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The Math Wiz
     

The Math Wiz

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by Betsy Duffey
 

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Does "Math Wiz" have to equal "Sports Dud"?

Marty Malone thinks no problem is too complicated for him. Then he starts third grade--and learns that being a math wiz won't stop him from getting picked last in gym class. Kids like tom Ballan are so much better at sports that Marty will never be able to catch up. Trying harder doesn't work. Trying to get out of gym

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Does "Math Wiz" have to equal "Sports Dud"?

Marty Malone thinks no problem is too complicated for him. Then he starts third grade--and learns that being a math wiz won't stop him from getting picked last in gym class. Kids like tom Ballan are so much better at sports that Marty will never be able to catch up. Trying harder doesn't work. Trying to get out of gym doesn't work. But what if Marty makes a friend in class? And what if that friend is a math wiz, too?

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Dr. Judy Rowen
Marty has moved and is in third grade in a new school. He is excellent at math, but always gets picked last for the team in gym class. In his mind, "math wiz + P.E. = misery". He tries to change the equation in many inventive ways, but finally tips the balance by adding "friend" into the mix. Duffey is adept at capturing the angst felt by elementary school kids. 1997 (orig.
From the Publisher
"Marty is a convincing character with whom readers will identify." —School Library Journal

"This is distinguished by Duffey's skill in making Marty's inner feelings ring true." —Kirkus Reviews

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781101142493
Publisher:
Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date:
10/01/1997
Sold by:
Penguin Group
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
80
Sales rank:
851,777
Lexile:
510L (what's this?)
File size:
2 MB
Age Range:
7 - 10 Years

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From the Publisher
"Marty is a convincing character with whom readers will identify." —School Library Journal

"This is distinguished by Duffey's skill in making Marty's inner feelings ring true." —Kirkus Reviews

Meet the Author

"I used to get in trouble in grade school - for reading. There was something irresistible about books to me, the things that happened in books always seemed more interesting than my real world of freeze tag and jump rope in Morgantown, West Virginia. My favorite books were biographies. Like most writers I know I have always been interested in people. I like to try to figure out how people think and what they are going to do next. I love to hear how people talk and what they care about.



"I was quiet as a child. I have always liked to listen more than I like to talk. I think that's why I am a writer. If I pay enough attention and listen hard enough to a person I begin to see beyond the words to the feelings and the truth.



"When I was young I didn't plan to be a writer. My mother, Betsy Byars, is a writer and I knew first hand what that meant. You sat at a desk for hours and typed and typed and typed. It didn't seem very exciting. I wanted a job that did not take place in a bedroom, a job that required clothes like a business suit or a white lab coat.



"My mother's writing was a part of my childhood. I have early memories of watching my mother at the typewriter, of reading her manuscripts, of sharing the excitement when a book was accepted for publication and of seeing her stories become books. She often asked me to critique a manuscript by placing an arrow in the margin pointing to the spot where I lost interest. I learned to edit at a young age.



"When it was time for me to choose a career I decided on Medical Technology. I loved science and I got to wear that white lab coat. My favorite job title was given to me when my husband, Bill, and I lived in Ankara, Turkey and I worked at a Turkish hospital. Grand Supreme Supervisor and Expert Specialist. It was the pinnacle of my career as a scientist.



"When my children were born I stayed home to raise them and read to them. I began to get ideas for books of my own and when those ideas came, I knew what to do. I sat at a desk for hours and typed and typed and typed and I discovered it was exciting after all.



"Most of my ideas come from my own children and the things that they do. When Charles invented a food fight catapult at Young Inventor's Camp, I wrote The Gadget War. When we were housebreaking our dog, Chester, I wrote A Boy in the Doghouse. When we moved, I wrote Hey, New Kid.

"When I create a character I usually start with their appearance. The physical features come from people I know. All the feelings of the character come from me. All of my characters are a little bit me. I have Cody's imagination, Lucky's optimism, Booker's love of words.



"When I was growing up in West Virginia, my family ate every meal together- breakfast, lunch and dinner. What I remember most about those meals is laughter. There was no problem so big that we couldn't solve it around that table with love and humor. Most of the laughter came from the stories that we told each other. They usually started with phrases like: You won't believe what happened to me. or That's nothing I... Sharing stories helps people feel better about their own problems.



"I write only in the mornings when my kids are in school. In the afternoons I spend time with them car pooling them to sports and church activities. My favorite thing to do in my spare time has not changed since I was a child - reading."



Betsy Duffey is the author of numerous books for young readers, including Hey, New Kid!; The Gadget War; The Math Wiz; and Utterly Yours, Booker Jones (all Viking and Puffin). She lives in Atlanta, Georgia.

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The Math Wiz 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a fun book to read. It is about a boy who moved to a new school and had trouble in gym- he was always the last one to be picked. He believes that 'Math wiz' + P.E. = misery. He meets a friend and the equation changes to 'Math wiz' + P.E. = Friend. This is a good book for kids that are adjusting to a new school or don't feel they fit in. It can be read quickly and is an easy read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
((Grrrrr..
Anonymous More than 1 year ago