Numbed!

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When Logan’s class takes a trip to a math museum, his mischievous friend Benedict is sure it will be a boring day—until he discovers a robot and its creator in an off-limits area. The robot proves feisty, and soon both boys get zapped. They realize only later that they’d left the museum without their math skills. To get back the knowledge they need for school—not to mention buying food at the mall, divvying up dinner at home, and much more—they’ll have to get back to the museum and pass a series of math ...

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Overview

When Logan’s class takes a trip to a math museum, his mischievous friend Benedict is sure it will be a boring day—until he discovers a robot and its creator in an off-limits area. The robot proves feisty, and soon both boys get zapped. They realize only later that they’d left the museum without their math skills. To get back the knowledge they need for school—not to mention buying food at the mall, divvying up dinner at home, and much more—they’ll have to get back to the museum and pass a series of math challenges. Being “numbed” will teach Logan and Benedict just how useful, and even fun, math can be.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Jillian Kobelin
When Logan and Benedict's sixth grade class takes a trip to the math museum, they never could have imagined that the visit would end up being the total opposite of boring! The boys get zapped by a mathematical robot, and all of the sudden they cannot remember how to do any math—not even adding up change. Logan and Benedict learn that they must solve a series of problems in the museum's "matheteria," or they will lose their mathematic abilities forever! This book is filled with numbers, arithmetic riddles, and equations. Even each chapter is signified by a short equation, such as (2 x 3) + (3 x 2) = chapter 12. While many kids may think math is just something you do in school, the book provides plenty of examples of how the principles of math are often applied in everyday life. When Logan and Benedict lose the ability to count and do other simple math, they have no idea what time to meet Logan's mom when she says "see you in two hours." Nor can they figure out how to divide chicken wings into equal portions. In some way, math is even connected to every subject in school! While a math whiz would love the theme of this book and solving the many problems, the tips and tricks would be particularly useful for those who struggle with this subject. However, it is going to be hard to get a kid who does not like math to read a book all about math. Teachers could use this book as a crossover lesson between reading and mathematics, appealing to students who love either or both! Reviewer: Jillian Kobelin
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2013-09-15
Sixth-graders Logan and Benedict are zapped by a mathematics-loving robot, numbing them to the power of numbers. Benedict cannot obey the rules, and Logan tries to keep his buddy in check in this over-the-top school fantasy. While on a boring trip to the Mobius Mathematical Museum, Benedict sees a restricted experimental area, roped-off and forbidden. Of course he ducks under the ropes and into danger. Soon, the boys meet Dr. Thagoras and his amazing robot, Cypher. After they insult the robot, he zaps all number knowledge out of their brains. Only relearning math in the controlled environment of the museum will allow them to regain the use of the mathematical parts of their brains. What raises this from sheer silliness is the way the boys earn their math powers back. First, they learn addition and subtraction and think they are done. But no, they need to remaster multiplication and division, geometry and probability as well. The tests the boys have to pass are enjoyable and entertaining, stretching readers' brains and reinforcing the power of math. Teachers will enjoy reading this aloud and challenging their students. While the plot might be a little thin, the number ideas more than make up for it. The sum of the parts is greater than the whole here, which is probably exactly the point. (Fantasy. 8-12)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781467705943
  • Publisher: Lerner Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 10/1/2013
  • Pages: 144
  • Sales rank: 627,295
  • Age range: 7 - 11 Years
  • Lexile: 550L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.60 (w) x 7.40 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

David Lubar

David Lubar has written more than twenty books for young readers, including Hidden Talents, Flip, Invasion of the Road Weenies, Punished, and My Rotten Life. His novels are on reading lists across the country, saving countless students from a close encounter with Madame Bovary. His short stories have appeared in the collections of such respected anthologists as M. Jerry Weiss, Don Gallo, and Michael Cart, and in a variety of magazines, including Boy's Life, READ, and Nickelodeon. He has also designed and programmed many video games, but he'd much rather spend his time writing books and hanging out with librarians. He lives in Nazareth, Pennsylvania, with his wife and a variety of cats.

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  • Posted December 5, 2013

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    Hott Synopsis: Horror of horrors! Logan can¿t believe he let Ben

    Hott Synopsis:
    Horror of horrors! Logan can’t believe he let Benedict get him into another predicament!!
    Who would have thought that a brief visit to the restricted area of a mathematics museum would cause them to loose all hope of recognizing numbers. Or that a second visit would only partially restore their abilities.
    It was that robot! Something must be done before someone else is ‘Numbed’!

    Hott Review:
    This was a great book! I think I enjoyed it as much as the kids. I think that this book was able to show it’s readers so much about how math really applies to life in a fun and imaginative way.

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    Author: David Lubar
    Source: Millbrook Press via Netgalley
    Grade: A+
    Ages: 8+

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