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The Book of Perfectly Perilous Mathby Sean Connolly
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Math rocks! At least it does in the gifted hands of Sean Connolly, who blends middle school math with fantasy to create an exciting adventure in problem-solving. These word problems are perilous, do-or-die scenarios of blood-sucking vampires (How many months would it take a single vampire to completely take over a town of 500,000 people?), or a rowboat of 5 shipwrecked sailors with a single barrel of freshwater (How much can they drink, and for how long, before they go mad from thirst???). Each problem requires readers to dig deep into the tools they’re learning in school to figure out how to survive.
Kids will love solving these problems. Sean Connolly knows how to make tough subjects exciting and he brings that same intuitive understanding of what inspires and challenges kids’ curiosity to the 24 problems in The Book of Perfectly Perilous Math. These problems are as fun to read as they are challenging to solve. They test readers on fractions, algebra, geometry, probability, expressions and equations, and more.
Use geometry to fill in for the ship’s navigator and make it safely to the New World. Escape an evil Duke’s executioner by picking the right door—probability will save your neck.
"Using a Mission Impossible — style formula, Connolly, the author of The Book of Totally Irresponsible Science and The Book of Potentially Catastrophic Science, presents 24 beyond-the-classroom scenarios that require the use of fractions, ratios, geometry, and more. Challenges include surviving the first day as an editorial assistant at Catwalk magazine by buying enough pizza for hungry fashion bigwigs, administering the correct amount of antivenin serum to an unconscious scientist who has been bitten by a spider, and determining whether a pyramid scheme will be financially beneficial. Each problem includes 'Survival strategies' or math operations needed to solve the dilemma, a blank worksheet, a step-by-step solution, and a 'math lab' featuring hands-on experiments and activities that elaborate on the concepts introduced. A quirky diversion for the math-minded. Ages 9 — up." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
About the Author
Sean Connolly has written more than 50 books for children and adults. A father of three, he's ideally suited to explain the nuts and bolts of these fantastic experiments.
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