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Kiss My Math: Showing Pre-Algebra Who's Boss
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Kiss My Math: Showing Pre-Algebra Who's Boss

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by Danica McKellar

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With her first book, Math Doesn't Suck, actress and math genius Danica McKellar (The Wonder Years, The West Wing) made waves nationwide, challenging the "mathnerd" stereotype and showing students everywhere how to ace middle school math in her unique just-us-girls style. In Kiss My Math, Danica empowers a new crop of girls, taking on the next level in the math


With her first book, Math Doesn't Suck, actress and math genius Danica McKellar (The Wonder Years, The West Wing) made waves nationwide, challenging the "mathnerd" stereotype and showing students everywhere how to ace middle school math in her unique just-us-girls style. In Kiss My Math, Danica empowers a new crop of girls, taking on the next level in the math curriculum: pre-algebra.

Stepping up not only the math but also the sass and style, Kiss My Math will help math-phobic teenagers chill out and finally "get" negative numbers, variables, absolute values, exponents, graphing-concepts essential to algebra and beyond. Each chapter features:

Easy-to-follow, step-by-step instructions

Time-saving tips and tricks for homework and tests

Illuminating practice problems with detailed solutions

True stories from Danica's own life as a math student and actress

Kiss My Math gives girls everything they need to kick pre-algebra butt, including a unique "Math Test Survival Guide" to help students conquer jitters and excel at test-taking, and fun extras like personality quizzes, reader polls, and real-life testimonials. With Danica as personal tutor and coach, girls everywhere can stop dreading pre-algebra and watch their scores rise!

Editorial Reviews

VOYA - Kristin Fletcher-Spear
McKellar's newest book on pre-algebra is designed to help those teens struggling with math. The book is broken down into five manageable sections: numbers; variables; x; exponents; and functions. Each section has several chapters focusing on parts of the theme, and chapters features step-by-step instructions, tips and tricks, and practice problems. Throughout the text are testimonials from successful women who use math in their jobs and McKellar's diary segments, with stories from her teenage life. One might ask, "How is this book any different from the math books that schools and libraries already have?" McKellar understands teens. She speaks their language. She gives practical examples that have meaning to teens. And honestly, she makes math fun. Anyone who can do that has a hit on her hands. There are only two drawbacks to this book. The examples and conversations McKellar has with the reader are very girl oriented, which is part of her goal of making more girls comfortable with math, but may turn off boy readers. The second drawback is that teens will only pick it up if they are struggling. If this book was used as supplemental material in a class, more teens would be forced to try it and learn that her tips are worthwhile. As one who uses calculators to do simple addition, this reviewer learned something. Reviewer: Kristin Fletcher-Spear
From the Publisher
"McKellar... may well have done more to encourage girls to stick with math than any government task force... the wildly enthusiastic response [her books] have received speaks to the effect that can be achieved by reworking the contents of standard math and science problems and countering the perception that boys won't like girls who are smart."—Eileen Pollack, The New York Times

"A new pre-algebra survival guide."—USNEWS.com

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Penguin Publishing Group
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New Edition
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.90(d)
Age Range:
12 - 14 Years

Meet the Author

Danica McKellar is a New York Times bestselling author of groundbreaking math books including Kiss My Math, and is a summa cum laude graduate of UCLA with a degree in mathematics. She is also well known for her acting roles on The Wonder Years, The West Wing, and multiple Hallmark Channel movies, and as a quarterfinalist on Dancing with the Stars. She lives with her family in Los Angeles.

