The Absolute Value of Mike

By Erskine, Kathryn

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ISBN
978-0-39925-505-2
Publisher
Philomel


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School Library Journal

Reviewed on July 1, 2011

Gr 6–9—Mike's father, a brilliant engineering professor, is disappointed that he does not have a brilliant, mathematically inclined son and is forcing him to spend the summer working on remedial math and engineering projects to get him ready for high school. When he is offered a university teaching job in Romania, Mike ends up staying with his great-aunt and uncle in Pennsylvania. Moo can barely see, and Poppy is catatonic since the death of their son. Mike becomes i...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

Horn Book Magazine

Reviewed on July 1, 2011

Mike's father is a brilliant mathematician who is determined that his son attend the math magnet high school. Fourteen-year-old Mike knows that with his dyscalculia, a math disability, he would be miserable there. He hopes that spending the summer with elderly relatives and working on a project to build an "artesian screw" will prove to his father that he has mastered enough math. When he reaches Pennsylvania, he finds that his great-uncle Poppy sits catatonic in a...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

Horn Book Guide

Reviewed on January 1, 2011

To satisfy his mathematician father, Mike is spending the summer with relatives in Pennsylvania to work on a town engineering p...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

Junior Library Guild

Reviewed on July 1, 2011

A relatable protagonist, Mike has a realistic voice, and readers will find his situation—abruptly being shipped off to stay with eccentric, unknown relatives—as absurd as he does. Mike’s initial antipathy toward rural Donover (or as the town sign reads, “Do over”),...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

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