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Millicent Min, Girl Genius

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Who would have thought being smart could be so hard (and so funny)?

Millicent Kwan 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 Mi
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Hardcover, 256 pages
Published October 1st 2003 by Arthur A. Levine Books (first published 2003)
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Pricky
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
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Kourtney
Feb 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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Janette
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
Amy
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.
Jessica
Apr 19, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Katherine
Dec 31, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Chinook
Jun 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
That was really sweet and funny. I can't wait to introduce it to the girls one day.
L.A.
Jul 21, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Karina Escajeda
Oct 14, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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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!
Heather Gallagher
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
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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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“What my parents kept failing to understand was how happy I was when I was alone with my books. There was no pressure to perform or be cute, and books never disappoint-- unless, of course, you've chosen a bad one. But then, you can always put it down and pick up another one without any repercussions.” 28 likes
“It's more work to be mean than it is to be nice.” 1 likes
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