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Hot X: 04/11/12

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Hot X is Danica McKellar's third math book. This one introduces algebra and has the same amusing sidebars and as her previous books, Kiss my Math and Math Doesn't Suck.

Along with the algebra, the book has some life lessons and advice about dealing with bad relationships, bullying and other unpleasantries that a teenage girl might be facing in her life. There are also some included messages from readers of her previous books or from women who use algebra in their profession.

As I mentioned in my review of Kiss My Math by Danica McKellar, I never felt intimated by math in junior or senior high, nor did I feel it was a boy's only subject. I have known too many women in my lifetime who are mathematicians or were math majors (even if they ended up in a different field). That said, Danica McKellar's math books are fun, engaging, well written and full of memorable lessons to help important math topics stick.

While specifically written for teenage girls who are struggling with math, Hot X has lessons that can be used by anyone learning algebra. The book's math examples work just fine with my 4th grade son. They are silly enough for him to pay attention and remember them when he's doing his homework.

Five stars

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