Kiss My Math

Kiss My Math

Showing Pre-Algebra Who's Boss

By Danica McKellar

Plume Books, Paperback, 9780452295407, 331pp.

Publication Date: June 1, 2009

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The "New York Times" bestseller-from the "Dancing With The Stars" contestant and popular author of "Math Doesn't Suck, ""Hot X: Algebra Exposed," and "Girls Get Curves"-teaches girls how to kick pre-algebra butt
In her "New York Times" bestselling books, actress and math genius Danica McKellar shatters the "math nerd" stereotype and gives girls the tools to ace middle-school math in her unique, just- us-girls style. Now, in her second book, "Kiss My Math," McKellar empowers a new crop of girls-seventh to ninth graders-to tackle the next level of mathematics: pre-algebra.
Stepping up not only the math but the sass and style, McKellar helps math-phobic teenagers moving up into high school chill out and finally "get" negative numbers, variables, absolute values, exponents, and more. As she did so effectively in "Math Doesn't Suck," McKellar uses personality quizzes, reader polls, real-life testimonials, and stories from her own life-in addition to clear instruction, helpful tips, and practice problems-revealing why pre-algebra is easier, more relevant, and more glamorous than girls think. McKellar is clearly reaching her audience: parents, teachers, and especially girls are asking for more.

About the Author
Danica McKellar, best known for her roles on "The Wonder Years" and "The West Wing," graduated summa cum laude in mathematics from UCLA, where she co-wrote a groundbreaking mathematical physics theorem, published in Britainas esteemed "Journal of Physics," She has spoken before Congress about the importance of women in math and continues to be an outspoken advocate for math education.