Dead Possums Are Fair Game

  • Title: Dead Possums Are Fair Game
  • Author: Taryn Souders
  • ISBN: 9781634501620
  • Page: 105
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Dead Possums Are Fair Game The world would be a better place without math or messy roommates At least that s what Ella Hunter believes Life is about keeping order and avoiding long division fractions or really anything with
    The world would be a better place without math or messy roommates At least, that s what Ella Hunter believes Life is about keeping order and avoiding long division, fractions, or really anything with an equal sign.As the end of the school year approaches, the fifth grade teachers at Victor Waldo Elementary conclude there s not enough time to complete a new math unit befoThe world would be a better place without math or messy roommates At least, that s what Ella Hunter believes Life is about keeping order and avoiding long division, fractions, or really anything with an equal sign.As the end of the school year approaches, the fifth grade teachers at Victor Waldo Elementary conclude there s not enough time to complete a new math unit before summer break Great news for math phobic Ella, right Wrong The teachers decide instead to have their students host the first ever Math Fair And the fair project is worth two major math grades.Add in one dead possum plus two horrible roommates who come to stay while their house is being renovated, and you have an equation for disaster Ella is headed for summer school and math tutoring for sure Can she stop her troubles from multiplying before it s too late Sky Pony Press, with our Good Books, Racehorse and Arcade imprints, is proud to publish a broad range of books for young readers picture books for small children, chapter books, books for middle grade readers, and novels for young adults Our list includes bestsellers for children who love to play Minecraft stories told with LEGO bricks books that teach lessons about tolerance, patience, and the environment, and much While not every title we publish becomes a New York Times bestseller or a national bestseller, we are committed to books on subjects that are sometimes overlooked and to authors whose work might not otherwise find a home.

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    1. I enjoyed how this book was about Ella and her problems with math, as well as her need for control over all aspects of her life. Ella is enthusiastic about science and photography, like her Aunt Willa, but like some kids didn't realize how much math is used in daily life. I could see where someone struggling with a subject in school could identify with Ella's anxiety. At first her parents approach to her math problem was to encourage her to learn to like math, feeling by extension she would then [...]

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    2. Convinced that the only purpose for math is to torture kids, Ella is sure when she grows up she'll pick a career that has nothing to do with it. But when her teacher assigns a final math fair project that will count for two test grades, and Ella's summer plans depend on passing this class, her inner-control-freak comes out in full force. Will she spend her summer in tutoring? Will she loose her best friends/project partners in the quest for perfection? A perfectly flawed, but relatable character [...]

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    3. Basic Plot: Ella is a control freak. That is going to give her some serious problems when her Aunt Willa comes to stay with her family and share her bedroom. On top of this, Ella has to deal with a MATH FAIR, and she hates math!My Thoughts: This one certainly has a fun, clever title! I liked Ella, although I don’t quite understand her anxiety (losing control?) over sharing her room with her aunt. As a photographer/aunt myself, I understand Aunt Willa! (I find it interesting that she doesn’t [...]

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    4. A fun middle grade school story. Boys will appreciate a couple of gross moments, and parents will like the math-is-good-for-real-life focus. Plenty of girl appeal too.

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    5. Math, school stories, adapting, only child, realistic fiction, plot driven

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    6. " A dead opossum can make even math look less scary in this delightful lower middle grade novel about a young girl, a slobbery dog, and the terrors of math class."Ella Hunter is in 5th grade at Victor Waldo Elementary School. She has two phobias: spiders and math. She would like to exterminate both of those from the world. She has a very inquisitive mind and does like science a lot. One morning she and her friends find a dead opossum in the school playground which totally grosses them out. Ella [...]

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    7. Copy provided by Young Adult Books Central and reviewed there.Ella doesn't like math because she struggles so much with it that she may have to have a tutor over the summer to help reinforce her skills. She doesn't want to spend her time doing that, so she hopes that she can bring her math grade up and avoid it. The problem? The teacher cancels the tests for the rest of the year and decides to have a math fair instead. Ella is assigned to a good group, but the topic, time conversions, is one wit [...]

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    8. This was definitely outside my age group, considering Ella was 11, I think. I can't remember, heh.This was a really cute book though. If I were younger, I would've liked it even more. As it is, I love that it was an easy read (I read it in less than two hours. Yay for my six month old sleeping through the night!), and I especially loved that the definition for the chapter titles was given. 'Proposition', 'reconcile', 'fair'I think that was my favorite thing about the book, actually. it was infor [...]

