Synopses & Reviews
Ella has two major phobias in life: spiders and mathematics. She firmly believes that anything with more than four legs should not exist. She also believes the world would be a better place without word problems or long division. That being said, shes fascinated by science. So when her class finds a dead opossum in the playing field one morning, shes intrigued by rigor mortis and how long it will take for the opossum to unstiffen. Science is so
much more interesting than math.
Later that day, Ella is certain she must have heard wrong when her teacher announces that there will be no more math tests for the rest of the year. And she isnt wrongit is too good to be true. Her teacher explains that instead, the class will be having its first ever math fair. Ellas group is assigned the topic of time conversions, something Ellas been struggling with for a while. This is hardly Ellas idea of fun. But Ellas mom is quick to point out that math and science arent so very differentshe suggests that Ella imagine shes doing a science experiment instead of a math project. With a little imagination and some inspiration from their friend the opossum (now named Morty, short for rigor mortis), Ella and her group come up with a project that gets them excited about mathand they might even have a chance to win at the fair!
The world would be a better place without math or messy roommates. At least, thats what Ella Hunter believes. Life is about keeping order and avoiding long division, fractions, or really anything with an equal sign.
As the end of the school year approaches, the fifth-grade teachers at Victor Waldo Elementary conclude theres not enough time to complete a new math unit before summer break. Great news for math-phobic Ella, right?
Wrong! The teachers decide instead to have their students host the first-ever Math Fair. And the fair project is worth two major math grades.
Add in one dead possum plus two horrible roommates who come to stay while their house is being renovated, and you have an equation for disaster. Ella is headed for summer school and math tutoring for sure. Can she stop her troubles from multiplying before its too late?
About the Author
has a background in math education and is passionate about keeping math fun for kids. She is the author of Whole-y Cow!: Fractions Are Fun