A Girl Named Digit
By Annabel Monaghan
New York: Houghton Mifflin, 2012.
187 pages. Grades 6-8.
I do not know what is worse—my real name Farrah or my nickname Digit! My mom named me after her favorite Charlie’s Angel and my nickname Digit, was given to me at school because I love numbers—I mean really love any kind of math! But being really smart does not get me many friends. So this year, at the new school I am lying low—I told the principals I would work hard and score high for them on standardized tests but in return they needed to keep my secret of how smart I was—by not calling on me in class and by not putting scores on returned papers. So far so good—I have joined up with three unlikely girls as friends—we really have nothing in common but I do get to feel what is really like to have friends. I wonder if I will ever get to be or show my true self—I wonder if I will ever get a boyfriend too!
My whole life changes while I am sitting with my three girlfriends watching this ridiculous “shallow” show when I notice numbers flash at the bottom of the screen. Okay, so now I am intrigued—it happens two more times and then that is when I excuse myself so that I can see what those numbers mean. It has to be a code for something. I have figured out that the sequence is a reverse Fibonacci. As I start to figure out what the code means, a terrorist attack happens on U.S. soil and I figure out that code and attack are linked together! I have my brilliant dad take me to the FBI to report what I know but they line me up with all the other fruitcakes that are paranoid about terrorists. Then in walks FBI Agent John Bennett, he can’t be too much older than me—and what a hottie! I think I’m in love! John takes my story down (not believing me for a minute) and then I am dismissed to go home. By the time my story gets checked out—I find myself “sort of kidnapped” by the FBI to keep me safe, my parents playing the part of distraught parents on TV and FBI agent John Bennett and myself on the run trying to solve the bigger plot—how to capture the ring leader of the terrorist plot. So we go undercover and when that gets blown, we are on our own while terrorists are hunting us down. We will see how the smart young agent, John Bennett really is and of course don’t underestimate what I can contribute in trying to solve this mystery and keep ourselves alive!