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As far as math goes, McKellar knows her stuff. With two girlcentric, best-selling titles under her belt (Math Doesn’t Suck, 2008, and Kiss My Math, 2009) and a degree in mathematics from UCLA, it is almost easy to forget that she was Winnie Cooper on The Wonder Years. Facing down a 432-page book devoted to algebra could give even math whizzes pause, but McKellar makes it work, taking the textbook-meets-Seventeen approach by mixing the explanations and equations with boy talk, quizzes, and testimonials from successful women. While a tutor might use this title as a teaching aid, teen girls will want to explore it on their own. Navigation is easy; students are encouraged to hop from chapter to chapter as their homework demands. The breakdown of equations is effective and certainly unconventional—explaining functions in terms of sausage factories, for example, or exponents in terms of whip-bearing female executives (makes sense in the book, promise)—and while McKellar keeps her focus on how to solve math problems, her approach is both readable and even entertaining. --Courtney Jones --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

About the Author

Danica McKellar is the bestselling author of Math Doesn't Suck, Kiss My Math, and, most recently, Girls Get Curves. Best known for her roles on The Wonder Years and The West Wing, Danica is also an internationally recognized mathematician and advocate for math education. A summa cum laude graduate of UCLA with a degree in Mathematics, she has been honored in Britain’s esteemed Journal of Physics and The New York Times for her work in mathematics, most notably for her role as co-author of a groundbreaking mathematical physics theorem, which bears her name (The Chayes-McKellar-Winn Theorem.) Her passion for promoting girls’ math education began in 2000, when she was invited to speak before Congress on the importance of women in math and science. Since then, Danica has made it a priority to find time in her busy acting schedule to promote math education, often appearing around the country as a speaker at national mathematics conferences.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 11 - 14 years
  • Grade Level: 6 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 950L (What's this?)
  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Plume; Reprint edition (June 28, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0452297192
  • ISBN-13: 978-0452297197
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (111 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #26,937 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Well known for her acting roles on The Wonder Years, The West Wing and for earning quarterfinalist on "Dancing with the Stars," Danica McKellar graduated summa cum laude in mathematics from UCLA, went on to co-write a published math theorem, now known as the Chayes-McKellar-Winn Theorem, and continues to be an outspoken role model for young women to excel in math. Danica was the recipient of the 2014 Joint Mathematics Meeting Communications Award for her work as an author. She has written a New York Times bestselling series of math books: Math Doesn't Suck, Kiss My Math, Hot X: Algebra Exposed, and Girls Get Curves: Geometry Takes Shape. Upon the release of her first book in the series, Math Doesn't Suck, Danica was named Person of the Week by ABC World News. These revolutionary books help girls ace their math classes while building self-esteem and encouraging a self-sufficient, confident attitude in school - and life.

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McKellar's 3rd and latest math book encourages teenage girls to outclass the boys in algebra. This can be an especially tough subject and she tackles it in a way that invites the outlandish idea of actually enjoying math.

She rejects the notion that excelling in algebra is all about natural gift. Rather, it's about determination and making an effort.

While the sex-appeal of the book might be in question, ultimately this is a book broken down into straightforward language, easy charts and memorable reminders of the process of algebra.

Additionally, you'll find motivating stories from youthful female adults who've struggled with math, but learned to conquer their struggles.
Danica proclaims. "I'm here to tell you that giving up on ourselves because of our own stereotypes and limited imaginations is a far more destructive force than any challenge or obstacle 'out there,'"

One bonus in the book is the inclusion of good tables and charts. These can be worth the price of the book alone. These succinctly explain the meaning of math terms such as fractions, coefficients and variables.

A surprising aspect of the book is the authors inclusion of advice on how to choose the right guys to date. While she doesn't provide a mathematic formula for this it does seem she dispenses some basic common sense.
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After hearing McKellar interviewed I bought all three of her books for my daughter.

Here is the deal -daughter literally sucked at math in Jr. High and High School. Lucky for her she had a bf who helped her to survive. Fast forward 10 years, no jobs in her carrier. She took advanced math to get into her new program and Aced the class by memorization -- saying I still do not understand what I am doing. Her new carrier path requires her to understand important formulas for prescribing the right amount of drugs to seriously ill folk.

When these books arrived, she rolled her eyes thinking Dad is wasting his money getting her books dealing with Pre Algebra.... Yet within 24hours she told me that for the first time she is understanding math. In the past few weeks she has repeated how grateful she is not simply to memorize how to do formulas, but to understand the math. While my daughter is about 30, she met another woman, age 40, in her medical math class who told her the same thing - these books helped her to also finally "get" important stuff she never learned.
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Another gem from Danica. Like her first two books (Math Doesn't Suck: How to Survive Middle School Math Without Losing Your Mind or Breaking a Nail and Kiss My Math: Showing Pre-Algebra Who's Boss), Hot X: Algebra Exposed is more than a math book. It contains additional information which enlightens, provides direction, and builds self-esteem in girls and young ladies. Boys should also use it -- just skip the chick stuff and go for the math.

At last, a book that teaches middle-school students and their parents in simple terms how to solve quadratic equations by completing the square and to solve the quadratic equation in standard form in X (ax^2 + bx + c = 0) to come up with the quadratic forumla. Most colleges and high schools do not teach this -- they just expect the student to know it.

The charter school I support plans to use Hot X: Algebra Exposed in concert with the first two books to ensure most or all Grade 8 students attain an A (93 or higher) in Algebra I.

Danica McKellar needs to continue writing math books. Since these are such outstanding books, few state departments of education will adopt them for use, which means parents, other major care givers, and supportive businesses will have to come up with the funds to help schools with the purchase of these books.
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I bought this book so my daughter could review Algebra over the summer before starting Geometry. It helped her so much--especially the section on rate problems--in understating things she just didn't get when presented in class. Something I didn't expect though, was how helpful the book would be to me! Now when she needs help with math, I can review the book and get myself up to speed quickly so I can help her. The book is so well written and the explanations so full of common sense and clarity, that things I remember struggling with don't seem anywhere near as difficult as I remember. I highly recommend this book not only for girls, but also to parents who want something that can help them work more effectively with their kids!
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Another great resource for any educator. I am a mathematics teacher with 30+ years experience. I have found Danica's book a great resource. I have used her previous books with several of my female students and males also. Danica proves once again it is ok to be pretty and smart and she does this very well. She presents math topics with clarity. She also touches topics that are not math but that relate to teenagers in Algebra.
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