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Do the Math: Secrets, Lies, and Algebra

by Wendy Lichtman

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I liked the math. It was very cleverly embedded in the story. The suicide subplot would be a problem. ( )
  librarian1204 | Apr 26, 2013 |
Enjoyable, but flawed in tone, Secrets, Lies, and Algebra swings between a typical school story and a sort-of murder mystery.

Tess has always thought the two things she could count on the most were her mother and math, but 8th grade means Algebra where the answers aren't always firm. Not only that, her mom suspects a colleague of murder and won't tell the police. To top everything off, Tess is the only one who knows that the cutest boy in the 8th grade cheated on the Constitution test. Tess has always used math concepts, plus her friends Sammy and Miranda, to help her navigate her world, but will they be enough to guide her now?

The basic concept of a girl who sees the world in terms of math concepts is really well executed by Lichtman, but the plot tries to get too much done here. It's not structured like a mystery so the possible murder storyline feels sort of awkward and doesn't mesh well with the more typical school story revolving around the cheating. The whole thing swings back and forth in mood, but as this is the first in the series hopefully the tone will settle a bit in future outings. ( )
  JenJ. | Mar 31, 2013 |
Do the Math: Secrets, Lies, and Algebra by Wendy Lichtman is entertaining and informative. If you're looking for a book that's hard to put down, then look no further. It's obvious that Lichtman is writing for students who are at least in middle school. Lichtman ties the math facts about things such as parallel lines, imaginary numbers, and extraneous solutions into a story about the death of the protagonist's mother's boss's wife. Math enthusiasts, like me, find pleasure in the accurate presentation of math concepts and the application of math ideas to relationships and life in general. In my opinion, people who don't enjoy math, might be surprised to find themselves taking pleasure in a book in which math ideas are explained. Lichtman accomplishes the goal of teachers of adolescants: to trick students into learning and enjoying learning using an engaging activity. ( )
  Kdinwiddie | Feb 13, 2013 |
the book is narroted and about a 8th grade algrbra student named tess. she embarst on many mystories in the book. there is a mystreious suicide that here mother was one of the people that heard the husbend talking crazy. the said thing like if she was going to kill herself than why would her feet be cooled. the friendships are tested in this book on one sharing secets about the mystorie. the end is that the husbend never killed him.
this book is great for math lovers and readers. it for the grades of 4th-9th. this book is great because it has great word choice and it teaches sum algbratice problems. the athour had a great idea and should keep this series going. that is what im think about this book ( )
  mekennahooper | Mar 29, 2012 |
the book is narroted and about a 8th grade algrbra student named tess. she embarst on many mystories in the book. there is a mystreious suicide that here mother was one of the people that heard the husbend talking crazy. the said thing like if she was going to kill herself than why would her feet be cooled. the friendships are tested in this book on one sharing secets about the mystorie. the end is that the husbend never killed him.
this book is great for math lovers and readers. it for the grades of 4th-9th. this book is great because it has great word choice and it teaches sum algbratice problems. the athour had a great idea and should keep this series going. that is what im think about this book. ( )
  mekenna.hooper | Mar 22, 2011 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0061229571, Paperback)

Tess loves math because it's the one subject she can trust—there's always just one right answer, and it never changes. But then she starts algebra and is introduced to those pesky and mysterious variables, which seem to be everywhere in eighth grade. When even your friends and parents can be variables, how in the world do you find out the right answers to the really important questions, like what to do about a boy you like or whom to tell when someone's done something really bad?

Will Tess's life ever stop changing long enough for her to figure it all out?

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Tess has always loved math, and she uses mathematical concepts to help her understand things in her life, so she is dismayed to find out how much math--and life--can change in eighth grade.

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