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Logicomix: The Epic Search For Truth

Author/Illustrator: Apostolos Doxiadis, Christos H. Papadimitriou, Alecos Papadatos, and Annie Di Donna Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Grade levels: 6-8, 9-12, Higher Education Subject: Math Genre: Historical Fiction, Biography/Autobiography Special Attractions: Nonfiction, Teaching comics, For adults too Synopsis: Covering a span of sixty years, the graphic novel Logicomix was inspired by the epic story of the quest for the Foundations of Mathematics. This was a heroic intellectual adventure most of whose protagonists paid the price of knowledge with extreme personal suffering and even insanity.  The book tells its tale in an engaging way, at the same time complex and accessible. It grounds the philosophical […] Read More

Kat and Mouse

Author/Illustrator: Alex De Campi, Federica Manfredi Publisher: Tokyopop Grade levels: 6-8, 9-12 Subject: History/Social Studies, Science, Math Genre: Mystery Synopsis: From first issue: “When Kat’s dad gets a job as a science teacher at a posh private school, things seem perfect—that is, until Kat’s rich, popular classmates shove her to the bottom of the social heap just for being smart. And bad turns to worse when an anonymous student blackmails Kat’s dad to give the class better grades! Can Kat and her new friend, the rebellious computer nerd Mouse, find the real culprits before Kat’s dad loses his job?” Titles in […] Read More

Factoring with Mr. Yang and Mosley the Alien

Author/Illustrator: Gene Yang Website: Factoring with Mr. Yang Grade levels: 6-8, 9-12 Subject: Math Genre: Science Fiction Special Attractions: Nonfiction, Multicultural Lead Characters, Teaching Comics Synopsis: An online comics-based unit teaching factoring, a difficult concept covered in Algebra 2. The Beat review TeachersFirst review Sequential Smarts review Author’s site  

Building Blocks of Mathematics

Author/Illustrator: Joseph Midthun and Sam Hiti Publisher: World Book Grade levels: K-1, 2-3, 4-5 Subject: Math Genre: Humor, How To Special Attractions: Nonfiction, Teaching Comics Synopsis: Building Blocks of Mathematics is a great new series of mathematics books from World Book! Quirky characters drawn in exciting comic-book style introduce and demonstrate critical basic mathematics concepts in this new six-volume series books. Story problems help to develop students’ conceptual understanding of the mathematical operations and teach them techniques for solving real-life math problems. Designed in collaboration with elementary mathematics education experts, this series is appropriate for kids who are just learning these concepts and […] Read More

Solution Squad

Author: Jim McClain Illustrator: Rose McClain Grade levels: 6-8 Genre: Superhero Subject: Math Special Attractions: Multicultural Lead Characters Solution Squad is a comic about a team of teenage heroes, each with a different math-based superpower. The team teaches mathematical concepts in a fun and accessible way while entertaining the reader! La Calculadora is the leader of the team. She has an eidetic memory, meaning that she can remember everything she has ever seen or heard in perfect detail. She also has the power to perform complex mental calculations instantly. Radical creates electromagnetic triangles in the air, which he uses to push […] Read More