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3.76 of 5 stars 3.76  ·  rating details  ·  3,140 ratings  ·  286 reviews
Who would have thought being smart could be so hard (and funny)?

Millicent Min is having a bad summer. Her fellow high school students hate her for setting the curve. Her fellow 11-year-olds hate her for going to high school. And her mother has arranged for her to tutor Stanford Wong, the poster boy for Chinese geekdom. But then Millie meets Emily. Emily doesn't know Millic
Paperback, 272 pages
Published September 1st 2004 by Scholastic Paperbacks (first published 2003)
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Last year, I attended an author panel featuring Lisa Yee. She was pretty funny and entertaining so curiously I decided to read Millicent Min--not exactly my first choice of read...I'm much more of a sci/fi-paranormal kind of a girl and the last time I read any middle grade "coming of age" book was Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret and that was way back in 5th grade.

Millicent certainly surprised me. Her blind confidence, sarcasm, and wit make her a delight to read. There were a couple of times
Millicent Min, Girl Genius
By Lisa Yee
272 Pages
Realistic Fiction
Read May 2013

Even though Millicent Min is just eleven years old, she is in high school and doing a college poetry class. One day, her parents make her join a volleyball team. Since she has never been athletic and isn’t very social, Millicent is worried. Emily, a girl on the team, wants to be friends with her, but Emily doesn’t know the truth about Millicent’s I.Q. Before Emily is invited to Millicent’s house, all of Millicent’s trop
I SO wished that this book (and the other two of the series) had been around when I was 10 or 11 or so. There really is a dearth of Asian-American children's lit (or "ethnic" children's lit in general), and the few that exist often take an educational tone, feeling the need to over-generalize for an entire race or give a history lesson. This book is sublimely well-rounded--it's laugh-out-loud funny, but it's definitely a substantive book-it's an award winner and deals with real issues. The best ...more
Millicent Min Girl Genius is a fabulous story for introverts.

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 ea
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Apr 15, 2011 Jess rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Young girls
I was an avid reader as a little girl, and I read hundreds of books. But this book about a young Chinese-American girl with a genius IQ is an easy runner-up for my favorite childhood novel.

This book begins with young Millie Min, precocious and antisocial, who is eager to experience college and get into the outside world at the tender age of eleven. She could read "In Cold Blood" at three years old and has a poster of Mona Lisa in her room, and when her mother signs her up for volleyball classes
Last Friday as I was flying from Denver to Omaha I looked down at the snow covered landscape and saw a little farm house. I wondered if someone in that farm house might be looking up at that exact moment at the jet stream in the sky and wondering if someone was looking down at them--:-) It's all about point of view. Which is what this look at the summer from Millicent Min's perspective is all about. Fun. Still, I think I like Emily best…what’s not to like about a “big boned” girl who likes black ...more
Millicent Min, Girl Genius, is the debut novel of Lisa Yee. It is the story of an 11 year old girl who is finishing her junior year of high school. She decides to take a college course over the summer and also ends up tutoring a boy named Stanford, whom she has known her whole life and does not like. She doesn't have any friends until a new girl moves in the neighborhood named Emily. Millicent hides her genius from Emily because she thinks that Emily will not want to be her friend if she knows s ...more
Millicent got on my nerves in the beginning, but she totally grew on me. Her struggle is real...being a certified genius can be hard. I liked all of the supporting characters. A great middle grade book.
Joanna Eng
Funny and sweet. I wish this book had been around for me to read when I was about 10 years old. It might have helped me take myself less seriously, although I probably wouldn't have deigned to read anything that wasn't a survival novel set in the woods, the tundra, or on the mean streets.
Saleena Davidson
I finally read Millicent Min, and though it looked very young and silly (not necessarily a bad thing, just what I thought the book was going to be) it turned out to be a very thoughtful and fun middle school novel. Millicent is a certified genius who has few social skills and fools herself into believing that she doesn't want for anything. Her loneliness she calls independance, her lack of friends she attributes to her brainy nature; some of which is true. When her mother signs her up for volley ...more
Crete Public Library District
Reviewed by Miss Bethann (Youth Services) Millicent is an 11-year-old genius, who is having trouble fitting in. The children her age do not like her for being in high school. The high school kids do not like her for setting the learning curve. While she is at college, one of the students uses Millie for her brain. On top of all that, Millie must spend the summer tutoring Stanford Wong. Her parents try and help her adapt by signing her up for volleyball, where she meets Emily. They become best ...more
Heidi Peterson
This is a highly book-smart girl challenged to figure out why other kids don't get things like she does and why she doesn't have friends. She's smart but clueless. She tries to justify not needing friends since books are her friends. The book shows how a high IQ, only child connects with adults so well and struggles with her peers. Millicent has realistic interactions with friends and family, and her friend has realistic interactions with Millicent's family. This is an easy-going, gentle read th ...more
I was stuck in a reading rut and thought I'd change gears by shifting to children's books for a bit. And you know what, only a few pages into this one and I found myself rejuvenated with the passion to rip open all my unread books! I'm exaggerating. But really, this was a worthwhile detour. It's a story about an 11-year-old Chinese-American genius (Azns represent!) trying to make sense of her life as a growing child. It's very interesting because the voice is intelligent yet you still can tell t ...more
Millicent Min was a fast and funny read. Somehow, I could relate to the girl genius. I liked how she was so smart and yet so clueless. She changed so much by the end of the book. I can't believe it was the author's first book.
So, I got this book for free from B&N YEARS ago and I didn't read it for a few months because I thought it would be kind of dumb. In some parts it was, but I'm glad I read it. It wasn't a waste of time.
John Hively
The book was well written and funny. The pacing was top-notch. That's something I've noticed about books edited by Cheryl Klein. She seems to put a premium on pacing, and she has it just right.
Beautifully written! I read Yee's other 2 spin off books based on this one and there's a reason why Millicent Min is my favorite. It really is written as someone with an incredible comprehension of the English language but with the social skills of a 10 year old girl (which Millie is) This was my favorite book growing up, I read it a million times over. At the time I read this (10 years old), there weren't many books about 2nd/3rd generation asian americans simply trying to deal with their day t ...more
Kelly V
This was a very funny book about an 11-year-old freakishly smart girl. There are good characters throughout, even though they sometimes come across as too whatever-they-are. I think Millie's intelligence is a little exaggerated and hard to believe at times. Though I can say that her awkwardness and disconnect from her peers (both her high school and age peers) is believable and funny. Her new best friend, Emily, is totally different from Millie in that she’s a typical tween. I just wondered how ...more
A relative of mine wrote this.

