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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Mass Market Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Scholastic Paperbacks (September 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0439425204
  • ISBN-13: 978-0439425209
  • Product Dimensions: 7.6 x 5.4 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #249,498 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Grade 5-8--Millie, an 11-year-old with a genius IQ, is taking a college poetry class and waiting for her high school senior year. Because she never hesitates to show how much she knows about a particular subject, her peers tend to stay away. Millie's social ineptitude is a cause of concern for her parents. Against her will, she is enrolled in summer volleyball and enlisted to tutor Stanford Wong, a friend of the family. Into this mix enters Emily, a volleyball teammate and typical preteen. The girls become friends but Millie neglects to tell Emily about her genius status. Eventually the truth surfaces and Emily feels betrayed. Millie thinks that Emily is angry because she is smart, never realizing that the betrayal comes from her lack of trust in their friendship. While some readers will have trouble identifying with Millie, her trials and tribulations result in a story that is both funny and heartwarming. A universal truth conveyed is that honesty and acceptance of oneself and of others requires a maturity measured not by IQ but by generosity of spirit.--Sharon Morrison, Southeastern Oklahoma State University, Durant, OK
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From Booklist

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
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More About the Author

Lisa's been a TV writer/producer, written labels for bean cans, and penned a speech for a president of the United States.

Her books include BOBBY VS. GIRLS (ACCIDENTALLY) and BOBBY THE BRAVE (SOMETIMES) and YA novel, ABSOLUTELY MAYBE. All are published by Arthur A. Levine Books/Scholastic.

Other novels include the MILLICENT MIN, GIRL GENIUS, SO TOTALLY EMILY EBERS and STANFORD WONG FLUNKS BIG-TIME. Plus the American Girl books, GOOD LUCK, IVY, ALOHA KANANI and GOOD JOB, KANANI.

WARP SPEED, the Stanford Wong spin-off about a Star Trek geek who gets beat up everyday, is her latest novel.

Lisa has been named a Publishers Weekly Flying Start, Thurber House Children's Writer-in-Resident, USA TODAY Critics Pick, and more.

Customer Reviews

Congratulations, Ms. Yee!
David LaRochelle
She made me laugh out loud several times.
Kourtney Heintz
I gave this book to my granddaughters.
Mary Lineberry

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Little Willow on October 5, 2003
Format: Hardcover
The debut novel Millicent Min, Girl Genius by Lisa Yee is an absolute riot. Millicent is eleven years old - and recently completed eleventh grade. Over the summer, she plans to take college courses and (unhappily) tutor Stanford, a boy who drives her up a wall. Her mother, thinking she needs more of a social life with kids her own age, enrolls her in a summer volleyball team. There, she meets a girl who recently moved to town and does not know of Millicent's collegiate status. What's a smart girl to do?
This hilarious book teaches young kids and adults like everywhere that it is okay to be smart. Millicent may feel much older than she is, mentally, but chronologically, she is still a kid. By the end of the summer, she is a little more comfortable in her own skin and proud of who she is and what she's accomplished.
Pop culture tidbit: The audio book is read by Keiko Agena, known as Lane on Gilmore Girls.
I highly recommend this book to kids of all ages. (You too, parents and teachers.) Kids reading comedic realistic fiction such as the Ramona Quimby series by Beverly Cleary, the Alice McKinley series by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor or the Judy Moody series by Megan McDonald will certainly adore Millicent Min. I hope that Yee writes more tales, if not of Millicent, then of others. She has a real knack.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Margie Mitchell on September 26, 2003
Format: Hardcover
I really enjoyed reading this book. It made me laugh; it made me cry. It made me see things through the eyes of a young person again. Millicent, blessed and cursed with being a child genius, needs something that we all take for granted -- a friend. When Millicent thinks she has finally found someone, Emily, who is willing to be her friend she stops at nothing to keep her friendship going. Meanwhile, she's forced into tutoring the one person with whom she doesn't want to be friends, Stanford. To further complicate matters, Emily and Stanford develop a romantic relations of their own that makes for some interesting plot twists and ironic scenes. In the end, Emily finds true friendship, although in the place she least expected to find it. Henrietta Gowin, my favorite character, really has little to do with the story but that name, Henrietta Gowin, rings of sophistication. Her character must have been inspired by an exceptional person.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on September 27, 2003
Format: Hardcover
Millicent Min is a good, no great book to read! Not only is it fun filled and funny but it's loaded with little pieces of advice that are very true thanks to the wonderful author Lisa Yee. It's about this very smart girl who has no friends because she is always critizing and correcting them but then her mother signs her up (against her will) for the dreaded volleyball team. There she finally makes a friend, Emily, but Emily doesn't know Milli's secret of being a college student at the age of eleven. Will Millicent tell Emily? And if she does will Emily still be friends? Find out by reading the book.
I've heard that her book is so great that they're going to make it in Italian and it's already out on audio tape! What luck for a first time book! Congrads Mrs. Yee
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By lectitans on April 15, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Millicent Min has an impressive resume. She started elementary school at age three, has over seven television appearances to her name, and is the subject of more than six articles on the subject of gifted children. Now that she's eleven and a half, she's about to start her senior year of high school. She is, in short, a genius.

In Millicent Min, Girl Genius, Millicent must endure the summer between her junior and senior years of high school as she counts down to the day she will be free from the company of children, and finally be able to spread her wings in college. This summer, her parents have signed her up for volleyball classes and offered her services as a tutor to friend of the family and obnoxiously typical twelve-year-old boy Stanford Wong. On the upside, they've allowed her to register for a poetry class at a local university, and this summer she's made her first friend.

Millicent goes through all the difficulties of being a smart kid, and she experiences them to the extreme. Her alienation, awkwardness, and pride are all emotions with which anyone ever considered "that smart kid" can identify. Her precociousness is charming and alarming; it seems slightly wrong for a girl of almost twelve to prefer spending time with her poetry professor to attending slumber parties. At the same time, for those of us who are the same way, it seems just right.

Like many other children's and young adult books, Millicent Min, Girl Genius shows us how much change can happen over one summer. Millicent starts off knowing it all, needing no one, and socializing almost exclusively with her grandmother. By the end of the book she realizes she has a lot to learn, comes to appreciate her parents more, and starts hanging out with kids her own age. I strongly recommend Millicent Min, Girl Genius to anyone who loves to laugh, has ever felt like they knew better than the rest of the world, or has been told they're too smart for their own good.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on September 26, 2003
Format: Hardcover
I know a lot of people like Millicent Min. Even though they may seem smart and confident, they are just regular kids inside. At first I thought Millie was stuck up. Then, I really got to like her. What I really liked about this book was how funny it was. It made me laugh out loud.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Greg Ehrbar VINE VOICE on January 12, 2004
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
When I finished listening to the unabridged audio version of MILLICENT MIN, GIRL GENIUS, I began looking forward to more books by the perceptive and witty Yee. Her book captivates on several levels -- Millie is brilliant, yet naive, Emily is bubbly yet astute, etc. Handling these layers is difficult for even the most seasoned of novelists, yet Yee carries it off with deft skill, touching compassion and sharp humor that never becomes obvious. Basically, Millie is like a preteen Mr. Spock on a planet of William Shatners, but ultimately she realizes the truth of the adage that "everyone is my superior in that I may learn from them." Along the way, we become attached to the rich characterizations Yee spins and the amusing situations that keep us listening and/or reading page after page. Everybody repeat after me: MORE MILLIE! MORE MILLIE! MORE YEE! MORE YEE! Let's hope this is just the beginning of a library of wondrous works from one of America's most promising writers.
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