“The Miscalculations of Lightning Girl” by Stacy McAnulty was her first novel. The tale was absolutely terrific! I haven’t been able to find a book that was truly compelling enough to satisfy myself for a long time, and McAnulty worked her magic. Lightning Girl is a character that we can all side with.
Stacy started off the book with Lucy Callahan telling the reader all about her backstory. Lucy was struck by a fulmination and was given “genius-level math skills.” (Hence the name Lightning Girl.) Later in the book, she gains strong friendships and meets Cutie Pi, a dog that procures a steady place in her heart.
One key element in “The Miscalculations of Lightning Girl” was that Lucy had OCD, or Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder. Her OCD interfered with her social life. For example, people started calling her “Cleaning Lady” because she would wipe down her desk and other objects of hers.
In actuality, I didn’t think that I would love this book. My expectations were completely risen above. McAnulty painted a vibrant and colorful picture that made it easy for me to imagine Lucy’s life. Plus, Lightning Girl made it easy to see from her viewpoint, being smart and courageous.
McAnulty’s book featured some topics revolving around social life, and mild insecurity, so this book is perfect for mature 5th grade readers, to 9th graders. I think this because the topics covered in this book become a little less relevant when you enter high school, or at least to some degree. I also feel as if this book would also be suitable for adults looking for something new. Books like this are mostly for everyone.
If you are a fan of realistic-fiction, or are looking for something different, then “The Miscalculations of Lightning Girl” might just be perfect!
You can find more information about Lightning Girl and Stacy McAnulty by visiting their website, stacymcanulty.com!