The Math Kids: An Encrypted Clue --
by David Cole
...the exciting conclusion is a true group solve, with the kids deciphering the overall metapuzzle, accomplishing as a team what they never could have solo. ~ Kirkus Reviews
When Stephanie Lewis finds secret writing in the margin of an old book in the library, The Math Kids have a new puzzle to solve. But first, they must learn about codes and ciphers, and how to use their math skills to solve them.
As one clue leads to another, the kids are drawn into the mysterious old house that overlooks the town. Is it really haunted like some townspeople say? And who is the man in the long beard who keeps showing up everywhere they go?
But that's not their only problem. Unless they can find a solution, the math competition they've been training so hard for will be cancelled.
Jordan, Stephanie, Justin, and Catherine will need to use all their problem-solving skills to figure out the clues before it’s too late.
First Place Purple Dragonfly Award – First Place: Mystery
First Place Purple Dragonfly Award – First Place: STEM
Second Place Purple Dragonfly Award – Second Place: Middle Grade Fiction
About the Author
David Cole has been interested in math since he was a very young boy. He pursued degrees in math and computer science and has shared this love of math at many levels, including teaching at the college level, coaching elementary math teams, and running a summer math camp. He also has a love of writing and has written a number of plays that have been performed. The Math Kids was born of a desire to combine his interests and exercise both sides of his brain at the same time. Find him on on his website, Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.
About the Illustrator
Shannon O’Toole is a Toronto based illustrator, painter and elementary school teacher. Her playful illustration work is inspired by the unique and humorous characters in her life. Aside from illustrating books for children, Shannon has exhibited her artwork in galleries across Ontario. When she is not drawing, Shannon can be found curled up with her dog, Edgar watching old movies. You can visit her online at www.shannonotooleart.com or follow her on Instagram @shannonotooleart.