It is a good children's book but I read it too late in life and it just was a little too...well, 11 year old girl for me.
Of the three books about these three main characters (see: Stanford Wong Flunks Big Time, So Totally, Emily Ebers), this one is my favorite. Maybe because this is the world I live in: working with really bright kids who lack social skills and understanding. Sixth grade Millicent is looking forward to her summer college poetry class but to her horror her mother has signed her up for volleyball! When she thinks it can't get any worse, she learns she is also to tutor Stanford Wong, 6th grade basket ...more
Great characters that will be relatable to tweens. I really love that the main character and family are Chinese-American characters where it's never made a big deal that they're not white. They're not first generation so that's not a plot point either, and it's basically regular tween problems (minus the whole genius thing) rather than trying to fit in while Asian problems. Plus, a Chinese boy who's good at sports, bad at school, AND the object of some romantic interest? Stanford Wong is pretty ...more
pretty funny!!She's a real genius!:)
Tea Hanson
Millicent Min, Girl Genius by Lisa Yee
As I often do, I decided to revisit Millicent Min, Girl Genius. This is probably the tenth time I’ve read this novel but it’s been quite a while since the last time I’ve read this. You can tell how long I’ve had this book by the big-looped letters I used to annotate my favorite parts as an eleven year old.
This is a coming of age story for a young girl who is a genius and has skipped many grades which lands her negative attention from her peers. She has no f
With her junior year of high school behind her, eleven year old Millicent Min was about to begin her summer break. She was looking forward to taking her first college course—Classic and Contemporary Poetry with Professor Skylanski; and spending time with her family, but mostly Millie was anticipating the time she would have hanging out with her best friend Maddie, who it so happened was her grandmother. Millie’s family however, had other ideas on how her summer days would be spent. Millie’s pare ...more
Genre: Fiction Reading level: Ages 9-12
It’s lonely at the top! Millicent, an adolescent in high school, is thrilled to begin her college career with a summer class. She is sure that the stigma of being a genius will fade as she enters academic paradise. Fearless when it comes to tests, she is horribly awkward when at the art of making friends. Adored by her eccentric family, Millicent is often embarrassed by their antics. When she is forced into volleyball and tutoring to round out her summer, o
Millicent Min, Girl Genius

by Lisa Yee
272 pp USA
Scholastic 4.99
ISBN 9780439771313

Have you thought how it would feel to be a genius how their life would be thinking it is so different from regular life? Well Millicent is one and you'd be surprised by the similar situations she gets in to. Finally, Millicent meets Emily who doesn't know her IQ score and think that she is cool. And this will be her first experience with having a real friend. Will she be able to keep her secret from spilling before
This book was about a girl, Millicent Min. Millicent isn't an average girl considering she is eleven-years-old and is in high school. And this summer is taking a college course. Millicent is a genius, a genius with no friends who is forced to tutor her cousin, Stanford who is about to flunk out of the 6th grade. Soon Millicent meets a girl, Emily and they become the best of friends. Except for one thing, Millicent is keeping her being a genius a secret from Emily. By doing that she must act the ...more
Jan 29, 2013 Sara rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Sara by: Deb
Shelves: 2013, middle-grade
Millicent Min is an eleven-year-old genius. Before her senior year of high school, she's taking a college English class for fun, tutoring an annoying family friend, and trying to survive volleyball - a sport she didn't want to play but her mom enrolled her for anyway. There, she meets Emily, a new arrival in town with no idea of Millie's genius status. Realizing that this is her first opportunity to make a real friend, Millie pretends to be a normal kid and hopes her ruse won't be uncovered.

Sarah Clark
Holy cow! This isn't your grandma's children's book. Millicent Min has been on my shelf for years, and due to a bout of insomnia, I finally picked it up, since I just haven't been able to immerse myself fully in The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao.

Millicent Min is an 11-year-old genius (not just a clever title) who is about to enter her senior year in high school, is taking a summer class at a college, and is woefully friendless, something that she hasn't really allowed herself to lament until
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Lisa Yee was born and raised near Los Angeles. As a kid, she loved reading, opening brand new boxes of cereal (to get the prize), and riding the teacups at Disneyland.

Lisa attended Brightwood Elementary School in Monterey Park, California where she once won an award for best decorated cake. However, Lisa cut the ribbon in half because her friend Linda had also worked on the cake, and they had agre
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