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The Miscalculations of Lightning Girl

The Miscalculations of Lightning Girl

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A lightning strike gave her a super power...but even a super genius can't solve the problem of middle school. This smart and funny novel is perfect for fans of The Fourteenth Goldfish, Rain Reign, and Counting by Sevens.

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

Author: Stacy McAnulty
Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers
Published: 05/01/2018
Pages: 304
Binding Type: Hardcover
Weight: 0.95lbs
Size: 8.30h x 5.70w x 1.30d
ISBN: 9781524767570
Age Range: 9-12

Accelerated Reader:
Reading Level: 3.7
Point Value: 7
Interest Level: Middle Grade
Quiz #/Name: 195064 / Miscalculations of Lightning Girl

Review Citation(s):
School Library Journal 02/01/2018 pg. 81
Publishers Weekly 04/02/2018
Kirkus Reviews 03/15/2018 pg. 108
Booklist 04/01/2018 pg. 77
Bulletin of Ctr for Child Bks 06/01/2018
Hornbook Guide to Children 07/01/2018 pg. 85 - Recommended, Satisfactory

About the Author
Stacy McAnulty is the author of many books for young readers, including chapter book series The Dino Files and GoldieBlox and picture books including Excellent Ed, 101 Reasons Why I'm NOT Taking a Bath, and Beautiful. The Miscalculations of Lightning Girl is her middle-grade debut. A former mechanical engineer, Stacy writes about math and science with authority. Visit her online at or follow her on social media at:

Twitter: @stacymcanulty
Instagram: StacyMcAnulty
Facebook: StacyMcAnultyAuthor

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