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Millicent Min, Girl Genius de Lisa Yee

Millicent Min, Girl Genius (original: 2003; edição: 2004)

de Lisa Yee (Autor)

Séries: Milicent Min (1)

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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.
Título:Millicent Min, Girl Genius
Autores:Lisa Yee (Autor)
Informação:Scholastic Paperbacks (2004), 272 pages
Coleções:Scholastic Books, Sua biblioteca

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Millicent Min, Girl Genius de Lisa Yee (2003)


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This book is about an eleven year old girl who's a senior in high school, and her struggles to fit in and make friends when she's a genius. It's hilarious. Millicent is academically brilliant, socially clueless, and completely endearing. I laughed out loud so many times during this book. ( )
  RobinAZ | Dec 5, 2020 |
This is a review of the three book "sort of trilogy." Millicent Min, Girl Genius, Stanford Wong Flunks Big Time, and So Totally Emily Ebers

It's a trilogy in a way. The three books go together. But they can be read in any order, and if you read only one or two, you still have complete stories. Each book is told in first person by the title character. The three books take place during the same time frame, the summer before 7th grade for Stanford and Emily. (Millicent is the same age, 12, but she is about to finish high school.) Each character is telling his or her own story, but because the three know each other, there are episodes that overlap in two or three of the books. Then you have the same events being told from a different character's perspective.

All three characters are sympathetic and very likable, though each has their own demons and character weaknesses to conquer.

Millicent is afraid her mother is dying, and her beloved grandmother is planning to leave the country for a while to study feng shui in England. She has never had a friend her own age, because her exceptional intelligence scares people off. She doesn't know how to relate to kids her own age. She needs a friend. During the summer, she becomes friends with Emily Ebers, and if forced against her will to tutor the dim witted (in her opinion) Stanford Wong. Stanford and Emily meanwhile fall head over heels in love with each other.

Stanford is afraid his parents are going to get a divorce, and nothing he does is ever enough to please his dad. He has a huge crush on the new girl in town, Emily Ebers, but he has to pass English in Summer School or he fails 6th grade. Hence, tutoring by Millicent. He is obsessed with basketball, and is a star player. His group of friends includes one jerk, who gets his comeuppance in the end. Stanford's fearsome English teacher turns out to be different than he originally thought as well.

Emily has just moved to town with her newly divorced mother. She is angry with her mother about the divorce, and her story is told in diary entries addressed to her Dad, who is an aging rock musician trying to recapture his glory days, reviving his old band and going on tour during the summer. He never calls, and only occasionally sends her a postcard. Meanwhile she gets a close friend in Millicent, and a crush on Stanford, but she is also longing to join the popular clique, led by frequently obnoxious Julie.

Each of the three learns valuable lessons in non-preachy ways. You will root for them all. (For the young reader audience the Millicent Min book may be slightly less appealing. It's just as good of a book, but most kids will not relate to a 12 year old about to graduate high school as well as a 12 year old coping with divorce and moving or a 12 year old coping with failing school and lack of acceptance by his father.) ( )
  fingerpost | Jun 15, 2018 |
I dunno. I wanted to like this more than I did. And there's nothing really wrong with it. It's a tiny bit cliched & predictable, and Millie comes across, esp. at the beginning, more as if she has Asperger's than just plain too much smarts. Otoh, what about when Millie was practicing [her] spontaneous laugh" - ? I bet lots of people have done that.

And I think that her parents pushed her too hard to become 'more well-rounded' and to make friends, even though that worked out in the end.

I guess maybe I identified with Millie too much. I don't believe that it's automatically unhealthy not to want to play team sports or to make friends. And all the examples of things that Yee uses to illustrate Millie's eccentricities seem normal to me. For example, it's perfectly ok, imo, to "add up our Taco Bell receipt to make sure we hadn't been overcharged."

True, Millie is only 11 and so she needs to be shown the world beyond her books - but who made those books available in the first place? I just didn't find her parents to be convincingly developed. And I didn't find her change of attitude/ personality from bookworm to social butterfly to be convincing, either.

Um, I think I have more to say, but I can't think of it right now..." ( )
  Cheryl_in_CC_NV | Jun 6, 2016 |
Booktalk: Millicent Min is an excellent student. She's on the honor roll and she won first place in a statewide math competition. She's just passed the 11th grade with flying colors and looks forward to starting college soon. Oh, by the way, Millicent is 11 years old.

She's what you call an academic prodigy. Which means she's a genius. Millicent loves learning and reading and solving complicated problems, like helping the next-door neighbors with their taxes. Just hear how thrilled she is about the first college class she's taking this summer: (play read pp. 16-17, "At 9:28" to end of chapter).

But as smart as Millicent is, she's pretty clueless. She doesn't have friends her age and she really doesn't know how to make any. Actually who wants to be friends with some little kid who sets the grading curve for the entire junior class? So life can be pretty lonely for Millicent.

Then Millicent meets Emily who's just moved to town from New Jersey. Unlike the other kids Emily doesn't know Millicent is a genius. Even better, Emily likes Millicent and they hang out together over the summer. Millicent is sure this friendship will last only as long as Emily doesn't find out she's a genius. So she hides away all her academic trophies and certificates and award ribbons, and she works hard to make it seem like she's just a regular kid. A clever plan to be sure--but is she genius enough to hide the truth forever? ( )
  Salsabrarian | Feb 2, 2016 |
This is an upper elementary level or young adult chapter book about Millicent Min, an eleven-year-old girl who is a genius and starting her first college course over the summer. She has a hard time fitting in and making friends and she finally finds one with Emily. She also has to deal with learning to play volleyball, tutoring her arch enemy and her grandmother (who is her best friend) moving to London. She decides to keep her genius status a secret from Emily and it doesn't turn out so well. This is a fantastic and funny book about learning to fit in, being yourself and dealing with change. It is told in the form of a diary and there is a lot of sarcastic wit and deadpan humor because of Millicent's intelligence and naiveté in some social situations. I think that this book could be great for reading groups or even a read aloud. The themes in this book are great for the audience to hear and discuss because they could be struggling with the same issues like finding a place they belong or dealing with a big change in their lives. The only illustration is the cover and feature Millicent and a volleyball. There are also two other books in the trilogy which cover the same story line but from Stanford Wong and Emily Ebers’ point of view. ( )
  cpaavola | Nov 29, 2015 |
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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.

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