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In a gripping narrative that moves perfectly between conundrum and algebraic equations, author Lucy Horwitz offers absolute entertainment and practical algebraic tutoring to her readers. Death at Clover High is an equally mind-blowing and educational fiction about a high school’s baffling death and the student’s brain-busting algebra class.
In this proficiently written self-contained book, Horwitz will take the readers to two different—but solidly connected—situations. A high school student at Clover High is found dead in the lavatory, with her head thrown back, mouth open, and eyes looking completely blank. The situation elicits questions and confusion, and leads three other students to investigate. While the mysterious death continues to infuse anxiety and puzzlement among the students, the Algebra class is also facing its own numerical battle. Each meeting presents increasingly complicated algebra problems—from signed numbers and absolute values to equations and variables to linear equations, inequalities, and to quadratic equations—that challenge each student’s intelligence. How algebra relates to analyzing and solving the murder mystery is quite surprising.
In Death at Clover High, Horwitz has cleverly written a transfixing literary piece, packed with a large quantity of illustrative exercises that reveal the methods for solving algebra problems, as well as a possible murder mystery. Both involve problem solving. Horwitz says she always tries to solve the murder before the detective does and tries to get the right answers before looking them up in the back of the book. This book will both entertain and educate.
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About the Author
Lucy Horwitz, a retired mathematics professor, has had two main passions in her life: teaching and writing, these being supported by an addiction to learning and reading. She holds degrees in English, Philosophy, Mathematics, Education and Cognitive Psychology. She has read widely, from ancient history to modern murder mysteries. Her writings also cover a wide range, from the textbook Statistics for Social Change to the memoir Random Thoughts from an Aging Brain. For many years she was the contributing science editor for The Boston Book Review, and has also published a number of technical articles on the cognitive aspects of learning mathematics. This is her second, but probably not her last, venture into the world of fiction.
Death at Clover High * by Lucy Horwitz
Publication Date: November 14, 2012
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