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Annika Riz, Math Whiz (Franklin School Friends)

3.72  ·  Rating Details ·  156 Ratings  ·  45 Reviews
Annika Riz loves math more than anything. She's trying to teach her dog, Prime, to count. She's determined to beat fellow math whiz Simon Ellis in a Sudoku contest at the public library. She even sleeps under number-patterned sheets. But Annika's best friends Kelsey and Izzy think math is boring. All they care about is the upcoming school carnival: their principal is going ...more
Hardcover, 128 pages
Published May 13th 2014 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) (first published May 1st 2014)
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It's refreshing to read a chapter book that lauds MATH. So many books favor the library, the protagonist who loves to read or write, or other literary pursuits. (Of course, most writers WERE those kids who loved to read/write).)

Annika Riz is a likable character and loves math. Her friends demonstrate great friendship as they cheer her on in the city-wide sudoku contest and bake cookies together for their class's booth at the school carnival. Math's importance is woven into the baking fiascos and
Jun 19, 2014 Kristen rated it really liked it
Annika Riz is a math whiz, only her friends cannot stand math class. When a sudoku contest comes to the library, she knows that she can prove to her friends that math can be cool if she wins. I completely connected with Annika, having loved math when I was in elementary and middle school. I also grew up with a math family, only not to the extreme of having numerical decorations all over her house. I love the mix of baking and how it connects to math in this story. I think anyone who has messed u ...more
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I enjoy math, but reading is definitely has more of my heart so I wasn't sure how this book would work for me. I actually enjoyed Annika Riz more than the first in the series though. Again, some of the decisions of the educators in the book had me frowning, but not as much as in Kelsey Green.

Annika's house is filled with math since her father is a high school math teacher and her mother is an accountant. They even have a dog they named Prime after prime numbers, which Annika e
Jun 29, 2014 Heidi rated it really liked it
The Franklin School Friends series focuses on the friendships between three girls, Kelsey, Annika, and Izzy. The first book focuses on Kelsey and her love of reading, the second book, which I'm reviewing here focuses on Annika and her love of math, and the third book, will be about Izzy and her love of running.

Annika loves math and doesn't understand why others have such a hard time with it. When her teacher tells her about a sudoku contest she eagerly starts preparing to face the other third gr
May 07, 2014 Ricki rated it really liked it
Shelves: children-s-books
(Grades 2-4) Each of the books in the Franklin School Friends series tells the story of a different third-grade student with a passion for a school subject. I was excited to read Annika Riz's story because she is a math whiz---and I love math! Annika looks at the world through math-tinted glasses, and she wants everyone to love the subject as much as she does. She even attempts to teach her dog, Prime, how to count. I found the story to be so very charming. Annika is an endearing character who w ...more
Ms. Yingling
Jun 26, 2014 Ms. Yingling rated it liked it
Annika's family are all interested in numbers, and Annika prefers math to any other subject at school even though her friends don't feel the same way (Kelsey Green, Reading Queen is book one in this series). When she finds out that the public library is having a Sodoku contest, she really wants to enter, but fears that classmate Simon will beat her. The class is also preparing for a school carnival, and the third grade is in charge of cookies. Annika and her friends bake several batches but firs ...more
Part of the Franklin School Friends series focusing on different characters with their own particular strengths, this one follows Annika Riz who loves math. The third grader can't understand why her friends don't share her fondness for the subject or at least appreciate its importance in daily life. She figures winning a city-wide Sudoku tournament will change their minds. Meanwhile, the girls make mistake after mistake while trying to bake cookies and fix lemonade for the school carnival. I lik ...more
The Styling Librarian
My thoughts on Franklin School Friends book series, Annika Riz, Math Whiz by Claudia Mills, pictures by Rob Shepperson:
I couldn’t wait to read this book because I loved Kelsey Green Reading Machine, every minute of it… so getting to go back to school with Kelsey’s friend Annika was lovely. It was quite amusing to read about one character who is fixated on math from enjoying math class to working on Sudoku life lessons was perfect. I especially enjoyed how natural math problems were solved throug
Lori Redman
Mar 23, 2015 Lori Redman rated it really liked it
Shelves: elementary, series
Annika Riz is a third-grader at Franklin Elementary School. She is in Mrs. Molina's class with her best friends, Kelsey and Izzy. Annika LOVES math, even though her friends hate it! And when her teacher informs her of an upcoming Sudoku contest at the local library, Annika can't wait to compete! She wants to finally prove that math is cool, once and for all! But will her classmate Simon defeat her in the contest? Will Mrs. Molina allow herself to be dunked at the upcoming school Carnival?

This i
Jul 25, 2014 Trever rated it it was ok
I'm not sure sudoku puzzles really constitute as math curriculum or doing sudoku puzzles makes you a math wiz, it makes you a game wiz.

The math in the book is glossed over and provides almost no explanation of the math that Annika and her friends encounter. The book provides nothing mathematically with decimals that they encounter relentlessly and provides one scenario at the very end of the book.

