A Gebra Named Al: A Novel

A Gebra Named Al: A Novel

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by Wendy Isdell
     
 

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Julie hates algebra—until she meets a gebra named Al. In this Student Book, Julie, Al, and the Periodic horses journey through the Land of Mathematics, where the Orders of Operations are real places and fruits that look like Bohr models grow on chemistrees. Wonderfully written and a joy to read, it's full of math and science basics made fun and

Overview


Julie hates algebra—until she meets a gebra named Al. In this Student Book, Julie, Al, and the Periodic horses journey through the Land of Mathematics, where the Orders of Operations are real places and fruits that look like Bohr models grow on chemistrees. Wonderfully written and a joy to read, it's full of math and science basics made fun and accessible.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

“Fascinating . . . like a modern-day version of Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.”—Mathematics Teacher

 “Wonderfully written and a joy to read.”—Midwest Book Review

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780915793587
Publisher:
Free Spirit Publishing, Inc.
Publication date:
09/15/1993
Pages:
128
Product dimensions:
5.30(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.10(d)
Age Range:
11 - 18 Years

Meet the Author


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. Scientific and mathematical information contained in the book was gathered from several classes Wendy took over the years, including Advanced Physical Science and Algebra 1 and 2; advanced classes in Earth Science, Chemistry, Geometry, Trigonometry, and Analytical Geometry; and Advanced Placement Chemistry.

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Gebra Named Al (Easyread Large Edition) 2.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!