Logic to the Rescue

Logic to the Rescue

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by Kris Langman
     
 

What is it?

Logic to the Rescue is designed to teach kids critical thinking. A combination of fiction and non-fiction, it weaves examples of logical fallacies into a fictional sword-and-sorcery fantasy. Simple examples for testing a hypothesis and setting up experiments in chemistry and physics are integrated into the plot.

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Overview

What is it?

Logic to the Rescue is designed to teach kids critical thinking. A combination of fiction and non-fiction, it weaves examples of logical fallacies into a fictional sword-and-sorcery fantasy. Simple examples for testing a hypothesis and setting up experiments in chemistry and physics are integrated into the plot.

Who will it appeal to?

Kids ages 10 to 14, though adults who want to brush up on their knowledge of logical fallacies such as post hoc ergo propter hoc, ad hominem, and counting the hits may also enjoy the book.

Is it part of a series?

Yes, Logic to the Rescue is the first book in the series. The second book in the series is The Prince of Physics.

Summary:

When Nikki Murrow lost her first High School debating match she did what anyone would do – she hid in a closet. She found comfort hiding among the mops and cleaning supplies, but she also found two imps – tiny creatures from a magical kingdom who lead her on a strange journey into the Realm of Reason.

There is Fuzz, an imp with a fondness for breaking the rules. And Athena, a model of impish manners, decorum and spotlessly clean clothes. Together they convince Nikki to join them in the battle against the king's evil advisor, Maleficious.

In her debate class, Nikki learned the value of logic and reason, but who knew her ability to formulate a hypothesis would help a mud-splattered Knight redeem his tarnished reputation? Or that her knowledge of logical fallacies would rid the Realm's Haunted Hills of ghosts?

Maleficious's hold on the king is strong, but Nikki and the imps are determined that the Realm will not fall into his clutches. Will their mastery of logic rid the kingdom of the ignorance Maleficious is spreading, or will the inhabitants of the Realm fall back under the sway of centuries-old superstition?

Editorial Reviews

Beth Stinson
This is a fiction book which mixes logic in with the story, making it an entertaining read for teens in the 12 to 14 age group. Maybe a little younger if you have a smart 10 or 11 year old.

The two imps in the story reminded me a little of Dobby the elf from the second Harry Potter book. The main character, Nikki, is a good role model for teenage girls. She's very level-headed and wants to be a chemist like her Mom.

A useful and fun guide to logic and critical thinking.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940032858645
Publisher:
Kris Langman
Publication date:
10/31/2011
Sold by:
Smashwords
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
159,733
File size:
271 KB
Age Range:
5 - 13 Years

Meet the Author

Books by Kris Langman Hamsters Rule, Gerbils Drool - available on Amazon The Danger Next Door - avaiable on Amazon and Smashwords The Danger Down Under - available on Amazon Logic to the Rescue (Logic to the Rescue series, Book One) - available on Amazon and Smashwords The Prince of Physics (Logic to the Rescue series, Book Two) - available on Amazon

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Logic to the Rescue 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Billnovak More than 1 year ago
Castles, knights, kings, a mysterious evil villain, two creatures called imps which reminded me of the dwarves in Snow White, this book has all the elements of fantasy, but it mixes some non-fiction in with the story. Each chapter covers a separate logical fallacy such as the appeal to authority, post hoc, and ad hominem. Kids will enjoy this fast-paced tale, and they might even learn something without realizing it. Kind of a 'spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down' approach to education.
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I lov this book sooooooooo much. I seriously can't wait 4the sequel!!!!!
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Jillym33 More than 1 year ago
This is a fantasy story mixed with some non-fiction stuff like logic and basic examples from chemistry and physics. The fun story is intended to get kids interested in logic and science, and it works pretty well. The three main characters are Nikki, a thirteen-year-old girl, Athena, an imp (kind of like an elf) and Fuzz, another imp. Fuzz was my favorite character. He's kind of a rascally good-for nothing who constantly gets on the nerves of the prissy Athena.