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The Math Kids

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I liked it, my son didn't.

I picked this one for my son to read, but read it as well. I thought it was a cute tale, and thought he would like it because of his love of math, but he just didn't get into it. That says more about him than the book, though; if one likes puzzles and light mystery while reading, it's good for that.
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This type of book is an absolute gem! Thank you so much net galley for introducing me to this series. As an educator I have to invest students in reading for fun and often children complain that they are logical, they prefer maths or science, that they don't find fantasy interesting. A book like this that combines a realistic setting like a school, a clever mystery plot and a mathematical twist is bound to engage these students. I know it seems an odd positive point but I also appreciated the use of the profession of physiotherapist in the book. Introducing children to careers they may not come across in everyday life is a great way to guide their aspirations, and give them a broader spectrum of vocations to consider as they grow up.
My one small criticism is that despite the cover illustrations the children's names aren't very diverse. It feels as if the illustration is merely there as an after thought to make the book seem more diverse than it is. With 4, intelligent, young protagonists available I wish atleast one was obviously from a minority background.
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I wish I could read this book again for the first time. I have read the first two books and was all too excited to read this 3rd installment! Everything about it was mathematically wonderful.

Sure, it is written for kids in grades 3 -6. But, if you are a math-loving adult, you just may like this one.

The plot, in Cole's typical style, consisted of math and inquisitive 4th-graders rolled into a smooth tale centered on an awesome concept - math rocks!

Each math kid is so real and memorable. In fact, Jordan reminds me of my 10 year-old.

The Math Kids provided an entertaining glimpse of into the power of math to not only solve crimes, but also bond 4 unlikely friends. 

I am highly anticipated Cole's 4th installment - An Encrypted Clue!!!!

Highly recommend for 4th and 5th graders, along with the Moms and Dads who adore them..
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The Math Kids have a new task in front of them, thanks to their new friend Agent Carlson. A dying bank robber wrote a poem giving information for locating the second bank robber. However, there is just one problem with this poem. No one seems to be able to solve it. Enter The Math Kids. But this is not the only thing they have to focus on. Their friend, Old Mike, who is the janitor at their school is let go because it appears that he has been stealing. Determined to save their friend and to help Agent Carlson to find the missing bank robber and money, Jordan, Stephanie, Justin and Catherine set out to use their math skills to save the day.

This book not only offers a great opportunity to reinforce the importance of math, it also shows that there is a fun side to using it. The book moves along a good pace, and although it may be a bit simplistic for some readers, it is still a great read. Contained within the book are cute illustrations, as well as information how to solve some math problems. Overall, I believe this is a darling book for younger kids and a great addition to a school library. Thank you to Common Dear Press, David Cole and NetGalley for the opportunity to review this book. All opinions expressed here are my own.
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Four 4th graders make up the Math Kids club. In this book they have to solve two mysteries using their math skills and logic.
I think kids in this age group (middle grade) will enjoy reading about the characters and the story. What I liked: The Math Kids were respectful to each other and adults; they weren’t brainiacs who were able to solve the problems immediately – they had to do some thinking; the book had positive messages; no bad language; the appendix included doable science experiments and bonus information for the curious.
This author and series are new to me. I loved it so much, I will find the first two books in the series and read them. 
Thank you #NetGalley #TheMathKids #CommonDeerPress for an advanced copy.
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An interesting way to work out real life problems - use math. People often think that the maths they learnt at school is never used again, but we use it in everyday life, we just word it differently, as the Math kids show.
Loved it.

I received a free advance review copy.  This review is voluntary, honest and my own opinion.
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I have a young nephew who doesn’t like to read. In fact, he runs away from me when I say the word ‘book.’ The other day I had the Netgalley site open when he peered over and saw this book. He quickly looked at what it was about and said it looked interesting and told me I needed to read it and tell him if it was good. So, I did and I am very thankful that I can tell him that it was good.

