36th out of 123 books — 24 voters
The Clueless Girl's Guide to Being a Genius
by Janice Repka
Aphrodite Wigglesmith is a thirteen-year-old prodigy. After a fast track through Harvard, she's back at her old middle school to teach remedial math and prove a bold theory: anyone can be a genius with the right instruction. Enter Mindy, a ditzy baton twirler who knows more about hair roots than square roots. What could she possibly learn from such a frumpy nerd, except ma...more
Hardcover, 176 pages
Published August 18th 2011 by Dutton Juvenile
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Jul 04, 2012 Lisa rated it 3 of 5 stars Recommends it for: 10-11 year olds
Syrupy sweet and utterly predictable, The Clueless Girl's Guide to Being a Genius, is the tale of a thirteen year old prodigy, who, having completed her master's degree at Harvard, has returned to her former middle school to pursue research on a theory she has that anyone, no everyone, can be a math wiz. Not a math whiz, but a math wiz. I guess short for wizard. So, Aphrodite "Dytee" Wigglesworth (one of the worst character names ever!)takes on teaching a group of her less nimble minded eighth...more
This book was surprisingly cute! I received an advance reader's copy from a local bookstore and almost did not read this one due to the demeaning title. As an adult with many college courses on gender (roles, disparity, portrayal in media), the cover completely turned me off. However, I read everything I can and this was just sitting in my living room, so I picked it up, and I was happily surprised. The two main characters are fun and well-formed. Highly recommended for girls ages 8-12. Unfortun...more
The Clueless Girl's Guide to Being a Genius is about main characters Aphrodite Wigglesmith and Mindy Loft. Aphrodite is the Harvard grad. at the age of thirteen who decides to teach remedial math at her former middle school. Mindy's main ambition in life is to twirl her way to a win at the Twirlcrazy Grand Championships. Written in alternating chapters between the beauty and the brains this story is more about friendship and how it is important to not judge by exteriors. A middle grade story wit...more
Cool book! There was a missed comma on page 37, paragraph 3. It says: "Hermy laughed so hard squash came out of his nose." There is no comma between "hard" and "squash", so what this is saying is that Hermy laughed, and then HARD squash came out of his nose. If the sentence was like this: "Hermy laughed so hard, squash came out of his nose." then that would mean he laughed really hard, which made squash come out of his nose.
Dec 16, 2011 Katie Fitzgerald rated it 3 of 5 stars
This book is definitely not a serious one, and it requires some suspension of disbelief. The entire story is predicated on an impossibility - that a middle schooler would teach middle school - and readers who get hung up on that fact will have a harder time enjoying the story. Those who can get past that, however, will enjoy this unique tale of an unlikely friendship and two interesting young teens. This book deals with the same issues as many tween novels - fights between friends, feeling put d...more
I really liked this book. It showed that people can be math wiz's and they shouldn't be treated like "boneheads". I'm not sure what happened to Aphrodite could really happen in real life, but it was very nice to read about. The classes determination without Ms.Wigglesmith really amazed me and made me emotional. I rate this book 5 stars. ***** . -Signing off, Emma XoXo
Nov 21, 2011 Hoover Public Library Kids and Teens rated it 4 of 5 stars
Do you struggle with math? Or maybe another subject in school? This book does a great job of showing that even smart kids need a little extra (or just different) help sometimes. It also shows that being a genius in one thing doesn't mean you don't have a lot to learn about something else.
In addition to her writing career, Janice Repka has been a teacher and a lawyer. Her first book, The Stupendous Dodgeball Fiasco, won the Nebraska Golden Sower Award and was a Junior Library Guild Selection. She has a law degree from the University of Pennsylvania as well as Master's degrees in English and Creative Writing from McNeese State University. She is a mother of four and a teaches writin...moreMore about Janice Repka...