Millicent Min, Girl Genius by Lisa Yee


Millicent Min's summer is off to a rough start. As the only eleven-year-old finishing her Junior year of high school, Millicent doesn't have much of a social life. She plans to spend her time taking her first college class, hanging out with her progressive grandma Maddie, and reading everything she can find. However, her parents have other plans. Her mom is forcing her to take a volleyball class and tutor middle school basketball star, Stanford Wong. Also, Maddie announces she is moving to England.

Millicent is miserable, but at volleyball another girl talks to her. Emily even invites her to sleep over and treats her like a normal eleven year old girl. In an attempt to hold onto her friendship with Emily, Millie pretends she is not a genius. The lie gets more complicated when Emily runs into Millie while she is tutoring Stanford. To save his reputation, Stanford pretends he is the tutor. This is a funny and endearing book about the joys and heartbreaks of friendship during preteen years.

Lisa Yee actually has two corresponding books told from the viewpoint of Emily and Stanford. She teaches important lessons about perspective and perception. These are good stories for kids entering those insecure, but fun-filled years.

Recommended for ages 10-12.

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