I rather enjoyed reading this middle grade read. With two mysteries to solve it gave the math kids quite a lot of things to do, but it was never overwhelming or confusing. At the beginning, Special Agent Carlson provided them with a brief description of a cold case and the poem he was hoping they could decipher. Although one might think the FBI cold case would be the main one the kids would be interested in figuring out, the kids heart really appears to be invested into solving the case of their favorite school janitor, which really makes you like them even more. 

I was surprised at how entertaining the solving of the cases were. With the school janitor case, they need to figure out how someone might have discovered the locker combinations. I’ll be honest, I’ve never given it any thought to how the locker combinations of my middle school or high school were changed each year. All I knew is that I felt sorry for whomever it was that had to do all of them. I also don’t know if the method described in the book of how they assign locker combinations is true, but it was interesting to go through the process with the kids. 

What also interested me was the moral dilemma of how to get a fellow student to confess to something that they had done wrong. They weren’t into completely destroying the individual, but did want to see justice done – and wanted to get janitor Mike back at school. In this day and age where online bullying is far too common, I really appreciated the author showing kids who might read the book a level of empathy and mercy in how fellow students can be treated. 

Another great aspect of the book is how at the end of some of the chapters, the author provides science or math related puzzles to think on that are later explained in the Appendix section. This section also includes additional information for certain things that were mentioned in the book that is non-science or math related. In this case, the 7 Wonders of the World had been mentioned and the author provides a little information on each one.

I can definitely recommend this book to middle grade readers and perhaps non middle grade readers who may just want to test their math knowledge a little. Not only does the story contain educational information, but it was an interesting, quick read that all can enjoy.

Rating: 5 stars

Thank you to Netgalley and Common Deer Press for the advanced reader copy and opportunity to provide an honest review.
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The third in a series of books, and whilst reading the others would definitely help you know the characters & why they are friends with the FBI, it does stand alone. 
The book seems to be aimed at children around the 9-10 age group, and it is age appropriate however some of the language feels a little simplistic for the Maths concepts included. It is a fairly easy read & the emphasis is definitely on the Maths side of the puzzles & sparking the interest of the reader in these rather than in developing their language/reading skills. The characters are fun, and the illustrations work well to support the story, but the plot is a little basic. I was expecting some form of twist or a hurdle in their progress, if only to show children that if you don't get it right the first time, that's ok. 

The addition of extra explanations and experiments in the appendix is a great idea!
Disclosure: I received an advance reader copy of this book free via NetGalley. All opinions are my own.
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I am a math coach for a middle school in Florida.  I also read the other book for The Math Kids by Favid Cole. Again this was a cute, engaging story combining math and literacy. Perfect for middle school kids as well. Great illustrations, math that makes students think, and a story that kids are pulled into.  Highly recommend this for the math classroom or just reading for fun.
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I just love this series, and when I got the next book through Netgalley, I had to read it at once. The book is very well written, and as always the plot, story and characters are great. It's also educational in more than just math, and with the illustrations it's perfect. I can't wait for the next one.
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I got this for my son. He just finished forth grade and will be entering 5th grade.  He loved this book. He finished it in one day! He immediately asked me if this was part of a series because he wanted to read another one. He was very excited to find out there are two more in the series (The Prime-time Burglars and A Sequence of Events). We hope there will be more to come!
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This is a great book that is bound to get children interested in solving problems as if they are anything like me they will want to figure out the clues before the characters! The clues require children to reason with numbers and to think about different kinds of numbers, as well as giving a good introduction to pi. It also includes simple experiments for children to have a go at themselves in the appendix.

My only criticism of this book is that the mathematical concepts included suggest the book would be suitable for children aged around 9+, but the (non-mathematical) vocabulary and language are maybe a little on the simple side for that age group. However, this is a book that will nonetheless challenge readers in other ways.
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I had high hopes for this book. I like the idea of kids solving mysteries with mathmatics. Unfortunately, this was a disappointment. Poorly written and not grabbing the attention
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