Grade 6–8—This clever and unusual mystery is tailor made for young mathematicians. Lady Di and Tom Jones live in Folsom Adjacent, a godforsaken trailer park named after the giant power plant that shares the small coastal island. When people start vanishing from this nuclear nowhere, the two 11-year-olds investigate, using mathematical cues left behind by their missing math tutor. Equations, right triangles, pi, coordinates, and slope help the kids and some of their similarly outcast friends negotiate a massive maze of underground tunnels to access the plant and discover a nefarious scheme that will destroy the island. Carey is particularly adept at creating setting: the landscape is raw, desolate, and nearly apocalyptic. Math moves the plot along, at times at the expense of character development. Replete with diagrams, charts, and illustrated problems, the book will appeal especially to kids who love geometry, but it will also reel in fans of less numbers-centric books such as Eric Berlin's The Puzzling World of Winston Breen (Putnam, 2007) or Ellen Raskin's The Westing Game (Puffin, 1992).—Connie Tyrrell Burns, Mahoney Middle School, South Portland, ME END --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Math is the key to solving the mystery in this fast-paced adventure about a group of seventh-grade misfits who discover secrets surrounding the energy plant next to their trailer park. After their teacher disappears, the kids stumble across mysterious clues that she left behind. Di, Tom, and three more classmates band together, and their sleuthing takes them through claustrophobic man-made tunnels, secret underground workstations, and horrifying mountains of trash before they finally expose a team of powerful and corrupt grown-ups. Computers are part of the detective work: essential clues are on the teacher’s flash drive, and the details about how the kids crack the code and get the password will hook young readers. Science and math buffs will love the equations and charts, but even those bored by the technical details will be swept up in the fast talk and exciting action. Grades 6-10. --Hazel Rochman --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Editorial Reviews
This book was amazing, I enjoyed reading it. It was an exciting adventure. Overall Amazing! Amazing Amazing Amazing Amazing Amazing!Published 12 months ago by Aaryn Brooks
I loved this book!! It was really good and taught you about math. I would recommend this book to anyone who wants a good mystery!!Published 18 months ago by EgyptianQueen
This book was ok. It was sort of exciting and the characters were sort of interesting in a way i guess.Published 22 months ago by dies drear
I tried reading this to my math-loving rising 5th grader. We pushed on for at least a week, but finally gave up. Read morePublished on July 10, 2013 by C. Ziegel