The Ancient Formula

A Mystery with Fractions

From the Series Manga Math Mysteries

  • Interest Level: Grade 3 - Grade 5   ·  
  • Reading Level: Grade 3

A puzzle left behind by Sifu Faiza’s grandfather has everyone stumped. A circle divided into wedges shows part of the formula for an ancient medicine. But some of the wedges are blank, and no one knows how or why the original formula disappeared! Joy, Adam, Amy, and Sam will have to use clues—and fractions—to discover the truth about . . . The Ancient Formula.

Format List Price Your Price Qty
978-0-7613-8134-1
$6.95 $6.95
978-0-7613-6226-5
$43.99 $32.99
978-1-5124-1740-1
$53.32 $39.99
Interest Level Grade 3 - Grade 5
Reading Level Grade 3
Genre Fiction, Graphic Novels
Copyright 2011
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Graphic Universe ™, Lerner Digital ™
Language English
Number of Pages 48
Publication Date 2010-08-01
Reading Counts! Level 4.3
BISACS JUV009030, JUV008010
Dewey 741.5'973
Graphics Full-color illustrations
Dimensions 6 x 8.5
Lexile 590
Guided Reading Level O
ATOS Reading Level 3.6
Accelerated Reader® Quiz 138997
Accelerated Reader® Points 0.5
Features Author/Illustrator biography, Original artwork, Reviewed, Teaching Guides, and eSource

Reviews

Science Books & Films

“For the middle school student embarking on the exploration of multiplication and division, the book is a nice read…. Readers who are just learning about multiplication and division or who have recently learned these topics could begin to understand the usefulness of mathematics in problem solving.” —Science Books & Films

Booklist

“This series helps show how people use math every day along with presenting some fun mysteries and character lessons with lively, colorful illustrations.” —Booklist

Illustrator: Tintin Pantoja

Having grown up in Jakarta, Indonesia, Tintin Pantoja graduated from the School of Visual Arts in 2005 with a BFA in Illustration and Cartooning. She has worked on a self-published webcomic/graphic novel called Sevenplains, Hamlet: The Manga Edition, three Manga Math books so far, and what would have been a graphic novel adaptation of Pride and Prejudice for Tokyopop. Right now Tintin splits her time between Manila, Philippines, and Jakarta, Indonesia, with occasional visits to Canada and the USA. Besides working for Lerner (which she enjoys), Tintin has several fantasy graphic novels that she's trying to get off the ground.

Author: Melinda Thielbar

Melinda Thielbar is a writer, teacher, statistician, and student of the martial arts. Manga Math Mysteries, including The Kung Fu Puzzle and The Secret Ghost is her first children’s series. In 2005, Melinda left SAS to finish a PhD in statistics. She was awarded a VIGRE fellowship at North Carolina State University. This fellowship is awarded to students likely to make a strong contribution to education in the mathematics and statistics field. Again, Melinda earned a fantastic reputation in the classroom. Her statistics lectures and examples were known for their ability to hold her students' interest—no easy task in a statistics for non-majors class that's held at 8:00am. Melinda lives in Raleigh, North Carolina with her husband, writer Richard Dansky, and their three cats. She is currently working on the research portion of her PhD.

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Manga Math Mysteries

Modern manga artwork engages readers in kid-friendly mysteries. In each book, a group of friends from a martial arts school uses visual clues and mathematics to solve a mystery. The stories illustrate problem-solving thought processes and reinforce math concepts taught in third and… View available downloads →