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.
This book made me laugh and cry! I just loved it! After Lucy’s “strike”, her whole life changed. For most kids, grandma’s non negotiable list of “must-do’s” would be no problem…
Go to middle school for 1 year. Make 1 friend. Join 1 activity. And read 1 book (that’s not a math textbook!). For Lucy so many things got in the way. She wants to seem normal so she goes out of her way to NOT ace every test. She despises germs and is a germaphobe on a whole new level. Her best “friends” are known by their screen name and ability to solve math problems.
When Lucy trusts her friend, Windy, enough to tell the story of her past, she is betrayed. In the meantime, she makes the most unlikely friend during a school project and is devastated when she finds out the news about him…
I highly recommend this story to middle grade readers! It’s heartwarming, funny, sad, and has everything a great book should have! The characters are memorable and real! You’ll feel like you are in the middle of it all!
Stacy McAnulty is a children’s book author, who used to be a mechanical engineer, who’s also qualified to be a dog therapist (is that a thing???), a correspondent for The Daily Show (why not), and a Green Bay Packer coach (totally!).
She’s written dozens of books including her debut middle-grade novel, THE MISCALCULATIONS OF LIGHTNING GIRL, a Junior Library Guild Selection, and the 2017 Ezra Jack Keats New Writer Honor book EXCELLENT ED, illustrated by Julia Sarcone-Roach. Her other picture books include EARTH! MY FIRST 4.54 BILLION YEARS, illustrated by David Litchfield; MAX EXPLAINS EVERYTHING: GROCERY STORE EXPERT, illustrated by Deborah Hocking, BRAVE and BEAUTIFUL, both illustrated by Joanne Lew-Vriethoff; MR. FUZZBUSTER KNOWS HE’S THE FAVORITE, illustrated by Edward Hemingway; and 101 REASONS WHY I’M NOT TAKING A BATH, illustrated by Joy Ang. She’s also authored the chapter book series THE DINO FILES.
When not writing, Stacy likes to listen to NPR, bake triple-chocolate cupcakes, and eat triple-chocolate cupcakes. Originally from upstate NY, she now lives in Kernersville, NC with her 3 kids, 3 dogs, and 1 husband.