The Book of Perfectly Perilous Math
By Sean Connolly
A follow-up to Connolly's Book of Potentially Catastrophic Science, his Book of Perfectly Perilous Math: 24 Death-Defying Challenges for Young Mathematicians, takes middle school level math problems to imaginative places, inspiring more engaged problem solving. Word problems become do-or-die scenarios involving vampires (How many months would it take a single vampire to completely take over a town of 500,000 people?), shipwrecked sailors, and execution-happy noblemen. Algebra, geometry, fractions, probability, and equation solving are all addressed and broken down by grade level (fifth through eighth grades). Paperback, 240 pages.