The Writing on the Wall (Do the Math)
Tess is just your average math loving eighth-grader until she becomes a little too interested in some graffiti at her school. Tesss friend Sammy convinces her that the blue numbers form a sort of code, and Tess becomes determined to crack it. Unfortunately, this requires a lot of lying and some vandalizing on Tesss part. But Tess is only concerned with finding out the message and doesnt think about the consequences.
I found it interesting how Tess compared people and life to various math problems, but I could see the logic in it. For example, Tesss friend Mirandas math symbol is |m|, which always has a positive value, just like Miranda always sees the good in everything. But what I appreciated most about this math-obsessed girl was how she realized that her system of comparing everything to math was flawed because not everything in life can be figured out using simple steps and formulas.
I will admit that I was surprised that The Writing on the Wall was a mystery book; I thought it would be about some math geek whos having a hard time in middle school. But Im glad that math and mystery were combined to create this novel, which I highly enjoyed reading. Tesss character is funny and very logical (in all things math), something I can appreciate and relate too. I also liked how Tess seemed to know how to do the right thing but was clueless in others, such as the world of boys.
If you are looking for a light and fast read, The Writing on the Wall is a good choice. I recommend it for younger readers, but even math lovers in higher grades will enjoy this book. Look for it when its released in July.
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