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The Math Kids

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The book was interesting and fun, I think it will be a great way to get non-math lovers into math, and show all the uses for it.  I am a middle school math teacher, and I really love how this book shows how being good at something isn’t a bad thing. It also gives problems and allows the reader to try and solve them first. Cute book!!
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Special thanks to Netgalley for giving me an advanced copy of this book.

I enjoyed reading this “The Math Kids: The Prime Time Burglars” by David Cole. It is cute, knowledgeable and has so many puzzles to keep you interested. Personally, I love Math and solving logical puzzles, so I thought the author did a great job in incorporating it in the plot. The puzzles are also not very easy, and promote younger readers to challenge themselves to solve it. It would take even adults a few minutes to find out what the easiest solution to the problems is. At first, I thought that the story will only be about the group solving math problems in class. But, the story became interesting when they actually use their skills to eventually even solve a robbery that is happening in their town. The author also provides examples and explanations to similar problems at the end of the book, along with a brief history about them.

The characters are likable and have their own unique personalities, but they all share their love for Math. I think this is a great start to the series and can see so much potential in it becoming great! Moreover, I personally liked Stephanie she followed her goals and did everything with a passion. I also loved how she explains the math involved when playing a game of soccer. Personally, I never expected this book to be entertaining and educational. I would definitely recommend this series to anyone who loves to solve puzzles or just like Math.

Overall, “The Math Kids: The Prime Time Burglars” was a quick, fun read and I would rate it 5/5 stars. I am definitely interested in picking up the next book in the series to find out how the kids solve a kidnapping in “The Math Kids: A Sequence of Events”!
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A fun, quick read that shows kids practical applications for math and logic. The illustrations depict a diverse cast of characters, and the friendships between the Math Kids are enjoyable. 

I must admit to being confused by the narrator’s belief that, once the local rash of burglaries was solved, his family could go back to leaving his house unlocked all the time. If everyone in town had the same relaxed approach to home security, I think we’ve figured out why all those burglaries happened in the first place. 

Overall, The Math Kids is a breezy mystery for young readers that might appeal to fans of math and logic puzzles. For those readers who aren’t big math fans, this book could be used to show them a more fun side to math. (Either way, please let kids know how important it is to keep your doors locked at all times.) I’ll be checking out the next book in this series.

3.5 stars

My thanks to Common Deer Press and NetGalley for providing a free copy in exchange or an honest review.
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This book reminded me a little bit of Math Smart, which I really loved reading when I was a kid. It was fun and informative. I loved it.
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I received an Advanced Reader's Copy (ARC) of this novel courtesy of Common Deer Press via Net Galley

Release Date:  December 3rd, 2018

Publisher: Common Deer Press

Genre: Middle Grade, Mystery & Thrillers

Rating: 3 / 5

Story line:

Jordan and Justin have always loved math, and are the only two in the advanced math group...until Stephanie moves into town and changes everything.  Stephanie is confident in her math skills and isn't afraid to show it.  Her abilities eventually lead to the three kids starting their own group the "Math Kids" where they solve fun and interesting math problems.  While this is happening, a string of burglaries are occurring in their town.  After a few successful Math Kids meetings, they decide to solve the burglaries themselves using their knowledge of prime numbers and patterns.  

The Good:

This was a fun read and would have had me excited to continue learning math as a kid.  I always loved puzzles of all kinds growing up, but didn't connect them to math skills until I was a bit older.  This book has the chance to show kids that math has many applications in "real life" and makes it fun.  We only learn about the characters on a surface level, but it was enough to get a grasp of who they were as individuals and how they function as a group.  Including the chance for readers to solve the math/logic problems throughout the book was also a fun addition.

The Bad:

It read at an appropriate middle grade level, but some more character development could have added a stronger connection between reader and character.  Told from Jordan's point of view, we learn more about his home life and family, but only some surface level information on Justin and Stephanie.  However, as a first book in the series, it developed enough for a first book and left room for more character development in further books.

Bottom Line:

A fun read for all ages that explores a mystery and the many applications of math outside of the classroom.
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I love all things math ! 

Jordan tells the story of how the math kids club was born. Born on the day the new girl, Stephanie arrived, they set out to solve puzzles and all types of math problems With one win and one loss, the kids set out to solve something bigger: a string of neighborhood burglaries. 