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    9. I an not a strong reader (severe dyslexia), so it takes a compelling story to pull me in. I was involved in the critique group where Taryn developed and edited the story. I got to watch the story grow and change, but always loved the concept. Dead Possums is a delightful story of a girl fearful of losing her summer break should she fail math, and how she struggles to overcome her mathphobia.I've read many MG books and find them written too much as if it was an adult was experiencing the story, r [...]

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    10. This delightful tale is perfect for middle readers, ages 8-12. It's a story that not only teaches students to embrace the struggle of difficult subjects like math, but also encourages them to learn from their mistakes. The main character, Ella, is driven by her perfectionism. It cripples her drive toward success. She also chooses the perfect ideal over relationships as she hurts those closest to her.The prose of this book is witty, well written, and accessible. Students will relate to Ella's gen [...]

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    11. My eleven-year-old son really enjoyed this cute story. Here's his review:Dead Possums are Fair Game is an amusing story by Taryn Sounders. I read this story fast and laughed at least five times, probably more. It starts when Ella, who hates and avoids math, hears that there’s going to be a math fair.Things only get worse for her when she hears that if she gets lower than a B, she will be put in summer school. With this much on the line, she knows she has to get an A at the fair.This book is fu [...]

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    12. *I received this book via a giveaway--and, boy, am I glad I did!*One of the FUNNIEST books on the market right now. EVERYONE should pick up a copy. I thoroughly loved and enjoyed this piece. The writing is superb, the voices are real and witty, and the education is truly valuable. I HIGHLY recommend "Dead Possums"--the book, not the literal, deceased marsupial, of course; unless there exists some novel use or creative culinary masterpiece of such an item, of which I am presently unaware. All in [...]

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    13. The cover got my attention first--it's very unusual and I thought this book might be humorous. I also liked that it was centered on math. However, the characters are very stereotypical and nothing really happened to surprise me in this book. The kid characters talked like adults many times and it was difficult to really care about them. Overall, it's a clean read, even with the dead opposum on the cover. the ending although preductable, was satisfactory. Recommended for early grade school kids w [...]

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    14. Mrs. Souders must be a hoot to know and a very fine teacher. The story line is cute, as are the characters. I loved the definition at the beginning of each chapter. A+ to the teacher/author, but with a few points (stars) off for having to stoop to crude Jr. High humor to sell the book. Take out the unnecessary references to dog poo, dog vomit, more dog vomit, then girl vomit and you will have a true winner of a book.

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    15. This book is solid even though I am a polar opposite of the protagonist. The story fits for students in middle grades who like the realistic fiction. I did appreciate that the female characters had conflict without being 'catty'. The parents and teachers were a little to perfect for my reality. All said I could pretty easily pitch this book to students.

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    16. I bought this book for my granddaughter and she was glued to it while visiting me. She's eleven years old. She took it home that same day and finished it fast! She said it was a long time since she read such a good book. Hope the author writes another one. Love to see my granddaughter happy!

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    17. Funny, light-hearted, and an excellent book to use in a classroom with cross-curricular studies for science and math, upper elementary and middle grades students won't be disappointed by Dead Possums.

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    18. Ella narrates the frustrations and bad luck of her life while she fuddles her way through math class, a surprise visit from her aunt, and unexpected encounters with animals. She learns from the help of her family and friends that her life, and math class, may not be so terrible after all.

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    19. This was a great kids chapter book! Students grades 3 up will be brought in from the first page until the last. Even as an adult I laughed and identified with the character Ella and her dislike of math!! Great for a read aloud.

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    20. A dead possum with amazing catching skills prompts a math fair project that will save or destroy Ella's fifth grade math average.

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    21. I think this book was a great book. I was written by friend and assistent

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    22. This novel was humorous, and witty. When I read this book, I laughed at the funny characters, and the things I could relate to like the girl who hates math and the math fair. Everyone from age nine and above would enjoy this book! My favorite part was when the main character and her Aunt were feeding her dog meatloaf! It was so funny, so when you read it you will find out why. The whimsical characters made the book very interesting because of how different they were. I mean, a dead opossum is a [...]

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