Lost in Lexicon: An Adventure in Words and Numbers [NOOK Book]

Overview

"If this is an adventure, we should just plunge in..."

When thirteen-year-old cousins Ivan and Daphne go on a treasure hunt in the rain one summer day, they never expect to stumble into a whole new world where words and numbers run wild.

After the cousins outwit a plague of punctuation, grateful villagers beg them to find Lexicon's missing children, who have been enticed away by dancing lights in the sky. Trekking between villages in search ...
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Lost in Lexicon: An Adventure in Words and Numbers

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Overview

"If this is an adventure, we should just plunge in..."

When thirteen-year-old cousins Ivan and Daphne go on a treasure hunt in the rain one summer day, they never expect to stumble into a whole new world where words and numbers run wild.

After the cousins outwit a plague of punctuation, grateful villagers beg them to find Lexicon's missing children, who have been enticed away by dancing lights in the sky. Trekking between villages in search of clues, the cousins encounter a talking thesaurus, a fog of forgetting, the Mistress of Metaphor, a panel of poets, feuding parts of speech, and the illogical mathematicians of Irrationality. When a careless Mathemystical reflects them across the border into the ominous Land of Night, their peril deepens. Kidnapped, imprisoned, and mesmerized—with time running out—will Ivan and Daphne find a way to solve the mystery of the lights in the sky and restore the lost children of Lexicon to their homes?

Lost in Lexicon will whisk children away into an interactive and magical world of learning.
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Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
Gr 5–8—Cousins Ivan and Daphne are spending the summer with their Aunt Adelaide, a former children's librarian who plies them with books and puzzles and frowns on television and video games. When these 13-year-old couch potatoes finally succumb to boredom, she locks them out of the house with an anagram to solve. This mystery leads them through the barn window into a world called Lexicon, ruled by an algebraic polarity and beset by strange grammatical problems all relating to mysterious pixel shows in the night sky. But the worst problem facing Lexicon is the disappearance of all the children, lured away to the city of Origin by these same lights, and the teens are charged with tracking them down. Their climactic encounters in Origin—where they discover that the children are being educated for the betterment of society with the most advanced technological methods—challenge them to "Look. Think. Ask." An engaging and original narrative is the main strength of this series opener. Math and grammar concepts are nicely integrated. Noyce keeps up the pace by limiting descriptive passages but offers little character introduction. Ivan and Daphne do grow over the course of their quest, finding strength in their ability to tackle subjects that once overwhelmed them and working as a team to solve each mathematical and linguistic puzzle. Well-imagined illustrations help bring the pair to life. A none-too-subtle critique of popular culture and a narrative riddled with challenging concepts will deter some readers, but Lexicon will have its following among advanced students. Persistent readers will be rewarded with a good adventure, affecting lyrical passages, and thought-provoking questions relevant to our own society.—Jayne Damron, Farmington Community Library, MI
From the Publisher
2013-2014 Lamplighter List Nominee, Triple Crown Awards

"Noyce’s imaginative, playful use of words and numbers keeps readers engaged throughout the story ... The charming story, along with the focus questions and extension activities at the end of the book, make this an entertaining selection for student-led reading discussions at the upper elementary and intermediate level." — Teaching Children Mathematics, September 2012, National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (reviewed by Jennifer Geoffroy, D.C. Public Schools, Washington, D.C.)

PSLA YA Fiction Top 40 (or so) 2011 selection
"Filled with sensational vocabulary and literary elements and marvelous mathematics..." - Christine Massey, JW Parker Middle School Librarian, PSLA reviewer

Honorable mention in Children's Literature for the New England Book Festival's Holiday Feature

Award-winning Finalist in the Children's Fiction and Children's Educational categories of The USA "Best Books 2011" Awards

Mom's Choice Awards® 2011 Winner - Gold (Juvenile Books Level 2, Ages 9-12)

Winner of the 2011 IBPA Ben Franklin Award for Interior Design 1-2 Color

Parents' Choice Recommended Award Winner

Independent Publisher Book Award Silver Medal

ForeWord's 2010 Book of the Year Award Honorable Mention - Juvenile Fiction & Finalist - Young Adult Fiction

Award-winning Finalist for Children's Fiction in the 2011 International Book Awards

Indie Next Kid's List Pick Winter 2011

Under the guise of an adventure novel, Lost in Lexicon expertly incorporates educational elements into the storyline to deliver a true learning experience. Just as The Phantom Tollbooth…did years ago, this book pushes readers to see the familiar from a new perspective and to open their minds to fresh ideas. — Sweet on Books

"...This is an adventure story for the digital generation, and Lost in Lexicon breaks new ground in the adventure genre. This rollicking, often tongue-in-cheek novel will appeal to young readers who need a break from their computer games and long to journey into the woods of learning." — ForeWord Reviews

"...An engaging and original narrative is the main strength of this series opener. Math and grammar concepts are nicely integrated. Noyce keeps up the pace by limiting descriptive passages but offers little character introduction. Ivan and Daphne do grow over the course of their quest, finding strength in their ability to tackle subjects that once overwhelmed them and working as a team to solve each mathematical and linguistic puzzle. Well-imagined illustrations help bring the pair to life...Persistent readers will be rewarded with a good adventure, affecting lyrical passages, and thought-provoking questions relevant to our own society." — School Library Journal, Jayne Damron, Farmington Community Library, MI

