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Annika Riz, Math Whiz (Franklin School Friends) (2014)
Claudia Mills

Contributed by Alejandro Bustos

Recently I have been looking for math books for my young children when I came across Annika Riz, Math Whiz by Claudia Mills. I checked the archives of your site and it appears that this book is not on your list. This book is geared for children aged 7 to 8 years old, and while there is not a lot of math (the story contains more sudoku puzzles than math problems), I would suggest including it in your list for the following reasons:

  • It tells the story of a young girl in Grade 3 who loves math;
  • There are references to fractions and decimals and how they can be interchanged;
  • There are some fun math facts at the end of the book, e.g. a number is divisible by 3 if the sum of its digits is divisible by 3.
Keep up the great work as your fantastic site has fans around the world like me.

Annika's parents are both also shown to be interested in math (her father being a math teacher and her mother being an accountant who does taxes) and her pet dog is named Prime, so they have an entirely mathematical household.

Thanks to Alejandro Bustos of Ottawa for bringing this book to my attention.

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Ratings for Annika Riz, Math Whiz (Franklin School Friends):
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Mathematical Content:
3/5 (1 votes)
Literary Quality:
3/5 (1 votes)

GenreChildren's Literature,
MotifMath Education,
TopicReal Mathematics,

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Exciting News: The 1,600th entry was recently added to this database of mathematical fiction! Also, for those of you interested in non-fictional math books let me (shamelessly) plug the recent release of the second edition of my soliton theory textbook.

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