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Perfect for fans of Raymie Nightingale and The Fourteenth Goldfish, this heartfelt middle-grade novel seamlessly melds STEAM content with first loss in an honest and striking debut.When Mika starts fifth grade at the middle school, her neat life gets messy. Separated from old friends and starting new classes, Mika is far from her comfort zone. And math class is the most confusing of all, especially when her teacher Mr. Vann assigns math journals. Art in math? Who's ever heard of such a thing?But when challenges arise at home, Mika realizes there are no easy answers. Maybe, with some help from friends, family, and one unique teacher, a math journal can help her work out problems, and not just the math ones. Debut author Jennifer Swender delivers poignant prose and illustrator Jennifer Naalchigar brings Mika's journal to life in this perfect equation of honesty plus hope that adds up to a heartwarming coming-of-age story.

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Jennifer Swender

Jennifer taught elementary school students for over a decade before turning to writing full-time. Together with her husband, Paul DuBois Jacobs, she is the author of several picture books and early chapter books. She also develops curriculum materials for students and teachers. Her debut middle-grade novel, Solving for M, will be available May 28, 2019 from Crown Books for Young Readers. Jennifer lives with her family in Massachusetts. Find her online at jacobsandswender.com.

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