"The setup to many a great story...A strange and beautiful world of grammatical and mathematical troubles...a good vacation is priceless." — Teresa DiFalco, 2011 Parents' Choice, a Recommended Award Winner

"Lost in Lexicon...will make even the most complacent kid temporarily forget the distractions of screen and phone in favor of investigating, calculating, solving, and discovering – and adults who read it will be carried along too, by a story that’s plain-spoken and involving." – Open Letters Monthly

"Ivan and Daphne never expected a grammar lesson to be quite so...animated. Lost in Lexicon: An Adventure in Words and Numbers follows the two cousins as they come to the town of Lexicon, a land where language and mathematics take on a very different life...Blending education and entertainment, Lost in Lexicon is a fun read that is very much recommended." — Midwest Book Review

"Lost in Lexicon receives high marks for bold, unapologetic, undisguised inclusion of math and language in a fantasy narrative, which is truly unique and fills a niche for educators." — Compass Book Ratings (formerly Squeaky Clean Reads)

"It’s a paean to imagination, learning and thinking for oneself – it’s advocating all those things that make life truly enjoyable. Lost in Lexicon can show a child many things, in the context of a compelling story built of truly interesting characters on a wild adventure." — Linda White, Minneapolis Books Examiner

Children's Literature - Claudia Mills
Complaining of boredom on a rainy-day visit to Great-Aunt Adelaide, who doesn't allow television or computers, thirteen-year-old cousins Daphne and Ivan are sent on a treasure-hunt to the barn. Once there, they find that the barn's cupola is the gateway to the land of Lexicon, whose children are being spirited away by the pied piper of "colored pixels in the sky" (the Lexicon analog of the very electronic amusements banned by Great-Aunt Adelaide). In their quest to rescue the kidnapped children, Daphne and Ivan roam through the various quadrants of Lexicon, encountering a shy animal "thesaurus" who murmurs lists of synonyms, the "Mistress of Metaphor" who speaks in constant similes while striving to avoid "falling into Cliche," feuding communities that speak only in nouns and verbs respectively, a town council that mandates speaking in iambic meter, a district of irrational mathematicians, a compass that tracks Cartesian coordinates, and more strange and wondrous permutations on language and mathematics. Ultimate success comes only when they learn to unmask Orwellian double-speak and construct the bridge of sturdy logical arguments. While the anti-television-and-video-game message is hardly subtle, Noyce's tale abounds in clever word-and-number play at its best reminiscent of Alice in Wonderland and The Phantom Tollbooth. Lavish illustrations by Charles enhance the pleasing presentation of Lexicon and its droll and disturbing inhabitants. Reviewer: Claudia Mills, Ph.D.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780983021933
  • Publisher: Scarletta Press
  • Publication date: 8/9/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 368
  • Sales rank: 763,106
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • Lexile: 730L (what's this?)
  • File size: 6 MB

Meet the Author

Pendred (Penny) Noyce is a doctor, education reformer, and writer. She grew up in Silicon Valley, California, surrounded by apricot orchards and fields of mustard. Along with her brother and sisters, she rode ponies, put on plays, and explored the rapidly changing countryside.

As an adult, Penny has practiced internal medicine, supervised medical residents, and become a leader in Massachusetts mathematics and science education reform. She serves on a number of nonprofit boards, including that of the Noyce Foundation, and she chairs the boards of Maine’s Libra Foundation and the Rennie Center for Education Research and Policy. She loves to give talks to teachers and kids.

Penny is married with five children who all love to read, travel, ski, and seek out adventures. She has yet to visit Australia and Antarctica. She lives in the western suburbs of Boston with the parts of her family that haven't already grown up.


Joan Charles lives in Santa Monica, California. As a child she put on plays and puppet shows, wrote and illustrated a family newspaper, and played endless games of Parcheesi with her sisters on rainy summer days. Her favorite thing to do was draw and make up stories, and that's still true today.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 1, 2013

    AMAZING NOT WHAT YOU THINK IT IS!

    It is an amazing book i read it for a reading group,
    the math is a little advanced but it is a wonderful adventure
    it is a very good book please read for me i dont care who just
    read it please! -J

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  • Posted October 12, 2011

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    A Mom's Choice Awards Recipient!

    Lost in Lexicon is a recipient of the prestigious Mom's Choice Award. The Mom's Choice Awards honors excellence in family-friendly media, products and services. An esteemed panel of judges includes education, media and other experts as well as parents, children, librarians, performing artists, producers, medical and business professionals, authors, scientists and others. A sampling of the panel members includes: Dr. Twila C. Liggett, ten-time Emmy-winner, professor and founder of PBS's Reading Rainbow; Julie Aigner-Clark, Creator of Baby Einstein and The Safe Side Project; Jodee Blanco, and New York Times best-selling Author; LeAnn Thieman, motivational speaker and coauthor of seven Chicken Soup For The Soul books. Parents and educators look for the Mom's Choice Awards seal in selecting quality materials and products for children and families.

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