DO THE MATH by Wendy Lichtman

DO THE MATH

Secrets, Lies, and Algebra
Age Range: 10 - 14
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KIRKUS REVIEW

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)

Pub Date: July 1st, 2007
ISBN: 978-0-06-122955-8
Page count: 192pp
Publisher: Greenwillow
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: June 1st, 2007




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