Not worth the sloppily written book and definitely not worth the poor poor mathematics that the boo
Apr 25, 2015 Margie rated it really liked it
Shelves: e-p-shelf
Claudia Mills really knows how to write a story in the perspective of a middle grade student. She has an awesome way of showing the positive attributes of each student. I am also impressed with her writing of the friendships between the girls. They are supportive of each other, but everything isn't all perfect.

If you have a person in your life who is looking for books to read - Claudia Mills has several that I can recommend. Kelsey Green, Reading Queen and Zero Tolerance are both great! She has
Sep 04, 2016 Kristen rated it really liked it
I haven't loved many of these younger-reader books from my most recent Iowa Children's Choice reading list, but this one was pretty great. I love that Annika is a girl who loves (and is good at) math. I love that her best friends love reading and sports, respectively, and that they all get along and appreciate what the others love. It's a pretty simple story, but there are lots of good lessons about friendship, success and failure, and taking chances.
A shorter chapter book sprinkled with illustrations and a likable math-loving character. I liked this one better than the first Franklin School Friends book where the reading competition left a bad taste in my mouth. Here dueling story lines include a city-wide sudoku contest and the run-up to the beloved school carnival. I look forward to the next book that will focus on Izzy who likes to run.
Maggi Rohde
Nov 07, 2014 Maggi Rohde rated it really liked it
I love kids' books with math puzzles. How can I fault a chapter book series for promoting sudoku to girls? That's awesome right there. Also included is the importance of measuring. Okay, it's a little too sweet, and the friendships a little too perfect, but... math!
Sep 10, 2014 Lynn rated it liked it
Math lovers will cheer for Annika, just as her friends do.
Good read for intermediate readers.
Now I look forward to reading the book that focuses on the third friend, Izzy. I like that the books each focus on one of the friends, but it's not necessary to read them in any particular order.
Dec 28, 2013 Kate marked it as to-read
I think this looks like a good book but the summary is the summary for a different book so can someone tell me what this is about
Karen Arendt
Aug 19, 2014 Karen Arendt rated it really liked it
I enjoyed how math was integrated into everyday life: cooking, teaching her dog, Prime, to count (or not), Sudoku. Great story to show the importance of math without being preachy!
Aug 18, 2014 Bethe rated it it was ok
bookaday #132. Easier chapter book about girl who loves math and sudoku puzzles. Not sure how sudoku is math, seems more like patterns to me. I liked the subplot of the cookie baking mishaps.
Hoover Public Library Kids and Teens
Sequel to Kelsey Green, Reading Queen. Can Annika convince her friends that math is just as fun as their favorite hobbies?
Nov 10, 2014 Alexa rated it it was ok
Shelves: kids-books
Sadly one-dimensional characters make this story tough to stomach, in spite of the pro-math message. Might be good for reluctant readers who love math and sudoku.
Waleed hamoud
Jul 30, 2014 Waleed hamoud rated it really liked it
I think this book will be helpful for children and Medium levels of education.
thank you so much
Deb (Readerbuzz) Nance
Nov 02, 2014 Deb (Readerbuzz) Nance rated it really liked it
A book that is a cheerleader for math? This is it.
*3.5 stars*
Oct 29, 2014 Gayle rated it liked it
Fun light read. Follows the Kelsey Green Reading Queen book
Mar 12, 2015 Allison rated it it was ok
Genre: Realistic Fiction

Grades: 3 - 5
Nancy Kotkin
An important lesson for us all, regardless of age, on the usefulness of knowledge in subjects/topics we may not necessarily be clambering to learn.

In a completely organic way, this story ponders this question: Are we being a friend by supplying the answers, or by teaching others how to find their own answers?

The Franklin School Friends is an engaging chapter book series that offers something for everyone. Each book features a different child with a distinct passion, and that talent is woven as a
Fun story for the newly independent reader.
Annika, Izzy and Kelsey all have different strengths but come together as friends in the sweetest way.
Denise Westlake
Oct 16, 2016 Denise Westlake rated it really liked it
I read this age-appropriate book in honor or of young friend named Annnika. It's about being a good friend and being true to your true self, and about math ; )
Abbie Rodgers
i loved it
Katie Fitzgerald
This review also appears on my blog, Read-at-Home Mom.

In this second chapter book in the Franklin School Friends series, Annika struggles with her best friends' misunderstanding of her interest in math. It is not until she enters a sudoku contest and helps her friends solve a major baking problem that she realizes how special her talent really is.

Whereas the previous book, Kelsey Green, Reading Queen focused on the need for a gifted student to be charitable toward struggling classmates, this fol
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Claudia Mills is the author of How Oliver Olson Changed the World, 7 x 9 = Trouble!, Being Teddy Roosevelt, and many other books for children. She was born in New York City in 1954. She received her bachelor's degree from Wellesley College, her master's degree from Princeton University, and a Ph.D. in philosophy from Princeton University. She also received an M.L.S. degree from the University of M ...more
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