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Annika Riz, Math Whiz: Franklin School Friends


Series
Franklin School Friends

by
Claudia Mills
illustrated by
Rob Shepperson

Edition
Hardcover edition
Publisher
Macmillan
Imprint
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
ISBN
9780374303358
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Annika loves math. Her friends don’t see the point, until they make a mathematical error while working at the school carnival. How can their fresh lemonade be profitable? Black-and-white illustrations.

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Details

Format

Print

Page Count

128

Trim Size

5 1/8" x 7 5/8"

Dewey

Fic

AR

5.1: points 2

Lexile

870L

Genre

Fiction

Scholastic Reading Counts

0

JLG Release

Sep 2014

Book Genres


Topics

Mathematics. Schools. Contests. Carnivals. Friendship. Sudoku. Baking.

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Praise & Reviews

Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books, Booklist, The Horn Book Magazine, The Horn Book Guide^, Kirkus Reviews, School Library Journal

School Library Journal

Third-grader Annika Riz loves math as much as her friends Izzy Barr and Kelsey Green dislike it. While she is attentive during math, her friends are easily distracted, so she whispers answers to help them avoid agitating their stern teacher. During the week of the school carnival, it seems like there is nothing else that any of the other students can think about, but Annika is secretly focused on winning the public library’s citywide sudoku contest. She believes that if she can beat all of the city’s third-graders, her friends will see that math is cool after all. After some disappointments along the way, Annika’s love of the subject helps her save her class’s carnival booth and convinces her that her attempts to help her friends may have done more harm than good. As in Kelsey Green, Reading Queen (Farrar, 2013), Mills has developed characters who are realistically flawed and friendships that are supportive throughout. She does an excellent job of demonstrating why Annika’s cheating is problematic without any heavy-handed moralizing. The occasional illustrations are perfectly paced and a nice supplement to the text.—Amanda Augsburger, Moline Public Library, IL

Horn Book

Annika Riz certainly is a math whiz, but if she’s going to win the citywide sudoku contest, she’ll have to out-sudoku third-grade classmate and “everything whiz” Simon. Fans of the first book, Kelsey Green, Reading Queen (rev. 5/13), will remember Simon as Kelsey’s biggest competition in the all-school reading contest. The school carnival is also coming up, and the third grade’s assignment is to bring in homemade cookies. Friends Annika, Kelsey, and Izzy try three times to bake a batch, but each attempt ends in cookie disaster. After they decide to make lemonade instead, Annika uses her mad skills to show her number-hating friends they’re selling the lemonade at too low a price, proving that math can be useful, not to mention profitable. As always, Mills has her characters struggle with right and wrong behavior, and here Annika accepts that everyone is different and that sometimes simply trying is a worthwhile endeavor. Readers will enjoy guessing the topic and title of the next book—runner Izzy (last name Barr) is in training for a 10K. jennifer m. brabander

Praise & Reviews

School Library Journal

Third-grader Annika Riz loves math as much as her friends Izzy Barr and Kelsey Green dislike it. While she is attentive during math, her friends are easily distracted, so she whispers answers to help them avoid agitating their stern teacher. During the week of the school carnival, it seems like there is nothing else that any of the other students can think about, but Annika is secretly focused on winning the public library’s citywide sudoku contest. She believes that if she can beat all of the city’s third-graders, her friends will see that math is cool after all. After some disappointments along the way, Annika’s love of the subject helps her save her class’s carnival booth and convinces her that her attempts to help her friends may have done more harm than good. As in Kelsey Green, Reading Queen (Farrar, 2013), Mills has developed characters who are realistically flawed and friendships that are supportive throughout. She does an excellent job of demonstrating why Annika’s cheating is problematic without any heavy-handed moralizing. The occasional illustrations are perfectly paced and a nice supplement to the text.—Amanda Augsburger, Moline Public Library, IL

Horn Book

Annika Riz certainly is a math whiz, but if she’s going to win the citywide sudoku contest, she’ll have to out-sudoku third-grade classmate and “everything whiz” Simon. Fans of the first book, Kelsey Green, Reading Queen (rev. 5/13), will remember Simon as Kelsey’s biggest competition in the all-school reading contest. The school carnival is also coming up, and the third grade’s assignment is to bring in homemade cookies. Friends Annika, Kelsey, and Izzy try three times to bake a batch, but each attempt ends in cookie disaster. After they decide to make lemonade instead, Annika uses her mad skills to show her number-hating friends they’re selling the lemonade at too low a price, proving that math can be useful, not to mention profitable. As always, Mills has her characters struggle with right and wrong behavior, and here Annika accepts that everyone is different and that sometimes simply trying is a worthwhile endeavor. Readers will enjoy guessing the topic and title of the next book—runner Izzy (last name Barr) is in training for a 10K. jennifer m. brabander

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