There’s nothing quite like a math teacher who really LOVES math.
I have many fond memories of my high school calculus teacher showing us something new and suddenly bursting out with, “Oh wow. You guys are going to love this! Isn’t it cool?” He would bounce around the room when we were doing something he really loved – boing, boing, boing. “You guys, look at this!!”
Every kid needs to have at least one math teacher like that, but sadly, not everyone gets one.
Lightning Girl, who has acquired her awesome math ability by being hit by lightning, has a nice math teacher who’s got some potential, but she’s in middle school after years of being homeschooled and could not be less interested in revealing her abilities. There are also other kids who are not so kind, although you realize later in the book that they’ve probably got some reasons to be unhappy themselves.
Being different in any way can have its challenges, and it’s hard to realize that your life is going to move far beyond the boundaries that seem so set when you’re 12 or 13. This one might be a nice way to provoke some discussion.
The Miscalculations of Lightning Girl by Stacy McAnulty