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Millicent Min, Girl Genius

(Millicent Min / Stanford Wong / Emily Ebers #1)

3.77  ·  Rating details ·  4,201 ratings  ·  356 reviews
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 Millicent's IQ score. She actually thinks Millie is cool. And if Milli ...more
Paperback, 272 pages
Published June 1st 2006 by Scholastic Inc. (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
Feb 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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
Apr 19, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: children
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
Apr 15, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
I bought this book for my daughter, and then read it before I gave it to her. It was way cute and had a great voice to it. Sometimes diary books tend to drag, because none of the action is happening in real time. It's always the main character's ruminations on the events that we read. Lisa pulled it off excellently. (She is, I'm pretty sure, a girl genius.) My only complaint was there were a few swear words that I wish weren't there. After all, the main character is eleven and since kids tend to ...more
Absolutely charming and quite fun to read. Millicent Min is a girl genius who finally makes a friend who knows nothing about her or her abilities...but keeping the secret, and figuring out what other 11 year olds talk about, may be her biggest challenge yet.

I was never an 11-year-old genius, but I certainly found portions of this relatable. Definitely recommended.
Dec 31, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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Karina Escajeda
Oct 14, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: edu-511-513
I barely made it through this book, and i did so only by heavily skimming, ignoring the insufferably annoying narrator, Millicent,and the atrocious dialogue. I will not be using this in my classroom!
Brooke Banks
FYI Contains: Fatshaming, Racism, Bullying,

Millicent Min, Girl Genius starts with a resume and goals that Millie has for herself that is scarily impressive and intimidating, especially given she's ELEVEN. She's in a difficult spot, light years ahead of most people intellectually but having a hard time as socially and physically awkward. She is like the definition of innocently adorkable with her well meaning but defeating "pep talks" and not getting A LOT of references.

Emily is Jewish, bigger t
Jun 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
That was really sweet and funny. I can't wait to introduce it to the girls one day.
Leigh Anne
Jul 21, 2015 rated it liked it
I'm not sure why I finished this book, as I lost interest about 3/4 of the way through. Ironically, it's possible that the reading level was too low for me (I love YA, but this is really more of a middle school read, and that's not my style). That being said, this would be a good book for kids who are struggling with Millicent's problem: being super book smart, but not so bright in the common sense department.

Yee makes Millicent a very believable character. So believable, in fact, that it hurts
Heather Gallagher
Jan 16, 2016 rated it liked it
I read this book largely because it is referenced by editor Cheryl Klein in her insightful book Second Sight: An Editor's Talks on Writing, Revising, and Publishing Books for Children and Young Adults. Included in Cheryl's book is the query letter that Yee sent pitching Millicent. The hook for Millicent is that she is literally a girl genius - she's skipped massively ahead at school and has been the subject of TV specials and newspaper articles on account of her high IQ. Where Millicent is lacki ...more
Jan 27, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: juvenile
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
May 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
Nov 05, 2009 rated it liked it
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
Sofia The Great
May 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audio, 2016
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I heard about the author from some blog about featuring books for Asian Pacific Heritage Month. Luckily my library had an audio version of Millicent Min.
At first I was kinda put off by Millicent because she really did come up as stuck up and really naive. But being an 11 year old ,genius ,high school student does come with a few issues. I just took it that she really didn't learn to socialize.
As the story unfolded, Millicent did show she had more lay
May 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
This is a classic book that I didn't get a chance to read until now. Kudos to Lisa Yee for making a strong Asian American protagonist. I like how you're able to follow her journey of being smart in certain parts of her life but needing improvement in other areas.

I did take out one star because sometimes Millicent is just too intelligent (even for me). I loved seeing the supporting characters, particularly the grandma. A great read that is realistic in dealing with feelings that arise during the
Dec 31, 2010 rated it really liked it
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.
Jul 10, 2011 rated it liked it
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. ...more
Joanna Eng
Nov 29, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya-childrens
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.
Nov 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Millicent Min, as you can tell from the title is a girl genius and this book shows her life and obstacles she faced. Academics come very easily to Millicent, but she struggles greatly with her social life and circle. In the end she has only two friends....
Mar 18, 2008 rated it liked it
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.
John Hively
Nov 05, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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.
May 22, 2015 added it
I read this forever ago at the library and for the past year or so have been looking for it. I HAVE FINALLY FOUND YOU AND YOU ARE A SERIES WHOA YES.
Jun 29, 2010 rated it it was amazing
pretty funny!!She's a real genius!:)
Oct 22, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Upper elementary and middle grade readers
I picked up this book because of my interest in diverse books, especially for children. The main character is an 11-year-old girl who happens to be Chinese. Race is not a central issue of the book, but Chinese-ness does make occasional appearances. (I found it interesting, perhaps even a little disappointing, that Millicent did not call her grandmother by any of the typical Chinese words for grandmother.)

For the first few chapters, I felt uneasy. Millicent Min is a child genius, an 11-year-old w
Nushu Shri
Aug 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
Millicent Min is a really fun character to share perspectives with, since she's a total genius. The book starts out with her telling the readers about a joke she's going to write on people's yearbooks in Latin, which gives you a scope of who you're dealing with here.
But seriously, Millicent is only 11, and really does want friends, and tries hard to make them. Emily is a really good friend to Millicent, so it's obvious why Millicent wants to be her friend. I still don't understand how Millicen
Dec 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Millicent Min Girl Genius is a great realistic fiction read. She is an 11 year old attending high school as a junior. She is a really relatable character considering being four grades ahead. She is really smart though sometimes she seems so clueless. She meets friends that are her age and she also meets friends in her classes. She doesn't know where she fits in or belongs. Millicent is left with her instincts and does not know what to do. Millicent can give you a good laugh but she can also mak ...more
YingYu  Chen
Feb 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I had never thought of writing a story with the same setting and characters and developing the characters into more than one book based on the number of characters. I learn to know Lisa Yee when I was doing my master studies and found some materials on Chinese immigrants. Now, after a couple of years I am a mother, and I finally pick up books written by her!

Intelligent, funny, actually hilarious when reading is the pleasure of reading her books. I first read "Stanford Wong flunks big-time ", and
At the age of 3 it was confirmed and certified that Millicent was a genius. As she skipped grades, impressed teachers and continued on her journey to acquire every knowledge available to human kind she convinced herself that her life was perfect until she met Emily.

Millicent’s wealth of knowledge made her self centered and borderline annoying when you first meet her. However I urge you not to give up on such a great story. After all people change when they want to. Millicent Min Girl Genius is 1
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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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