a list compiled by Alex Kasman (College of Charleston)
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
land of Mathematics. There, she befriends a gebra who helps her
adventures until she is finally able to return. It's the Wizard of
Through the Looking Glass + lots of mathematical wordplay and fun.
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
It's been a little while since I read it, and keeping in
it's a first novel, written by a kid:
For math content, I'll give it a 4.
But, I'd include a note that suggests an audience in grade 6-8 or
someone with some algebraic concepts under his belt.
For literary quality, I'll also give it a 4.
By the way, the one review on Amazon.com is mine.
read how I felt about the book shortly after reading it with my
There were a lot of scientific terms
used that led to a little confusion if
the students aren't old enough to
understand the Periodic Table, but my
gifted students do very well with it.
this book [expletive deleted] its so borrrrring! i have to read it in
class and im having trouble gettign past the first couple pages i mean who
teh [sic] [expletive deleted] could right [sic] THIS bad... it sounds liek [sic] she was trying to use as
many impressive big words as she knew to impress people it didnt run well
and u could tell it was written by sum1 in 8th grade. you ask y i dont have
a book publsihed? im working on a poetry book that hopefully people will eb [sic]
able to at least finish. And i doubt it gets better as i get farther into
teh book because nobody ive talked to has sed it was worth the time to read
it. Sorry to disappoint u but u ahev NO tallent [sic] wut so ever
[I assume that last comment was directed at the author of the
DId I like the book? NO. But my son and his friends ages 9-11 love it. I guess that's what it's all about.
The first seven chapeters are a really slow read, but chapeters 8 and 9 pick it up a little and helped me complete it!
VIolist Numbah One!|
this book is okay...i think it cud be a littl better though...
It was a good book! I'm gunna use it 4 my school project.
best book ever!!!!!!!!!
i really thought that the book was boring. it seemed like a nice children's book, but there was no action and there were many confusing words.
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