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...more
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
“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
Title: Walk Two Moons
Author: Sharon, Creech
Genre: Realistic Fiction
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.
Wendy Lichtman h...more
In this book it shows ways math...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
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
The plot, however, leaves much to be desired. One of the central conflicts (was a suicide a murder?) jumps up suddenly in the introduction and meanders its way to a...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
This book isn't too much in the way of a mystery since you generally don't care about the mystery but what is really going to happen with Tess. Also this book he...more
Tess is in 8th grade and she sees everything in terms of math/algebra. She is confused when she overhears her mother talking about a friend whose wife commits suicide. Her mother talks about how strangely he was acting and how parts of his story just don't sound right. The rest of the story involves Tess trying t...more
I really liked it, it dealt with moral issues (always a bonus) and math, and related the two in an engaging way. There was a slight mystery theme, which I felt was very appropriate since a well-done mystery i...more
This story was confusing at times with all of the math but, the story line was good. It was interesting, it never got boring. The character Tess has a fun-loving personalitiy, she seems very real. I wou...more
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
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
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
However, the plot was dull and the climax was nonexistent. I began the novel hoping the author would flesh out the murder/mystery angle a lot more but ended the novel disappointed. In addition, Tess, the main character, wasn't particularly compelling or likable. Maybe...more
I thoroughly enjoyed being inside Tess' mind, one that is so mathematical, logical,...more