MATHEMATICAL FICTION:

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Saraswati's Way (1978)
Monika Schroder
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Contributed by Vijay Fafat

This is a novel written for very young adults (age 10 or so). Chronicles a mathematically gifted young boy's search for resources and a tutor from whom he can learn more mathematics than his local teachers and books could teach him. The journey is difficult because the boy, Akash, is from extremely poor roots and a village where the best local teacher's math knowledge stops at grade 10. The story is meant to inspire young children to overcome difficulties life places in your path and as such, could have worked equally well if the boy, instead of being mathematically gifted, were inclined to music, say. Math itself is not of any central focus to the story, though Akash does tell his friends about factoring, triangular numbers and patterns in number-sequences.

"Saraswati" in the title refers to the Hindu Goddess of Learning.

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Categories:
GenreChildren's Literature,
MotifMath Education,
Topic
MediumNovels,

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