Jordan and Justin are best friends and the only two kids in their class’s advanced math group. So it isn’t until Stephanie Lewis marches into their classroom that they meet someone who’s as good with numbers as they are. Their shared interest in math quickly draws them together, and the three soon form The Math Kids.
Unfortunately, life as math club kids isn’t always easy. In addition to extra homework, the three friends have two new problems. First, a string of mysterious burglaries has the whole neighborhood on edge, including their parents. Then, they manage to earn unwanted attention from Robbie, the class bully. Luckily, Jordan, Justin, and Stephanie soon learn that their new club may give them the skills they need to solve both problems.
I was completely swept into the tale. Intrigue, mystery, and the troubles that followed kept me reading. This was a fun way to teach math. I loved the book's layout and organized ways. Overall, this is a must read for all
If you have 6-9 year old kids who don't like math but enjoy reading, this book is for you. The math is perfect for this age group and can help younger kids learn advanced math ideas. It is a wonderful read for everyone in the family.
The Prime-Time Burglars was named one of the best new kids books of 2018 by Red Tricycle (http://redtri.com/best-new-kids-books-of-the-year/slide/1)
As a teacher, I have heard so many times that math isn’t fun. Many students can’t foresee what good it will ever be in their daily lives. Well, The Math Kids is a novel that will help readers see its value. The three characters learn that a math problem does not necessarily have just one solution and that there is often more than one way to solve a math problem.
This is a fun and insightful page-turner that captures the pleasure of discussing math and solving real-life math problems as a team.
The Math Kids was a very fun read! My 12 year old son and I read it together and we both enjoyed it very much. I love that this book took problem solving and social situations and combined them for an enjoyable and educational experience!
The Math Kids Club is back! After solving the case of the prime-time burglars, The Math Kids, Jordan, Justin, and Stephanie are ready to return to the original purpose of their club: solving math problems. And the district Math Olympics is the perfect opportunity to do just that. But before they can enter the competition, they need a fourth teammate. The Math Kids set their sights on Catherine Duchesne.
Even though Catherine has been quiet in class, she knows some really cool math tricks that are sure to help The Math Kids win the competition. But when Catherine doesn’t show up for school and Jordan, Justin, and Stephanie find out her father’s been kidnapped, the group springs into action to help their new friend.
A Sequence of Events was named one of the best new kids books of 2019.
"For any kid who loves math, buy this book. And any kid who doesn't? Buy it to show them math is fun!"
I love the explanations given for each math problem the children face. The chapter on how math is seen in art is wonderful and this is the best explanation I have ever seen for the Fibonacci sequence.
What I liked especially is the overwhelming joy and wonderment in numbers. The enticing problems are expanded and their solutions explained. I believe this book will appeal to all young people who like adventures.
This type of book is an absolute gem! As an educator I have to invest students in reading for fun and often children complain that they are logical, they prefer math or science, that they don't find fantasy interesting. A book like this that combines a realistic setting like a school, a clever mystery plot and a mathematical twist is bound to engage these students.
I wish I could read Math Kids again for the first time. This book was an absolute pleasure to read. Highly recommended for girls who love math, but often feel slighted. They will enjoy the new addition to the Math Kids, as Catherine and Stephanie have a delightful discussion on the issue.
Any kid (or adult) who loves math and logic will find extreme delight in this tale.
Highly Recommended rating from CM (a resource for librarians ).
I really enjoy the Math Kids novels. They are well-written and very interesting, and, additionally, the math problems are super interesting. While A Sequence of Events is a youth novel, the math puzzles are so interesting that I enjoy trying to figure them out, and, believe me, they are not necessarily easy. Who knew math could be so much fun and so helpful in finding solutions to common or not so common problems. A Sequence of Events is well-worth using in the classroom as a novel study or as an individual read, and the book would certainly be a good idea in a math class. Kids who enjoy math will love this one, and those who are not so sure about math are bound to find the puzzles and concepts very interesting.
The Math Kids are at it again! When their new friend, FBI Special Agent Carlson, asks them to take a look at a cryptic poem written by a dying bank robber, they know they will need all of their math skills to crack the case.
The poem isn't their only problem, though. Their favorite school janitor is fired for stealing from student lockers. The Math Kids know Old Mike would never do anything like that, but how can they prove it, especially with the new janitor watching their every move?
Jordan, Stephanie, Justin, and Catherine will need math, bravery, and a little bit of luck if they hope to solve the bank robbery case and get Old Mike his job back. Will they be able to figure out the unusual pattern in time?
The book was interesting and fun, I think it will be a great way to get non-math lovers into math, and show all the uses for it. I am a middle school math teacher, and I really love how this book shows how being good at something isn’t a bad thing. It also gives problems and allows the reader to try and solve them first. Cute book!!
