- Reading level: 11 - 14 years
- Paperback: 432 pages
- Publisher: Plume; Reprint edition (28 June 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9780452297197
- ISBN-13: 978-0452297197
- ASIN: 0452297192
- Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.2 x 22.9 cm
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- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #79,367 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"A cross between a math class and a slumber party, and a perky, self-affirming slumber party at that: interspersed among the math are anecdotes about boys and testimonials about struggles and triumphs with math... McKellar exhorts her readers to be smart and confident... I found myself wishing that Ms. McKellar, who makes math relevant without dumbing it down, would cover the rest of the high school math curriculum."—Kenneth Chang, The New York Times
"A must-have for any teen or tween girl who feels nervous about algebra class this year."—The Washington Post
"McKellar... may well have done more to encourage girls to stick with math than any government task force... the wildly enthusiastic response [her books] have received speaks to the effect that can be achieved by reworking the contents of standard math and science problems and countering the perception that boys won't like girls who are smart."—Eileen Pollack, The New York Times
"As far as math goes, McKellar knows her stuff... Facing down a 432-page book devoted to algebra could give even math whizzes pause, but McKellar makes it work, taking the textbook-meets-Seventeen approach by mixing the explanations and equations with boy talk, quizzes, and testimonials from successful women. While a tutor might use this title as a teaching aid, teen girls will want to explore iton their own. Navigation is easy; students are encouraged to hop from chapter to chapter as their homework demands. The breakdown of equations is effective and certainly unconventional—explaining functions in terms of sausage factories, for example, or exponents in terms of whip-bearing female executives (makes sense in the book, promise)—and while McKellar keeps her focus on how to solve math problems, her approach is both readable and even entertaining."—Courtney Jones, Booklist
About the Author
Danica McKellar is a New York Times bestselling author of groundbreaking math books, including Math Doesn't Suck: How to Survive Middle School Math, Girls Get Curves: Geometry Takes Shape, Kiss My Math: Showing Pre-Algebra Who's Boss, Hot X: Algebra Exposed!, and the Goodnight, Numbers series of children's books, and is a summa cum laude graduate of UCLA with a degree in mathematics. She is also well known for her acting roles on The Wonder Years, The West Wing, and multiple Hallmark Channel movies, and as a quarterfinalist on Dancing with the Stars. She lives with her family in Los Angeles.
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Last year, I taught Algebra out of the textbook. It is an excellent textbook... If the reader already has familiarity with the subject. This year, I downgraded the textbook's position, it is no longer the backbone. I use this book as the roadmap for my class. The information is presented in a logical manner without a bunch of irrelevant things mixed in. It makes sense. I write my lectures from it, creating "gender balanced" examples. Our boys don't care about broken nails, we're lucky if we can get them to stop hunting long enough to sit in math class. Throw out a few examples about trajectory and speed of a round, and they perk right up...
Yes, it is more work to teach this way. No, it is not prepackaged with tons of examples for classwork. However, am I more successful as a teacher in conveying the information in an comperhensible interesting manner? You bet! Does it keep the pace of the class moving? Yep! Two reasons -- The students actually "get" the math, and it is more logical in the presentation order.
One year ago, I had a 10-year-old daughter who was frustrated to tears with mathematics, no matter how we tried to demonstrate and explain the reasoning behind it. Her school math grade was miserable, and she felt miserable, too. I remembered hearing about Danica's books on NPR, and had previewed them on Amazon.com. It was time to bring out the big guns.
Within one day of receiving the first book, our daughter was engaged and excited about learning, and DEMANDED more books.Today, one year later, school work is tear-free, and math is her #1 subject with a straight A record.
Danica has a mysterious way of explaining things to girls that just makes sense and sticks with them. There is something magical in these pages. We absolutely recommend all of Danica McKellar's books!
I know these books are meant for girls. But seriously, my boys will be using them also when they across trouble.
The strength of the book is also its weakness. While explaining math in everyday language, it is not particularly helpful as a stand-alone text because math is best learned by doing. It is clearly not intended to be a stand-alone text, of course. But for those not currently taking a math class, it will be necessary to find a book of exercises. For that purpose, and for self-study, "The Humongous Book of Algebra Problems" by W. Michael Kelley may prove useful.
I've still given it four stars because the book clearly is helping people to learn algebra. As a self-study tool, however, take into consideration whether the person studying math may need other books and whether the writing style is appropriate to the student.