5 the Ancient Formula: A Mystery with Fractions

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A puzzle from Sifu's grandfather has everyone stumped. A circle divided into wedges shows part of the formula for an ancient medicine. But some wedgesand another circleare blank, and no one knows how the original formula disappeared! Joy, Adam, Amy, and Sam will have to use clues—and fractionsto discover the truth about...

THE ANCIENT FORMULA

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Overview

A puzzle from Sifu's grandfather has everyone stumped. A circle divided into wedges shows part of the formula for an ancient medicine. But some wedgesand another circleare blank, and no one knows how the original formula disappeared! Joy, Adam, Amy, and Sam will have to use clues—and fractionsto discover the truth about...

THE ANCIENT FORMULA

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Loretta Caravette
Bravo for "Manga Math Mysteries" for tackling such a difficult subject—Math! In this particular instance they cover fractions. This graphic novel takes place at a Kung Fu class where the students learn some basic moves. "Each Kung Fu move has three parts. There's how you start. There's how you finish. And there's how you get from one to the other. If you only learn the starting and stopping positions you're missing 1/3 of the move." The students go on to learn how to make a special sports drink to help their bodies recover from the demands of Kung Fu. They also look to solve a puzzle presented by a Kung Fu journal of a Jow, or medicine, a great master had used on his students. The formula was broken down into eight parts. The students use fractions to figure out how many pieces are missing. There is a little drama when a former student is suspected of stealing some of the pieces. Fractions are tough and this entry in the "Manga Math Mysteries" series attempts to make understanding them fun and practical. Everything in the story returns to the fraction question and it can feel a little didactic. However, the story is interesting and demonstrates the use of fractions in everyday life. It is worth the read. Reviewer: Loretta Caravette

Product Details

• ISBN-13: 9780761349075
• Publisher: Graphic Universe
• Publication date: 10/28/2010
• Series: Manga Math Mysteries Series
• Pages: 48
• Sales rank: 1,015,154
• Age range: 8 - 10 Years
• Lexile: GN590L (what's this?)
• Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Melinda Thielbar is a writer, teacher, statistician, and student of the martial arts. Manga Math Mysteries, including The Kung Fu Puzzle and The Secret Ghost is her first children's series.

In 2005, Melinda left SAS to finish a PhD in statistics. She was awarded a VIGRE fellowship at North Carolina State University. This fellowship is awarded to students likely to make a strong contribution to education in the mathematics and statistics field. Again, Melinda earned a fantastic reputation in the classroom. Her statistics lectures and examples were known for their ability to hold her students' interest—no easy task in a statistics for non-majors class that's held at 8:00am.

Melinda lives in Raleigh, North Carolina with her husband, writer Richard Dansky, and their three cats. She is currently working on the research portion of her PhD.

Having grown up in Jakarta, Indonesia, Tintin Pantoja graduated from the School of Visual Arts in 2005 with a BFA in Illustration and Cartooning. She has worked on a self-published webcomic/graphic novel called Sevenplains, Hamlet: The Manga Edition, three Manga Math books so far, and what would have been a graphic novel adaptation of Pride and Prejudice for Tokyopop. Right now Tintin splits her time between Manila, Philippines, and Jakarta, Indonesia, with occasional visits to Canada and the USA. Besides working for Lerner (which she enjoys), Tintin has several fantasy graphic novels that she's trying to get off the ground.

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