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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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Lisa Yee's novels include "Millicent Min, Girl Genius"; "Stanford Wong Flunks Big-Time" (an ALA Notable Book); the "Bobby" chapter book series, and most recently, "Warp Speed." She is also the author of the American Girl books, "Good Luck, Ivy," "Aloha Kanani" and "Good Job, Kanani." Please visit her website at www.lisayee.com.
Praise for "Millicent Min, Girl Genius" "An utterly charming debut, as well as being the kind of tour de force that leaves one breathless... Yee's mastery of the 'girl genius' voice is flawless, by turns hilarious and poignant." -- "Boston Globe" *"A heartfelt story full of wit." -- "Publishers Weekly," starred review "Funny, charming, and heartwarming, with something to say about the virtues of trust and truth telling, this deserves an A." -- "Kirkus Reviews"