The Clueless Girl's Guide to Being a Genius

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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 maybe what not to wear? But somewhere between studying and shopping, the two girls start to become friends. They're an unlikely pair, but in this...

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Overview

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 maybe what not to wear? But somewhere between studying and shopping, the two girls start to become friends. They're an unlikely pair, but in this uproarious middle-grade comedy, wacky is the norm and anything is possible - just like middle school.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Krisan Murphy
When destiny crosses the paths of two polar opposite thirteen-year-old girls, both learn the deeper meaning of friendship. Aphrodite Wigglesmith believes a toilet changed her life forever, because it was a clogged toilet (being repaired by her plumber mother) which led Principal DeGuy to discover and later hire the Harvard graduate as a math teacher. Mindy Loft, baton twirling beauty, finds herself in a remedial math class being taught by Professor Aphrodite Wigglesmith. Chapter by chapter first person narration is shared by Aphrodite and Mindy, giving readers the perspective of each clueless character. Aphrodite's unconventional teaching methods (gluing students in their desks and taking the class to the pool hall for object lessons on angles and percentages) transforms the class of math duds. When Aphrodite's IQ cannot cure her drab wardrobe and social skills, Mindy comes to the rescue to prepare Professor Wigglesmith for the annual Spring Fling Dance. The misadventures at Carnegie Middle School will captivate and entertain young readers. Out of a preposterous setting comes a story of sacrifice and acceptance. Reviewer: Krisan Murphy
School Library Journal
Gr 5–8—For most people, the term "middle school math" conjures a mash of protractors, confusing equations, and calculators. But, for two very different girls, it becomes the perfect way to begin a lifelong friendship. Aphrodite Wigglesmith is a math prodigy and Harvard graduate. At the age of 13, she finds her way back to her middle school alma mater as a teacher in hopes of proving her theory that "anyone can become a math genius." Mindy Loft, a student in her remedial math class, prides herself on her looks and baton-twirling skills. Through a field trip to a pool hall, the development of a math team, a trip to the mall, and other events, the girls learn that they are more alike than their appearances suggest. In the end, they both gain what they need: a true friend and self-confidence. While Repka's approach to the coming-of-age genre is fresh, the story is predictable and rather unrealistic. Aphrodite and Mindy are likable, yet stereotypical. Middle school readers, however, will be drawn to the conversation-filled story, which includes teen slang and adolescent thoughts. They will enjoy the duel narration, which provides insight into both girls' characters. At times the plot is slow, but overall keeps readers' attention.—Mary-Brook J. Townsend, The McGillis School, Salt Lake City, UT
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780525423331
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 8/18/2011
  • Pages: 176
  • Sales rank: 838,257
  • Age range: 8 years
  • Lexile: 820L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.54 (h) x 0.82 (d)

Meet the Author

Janice Repka is both a writer and an attorney. This is her first children’s book. She lives in south central Pennsylvania.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 30, 2011

    The Clueless Girl's guide to being a Genius

    Aphrodite Wigglesmith was an ordinary kid, but not for long. When someone flushes a firecracker down the boy's toilet, her life changes forever. Nine years later, she's known as a legend. But, little does she know her life is about to change by a single phonecall from Carnige Middle School. Aphrodite is requested to teach math, her star subject to kids her age. The "boneheads" are the worst math class and are usualy teased by other childeren. Aphrodite soon meets Mindy Loft, a tall baton prodigy. They soon engulf not just an adventure in math, but also a journey in friendship. The author keeps you hanging eager to read on and uses a brilliant varitey for words and also always builds up the suspense to make you read this book whole in one day.

    17 out of 23 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 6, 2012

    Anynomous

    A total must have.Or must read:)Would reccomend to10 yrs+

    15 out of 17 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 25, 2011

    Read this!

    Now that I'm a teen, I thought that reading a children's book would be lame and boring and, well . . . childish. But when i read the clueless girl's guide to being a genius it took that stereotype and flushed it down the toilet! I love this book and would recommend it to any age group.

    15 out of 17 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 30, 2011

    Seems good...

    This book seems really good, but I got the free sample, and the sample was really short.

    8 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 26, 2012

    Very good

    This book was amazing. It had many twists and turns. I recomend it to anyone who is 10-12. I read it in one day!

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 26, 2012

    Heyy there,

    The free sampler was not worth it, but the coustimer review were helpfu!

    6 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 7, 2012

    Awesome

    I love this book u will 2 hope u like it

    5 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 24, 2012

    I LOVE IT....... so far

    I really enjoy reading this wonderful book and am now on page, 45 I think but it's also kind of telling you that since Aphrodite started teaching math class at age 13. And that tells you that you can do that to, and that if you really try hard in life your future will already be set perfectly.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 22, 2012

    Pancakes!

    I like pancakes!

    4 out of 22 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 22, 2012

    Allie Fib Allie Finckle

    Their are six books total! Alliie finckle books are my favorite books i had ever read. I tink you should allie finckle because they are funny and really good.

    3 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 1, 2012

    I love this book!!

    This book is amazing and completly funny. A total must read!!!!"

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 17, 2013

    @ you call this a book?,march 17, 2012

    How do you know this is such a terrible book, you yourself said you had not read it.People, please do not post negative reviews of books you have not read.People read reviews to learn others opinions of books, not read random assumptions about books the reviewer has never read!These reviews are pointless,annoying,and inconstructive.Please write decent reviews.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 14, 2014

    G@$

    Great book

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 3, 2012

    Great

    Aaaaaaaaaa i love this book

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 14, 2012

    Awesome

    Such an amazing book!!!!i loved it!!!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 17, 2012

    You Call This A Book?!?!

    This book is absoulutley horrific and terrible!!!!!!!! Its loose plot and unrealistic characters disgust me. I have NEVER been so...hateful towards another book. And i never plan to because this is the most horrifing book i have ever read. And not the good kind of horrifing like Chucky, the kind where you see someone on the street with ugly clothes on that need absoutule fashioj help. I am 11 years old and have never read this book in my entire life. ;) glad you liked my reveiw!!!!

    1 out of 16 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 5, 2013

    Very Well Done

    This was a very nice book. Not very difficult, but not a Bob book. Some parts were a little unclear, but the plot was clever and I enjoyed it!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 31, 2013

    I......

    Got it for free

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 23, 2013

    Love

    Amazing read. A serious page turner. And a totally big help with MY life. Drop it and get it with grace.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 29, 2013

    Alleyna

    I alleyna wrote this WORD!!!!!!!!!

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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