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Dead Possums Are Fair Game

Dead Possums Are Fair Game

by Taryn Souders


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The world would be a better place without math or messy roommates. At least, that’s what Ella Hunter believes. Life is about keeping order and avoiding long division, fractions, or really anything with an equal sign.

As the end of the school year approaches, the fifth-grade teachers at Victor Waldo Elementary conclude there’s not enough time to complete a new math unit before summer break. Great news for math-phobic Ella, right?

Wrong! The teachers decide instead to have their students host the first-ever Math Fair. And the fair project is worth two major math grades.

Add in one dead possum plus two horrible roommates who come to stay while their house is being renovated, and you have an equation for disaster. Ella is headed for summer school and math tutoring for sure. Can she stop her troubles from multiplying before it’s too late?

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781634501620
Publisher: Sky Pony
Publication date: 11/03/2015
Pages: 192
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.10(d)
Lexile: 770L (what's this?)
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

About the Author

Taryn Souders has a background in math education and is passionate about keeping math fun for kids. She is the author of Whole-y Cow!: Fractions Are Fun.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Luck 1

Chapter 2 Rigor Mortis 8

Chapter 3 Fair 15

Chapter 4 Dead Ball 24

Chapter 5 Control Freak 29

Chapter 6 About-Face 38

Chapter 7 Photojournalism 44

Chapter 8 Chew 54

Chapter 9 Annex 60

Chapter 10 Posthumous 65

Chapter 11 Hydroplane 75

Chapter 12 Bombshell 85

Chapter 13 Meatloaf 93

Chapter 14 Convert 99

Chapter 15 Close Shave 106

Chapter 16 Spreadsheet 113

Chapter 17 Self-Interest 120

Chapter 18 Last Straw 125

Chapter 19 Reality 132

Chapter 20 Apprehension 137

Chapter 21 Heimlich Maneuver 144

Chapter 22 Distraught 150

Chapter 23 Cliffhanger 155

Chapter 24 Crestfallen 161

Chapter 25 Reconcile 170

Chapter 26 Proposition 175

Morty's Math Memorial 179

Acknowledgments 186

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