Solving for M
Illustrator: Jennifer Naalchigar
When Mika starts fifth grade at the middle school, her neat life gets messy. Separated
from old friends and starting new classes, Mika is far from her comfort zone. And
math class is the most confusing of all, especially when her teacher Mr. Vann assigns
math journals. Art in math? Who’s ever heard of such a thing?
But when challenges arise at home, Mika realizes there are no easy answers. Maybe, with some help from friends, family, and one unique teacher, a math journal can help her work out problems, and not just the math ones.
Debut author Jennifer Swender delivers poignant prose and illustrator Jennifer Naalchigar brings Mika’s journal to life in this perfect equation of honesty plus hope that adds up to a heartwarming coming-of-age story.
Author’s note. Black-and-white illustrations.
JLG Release: Sep 2019
Awards & Honors
Georgia Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl Elementary School 2020-2021
2020 Mathical Award Winner for Grades 3-5
Praise & Reviews
Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:
Publishers Weekly, Booklist
8 1/4" x 5 1/2"
Level 4.9; Points: 6;
Scholastic Reading Counts
Level 4.5; Points: 12;
Library edition with trade jacket added