Thursday, March 14, 2013

π Day! Books about Math

It's March 14th! Or 3/14. Or 3.14 which just happens to be the first 3 digits of Pi (π) so it's Pi day. Culinary, I like to celebrate Pie day, but today we'll leave off that e. Here's a list of books about math...

An Abundance of Katherines by John Green. Colin is a former child prodigy who has been dumped 19 times. By 19 different Katherines. On a post-graduation road trip, he attempts to discover The Theorem of Underlying Katherine Predictability, a mathematical equation that can predict the outcome of any romantic relationship.

Nothing But the Truth (and a few white lies) by Justina Chen. Patty Ho struggles with her mother who wants her to be a good Chinese daughter, while Patty longs to be white like her absent father. She attempts to figure out life's problems with geometric proofs. While spending the summer at Math camp, she discovers some things that make her see herself, and her parents' relationship in a different light.

What Can't Wait by Ashley Hope Perez. Marissa is torn between the expectations of her traditional Mexican family and her high school math teacher, who thinks that, with a little effort, Marissa could ace the AP Calc test and get into Engineering School at UT-Austin.

My Life as a Rhombus by Varian Johnson. Rhonda used to be popular when she started high school, but now she's quiet and keeps her head in her books, trying to earn a scholarship. When she starts tutoring popular Sarah in trig, Rhonda recognizes the symptoms of early pregnancy. When Rhonda opens up about what made her turn to the books, the two form an unlikely friendship.

Confessions of the Sullivan Sisters by Natalie Standiford. On Christas Day, the Sullivans are cut out of The Almighty's will, leaving the rich family facing a penniless future. One of them has offended her, and must write and deliver a full confession if the family is to survive. Of course, each Sullivan sister believes herself guilty and writes her confession. One of them is the worst math tutor in the world, with hilarious results.

Math Doesn't Suck: How to Survive Middle School Math Without Losing Your Mind or Breaking a Nail by Danica McKellar. Written in the same breezy style and layout as a teen fashion magazine, actress and actual math genius McKellar breaks down math in a way to make it understandable and fun for an audience that's most likely to be turned off by it. She has several follow ups, her most recent being Girls Get Curves: Geometry Takes Shape.

A Love Story Starring My Dead Best Friend by Emily Horner. When Julia dies in a car crash, her friends rally to put on the top-secret musical she had been planning, Totally Sweet Ninja Death Squad. But her best friend, Cass, isn't a theater person, but rather an introverted math whiz, who can't handle the drama or the drama.

The Hand You're Dealt by Paul Volponi. Huck's father is in a coma when his watch is stolen off his wrist. The watch that is the trophy for the town poker tournament. It was stolen by Huck's horrible math teacher. The only way Huck can get it back is to beat Mr. Abbott at the tournament in a no-limit Texas Hold 'Em. Everything's on the table.

Ship of Souls by Zetta Elliot. After his mother dies, math whiz D can't be homeschooled anymore and enrolls in public school where he meets new friends through tutoring and math club. When they find a bird that can talk, they become embroiled in a battle for the trapped souls of Africans who died in the Revolutionary War.

Solve for x, where x = your favorite math books:
You + X = Happy
Leave your answer in the comments. Don't forget to show your work!

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1 comment:

  1. I love the concept of this blog! And will tomorrow be a list of books on betrayal? It'll be the ides of March, the day Caesar was stabbed.


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