This is an excellent book for kids (and adults) who enjoy the Book Scavenger series and Mr. Lemoncello's Library series. 

Highly recommended to elementary school, middle school, and public libraries.
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What initially intrigued me into reading this book was its goal of uniting reading for pleasure and math, two things that normally are talked about in isolation. THE MATH KIDS is a short children’s book that follows 3 4th grade students in their quest to catch their town’s burglars. Along the way, they solve various math and logic problems and invite the reader to solve the problems alongside them. I definitely enjoyed solving the problems and wish the book had more solveable problems as the book progressed. They were the most unique, and arguably, my favorite part of the book. There were really only 2 problems to solve and they both occurred in the first half of the book.  The storyline wasn’t very belieable, which I took a little bit of an issue to since this book is marketed for middle grades. I think elementary-aged kids would have no problems with the story telling, but I found the story to be lackluster for older children. I’m not sure if this book was released for anything besides e-readers, but my copy had many formatting errors. I know this was a ARC, but the formatting errors mainly occurred whenever a math problem was being introduced and it took me several minutes to figure out what was going on because numbers/words were all over the place. The bridge problem was something I almost had to entirely skip over because of the lack of good graphics to explain it. Overall, it was a great concept of a book. I’d like to see more math problems embedded in the next one!
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Jordan and Justin love math.  When a confident new fourth grader enters their class and challenges the math abilities of even their teacher, they have to form a Math Club.  Soon, real life supplies the problems they will need to solve.  Then the challenge.  Can they use logic and patterns to solve a string of burglaries while avoiding bullies, getting through an increased amount of math homework, and get their classmates on their side?

As a fourth grade teacher I am excited for school to start again and to use this book as a read aloud for problem solving in my class.  We often do escape rooms and competitions in math and the variety of problem solving opportunities, open ended problems, impossible problems, math vocabulary, and cause and effect activities running through my brain are constantly increasing.  

OK getting away from the math nerd and teacher in me, the characters are likable and real,  The situations are engaging.  There was age appropriate humor that wasn't condescending for children.  I look forward to the next book in the series.
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I can confidently say I like math. But then I have to add a disclaimer that I like math the way some people who like singing are not always good singers. Jordan, Justin and Stephanie can probably run circles around me.

This is a puzzle-oriented book and I handle it the way I usually do puzzles, that is skip right to the answer and marvel at how clever it is. The puzzles here are tricky enough to be a challenge even for adults.

Story-wise, it is expected that the scenes are mostly a set-up for the math problems. Take out the math and we are left with exceptionally smart and brave kids who have to deal with bullies and homework on top of catching neighborhood criminals. There's also that bit about friendship and teamwork.

The Math Kids is a fun way to interest children, and maybe adult too, in math. I especially like the part where it teaches you to look at numbers and problems in a different way. That's a super useful message to remember when dealing with whatever life throws at you.


I received a copy of The Math Kids: The Prime-Time Burglars from Common Deer Press via NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review. 

New Math
Tom Lehrer
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The Math Kids is a book about a group of friends that form a Math Club and use it to solve complicated problems. The book is fairly short, at about 120 pages, so it is great for a middle grade reader, but it is also engaging. The book takes the problems that The Math Kids are trying to solve and opens it up for the reader to try to solve them first. My review/ebook copy had the images, solutions and explanations in the back of the book, the finalized copy might have these closer to the chapters they fall in, but either way I found it to be a great addition. 

There are three characters that you follow, none are really fleshed out but they are all very different so I think that a variety of readers will enjoy the characters and the book, especially if they have a love of math. 

The book was interesting and fun, I think it will be a great way to get non-math lovers into math, and show all the uses for it. They helped a sister with a seating problem, helped solve a crime, and got a pizza party for the class all using math. This will be a fun series I think.
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This was a fun children's book!  I love that it revolves around math problems and that the kids create their own math club.  It's great when kids can see that being smart at math or science, or whatever it is they are good at, isn't a bad thing.  It's a great thing!  I plan on purchasing this for my son so that he can read it.  I really think he would love it and he is also great at math.

Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for an advanced copy to review!
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If you have an 6-9 year old kids who doesn't like make but might enjoy reading this book is for you.  The Math kids follows two best friends as they solve crimes using math.  The math is perfect for the age group that will be reading this book and can help younger kids learn advance math ideas too.

