A Gebra Named Al (Easyread Large Edition)by Wendy Isdell
Julie keeps getting the wrong answer to what looks like a simple problem: -5+3(6). Frustrated, she gives up, rests her head on her book ... and is awakened by an Imaginary Number who suddenly appears in her room. When she follows the Number through a mysterious portal, she enters a strange land where she meets a zebra-who's really a gebra-named Al. Join Julie on her adventures in the Land of Mathematics, where the Orders of Operations are real places and fruits that look like Bohr models grow on chemistrees. With Al and his friends-scientific "horses" representing elements and their isotopes-Julie travels to the Mathematician's Castle for help finding her way back home. Their journey is full of surprises that make math and science interesting and fun.....Wendy Isdell began writing her first book, A Gebra Named Al, when she was in the eighth grade. She entered the story in the Virginia Young Author's Contest of 1989, where it won first place in the Rappahannock regional competition and went on to capture first place at the state level. She sent her story to Free Spirit Publishing in 1992, and it was published in 1993, when Wendy was a senior in high school.
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I am an eight grade student and I had to read A Gebra Named Al for a project in math. I thought it was a humorous book. At one point I thought that the author was trying mock the readers and the material it is trying to explain. I kept on getting the feeling that she was trying to teach me like I was a three-year-old again. I would definitely not recommend it for eight grade students. I doubt that they would take the book seriously. I know say that from experience. It is very childish and very silly. I found my self laughing at the names of some characters and the dialogue between the characters. This book is probably more appropriate for fourth or fifth grade students who are just learning about the order of operations. It has more of a childish way of explaining how to solve equations. Although, I do think that Wendy Isdell does a great job in explaining a complicated thing in a not so complex tone. Overall, I fell like a Gebra Named Al by Wendy Isdell is a good book for younger children.
The young author wrote a delightful tale for elementary students who are clever in math. It is refreshing and leads the fearful mathematician to discover math on a literary level. Good for Wendy!!!!!!
I am a student in 8th grade. As an assignment, our grade had to read A Gebra Named Al. I have not found one person who enjoyed this book. This book is filled with corny jokes, and a bad plot.
My students thoroughly enjoyed this book. They could all relate to Julie's problem, as they were also beginning their 'algebra quest.' This is a good book for young adults to read to let them know that not everyone will have a good understanding of math all of the time. Excellent for middle school grades where a teacher wants to incorporate reading into the math classroom!