Contributed by
David Allan
In this story, Julie falls asleep on her algebra book after
spending a few frustrating minutes trying to finish her homework. An
imaginary number comes to visit her in her room, and transports her
to the
land of Mathematics. There, she befriends a gebra who helps her
through some
adventures until she is finally able to return. It's the Wizard of
Oz +
Through the Looking Glass + lots of mathematical wordplay and fun.
Ms.
Isdell began this book when she was in eighth grade. I believe she
is now a
college student. She has also written a chemical sequel, The Chemy
Called
Al.
It's been a little while since I read it, and keeping in
mind that
it's a first novel, written by a kid:
For math content, I'll give it a 4.
For literary quality, I'll also give it a 4.
But, I'd include a note that suggests an audience in grade 68 or
so,
someone with some algebraic concepts under his belt.
By the way, the one review on Amazon.com is mine.
You can
read how I felt about the book shortly after reading it with my
son.
