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7 X 9 = Trouble! Reprint Edition
Contributor(s): Mills, Claudia, Karas, G. Brian (Illustrator)
ISBN: 0374464529     ISBN-13: 9780374464523
Publisher: Square Fish
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Product Type: Paperback - Other Formats
Published: September 2004
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Annotation: Wilson Williams worries about passing his times-table tests
Wilson has a hard time with math, especially with Mrs. Porter's timed multiplication tests. If only he were as quick as Laura Vicks, the smartest kid in third grade, or as quick as his brother, Kipper -- a kindergartner. Wilson's mother and father try to help, but Wilson doesn't appreciate having to do practice tests on a play date. Fortunately, his friend Josh Hernandez is a comfort, as is Squiggles, the class hamster. Wilson is sure that with his own little animal squeaking and cuddling beside him, he could learn anything. But his mom doesn't like pets. So Wilson bravely struggles on, hoping that one day in the not-too-distant future he'll pass all his times-table tests. Then, surprisingly, Kipper comes to the rescue.
With sensitivity and gentle humor, Claudia Mills examines a common childhood fear and a common family experience. G. Brian Karas provides tender, funny pictures.

Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Multiplication; Tables; Fiction.
Schools; Fiction.
Brothers; Fiction.
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Fiction | Readers
- Juvenile Fiction | School & Education
Dewey: [E]
LCCN: bl2008021140
Lexile Measure: 590
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 2-3, Age 7-8
Book type: Easy Fiction
Physical Information: 7.25" H x 5.00" W x 0.25" (0.25 lbs) 103 pages
Accelerated Reader Info
Quiz #: 57142
Reading Level: 4.3   Interest Level: Lower Grades   Point Value: 1.0
Scholastic Reading Counts Info
Quiz #: Q33219
Reading Level: 4.2   Interest Level: Grades 3-5   Point Value: 4.0
 
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Contributor Bio(s): iv>Claudia Mills has written many books for children, including the Gus and Grandpa series of beginning readers and, most recently, the middle-grade novel Lizzie at Last. This is her first chapter book. She lives in Boulder, Colorado.

G. Brian Karas is the author and/or illustrator of numerous picture books. He lives in Rhinebeck, New York.


Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2002 Fall)
Third-grader Wilson is facing one of the hurdles of childhood: learning his times tables. Unlike math-whiz classmate Laura, who is up to her nines, or best friend Josh, who has mastered the fives, Wilson is doubtful about his chances of passing all twelve times-table tests before the deadline. Writing for the first time for early chapter book readers, Mills infuses her story with drama, tension, and humanity. Copyright 2002 Horn Book Guide Reviews

Reviewed by Horn Book Magazine Reviews (Horn Book Magazine Reviews 2002 #2)
Third-grader Wilson is facing one of the true hurdles of childhood: learning his times tables. Unlike math-whiz classmate Laura, who is already up to her nines, or best friend Josh, who has mastered the fives, Wilson is stumped by the threes and doubtful about his chances of passing all twelve times-table tests before the deadline. Mills infuses her story of Wilson's journey through multiplication with drama, tension, and humanity (and even includes a helpful little math trick I wish I had known about in third grade). A subplot involving a lost hamster adds even more kid appeal. Mills has an unerring gift for identifying childhood challenges (the "mountain range" of a difficult concept to be learned; the necessity of accommodating younger siblings) and joys (the many creative uses of a stopwatch; a hamster of one's own). Writing for the first time for early chapter book readers, Mills (Gus and Grandpa at Basketball, rev. 11/01; Standing Up to Mr. O., rev. 9/98) passes the test, with flying colors. Copyright 2002 Horn Book Magazine Reviews

Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2002 April)
Gr 2-3-Students who are having difficulty with math will enjoy this lighthearted story. Third-grader Wilson Williams needs to pass all the times-table tests by March 16th in order to get an ice-cream cone from his teacher. While the child is talented in art, he is envious of his friends Laura and Josh, who have completed their tests and have received their cones. He is also envious of his younger brother Kipper, a kindergartner who is placed in a special math group because he has started learning the times tables on his own. While the main theme revolves around Wilson passing the tests, an important subplot deals with his desire for a pet and taking home the class hamster for a weekend. All's well in the end-Wilson passes the 12 times table at the last minute, and he and Kipper will be getting a pet hamster. While this chapter book is entertaining and no doubt many youngsters will relate to the story, it is unfortunate that the author reinforces negative feelings about studying math. Wilson never seems to comprehend the concept of multiplication, and no one makes an effort to teach him.-Marilyn Ackerman, Brooklyn Public Library, NY Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.