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Author: Mills, Claudia
Illustrator: Shepperson, Rob
Publisher: Farrar Straus Girous Books for young Readers
Year Published: 2014
Grades: Grade 2, Grade 3, Grade 4

Annika Riz, Math Whiz

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Although this is the second book in a trilogy it stands on its own. The Franklin School Friends focuses on three Grade 3 girls, each with a love for a different school subject. Kelsey loves to read, Annika is a whiz at Math and Izzy (the focus for the future third book) loves to run.
The problems that the girls encounter all have to do with math. But Annika comes from a math family οΎ– her father teaches math, her mother is an accountant and her dog is named Prime. While baking cookies to earn money at the school fair a lot of measurement vocabulary is embedded into the text, making it fun to learn. After three tries, and much humour, the cookie baking is a disaster, highlighting some real-life situations to which Division 1 readers will be able to relate. The girls next decide to operate a lemonade stand, and Annika helps her friends work through the process of determining how much to charge so that they will make a profit. The classroom scenarios and school fair antics will keep readers engaged and amused. A few black and white sketches extend the text for beginning novel readers. This is a realistic story about three friends who each excel in a special area, but respect each other’s differences, and maintain a solid friendship.

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