7 x 9 = Trouble!

Claudia Mills; Pictures by G. Brian Karas

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Wilson Williams worries about passing his times-table tests

Wilson has a hard time with math, especially with Mrs. Porter's timed multiplication tests. If only he were as quick as Laura Vicks, the smartest kid in third grade, or as quick as his brother, Kipper -- a kindergartner. Wilson's mother and father try to help, but Wilson doesn't appreciate having to do practice tests on a play date. Fortunately, his friend Josh Hernandez is a comfort, as is Squiggles, the class hamster. Wilson is sure that with his own little animal squeaking and cuddling beside him, he could learn anything. But his mom doesn't like pets. So Wilson bravely struggles on, hoping that one day in the not-too-distant future he'll pass all his times-table tests. Then, surprisingly, Kipper comes to the rescue.

With sensitivity and gentle humor, Claudia Mills examines a common childhood fear and a common family experience. G. Brian Karas provides tender, funny pictures.
7 x 9 = Trouble! is a 2003 Bank Street - Best Children's Book of the Year.

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Praise for 7 x 9 = Trouble!

"It's not just 7 x 9 but multiplication in general that is trouble for third-grader Wilson WIlliams . . . Mills' sympathetic and detailed treatment of Wilson's travails makes this both a suspenseful and satisfying beginning chapter book." --The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

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About the Author

Claudia Mills; Pictures by G. Brian Karas

Claudia Mills has written many books for children, including the Gus and Grandpa series of beginning readers and, most recently, the middle-grade novel Lizzie at Last. This is her first chapter book. She lives in Boulder, Colorado.

G. Brian Karas is the author and/or illustrator of numerous picture books. He lives in Rhinebeck, New York.

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7 x 9 = Trouble!
Claudia Mills; Pictures by G. Brian Karas


American Library Association Notable Children's Books, Bank Street Best Children's Book of the Year, Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books Blue Ribbon Award, Virginia Young Readers Award

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September 2004
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ISBN: 9780374464523
ISBN10: 0374464529
Chapter Book
5 1/8 x 7 5/8 inches, 112 pages, Black-and-white illustrations
Age Range: 7 to 10
Grade Range: 2 to 5 Information for Librarians

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Lexile: 590L
AR Quiz Number: 69569
AR Book Level: 4.5
AR Points: 5


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