August 13, 2012

BSC #105, Stacey the Math Whiz: Murder By Numbers

Posted in books tagged , , at 9:01 pm by Jenn

My worst nightmare

Summary: Stacey joins the Mathletes, because math is cool, you guys! It’s not dorky at all! She’s awesome at it, becoming one of the highest scorers in the state. Her father loses his job and starts visiting her a lot, which she enjoys but which annoys her mom. He’s very Disneyland Dad, as Dawn would say. Between his activities and the Mathletes, Stacey’s schedule is pretty full.

Inevitably, the two worlds collide: Mr. McGill wants to take Stacey to a concert the same night as one of the state championships. Instead of just explaining the situation, she decides family is more important than the competition and agrees to go to the concert. Then she changes her mind and decides being there for the team is more important. Of course, her father agrees and supports the decision.

The night of the first of the three state championships, the Stoneybrook team wins, and a bunch of people decide to go out to celebrate. Stacey goes off with her parents, learning that her father has a new job, and winds up not making it to meet with her friends. Then she thinks they’re all mad at her for ditching them. She’s really just projecting because she’s mad at her father for not being able to make the second meet. She’s also mad when it looks like he won’t make it to the third meet. But he does, and they win, and everyone’s happy, yay.

The B-plots involve Claudia tutoring Lindsey DeWitt in math (no, seriously) and some math fair at the elementary school, but seriously, an entire book about math makes me itchy, so I don’t want to go into it.

Thoughts: I know this book is supposed to show that math is cool, but I will never, ever fall for that.

Here’s an idea for the Barrett/DeWitts: Hire a real tutor for Lindsey, not a babysitter.

It’s ironic that Mrs. McGill complains about Mr. McGill’s spending when one of the things they used to fight about was her spending.

There don’t appear to be any parents at the elementary school’s fair, so…way to support your kids, adults of Stoneybrook.

The final question of the final state-championship meet is the same brain teaser Lisa couldn’t solve on The Simpsons.

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