Failing math but great at writing, Gregory finds the poetry (and humor) in what's hard.
Gregory K. is the middle child in a family of mathematical geniuses. But if he claimed to love math? Well, he'd be fibbing. What he really wants most is to go to Author Camp. But to get his parents' permission he's going to have to pass his math class, which has a probability of 0. THAT much he can understand! To make matters worse, he's been playing fast and loose with the truth: "I LOVE math" he tells his parents. "I've entered a citywide math contest!" he tells his teacher. "We're going to author camp!" he tells his best friend, Kelly. And now, somehow, he's going to have to make good on his promises.
Hilariously it's the "Fibonacci Sequence" - a famous mathematical formula! - that comes to the rescue, inspiring Gregory to create a whole new form of poem: the Fib! Maybe Fibs will save the day, and help Gregory find his way back to the truth.
For every kid who equates math with torture but wants his own way to shine, here's a novel that is way more than the sum of its parts.
Reviews and Awards
"Pincus's story explores struggles with friends, family, and learning while remaining exuberant and relatable, a winning equation." - Publishers Weekly
"This delightful novel introduces a resourceful and inspiring young character, and many readers will relate to Gregory's desire for creative expression and his yearning for acceptance." - Booklist
"Gregory's difficulties with being different from his parents, living in his older brother's shadow, and feeling inadequate compared to a smart younger sister will strike a familiar chord with middle-graders struggling to define themselves. There's a lot of space for this book to open up cross-curricular opportunities in math and literature, and it might also spark interesting book club conversations about how to deal with families whose interests diverge drastically from our own." - Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
"Dialogue and humor carry the third-person narrative along swiftly, and the characters are appealing. It is unusual to meet a family in middle-grade fiction that enjoys playing math games at the table, and it's refreshing to be reminded of the importance of honesty with family and friends. By any reckoning, a successful debut." - Kirkus Reviews
"This lighthearted look at the relationship between poetry and math is fun." - School Library Journal
Middle Grade Novel
Trim Size: 5-1/2 x 8-1/4
Page Count: 240
Foreign Rights: Scholastic
Translation Rights: Scholastic
Rights Available? yes