Last year, actress and math genius Danica McKellar made waves nationwide, challenging the “math nerd” stereotype—and giving girls the tools to ace tests and homework in her unique just-us-girls style. Now, in Kiss My Math , McKellar empowers a new crop of girls—7th to 9th graders—taking on the next level of mathematics: pre-Algebra.

Stepping up not only the math, but also the sass and style, Kiss My Math will help math-phobic teenagers everywhere chill out about math, and finally “get” negative numbers, variables, absolute values, exponents, and more. Each chapter features:

" Step-by-step instruction

" Time-saving tips and tricks

" Illuminating practice problems with detailed solutions

" Real-world examples

" True stories from Danica’s own life as a student and actress

Kiss My Math also includes more fun extras--including personality quizzes, reader polls, and real-life testimonials-- ultimately revealing why pre-Algebra is easier, more relevant, and more glamorous than girls think.

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Add a SummaryDanica McKellar, an actress who graduated summa cum laude from U. C. L. A. with a degree in mathematics, has written a supplement to the eighth grade curriculum for girls who are struggling with the subject. Building upon the material she covered in Math Doesn't Suck, McKellar covers properties of integers, absolute value, variables, algebraic expressions, linear equations and inequalities in one variable, function notation, and graphing lines expressed in slope-intercept form (y = mx + b). She also advises girls about study habits, relationships, dealing with stress, and how to prepare for a test. McKellar includes testimonials from successful who use mathematics in their jobs and discusses professions in which some mathematics is used.

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Add a CommentLame title...But surprisingly a really good book :)

yep kiss my math because it is spotless

Danica McKellar, an actress who graduated summa cum laude from U. C. L. A. with a degree in mathematics, has written a supplement to a pre-algebra textbook for girls who are struggling with mathematics. Using analogies and humor, McKellar explains the properties of integers, absolute value, variables, algebraic expressions, how to solve linear equations and inequalities in one variable, function notation, and how to graph lines expressed in slope-intercept (y = mx + b) form. McKellar explains in detail how to solve the problems in the copious examples. The exercises, for which she provides answers in the back of the text, are based on those examples. McKellar does a particularly good job of explaining how to use the associative and commutative properties to simplify computations and clearly explains why multiplying an inequality by a negative number reverses the direction of the inequality. However, some of her explanations are more convoluted than they needed to be (adding and subtracting signed numbers; combining like terms) because of the way she sequenced the topics in the book. She also fails to explain why division by zero is undefined. That said, McKellar provides useful advice about studying, relationships, dealing with stress, and, especially, how to prepare for a test.

I am one step ahead of all these books, but I love them! I think Danica explains things in a very good way and I love all the extra things too!

I personally have not read this, but my 12-year-old daughter absolutely loves this book! An hour after bedtime I caught her doing math and reading this book! She wants to own this book so she can highlight and mark it up and can't wait to tell all her friends. She loves math anyway, so I don't know if it would get girls interested if they are not already. My daughter likes the fact that Danica speaks to kids in their own language, just like a BFF. The book also has cute little quizzes and fun side notes.

Great book for girls who don't understand math. I think this book is good for up to Grade 9 math.