An Unusual Pattern was named one of the best kids books of 2019!
Think Encyclopedia Brown meets STEM learning, your kids will have so much fun reading these adventures they won't even notice they're learning important math concepts!
I just love this series, and when I got the next book I had to read it at once. The book is very well written, and as always the plot, story and characters are great. It's also educational in more than just math, and with the illustrations it's perfect. I can't wait for the next one.
I am a math coach for a middle school in Florida. I also read the other Math Kids books. Again this was a cute, engaging story combining math and literacy. Perfect for middle school kids as well. Great illustrations, math that makes students think, and a story that kids are pulled into. Highly recommend this for the math classroom or just reading for fun.
I rather enjoyed reading this middle grade read. With two mysteries to solve it gave the math kids quite a lot of things to do, but it was never overwhelming or confusing. The kids heart really appears to be invested into solving the case of their favorite school janitor, which really makes you like them even more.
I can definitely recommend this book to middle grade readers and perhaps non middle grade readers who may just want to test their math knowledge a little. Not only does the story contain educational information, but it was an interesting, quick read that all can enjoy.
I have read the first two books and was all too excited to read this 3rd installment! Everything about it was mathematically wonderful. Sure, it is written for kids in grades 3 -6. But, if you are a math-loving adult, you just may like this one.
The plot, in Cole's typical style, consisted of math and inquisitive 4th-graders rolled into a smooth tale centered on an awesome concept - math rocks!
Each math kid is so real and memorable. In fact, Jordan reminds me of my 10 year-old. The Math Kids provided an entertaining glimpse of into the power of math to not only solve crimes, but also bond 4 unlikely friends.
I am highly anticipating Cole's 4th installment - An Encrypted Clue!!!!
Highly recommend for 4th and 5th graders, along with the Moms and Dads who adore them.
When Stephanie Lewis finds secret writing in the margin of an old book in the library, The Math Kids have a new puzzle to solve. But first, they'll have to learn about codes and ciphers and how they can use their math skills to solve them.
As one clue leads to another, the kids are drawn into the mysterious old house that overlooks the town. Is it really haunted like some of the townspeople say? And who is the man in the long beard who keeps showing up everywhere they go?
But that's not their only problem. Unless they can find a solution, the math competition they've been training so hard for will be cancelled.
Jordan, Stephanie, Justin, and Catherine will need to use all their problem-solving skills to figure out the clues before it's too late.
The Math Kids are at it again. This library is a wonderful place. You just never know what you will discover within those walls. Stephanie is reading a book and finds some secret writing within the margins of an old book. And that is all it takes! Codes, ciphers, and math! What more could you ask for? One clue leads to another and another, and before you know it The Math Kids are once again within their element and off to solve the mystery before it is too late. This is a great read, thoroughly enjoyable. I look forward to reading more about The Math Kids.
What a fun mystery series! A group of children dedicated to problem solving manage to find each other and solve mysteries within the town. Throughout the book, they have to rely upon each other's strengths to get to the bottom of the mystery. Students who love puzzles will enjoy both the mystery and the challenge problems posed throughout.
This was a really refreshing book that gave kids an exposure to codes and ciphers in a fun and easily accessible way. I definitely wish I had books like these when I was a kid!
I think it's also really great that it's able to show the fun in math to students who may not have been a fan of the subject in the past. It's fun, twisty, and very educational!
I love this series. As a middle school math coach, I find these books to be the perfect mix of math and reading. I love how students are learning about math in a real life situation and the stories make you feel like you’re not doing math. You feel like you’re a part of the story and helping solve the mysteries. I highly recommend this for any kid that loves to read or is interested in math. Even students not interested in math might feel a bit of engagement with the math after reading this series.
A smooth riddle centered story strongly backed by mathematics and science. An Encrypted Clue can conquer a reader’s attention even if they are not a huge fan of mathematics. The reader is awarded a chance to advance with the children and experience the amusing mission while getting to come across a bunch of useful information.
The book is indeed intriguing, and the best part is certainly the amount of knowledge that has been put under the veil of fiction. It is no doubt a wonderful way of letting kids learn effectively with fun. An appendix has been attached at the end of the book which comes with additional information and riddles. The story has been written in a manner that is capable of giving birth to fascination about science and mathematics in young children. To make things better, the piece comes with a wonderful lesson on humanity and selflessness.
I read this book with my 8-year-old son. He loves The Codebusters Club books, so was so excited about The Math Kids! We had a great time solving the codes together, and I love how it explained the specifics behind the ciphers and codes being used. We both loved the mystery element of the story and then it was great to have the appendix with more information and explanation at the end so that we could talk through the solutions together. We are going to get the first three books, these were just so fun!
