Do the math : secrets, lies, and algebra (#11544X0)

by Lichtman, Wendy

6 reviews & awards | 2 full-text reviews

FollettBound Glued Greenwillow Books, c2007, p2008
Price: USD 14.18
Description: 183 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm
Dewey: -Fic-; Int Lvl: 5-8; Rd Lvl: 5.9
AR 5.9 MG+ 4 115811EN; RC 9.4 9; LEX 1050L


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Tess has always loved math, and she uses mathematical concepts to help her understand things in her life, so she is dismayed to find out how much math--and life--can change in eighth grade.

Product Details
  • Publisher: Greenwillow Books
  • Publication Date: May 27, 2008
  • Format: FollettBound Glued
  • Edition: 1st HarperTeen pbk. ed.
  • Dewey: -Fic-
  • Classifications: Fiction
  • Description: 183 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm
  • ISBN-10: 0-329-66466-2 (originally 0-06-122957-1)
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-329-66466-4 (originally 978-0-06-122957-2)
  • Follett Number: 11544X0
  • Interest Level: 5-8
  • Reading Level: 5.9
  • ATOS Book Level: 5.9
  • AR Interest Level: MG+
  • AR Points: 4
  • AR Quiz: 115811EN
  • Reading Counts Level: 9.4
  • Reading Counts Points: 9
  • Lexile: 1050L

Reviews & Awards
  • Book Links, 01/01/08
  • Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books, 09/01/07
  • Horn Book Magazine, 04/01/09
  • Kirkus Reviews, 06/01/07
  • School Library Journal, 12/01/07
  • Teacher Librarian, 12/01/11

Full-Text Reviews
Kirkus Reviews (June 1, 2007)
Told in the first person, this debut set in an Oakland, Calif., middle school sacrifices telling details of setting and character to competing plot lines and a tricky premise involving math. Thirteen-year-old Tess uses the idea of numerical ranking ("inequalities") to describe how her relationship changes with handsome, athletic Richard once she discovers he has stolen a test ("I'm a 7, he's a 4"). Then, she uses graphs to explore possible scenarios related to the suspicious death of the wife of a friend of her artist mother ("breathing rate" over "time"). Oh, what's a girl to do? Then, there's her annoying neighbor, a best friend who can't keep her mouth shut and the selection of a dress for the winter formal (try Venn diagrams!). Although this could have used a tighter focus, tweens may actually relate to the playground politics, get caught up with the suspenseful plot and appreciate the accessibility of arithmetic, thanks to Lichtman's lucid descriptions and drawings. (Fiction. 10-14)

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