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Math Novels Books

The Adventures of Penrose the Mathematical Cat
by Theoni Pappas
Penrose, a cat with a knack for math, takes children on an adventurous tour of mathematical concepts from fractals to infinity. When the fractal dragon jumps off the computer screen and threatens to grow larger than the room itself, Penrose must find out if fractal patterns can work in reverse, getting smaller instead of larger.

Fractals, Googols and Other Mathematical Tales
by Theoni Pappas
A new treasure trove of stories that make mathematical ideas come to life with an unusual cast of characters. This book explores mathematical concepts and topics such as real numbers, exponents, dimensions, and geometry in both serious and humorous ways. Paperback, 1993.

G Is for Googol : A Math Alphabet Book
by David Schwartz, et al
Explains complex math concepts in a palatable format. From “abacus” to “zillion,” detailed descriptions are combined with fun cartoons and illustrations that bring math concepts down to earth.

A Gebra Named Al: A Novel
by Wendy Isdell
Wonderfully written and a joy to read, this novel for young adults is filled with math and science basics made fun and accessible. 1993 Paperback. Teachers Guide.

The Grapes Of Math
by Gregory Tang, Harry Briggs (Illustrator), Kindle edition. Other editions available.
Greg Tang shows readers creative ways to use patterns and combinations of numbers to solve math puzzles quickly and effectively.

The Man Who Counted
A Collection of Mathematical Adventures
by Malba Tahan
Reads like the Tales of 1001 Nights. Social Studies. A young Muslim’s adventures and how his math solutions saves him many a time. A read-aloud math book.

The Manga Guide to Calculus
Follow along with Noriko as she learns that calculus is more than just a class designed to weed out would-be science majors. You’ll see that calculus is a useful way to understand the patterns in physics, economics, and the world around us.

Math Curse
by Jon Scieszka
In this story, a girl wakes up one morning to find everything in life arranging itself into a math problem. For primary-aged children.

Math Girls
by Hiroshi Yuki (Author), Tony Gonzalez (Translator)
Currently in its eighteenth printing in Japan, this best-selling novel is available in English at last. Combining mathematical rigor with light romance, Math Girls is a unique introduction to advanced mathematics, delivered through the eyes of three students as they learn to deal with problems seldom found in textbooks.

789Math Jokes 4 Mathy Folks
From basic facts (Why is 6 afraid of 7?) to trigonometry (Mathematical puns are the first sine of dementia) and algebra (Graphing rational functions is a pain in the asymptote), no topic is safe. As Professor Jim Rubillo notes, Math Jokes 4 Math Folks is an absolute gem for anyone dedicated to seeing mathematical ideas through puns, double meanings, and blatant bad jokes.

Math Talk : Mathematical Ideas in Poems for Two Voices
by Theoni Pappas
This is a delightful engaging introduction to the world of mathematics, giving children and adults alike a glimpse of the wonderful adventures that lie beyond simple (and boring) drills.

The Number Devil
In twelve dreams, Robert, a boy who hates math, meets a Number Devil, who leads him to discover the amazing world of numbers: infinite numbers, prime numbers, Fibonacci numbers, numbers that magically appear in triangles, and numbers that expand without.

The Phantom Tollbooth
by Norton Juster, Jules Feiffer (Illustrator)
Milo drives through the tollbooth’s gates and begins a memorable journey. He meets such characters as the foolish, yet lovable Humbug, the Mathemagician, and the not-so-wicked “Which,” Faintly Macabre, who gives Milo the “impossible” mission of returning two princesses to the Kingdom of Wisdom.

A Question of Will
Teens. With the help of old friends and unexpected allies, Will believes he can work out where the madman will strike. But, massively outgunned and with the police closing in, will his chase to save his city end up dooming them all? This page contains links to tutorials explaining the key mathematical concepts and situations encountered in the book. Each tutorial is or will be accompanied by a worksheet with a fully worked solution. To access the tutorials or worksheets, just click on the links under each heading. Clicking on the image will bring you to the tutorial. A list of mathematical keywords is provided with each topic.

Sir Cumference Math Novels

Sir Cumference and the Dragon of Pi
A Math Adventure
by Cindy Neuschwander, Wayne Geehan (Illustrator)
A young boy gives his father the wrong potion to cure a bellyache, and must solve the riddle of the ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter to get the dosage to cure him.

Sir Cumference and the First Round Table
A Math Adventure
by Cindy Neuschwander, Wayne Geehan (Illustrator)
Fusing geometry with Arthurian legend, this tale describes the origin of the famous Round Table. Paperback 1997.

Sir Cumference and the Great Knight of Angleland
A Math Adventure
by Cindy Neuschwander, Wayne Geehan (Illustrator)
The adventures of Radius, son of Sir Cumference and Lady Di of Ameter.

Sir Cumference and the Isle of Immeter
by Cindy Neuschwander, Wayne Geehan (Illustrator)
When young Per visits her uncle Sir Cumference and his family, she learns how to play the game, “Inners and Edges.”

Sir Cumference and the Off-the-Charts Dessert
by Cindy Neuschwander, Wayne Geehan (Illustrator)
Sir Cumference and Lady Di need a baker to prepare a special dessert for the annual Harvest Faire. Two bakers compete to see whose dessert is most popular. When Pia of Chartres and Bart Graf have trouble keeping track of the votes their desserts receive, they each develop a better system.

Sir Cumference and the Roundabout Battle
by Cindy Neuschwander, Wayne Geehan (Illustrator)
When Steward Edmund Rounds and Sir Cumference notice that there are strangers camped nearby, Rounds II decides to investigate despite being involved with the task of learning how to make accurate counts of the castle’s stores of food, supplies, and weaponry. Paperback – August 4, 2015.

Sir Cumference and the Viking’s Map
by Cindy Neuschwander, Wayne Geehan (Illustrator)
While riding through the forests of Angleland, cousins Per and Radius realize they are lost and are desperate for a map to guide them home. Soon they come across a mysterious house in the hills. Inside they find a map to a treasure belonging to Xaxon Yellowbearyd, the fiercest Viking warrior of his time.

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