Sunday, December 2, 2018

The Math Kids: The Prime-Time Burglars: Book Review


Title: The Math Kids: The Prime-Time Burglars
ISBN:  978-1988761220
 Author: David Cole
Price: $7.99 Paperback
120 pages | Grades: 4-7| Ages Range: 9-12
Genre: Children’s Literature
Available: Amazon

Jordan and Justin are best friends and the only two kids in their class's advanced math group. So it isn't until Stephanie Lewis marches into their classroom that they meet someone who's as good with numbers as they are. Their shared interest in math quickly draws them together, and the three soon form The Math Kids. Unfortunately, life as math club kids isn't always easy. In addition to extra homework, the three friends have two new problems. First, a string of mysterious burglaries has the whole neighborhood on edge, including their parents. Then, they manage to earn unwanted attention from Robbie, the class bully. Luckily, Jordan, Justin, and Stephanie soon learn that their new club may give them the skills they need to solve both problems.


REVIEW

'The Math Kids: The Prime-Time Burglars' is a short book by David Cole. It is a story about 3 kids in the fourth-grade whose names are Jordan, Justin, and Stephanie. Jordan and Justin are two normal kids who love math (although they still enjoy the occasional video game). Things changed when Stephanie walked into their math classroom. Just like Jordan and Justin, she loves math as well and has a clever personality, causing the three to quickly become great friends. They form their own math club titled The Math Kids, which is a rather fitting title considering math is the focus of their group. However, all of this is put to the test when robberies start popping up all over town, getting closer and closer to the children's houses. Can the kids use their math skills to catch the burglars, or will tensions grow too high, causing one of their families to move away forever?

One thing I loved about this book is that it teaches math they use as you read the book. This would have been extremely helpful to me when I was younger because although I was a spectacular reader, math was certainly not my strongest subject. It even had some extra notes after the story that helped explain how to do Prime Factorization, which is one of the specific parts of math that I had trouble understanding when I was younger. This book also has some meaningful messages, such as how kids can accomplish as much as adults if they try, or how you can make amends with your bullies. Overall, I believe that this is going to be a good book series for fourth graders, and especially beneficial to those who have a bit of trouble with math. Who knows, a child who loves math but not reading might just be interested in it as well.

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