Guest Review: Math Doesn’t Suck by Danica McKellar

I have the privilege of posting a guest review by colleague Crystal Tullio.  She has worked for the library for a number of years and has written this excellent review.

When she isn’t acting, Danica McKellar (Winnie of “The Wonder Years”) is writing.  Her book features graphics, personality quizzes, horoscopes and…math!  Her book, “Math Doesn’t Suck”, features real-life at-the-mall examples of concepts such as reciprocal fractions and prime factorization.  McKellar offers girls a “Pretty in Pink” approach to learning math, an approach that helped her learn math concepts when she was struggling in seventh grade.  Though it’s not for everyone, her approach will appeal to girls who prefer their lessons to be applied to real life.  This is definitely a cool approach to learning.  Check the book out and see for yourself!


Say you have $50, and you want to buy a fabulous blue sundress that costs $62.  Bummer! Not enough money.  But wait, there’s a sale tag that says it’s 1/5 off.  Do you have enough money now?   Excerpt from “Math Doesn’t Suck”

Published in: on February 22, 2008 at 10:52 pm  Leave a Comment  

28. Amulet: The Stonekeeper (Book One) by Kazu Kibuishi

            This J-level graphic novel is the first of three volumes.  Emily, Navin, and their mother move into an old family house after the death of their father.  The house is filthy and also a bit creepy.  Emily finds a workshop of sorts with an amulet hidden in a lectern.  Once she discovers the amulet things begin to get strange.  She thinks the amulet is talking to her and then her mother is stolen and taken into a strange world through the basement stairway.  Emily and Navin must find a way to save their mother while navigating in this strange new land.  Thankfully, help is at hand in the form of great-grandfather.  Follow Emily and Navin through their strange adventures in this volume and look forward to future installments where their mother’s fate will be decided.

Published in: on February 13, 2008 at 6:52 pm  Leave a Comment  

27. Blood Brother by Malcolm Rose

            This is the sixth volume in the YA-level Traces series.  Luke Harding is a sixteen year old boy who is a Forensic Investigator in an alternate universe.  We start this book with Luke in the hospital recuperating after his last case.  As he is released from the hospital he is assigned to investigate an anomaly in the number of deaths taking place in the hospital.  A prime suspect becomes the father he has not seen since he was five years old.  There is also the gruesome Institute of Biomechanical Research or the mysterious Heather Man who leaves gifts of heather with those he visits.  Luke must follow the clues with the help of Malc his Mobile Aid to Law and Crime, an autonomous computer and miniature crime lab.  This series is interesting as it brings up issues that are relevant to today’s world but approached somewhat differently in this alternate universe.

Published in: on February 13, 2008 at 6:36 pm  Leave a Comment  

26. Epic by Conor Kostick

            This YA-level novel carries us into the future on New Earth.  The society there is controlled by playing a fantasy adventure game called Epic.  Societal standing is derived by how well you play the game.  There is a problem though.  Somehow all the resources go to Central Allocations and the small outlying areas are breaking down.  From the breakdown families are “reallocated” so that they can be more productive as a whole, thereby breaking families apart from everything they have ever known.  Erik gets mad about the reallocation of his family and decides to do something about it.  If only he could make enough money to challenge the Committee.  He comes up with a brilliant plan to slay the dragon, refurbish his town, and make enemies of the planets’ ruling body.  Will he be able to save his family or is everyone out to get him? 

Published in: on February 13, 2008 at 6:35 pm  Leave a Comment