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MILLICENT MIN, GIRL GENIUS by Lisa Yee

MILLICENT MIN, GIRL GENIUS

By Lisa Yee

Age Range: 9 - 13

Pub Date: Oct. 1st, 2003
ISBN: 0-439-42519-0
Publisher: Levine/Scholastic

From Yee’s first sentence—“I have been accused of being anal retentive, an overachiever, and a compulsive perfectionist, like those are bad things”—this perfectly captures the humor, unique voice, and dilemma of Millicent Min, its wunderkind heroine. For while there is no doubt that Millicent, an 11-year-old entering 12th grade, is a genius, her social and athletic skills leave something to be desired. In an effort to ameliorate the situation, her parents sign her up for a girls’ volleyball league. There Millicent meets Emily, a potential friend, and to seem more normal decides to lie about her academic ability. Comic complications multiply when Millicent’s parents induce her to tutor the son of a family friend, who also likes Emily and is delighted to let her think that he’s the one doing the tutoring. Funny, charming, and heartwarming, with something to say about the virtues of trust and truth telling, this deserves an A. (Fiction. 9-13)