Julie is a young teen who struggles with her homework, especially math, until a mysterious Imaginary Number leads her into Mathematics. There she meets Al the gebra (who is like a zebra), and horses who represent elements on the Periodic chart. She sets off on a quest to find her way home, and in the process, learns the foundations of algebra and chemistry.
Join Julie in her journey through Mathematics, where the Orders of Operations are actual places and chemistrees are real plants with atomic fruit. Will Julie ever get home?
Written when the author was age fourteen, this work of fiction has been used in various school systems throughout the U.S to help supplement cross-curriculum learning. It can also be enjoyed as light fantasy reading.
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I am an eight grade student and I had to read A Gebra Named Al for a project in math. I thought it was a humorous book. At one point I thought that the author was trying mock the readers and the material it is trying to explain. I kept on getting the feeling that she was trying to teach me like I was a three-year-old again. I would definitely not recommend it for eight grade students. I doubt that they would take the book seriously. I know say that from experience. It is very childish and very silly. I found my self laughing at the names of some characters and the dialogue between the characters. This book is probably more appropriate for fourth or fifth grade students who are just learning about the order of operations. It has more of a childish way of explaining how to solve equations. Although, I do think that Wendy Isdell does a great job in explaining a complicated thing in a not so complex tone. Overall, I fell like a Gebra Named Al by Wendy Isdell is a good book for younger children.
The young author wrote a delightful tale for elementary students who are clever in math. It is refreshing and leads the fearful mathematician to discover math on a literary level. Good for Wendy!!!!!!
I am a student in 8th grade. As an assignment, our grade had to read A Gebra Named Al. I have not found one person who enjoyed this book. This book is filled with corny jokes, and a bad plot.
My students thoroughly enjoyed this book. They could all relate to Julie's problem, as they were also beginning their 'algebra quest.' This is a good book for young adults to read to let them know that not everyone will have a good understanding of math all of the time. Excellent for middle school grades where a teacher wants to incorporate reading into the math classroom!