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Very in Pieces (2015)
Megan Frazer Blakemore

A coming-of-age novel for young adults about a mathematically talented girl named Very Sayles-Woodruff who has trouble fitting in with her family of painters and poets. In one subplot, a teacher has put her in touch with an MIT professor about presenting one of her mathematical results at a conference called "Math Around U". Very also attempts to use the format of a high school geometric proof (listing propositions in one column and their justifications in another) to work out problems in her love life. This novel is not exactly my cup of tea. But, as Very's mother tells her at one point, art is not like math where there is a "right" and "wrong". So, perhaps it is yours. If so, please help me (and other site visitors like yourself) out by writing a positive review of this book and letting me post it here.

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Mathematical Content:
3/5 (1 votes)
Literary Quality:
3/5 (1 votes)

GenreChildren's Literature,
MotifProdigies, Female Mathematicians, Math Education,

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