# Fractions = Trouble!

If Wilson Williams thought multiplication was difficult, he is finding fractions impossible. And when his parents hire a math tutor for him, he is sure he's the only kid in the history of Hill Elementary to have one. Wilson is determined to make sure that no one finds out, not even his best friend, Josh. At least his pet hamster, Pip, is sympathetic. Pip is going

## Overview

If Wilson Williams thought multiplication was difficult, he is finding fractions impossible. And when his parents hire a math tutor for him, he is sure he's the only kid in the history of Hill Elementary to have one. Wilson is determined to make sure that no one finds out, not even his best friend, Josh. At least his pet hamster, Pip, is sympathetic. Pip is going to be part of Wilson's science fair project, because any project with hamsters in it is bound to be wonderful. But Josh has the coolest project of all: at what temperature does a pickle explode? Unfortunately, it looks as if Wilson's secret may end up exploding their friendship.

Claudia Mills' Fractions = Trouble is a fun and thoroughly relatable story that Kirkus Reviews calls an "excellent selection for early chapter-book readers."

## Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"Subplots involving Wilson’s science fair project and the disappearance of one of little brother Kipper’s beloved beanbag-animal companions add humor and pathos, respectively—all captured in Karas’s warm pencil sketches… whether math-challenged or math whizzes, readers will look forward to the further adventures of the sympathetic Wilson.” — Horn Book Magazine
Children's Literature - Nancy Garhan Attebury
Nothing in the world feels worse to Wilson, who is in third grade, than knowing that he has to do fractions in school. As the easy-to-follow plot begins, Wilson confides in his hamster, Pip, that he especially dreads the fact that his parents are getting him a math tutor. It is totally embarrassing to him. However, his kind tutor knows just how to reach him when she has him draw hamsters to learn about fractions. So once the tutoring gets going, Wilson starts to enjoy fractions almost without realizing he is doing them. He keeps the tutoring a secret from his best friend Josh and misses some fun due to tutoring sessions. The tale takes a downside for Wilson when his friend finds out about the tutoring. Coupled with science fair projects and other school happenings Wilson's problems work themselves out and all ends well. This book teaches lessons about family ties, communication, and work ethics in an entertaining way. The pace keeps moving and seven to ten year old children will be able to relate to the incidents. This book is a sequel to 7 x 9 = Trouble which is also a good read about Wilson and his family. Teachers can suggest that students having math problems read the books to find out they are not alone. Humorous black and white illustrations chronicle the events. Reviewer: Nancy Garhan Attebury
School Library Journal
Gr 2–3—In this sequel to 7 x 9 = Trouble! (Farrar, 2002), Wilson is struggling with fractions. When his parents decide to hire a math tutor, the third grader is embarrassed to be the only kid at Hill Elementary to have this extra help. He is determined to make sure nobody finds out, especially his friend Josh. Meanwhile Wilson, his younger brother Kipper, and Josh are all working on their science-fair projects. Wilson's project involves his pet hamster, Kipper's tests camping tents, and Josh is trying to figure out at what temperature a pickle explodes. As Wilson starts his math tutoring, he is surprised to find that he is allowed to draw hamsters as a method of learning fractions. Can he pass the fractions test and finish his project? Will keeping his tutoring sessions a secret ruin his friendship with Josh? All ends well as Wilson learns that he isn't the only student struggling at school. Short chapters and several full-page illustrations make this title perfect for new chapter-book readers. In addition, students having difficulty with math will relate to this lighthearted story.—Sarah Polace, Cuyahoga County Public Library, Parma, OH
Kirkus Reviews

Third-grader Wilson Williams knows he'll never learn fractions: "Multiplication was hard enough," he tells his pet hamster, Pip.

Worse, his parents have arranged for a math tutor. Just the idea of a tutor is embarrassing, but sympathetic Mrs. Tucker uses his love for hamsters to help him understand the math, and soon he's quite clear about the difference between the Nice Numerator and the Dumb Denominator. At the same time, Pip becomes the basis for a successful science-fair project. Not only does Wilson have some academic success, he makes his little brother happy. Though only in kindergarten, Kipper has a science-fair project too. In the process of Kipper's investigations, one of his favorite stuffed animals disappears. Big brother Wilson comes to the rescue. Most satisfying of all, he discovers that others—even his very best friend—are tutored, too. The short chapters have believable dialogue and plenty of reader appeal. In one, Wilson tries to teach his hamster to shake hands; in another, his friend Josh experiments with blowing up a pickle. Karas' scratchy grayscale drawings, one to a chapter, support the story. This sequel to7 x 9 = Trouble(2002) follows logically but also stands on its own.

Familiar school concerns, nicely resolved, make this another excellent selection for early chapter-book readers.(Fiction. 7-10)

## Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780374367169
Publisher:
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Publication date:
06/21/2011
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
128
Sales rank:
642,226
Product dimensions:
5.42(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.73(d)
Lexile:
760L (what's this?)
Age Range:
7 - 10 Years

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## Meet the Author

Claudia Mills is the acclaimed author of many books for children, including How Oliver Olson Changed the World  and 7 x 9 = Trouble!.  She lives in Boulder, Colorado.

G. Brian Karas is the illustrator of numerous books for children. He lives in the Hudson Valley in New York with his family.

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