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Millicent Min, Girl Genius Mass Market Paperback – September 1, 2004
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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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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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Millicent says things that logical people may often have thought about emotional situations. She made me laugh out loud several times.
The story is really well written with amazing voice. I can picture Millie hanging out with her grandmother and attending her college poetry class at 11 years old.
Ms. Yee brilliantly captures the loneliness of being smart but socially awkward. All the character are well drawn and I enjoyed my time with each of them. It's about finding a friend and being afraid of losing them. Of learning to enjoy things in life like overpriced $4 cotton candy and rollercoaster rides that make you dizzy.
A great book that I whipped through in one day!
I love Millie's voice, the way she thinks, her vocabulary, and her perfectionist habits. Lisa Yee weaves humor with a gripping emotional depth, creating a lovely work of art. In addition to Millicent, Lisa Yee must be a genius.
I also like the idea of two other books about her friends, Stanford and Emily. I haven't read them yet but want to see what their point of view of Millicent is.
In the interest of full disclosure (and so you can see where I'm coming from) I have to say I am a grandmother and an English tutor.
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