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# Secrets, Lies, and Algebra (Do The Math #1)

Tess loves math because it's the one subject she can trust—there's always just one right answer, and it never changes. But then she starts algebra and is introduced to those pesky and mysterious variables, which seem to be *everywhere* in eighth grade. When even your friends and parents can be variables, how in the world do you find out the right answers to the really import

Kindle Edition, 208 pages

Published
February 24th 2009
by Greenwillow Books
(first published June 26th 2007)

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*annoying.*

Second things second,

**this is not for kids, even though it feels like it is.**I mean, come on, there's a suicide involved. Well, unless the child can handle it, they can read it. They'll enjoy it more than middle schoolers, I think.

*Secrets, Lies, and Algebra*is about this girl named Tess who pretty much thinks about math all the time. Then, she hears that her mom's friend Rob's wife died in a car from carbon monoxide poisoning, and the police say it wa ...more

The question that came up a lot and that I can easily answer is, “what helps you empathize with your character(s)?” I am able to empathize with Tess because, being a female middle school student, I deal with many similar conflicts. I can connect with her feelings about these situations. ...more

183 pages

Realistic Fiction

This book is a bout a girl named Tess in the eighth grade. She is an only child who lives with her mom and dad. At school, all she worries about is math. She gets more stressed out about it than anything else. Mr. Richard, another teacher always comes in her classroom to copy some papers when Tess's teacher is in the room. He never really tells Tess why he doesn't use his copy machine and why he wont tell her what he is printing. Secrets? Lies? Thats a ...more

Aug 22, 2012
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Tess, the main character of this book is seriously an unlikable character. She associates many things with math and takes it serious enough to the point of where she tends to correct her parents, her teacher, and anyone who makes a mathematical mistake.

Secrets, Lies, and Algebra

Tess.

Possible murder.

Math.

Don't be fooled by the decent length, math elements, or book cover. This book may seem like it's suitable for a younger person, but it isn't. Death/Suicide/Murder is something that kids(Ages ...more

Tess, the main character of this book is seriously an unlikable character. She associates many things with math and takes it serious enough to the point of where she tends to correct her parents, her teacher, and anyone who makes a mathematical mistake.

Secrets, Lies, and Algebra

Tess.

Possible murder.

Math.

Don't be fooled by the decent length, math elements, or book cover. This book may seem like it's suitable for a younger person, but it isn't. Death/Suicide/Murder is something that kids(Ages ...more

Tess has a lot of emotions that make her do forbidden things. As her crush Richard comes to the copy room she lets him copy a document. It is normally forbidden to let other students copy a document without the teachers permission. She sees what he copies and remarks that it is the test they will pass. "Richard had obviously stolen the test of Mr. wright's desk and was making a copy so he could put the original one back and not get caught" (Lichtman 4). Sometimes the emotions mak ...more

Fibonacci, fractal, and tessellation—they all serve to fascinate and bewilder me with lovely repeating equation patterns. Do the Math: Secrets, Lies & Algebra has fabulous mathematical content as well as a well-paced mystery, excellent dialogue and a realistic character in Tess. Tess is smart and thoughtful and an observer—but the best thing of all is that Tess is a girl, and she doesn't act like math is something she can't understan ...more

Title: Walk Two Moons

Author: Sharon, Creech

Year: 2008

ISBN:9780061229572

Type: Book

Genre: Realistic Fiction

Length/Pages:208

Publisher/studio:HarperTeen

Annotation: One thing Tess is good at its math but she is having a hard time dealing with friendships, cheating, and death. Her friends don't know how to keep a secret, she saw the cutest guy in school copying a math test, and she can't decide whether or not to tell on him, oh yea and there's that family friend may have murdered his wife.

Ages: 10 ...more

May 04, 2008
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Reviewed by Sally Kruger, aka "Readingjunky" for TeensReadToo.com

Don't panic! You won't be asked to complete any math problems to read this book! Believe me, I checked.

Wendy Lichtman has created a fun mystery involving main character Tess, whose unique view of life has her imagining everything around her as it relates to math. Chapter headings include concepts such as "Graphs," "Tangents," "The Additive Property of Equality," and "DNE" just to name a few.

Although the math concepts add creativi ...more

Don't panic! You won't be asked to complete any math problems to read this book! Believe me, I checked.

Wendy Lichtman has created a fun mystery involving main character Tess, whose unique view of life has her imagining everything around her as it relates to math. Chapter headings include concepts such as "Graphs," "Tangents," "The Additive Property of Equality," and "DNE" just to name a few.

Although the math concepts add creativi ...more

*Secrets, Lies, and Algebra*swings between a typical school story and a sort-of murder mystery.

Tess has always thought the two things she could count on the most were her mother and math, but 8th grade means Algebra where the answers aren't always firm. Not only that, her mom suspects a colleague of murder and won't tell the police. To top everything off, Tess is the only one who knows that the cutest boy in the 8th grade cheated on the Constitution test. Tess has ...more

This book made me think about what will happen next. The dialogue helped me make a connection to ...more

12/5/12

183 pages

“Secret, Lies, and Algebra”

By: Wendy Lichtman

Do you like drama then this is the book to read. It all starts off when a girl named Tess comes home and sees her mother talking on the phone to her dad. Soon after her mother is talking on the phone Tess finds out that her mother’s friend Nina had just passed away in her garage. But her mother suspects that her husband Rob could have murdered her. Tess goes to her room to make chart of Nina’s death. Then her friend Sa ...more

Wendy Lichtman h ...more

**and**the first in a mystery series. The mystery is fairly light and yes, there is friendship issues, but only a few whispers of romance (so what's with the heart on the cover?)

I thoroughly enjoyed being inside Tess' mind, one that is so mathematical, logical, ...more

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Wendy Lichtman writes personal essays for the Washington Post, New York Times, San Francisco Chronicle, and Good Housekeeping, among other national publications. She holds a degree in mathematics and has tutored public-school students in algebra for the past several years. When she decided to write about a teen realizing that some questions have more than one right answer, algebra, with its unknow
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