The Miscalculations of a Lightning Girl

Are you looking for a book that can help your child embrace their unique qualities? Do you have a child that is starting middle school next year? Check out Stacy McAnulty’s new middle grade novel, The Miscalculations of Lightning Girl. When I received this middle grade novel, I will often ask my child reviewers to give me their interpretation of the book.

This is also a good opportunity for my child reviewers to use their critical thinking skills, communicate their thoughts and feelings about the book, practice keyboarding and be able to recall the events in the story. See the review below!


The Miscalculations of Lightning Girl is a about a girl named Lucy that was struck by lightning and given powers and became amazing at math. She was only in second grade at the time, and smarter than Albert Einstein. After a while in second grade she was not fitting in. Lucy’s Nana homeschooled her for five years. She went online and tutored people with math and played on a math games most the time. But being a math genius has its disadvantages. Whenever Lucy sits, she has to sit up and down three times or a million numbers flash in her head. Her Nana decides that she has to go to middle school and Lucy doesn’t like germs, because she’s super sensitive. She brings hand sanitizer everywhere with her. When she goes on the bus, she meets a girl named Windy. After some time Lucy becomes friends with her and she uses hand sanitizer too. Lucy meets another person named Levi who has two moms and no dad. There is a charity thing going on and Lucy and her friends form a group at The Pet Hut, which is a non killing animal shelter for animals and you won’t believe what happens! I think the moral of the book is that is doesn’t matter that everyone’s different in their own way.  

Do you want to learn more about Stacy McAnulty? Check out her website here. To check out my review of the Dino Files by Stacy McAnulty, click here.

The Miscalculations of Lightning Girl

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