My girls and I are all joining in on this one (with only an occasional tweaking of words for my 6 year old) and it has already taken us through a range of emotions as we follow Lucy’s journey. We adore her, she’s funny, a little feisty at times, has OCD and acquired savant syndrome. She is brilliant — exceptional at math, a gift courtesy of the lightening that struck her years ago.
I especially love that she’s awesome at math because it’s a reminder that girls can be great at math IRL too! How often do we ladies declare that we‘re “bad at math” when in all actuality we could have been one correct equation away from realizing we just might have the hang of this math (and science) thing. True story: Algebra almost ruined me in high school, it was one of the things anyway. And then in college I had an incredible teacher and a light went on and for the first time ever I was excelling in math. Did I fall in love with math? No, I picked a major that only required one math class. Even so, my husband and I are doing everything we can to help our daughters know that not only can they rock at math (they’re currently crushing it!) but they can like it. Love it even.
So back to our darling Lucy. Lucy’s nana has big plans for her and pushes Lucy right out of her comfort zone and into middle school after years of being homeschooled. And so far, Lucy is not a fan.
According to Lucy happiness is her nana, uncle and math. In her eyes she doesn’t need friends, sports, money or anything really. Her “equation is already solved”. Or is it?
We’re just diving into this one but something tells me the odds are in Lucy’s favor.
This book will resonate with those that can appreciate a book about celebrating our differences and learning to love the qualities and quirks that make us marvelous, unique and exactly who we are. A book that brings a smile to your face and to your heart. Now that’s electrifying!
The Miscalculations of Lightning Girl by Stacy McAbulty