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Millicent Min, girl genius
Yee, Lisa.
Personal Author:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Arthur A. Levine Books, [2003]

Physical Description:
248 pages ; 22 cm
In a series of journal entries, eleven-year-old child prodigy Millicent Min records her struggles to learn to play volleyball, tutor her enemy, deal with her grandmother's departure, and make friends over the course of a tumultuous summer.
Reading Level:
800 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR MG 5.8 8.0 73256.

Reading Counts RC 6-8 5.5 13 Quiz: 33881 Guided reading level: S.

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Who would have thought being smart could be so hard (and so funny)?

Millicent Kwan is having a bad summer. Her fellow high school students hate her for setting the curve. Her fellow 11-year-olds hate her for going to high school. And her mother has arranged for her to tutor Stanford Wong, the poster boy for Chinese geekdom. But then Millie meets Emily. Emily doesn't know Millicent's IQ score. She actually thinks Millie is cool. And if Millie can hide her awards, ignore her grandmother's advice, swear her parents to silence, blackmail Stanford, and keep all her lies straight, she just might make her first friend.
What's it going to take? Sheer genius.

Author Notes

Lisa Yee was born in Los Angeles and is the co-owner and creative director of Magic Pencil Studios. Wrote Millicent Min, Girl Genius, which won the prestigious Sid Fleischman Humor Award.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Gr. 4-6. Certified genius Millicent Min has problems. Sure, her parents have finally consented to let her take a college poetry class over the summer (even though Millie is not yet 12). But it turns out college kids aren't her peers--they're as dumb and lazy as her nemesis, Stanford. If Millie can just keep her brilliance a secret from Emily, Millie's first real friend, and manage to keep Emily and Stanford from smooching (ick!), things might turn out OK. Yee's first novel examines child prodigies from a refreshing angle, allowing nongeniuses to laugh appreciatively at the ups and downs of being a whiz kid. Millie's pretentious voice grows tiresome after a while, but Yee does an excellent job of showing both Millie's grown-up brain and her decidedly middle-school problems. Even if they can't relate to her mastery of Latin, most kids will readily follow as Millie struggles through a world where she's smarter than everyone but still sometimes clueless. --John Green Copyright 2003 Booklist

Publisher's Weekly Review

An 11-year-old breezes through high school and college classes, but when it comes to making friends her own age, she's at a loss. "Readers don't have to share the heroine's IQ to empathize with the genius narrator of this energetic first novel," wrote PW in a starred review. Ages 9-12. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

Gr 4-7-Pity poor Millicent Min, a 12-year-old girl genius, whose academic brilliance and classroom performance are a hindrance when it comes to making friends and fitting in with her peers. While attending summer school at the local college (as the youngest student in an elective poetry class), puzzling over the rules and regulations of volleyball, and trying to understand how anyone could be interested in "stupid Stanford Wong" as a boyfriend, Millie learns that there's more to life than logic, and that the "right" answer doesn't always make the most sense. Keiko Agena strikes just the right tone of self-deprecating humor in her narration of the book by Lisa Yee (Scholastic, 2003), effectively conveying both Millie's intellectual precocity as well as her social ineptness as she tries, ultimately unsuccessfully, to hide her high IQ from her new best friend Emily. Funny, poignant, and believable, Agena's rendition of this engaging middle school novel is a treat.-Cindy Lombardo, Tuscarawus County Public Library, New Philadelphia, OH (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.