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Kiss My Math 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 24 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This woman her books were long overdue, but I am thrilled that they are here! I am 28 years old and never learned math past the 2nd grade level. My mental block with math is so unparalelled that my high school math teacher realized that I literally had a nervous breakdown at my desk before each exam and quiz. It would take me four hours just to do my math homework - all the other subjects, including science were a breeze for me. Even in college I only took one math class and got an F because I just couldn't grasp it and the professors could care less about those who didn't understand. I purchased Kiss My Math this past Friday, and, for the first time, I get integers!! I can't tell you all how amazing this book is don't just buy it for your students or children - get it for yourself too if you connect with my story. It's never too late to learn math!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I already have a PhD from MIT, so I'm reading this book just for fun. I was happily surprised by the size of the book (over 300 pages), and that's a good thing: Danica's tutorial tone is always a pleasure, and you can start on any chapter where you need help, so the large amount of material is readily accessible. The visual style of the book matches her tutorial tone: It all looks like something you can do yourself, yet the substance of the math are never obscured by her sense of fun and the changes in fonts and text formats on the pages. Plus this book satisfies a pet criterion of mine: The book still packs enough substance per page to let my mind stride through the material without getting bogged down by fluff. I mean, some attempts to popularize math or science are so full of entertainment they make it extra work to strip off the fluff to get to the material. This book is an example of how to do it right: All the fun is here to help you learn and remember by engaging and connecting different parts of your mind. I don't care how many astronauts this book creates, I'll be delighted if this book gets us more smart and confident women who can 'see' in a level-headed way what is going on in their lives. I bet this book can do that.
Guest More than 1 year ago
As an adult who has struggled with basic math concepts, I found the book easy read, informative and fun. I will definitely use the strategies and recommend the books to all the students I tutor. Great for teenagers and adults who want to help their own children grasp math!!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Danica McKellar is every parent of a middle-schoolers dream. She makes math glamourous. Her first book 'Math Doesn't Suck...' showed that McKellar had a knack for easy explanations of complex problems in mathematics. In this book she continues that talent with explanations of pre-algebra. As a college professor, I hope that other educators see the value of 'Selling' the student on how 'fantastic' their subjects are through methods such as Ms. McKellar uses. The book is easy to read and the examples are fantastic for teen girls...Now if only someone would write a book like this for boys!
Kit_Kat12 More than 1 year ago
This is the second book by Ms. McKellar,the sequel to Math Doesn't Suck, and we recommend them both highly. It is not necessary to read the book from cover to cover. Anytime your child is having trouble understanding an assignment she/he can refer to the pertinent chapter. Ms. McKellar explains the concept in language that is easy to understand and in terms that kids are more likely to remember.
pinktulipchild More than 1 year ago
Having trouble in math this is the perfect book to get you over the anxiety. It's catchy and works well with beginning Algebra.
diznee25 More than 1 year ago
I'm 32 years old and have been out of high school for 14 years now, and decided to take the plunge and get that long overdue college degree! Obviously my brain is very rusty, and Pre-Algebra and Algebra were difficult classes when I was a teenager. So I bought this book to relearn the topic and better prepare myself for college. As the younger crowd would say, "OMG!" Danica McKellar has this easy writing style that makes it feel she's standing right there teaching you! She takes each topic and breaks it down in easy to understand terms. All of the examples and graphics are icing on the cake! She teaches this topic better than my teachers ever did. (And that's sad considering my teachers were there in person.) Being female, I can definitely appreciate the "girl" talk in the book, though it is aimed at teenage girls. However, that stuff is only a few pages here or there, and very easy to skip over if you have no interest in reading it. So to all women young and old, I recommend this book for your math needs!! I plan on getting Hot X: Algebra Exposed, after I'm done with Kiss My Math. I'm sure Danica's 'Hot X' book won't disappoint!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My daughter, who will be a Sophomore in the fall, just failed 9th grade Algebra1, even after meeting with her math teacher twice a week before class!!!! I had bought one of the "for dummies" Algebra workbooks and saw this one and Math Doesn't Suck. As I was reading it to see if it would be any good, I didn't want to put it down in the store. I have struggled with math my whole life, and my husband too and we all are going through these books!!! These are the first math books we actually want to read !!! I can't wait to see my daughter's improvement. Note to teachers out there: Please explain problems in layman's terms, not the brainiac technical terms. You are not getting through to more kids than you know, I'm sure...not to mention, when you bore them, you lose their attention straight off !!! Remember the show, "Frasier"? Seriously how many adults, no less kids could relate to being taught that way???
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was searching for a book to help me with my college math course when I ran across Kiss My Math. The cover itself sells the book giving you the insight on what you will be reading about inside. The title says it all because after reading this book, you'll have that superiority complex over math. The step by step guidance you receive makes you feel that you can surmount any math phobia that you may have. For those who only need a little math pick me up, Kiss My Math will strenghten your knowledge. A co-worker said that her daughter was having problems with her math, so I showed her the book and she loved it, saying that she was going to buy it the same day. So if you're looking fo a math book to perk up those math skills, Kiss My Math is the book for you.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The "sequel" to Math Doesn't Suck is great. The style is perfectly readable, with straightforward explanations, relevant examples, and "friendly" text (it feels as if the author is writing to a friend). I have found both books very helpful when relearning/reviewing a topic for tutoring at the Middle School level. I wish they had been around when my kids were that age (or when I was that age).
Schwartz5 More than 1 year ago
Kiss My Math is a very well written book that makes math concepts understandable to the middle school student and anybody older than that (and perhaps slightly younger as well). Although the writing is targeted at females, the analogies are accessible regardless of gender. I recommend this book particularly for math teachers looking for new ways to teach concepts (specifically middle school, freshman and remedial concepts), parents seeking to brush up on the things their children are learning or will learn soon, students going through middle school math, and anybody else who wants to learn/relearn middle school math concepts via a highly readable book.
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