This is my next book.
It is currently being copy edited, (so there will be the occasional typo in this version).
The characters use math and describe their math thinking as they work through problems. I am a former 1st, 3rd, and 5th grade teacher, so I used my experience and background from those years as I wrote this.
Charlotte Morgan is a third grader who likes numbers, and she is in a club called The Number Investigators.
My name is Charlotte, and I have a great big problem. You see in two weeks, or 14 days, or 336 hours or 20,160 minutes, or 1,209,600 seconds is our big Turing Elementary School Math Bee. A math bee is like a spelling bee only with math problems.
Why is this a problem you ask? This is a problem because I don’t like getting up in front of the class. And if I do good in front of the class, then I have to go in front of the whole big school. And most of the time I get the best math grade in my class. There are twenty-two other students in my class, which means there will forty-four eyes looking at me. I forgot, forty-six eyes, Mrs. King, my teacher, will be looking at me too!
And also, did I mention my dad is a math teacher? That’s a lot of pressure. He will be very disappointed in me if I don’t do well.
Parent’s Notes went home last week about the math bee, and my dad got really excited. He teaches algebra and calculations at Middlebury High School, at least, I think it is called calculations. Anyway, dad, or Mr. Morgan, as his students call him, has started quizzing me constantly throughout the day. He’ll say, “Okay, Tambourine, what is 4 times 3.” And I reply “12.” It is getting annoying.
He calls me Tambourine because when I was little, like two or three, I would walk around the house shaking and banging a tambourine. I don’t do that anymore, but the name stuck.
My mom calls me Charlotte, and Charlotte Morgan when I am in trouble.
I go to Turning Elementary School, and I am in the third grade As I already said Mrs. King is my teacher. She tells me I talk a lot.
But if it wasn’t for me she wouldn’t remember that she left her pencil behind her ear. That poor pencil would just stay there all day—poor pencil.
Today is Friday, and school is about to start. That means there are 14 days until the Turing Elementary School Math Bee. That’s 336 hours.