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lessons that it taught. The stories had a set of mathematical problems at the end for the students to work. Many of the problems could be changed to different grade levels."


Algebra the Easy Way. By Douglas Downing. (Barron's, 329 pp, 1996) Teen-Adult "An algebra text in the form of a fantasy novel, with the story's characters solving problems by using algebra." Some students who read it liked it, but others did not.


Fantasia Mathematica : Being a Set of Stories, Together With a Group of Oddments and Diversions, All Drawn from the Universe of Mathematics. Edited by Clifton Fadiman. (Copernicus, 298 pp, 1997) Teen-adult. " Some of the short stories are humorous, some are endearing, some have common characters. All deal with mathematics in one way or another…. This book closely tied math with imagination and fantasy—a connection never clearly drawn in my public education. … It is another way to know why your baseball is going to break the window, how to build a spaceship in your back yard, and how to teleport to Argentina in 0 seconds flat. "


Flatland: A Romance of Many Dimensions. By Edwin A. Abbott.  (Dover, 128 pp, reprint) GFBR**** 12 – adult. . "Flatland is one of the very few novels about math and philosophy that can appeal to almost any layperson. Published in 1880, this short fantasy takes us to a completely flat world of two physical dimensions where all the inhabitants are geometric shapes, and who think the planar world of length and width that they know is all there is. But one inhabitant discovers the existence of a third physical dimension, enabling him to finally grasp the concept of a fourth dimension.


A Gebra Named Al: A Novel. By Wendy Isdell. (Free Spirit, 128 pp, 1993) Ages 9-15 "Julie hates algebra--until she meets a gebra named Al, and the Periodic horses journey through the Land of Mathematics, where the Orders of Operations are real places and fruits that look like Bohr models grow on chemis-trees."  The writer was herself a youngster taking algebra when she wrote the book!


The Man Who Counted : A Collection of Mathematical Adventures.  by Malba Tahan. (Norton, 244 pp, 1993) Middle school-adult. "The Arabian adventures of a man with remarkable mathematical skills, which he uses to settle conflict and give wise advice." (Malba Tahan is a pseudonym; the author is not an Arab!)


The Mathematical Magpie. Edited by Clifton Fadiman.(Springer-Verlag, 303 pp, 1997). Teen-adult. A collection of stories, edited by Fadiman. I have never read it, and cannot advise on its quality.


The Number Devil: A Mathematical Adventure. By Hans Magnus Enzensberger (Holt, 262 pp, 2000) GFBR. **** 9-Adult. "In 12 dreams, a 12-year-old boy who hates math discovers the amazing world of numbers: infinite numbers, prime numbers, Fibonacci numbers, numbers that magically appear in triangles, and numbers that expand without end." Brilliant, in my opinion. Just don’t get so hooked on his 12-year-old terminology that you think it’s the real thing!


The Phantom Tollbooth. By Norton Juster. (Random House, 256 pp, many editions) Ages 9-13. . “I was ten years old when this book was first published. My father had the foresight to buy a copy of it as a Christmas gift for me. One of my most treasured childhood memories was having him read this astounding novel out loud. This is a remarkable story about an ordinary boy. He discovers the magic in the mundane world that surrounds him and he does so by getting involved with math, science, words, fractions, sound, humbugs, whiches (spelled correctly!) and some terrible demons. Now when I read the book I find the demons even more menacing because they are the demons that dwell in the world of being grownup. Juster wrote the almost impossible - a book for children that is just as good for adults. This intelligent book doesn't forego story for message, but the message is vital, a whole lot of fun and interesting from the start. After all, who wouldn't be intrigued by finding a phantom tollbooth in his bedroom?” However, I personally didn’t like this book very much, and couldn’t stand reading

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