The lessons are short and to the point keeping kids engaged in the story but working on math problems too.

Its a wonderful read for everyone in the family.

Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher Common Deer Press for the Advance copy of David Dole The Math Kids.
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A good fit for pre-teens who like adventure books, spy thrillers and puzzles. Thoroughly enjoyable for parents and children alike.
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Fourth-graders Jordan, Justin and Stephanie form a math club to share their common interest.  Strong teamwork gives them the courage to tackle even bigger problems: stopping a crime spree in their town and defusing the school bullies along the way.  This is a fun and insightful page-turner that captures the pleasure of discussing math and solving real-life math problems as a team.
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This book is the story of Jordan, Justin and Stephanie. The Math Kids. They form a group to solve different math problems. Little do they know they can use math to solve a mystery. There are houses being robbed and it is up to the Math Kids to solve who is doing it. Between getting bullied by Robbie and his friends, the teacher Mrs. Gouche piling on the homework and just being children they have their hands full. It is a delightful story of friendship and logic solving. I really think it is for older middle school children as the math was a little complicated. I am looking forward to more adventures with the Math Kids.
I recieved this book in exchange for my honest opinion.
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This was a great story about three kids, Jessica, Justin & Jordan who start a maths club, and end up solving the neighbourhood burglaries all through the use of maths.

I liked that this book is about the un-sporty kids, the "smart kids", and how they all came together as friends through a love of maths. 

The actually story, is, in my opinion, probably best suited for the younger end of middle grade readers (8-10 years), however the actual maths concepts might be difficult for some children to grasp, especially those that are not math inclined.  But what is positive about that is that it suggests that sometimes we need to look at a problem in a different way to get the answer (including math problems), and will open up some kids who are not great at maths to appreciate that we don't all learn math the same way.  (I know for myself I could never understand math the way they taught it at school, and still don't understand how they teach it today - nor does my 8 year old son - but I ended up being pretty good at math - if I must say so myself - by looking at it in a way that made sense to me - and my son gets it when he looks at it differently too).

Anyway, I have digressed from the story, I would recommend this book for middle grade readers.  It is not super "smart", so it won't frighten off the kids, and it does have some great math questions for kids to figure out if they want the challenge.

There is an explanation of math at the end of the book, which to be honest, was waaaay to complex for my old brain and really probably more so - not interesting to me, so I skipped it, but it is a good lesson and would of great benefit those who want to learn more.
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4 stars
This was a good read about a group of 3 kids who are enthusiastic about math and form a math club.  They apply math to various problems showing young readers how math can be applied to everyday problems.  The biggest, and most interesting, problem that the kids apply logic against is the burglaries that are occurring in their neighborhood.  The police believe them to be random but their able to develop a logic to identify the next house.
The story is a lot of fun and the book isn’t just about math but real world issues they need to cope with including bullies, parents and siblings.  
Would recommend to pre-teen age readers.
Thank you NetGalley and publisher, Common Deer Press, for the opportunity to read this ARC.
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The Math Kids by David Cole was a very fun read! My 12 year old son and I read it together and we both enjoyed it very much. I am not a math girl but he is very much a math boy! I love that this book took problem solving and social situations and combined them for an enjoyable and educational experience! We both look forward to the second book in the series!

Special thanks to Netgalley, David Cole and Common Deer Press for an opportunity to read and review this book.
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Thank you to NetGalley and Common Deer Press, I received an eARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.

This book is about a group of 3 kids, Justin, Jordan and Stephanie who all love math. They form a math club, The Math Kids, after all being in the same math group in school. This books follows them as they solve math problems, both in class and  outside of school, all while dealing with bullies, Ryan, Bill, and Bryce tormenting them along the way. 

I enjoyed this book. I don't really like math, but I did like how it was incorporated into the story. There are two problems outside of class given to the children, one by Jordan's sister and one by their teacher, that we as readers are given a chance to do ourselves. Before the solution there is a box, telling you to stop and see if you can do the problem yourself before reading how the kids' do it. I think that was a really nice edition to the book. Along with that there is also a section in the back of the book that tells you all about the maths done in the book. I think children, whether or not they like math, will find this a fun read. 

I'm also intrigued to read the second book that comes out in 2019, which is also mentioned in the back of the book.
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