Fifth grade could not be starting off any worse for the Math Kids. Jordan, Justin, Stephanie, and Catherine have been split up. The girls are in one class with most of the bullies, which is proving to be quite chaotic, while the boys are stuck with and their nemesis, Robbie Colson, and their new teacher, Mr. Miller, who has made it quite clear he doesn't like math. Separated like this, the kids worry this could be the end of their math club, and to complicate matters, there's something going on with Robbie. When Jordan witnesses a shouting match between Robbie and his dad after school, he begins to question the bully's history of injuries and wonders if Officer Colson might do more than yell.
People problems suddenly seem a lot more challenging than homework, but maybe with the right plan--and some math--the four Math Kids can find a way to deal with their classroom woes and make sure Robbie stays safe.
Everything changed the day Brian Bingham looked out the attic window and saw something that wouldn't happen for another week. Through a mysterious window no one else can see, Brian gains a portal into the future. But the future is not always something he wants to see.
Brian has enough troubles in the present without worrying about the future. His parents are constantly fighting, his grades are plummeting, and his new relationship with Charlotte, a girl way out of his league, is in jeopardy.
When the window reveals his best friend's brutal death, Brian's world is turned upside down. He must find a way to change the future...or die trying.
The attic had always creeped Brian Bingham out, but now at fourteen, he's too old to be afraid of shadows and dusty boxes. When a strange window appears, he discovers it's a portal to the future. A lot of the things he sees are mundane until he witnesses his best friend's horrifying death. Brian has to stop it. But can what he see through the window be changed or will it offer something much more terrifying?
This is a YA supernatural novel which begins on a fairly ordinary note. Brian is a typical teen, a little timid with the girls, but he has a good heart. It's a contemporary boy's life that is well written. Annoying little sister, cool best friend, parents in a failing marriage, and a new girlfriend. The window itself is a mystery. It appears one day when Brian is fetching a box of Christmas decorations. What he sees is fairly mundane. He finds himself spending more and more time in the attic watching his neighborhood. The window becomes something more when it shows him his friend's death and it snowballs after that. There is a creepy factor in that something so ordinary is something so sinister at the same time.
This remarkable novel had me hooked from the first page. It's not enough that Brian Bingham must simultaneously deal with his first love, his parent's dissolving marriage, and plummeting grades. A mysterious portal shows him a terrifying future.
Dave Cole deftly handles themes of family, friendship, and pre-destination vs self determination.
Fans of Before I Fall and A Prayer for Owen Meany will love this paranormal coming of age novel.
The Window is a novel about growing up and coming to terms with some of the greatest difficulties of life. The protagonist is a teenage boy named Brian who has a lot going on in his life. He’s trying to navigate his first year of high school, which means struggles with grades and figuring out what it means to be in a relationship with his first love, Charlotte. He also has to deal with his parents and their near-constant arguments.
That would be a lot for any teenager to handle. Unfortunately for Brian, he has something supernatural happening in his attic in the form of a mysterious window that predicts the future. After seeing his best friend die in that window, he becomes obsessed. Is the accident inevitable? Can he possibly stop it from happening?
The themes of love, loss, family, and friendship in this novel will surely resonate with young readers who are also learning to cope with these issues in their own lives.
Dave Cole's creepy paranormal book is perfect for young adult boys, but girls will enjoy it too. As a retired teacher who's read countless books aloud to elementary-aged kids, I know a winner when I see one, and this book is a winner.
The Window grabbed me with the first two lines: "I was fifteen when I saw my best friend die. Although if I think about it, I was fourteen when I saw him die the first time." I flew through this coming-of-age novel with its unnerving supernatural twist. Fifteen-year-old Brian Bingham is confronted with more than the death of his best friend JK during the worst year of his life: his grades are tanking, his parents are warring, and he is falling in love for the first time. The prospect of someone as clumsy and insecure as him asking someone as confident and beautiful as Charlotte out on a date is terrifying to Brian. But with JK as his enthusiastic wingman, he has no choice but to plunge in.
Dave's prose flowed as I read, his words carrying me from page to page. The characters, their challenges, and the setting have an immediacy and authenticity that I appreciated. Dave has a knack for blending expository information into the narrative seamlessly. The story has a timeless quality about it: It could take place today, years ago, or in the near future.
I don't care how old you are, the sight of a mysterious window where no window exists is irresistible. I'd look through it; wouldn't you? Unfortunately, as we story lovers know, knowledge of the hidden, the inexplicable, and the compelling usually extracts a cost. Is the tragedy unfolding predestined or can Brian change the future? Only time will tell.
Young adult fiction is typically written for readers 12 to 18 years old, but I would recommend this book for avid readers as young as 10 and to the many adults who enjoy this genre. Choosing a book for boys to read is often challenging, but boys will connect with the contemporary issues in The Window.
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