The Clueless Girl's Guide to Being a Genius

The Clueless Girl's Guide to Being a Genius

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by Janice Repka
     
 

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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

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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 uproarious middle-grade comedy, wacky is the norm and anything is possible - just like middle school.

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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:
9780142421031
Publisher:
Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date:
07/05/2012
Pages:
240
Sales rank:
891,998
Product dimensions:
5.12(w) x 7.54(h) x 0.64(d)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

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