Millicent Min, Girl Genius

By: 

Lisa Yee

Number of Pages: 

248

Minimum grade level: 

5th

Millicent may be a certified genius, but she doesn't have a clue about how to make and keep friends. By age 11 she's been on TV shows, won the state math bowl, been on the Dean's list every semester in High School (yes, she's a senior in HIGH SCHOOL!), and finally talked her mother into letting her take a college class. But there's a catch: she also has to take a volleyball class and tutor Stanford Wong, the stupidest boy in school! So, she starts volleyball class, even though "...[it] is not my idea of a pleasant way to while away an afternoon." But volleyball ends up bringing her an opportunity she never imagined.making a friend her own age.if she can keep her genius a secret.and her lies straight.

Discussion questions

Spoiler alert! Some of the questions contain key elements of the plot. Do not read if you don't want to know what happens!

  1. Describe Millicent. What are her strengths? What are her weaknesses?
  2. Have you ever known a genius? How did that person fit in?
  3. Which of these characters would you like to be: Millicent, Emily, or Stanford? Why?
  4. Have you ever moved to a new school? How did you make friends?
  5. If you could jump into college right now, would you?
  6. How do you think you would cope with college at your age?
  7. Were Millicent's parents right to focus on her social development?
  8. What do you think will happen in the future to Millicent?

If you liked this book try

  • Becoming Naomi Leon by Pam Munoz Ryan
  • Saffy's Angel by Hilary McKay
  • Standford Wong Flunks Out Big Time by Lisa Yee

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