematical skills: acquired savant syndrome is the technical name for it. This, in itself, is really interesting, but Lucy’s mathematical skills affect the way she sees the world in so many ways. For instance, she “sees” numbers ...
  • Ms. Yingling
    E ARC from NetgalleyLucy lives with her supportive grandmother, and frequently sees her uncle, who is young, fun, and a bit misguided. Lucy has been homeschooled, but her grandmother decides that it is time for Lucy to acquire the social skills that middle school will provide. Why? Lucy was struck by lightning when she was young, and because of the resultant brain damage is now a mathematical savant but also suffers from OCD and social anxiety. H...
  • Julian
    OUT MAY 1st MARK YOUR CALENDARSGoing through middle school can be hard enough as it is, but Lucy Callahan is going to have to face an even bigger challenge. After being struck by lightning at a young age, Lucy now has genius-level math skills, but that's not everything she has to deal with. She now has acquired Savant Syndrome and OCD, which in time turn out to cause Lucy some inconvenience. Going into this book, I really didn't know what to expe...
  • Joy Smith
    Changing schools can be hard, but Lucy hasn't been to school for years so starting fresh with students, teachers, and classes is challenging--and her compulsive behavior makes her completely strange--even freakish, but she perseveres with her Nana's encouragement and determined nudges. Go to school for a year, make one friend, join one activity and read one book that's not a math textbook. (She reads those for enjoyment.)I enjoyed watching Lucy g...
  • Janet Slipak
    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–midd...
  • Maria Waltner
    Middle grade to junior high level. Lucy aka Lightning Girl is anything but normal since she got struck by a bolt of lightning when she was 8. Now Lucy's brain has been rewired for math - along with a few other quirks. Because of her mathematical abilities Lucy has been homeschooled the past few years and Lucy thinks she's ready for college courses even though normally Lucy would only be in 7th grade.Nana puts her foot down. She knows Lucy has les...
  • MissBecka
    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...
  • Tony
    THE MISCALCULATIONS OF LIGHTNING GIRL. (2018). Stacy McAnulty. ***.This is a Young Adult (YA) novel that tells the story of a young girl whose life was changed after being struck by lightning. The electric jolt did something to her brain that transformed her into a math whizz. After that, she was no longer able to sit it out in a normal school because the usual curriculum bored her and left her unchallenged. When middle school started, however ...
  • Michele Knott
    Absolutely loved this one. I fell in love with Lucy and appreciated the challenges in her life in this very realistic middle grade novel.
  • Joelle
    I loved Lucy’s story and how completely relatable it was! Anyone who’s ever felt “different” can connect with the protagonist. I found the characters and their stories to be compelling, endearing, educational, and inspirational. I will highly recommend this book to my students! Thank you Random House for the opportunity to read this book. I will certainly look forward to more titles from this author in the future. *I received an ARC from ...
  • Alexa Hamilton
    Warning: there is a dog with cancer in this book. I put that there because I would have liked it. There is a happy ending, there is a lot that is not about a dog with cancer but as someone who just dealt with that in real life, it was problematic to have to read it in book format.That said, Lucy is a very unique girl after lightning strikes her at age 8 and she becomes a mathematical savant. She is apart from the world, that is, until her grandmo...
  • Snazzy Reads
    4.5 stars. If you like math you'll LOVE this book.
  • Julie Kirchner
    This was a #bookaday for me! Wow! What a fantastic middle grade novel by Stacy McAnulty. I received a copy of the ARC as a part of my #BookVoyage book club.Lucy is a savant with OCD. She wasn’t born this way. A lightening strike to a fence she was holding at the age of eight changed her brain and life forever. Her brain became a math machine and Lucy was branded a “freak” by those around her, but mostly herself. Raised by her grandmother, s...
  • Katy Noyes
    A maths genius attends school - can she fit in?A 'Wonder' for those with differences that we can't see... Lucy may not look like Auggie, but she is going to stand out in school like a sore thumb if everyone knows her for who she is. Since being hit by lightning, Lucy can do complicated maths instantaneously, recite Pi to hundreds of places and has already finished high school online, despite being only 12. But her grandmother is insisting she att...
  • Stephanie
    Middle School is hard enough, but it is going to be an even more difficult year for 12 year old Lucy Callahan. Four years ago Lucy was struck by lightning while playing outside. Lucy's heart stopped for a few minutes, but more importantly, it changed the way her brain worked. When Lucy recovered, she had developed Acquired Savant Syndrome for math. Lucy became a whiz with number, doing complex calculations in her head, she could also see math, nu...
  • Christy
    This is a great, well-written middle grade read about friendships and feeling "different" -- and math. The protagonist, Lucy, enters 7th grade after several home-schooled years. A lightning strike at age 8 affected Lucy's brain -- she has acquired savant syndrome and OCD. Trying to appear "normal," she masks her math genius as she navigates middle school relationships. The author conveys a real love of the beauty of math as Lucy struggles to solv...
  • Lesley
    Reading this wonderful new book for grade 4-8 readers straight through, I fell in love with Lucy and empathized with her struggles to understand human behavior—the mean girls who make fun of her differences and exclude her, the boy who cheats off her in math class and is constantly taking photographs, the BFF who betrays her. When she works on a school project and falls in love with a dog at the shelter, she learns to reach out to save him and ...
  • Ann
    Stacy McAnulty is a wonderful story teller and writes about characters that cause me to never want the book to end because I really care about the characters. Lucy is struck by lightning and becomes a math savant and also is OCD about germs. She has been home schooled by her grandmother and when her uncle comes to visit, he convinces the both of them that she needs to go to middle school and socialize and learn with other students. The miscalcula...
  • Afoma Umesi
    Oh, dear Lucy. I enjoyed this book so much, which says a lot for a Math hater! Lucy acquires savant Level Math skills after being struck by lightning as a child. She also becomes obsessive-compulsive and reclusive after the incident. So her grandmother insists she goes to middle school for at least a year, in addition to other social requirements. The narration of this book is so well done! I can’t recommend it enough for math lovers, but every...
  • Billie Gillespie
    Lucy Callahan was struck by lightning, and her life changed in ways she could have never imagined. She went from an ordinary young girl to a math savant, able to calculate the most complex problems in her head in seconds. Lucy spends most of her childhood completing online school programs and identifies her "friends" as strangers on a math chat room. Her grandma and uncle decide that it's time for Lucy to make some real friends her own age. Can L...
  • Kirsti Call
    I received a copy of this from netgalley in exchange for an honest review.This book is well written, compelling, and the kind of book I'm recommending to friends. Lucy, the MC is a brilliant, likable, awkward, and relatable 12 year old kid. Being hit by lightning at age 8 is just the tip of the iceberg in terms of things that make Lucy different. Not only does Lucy have her quirks, but she's also raised by her grandmother and entering school afte...
  • DaNae
    Solid characterization among the group of friends, but this felt like it was landing in a saturated 'quirky-kids' market. But again, an adult who is relentless in a focus on books of ten to thirteen year-old protagonists may feel the saturation more than an actual ten to 13 year-old reader who will merely take in their quota and move on with their reading lives. I think I will have plenty of students who will enjoy it.
  • Andrea
    4 years after being struck by lightning, 12 year old Lucy Callahan is homeschooled, able to do college-level math, and makes friends online on a math-related message board. She is content with her life as it is, until the day that her grandmother enrolls her at East Hamlin Middle School. For the next year, Lucy must go to middle school and try to get to know her classmates a little better. While this transition would be challenging for any middle...