Jan 152014
 

Hott Synopsis:

When a substitute teacher tells the Advanced Math Class “Boys are better at math than girls” it starts a sixth grade war. The boys, of course, didn’t understand why the girls were so offended. The girls can’t understand who in their right mind would believe something so crazy. There is only one way to fix this — a Math-Off / Verbal-Off.

Of course, since they’ll need to prep for that, there will be mini-games. Will the girls be able to prove the sub wrong or will the boys defeat them all?

Hott Review:

What I liked: Adorable! I really enjoyed this book. I even laughed out loud! The overall plot was concise and easy to follow. There were a lot of characters but they’re referred to in a non-confusing way (always enough of a description). The mini-games were exciting enough to keep you moving through the chapters without getting bored.
What I didn’t like: There were times that it was very slow, so some reluctant readers won’t stay interested.

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Author: Lauren Baratz-Logsted
Source: Lauren Baratz-Logsted
Grade: B
Ages: 10+
Setting: Hat City Middle School
Series: Hat City Middle School #1

Author Bio:

Lauren grew up in Monroe, CT, where her father owned a drugstore at which her mother was the pharmacist. She is a graduate of the University of Connecticut at Storrs, where she majored in psychology. She also has what she calls her “half-Masters” in English from Western Connecticut State University (five courses down, another five to go…someday!).

Throughout college, she worked semester breaks as a doughnut salesperson, a job that she swears gave her white lung disease from all the powdered sugar she breathed.

Upon graduation, she began work at the venerable independent spacebookseller, now sadly defunct as such, Klein’s of Westport. There, she bought and sold for the better part of 11 years.

In November 1994, Lauren left the bookstore to finally take a chance on herself as a writer. Success did not happen over night. Between 1994 and May 2002 – when Red Dress Ink called with an offer to buy THE THIN PINK LINE – Lauren worked as a book reviewer, a freelance editor and writer, and a window washer, making her arguably the only woman in the world who has ever both hosted a book signing party and washed the windows of the late best-selling novelist Robert Ludlum.

Since Red Dress Ink’s call in 2002, Lauren has been kept very busy with writing more novels and checking her Amazon ranking on a daily basis. She still lives in Danbury, with her husband and daughter, where she has lived since 1991.

In addition to writing, Lauren’s daughter keeps her busy, accounting for the rest of her time.

Lauren’s favorite color is green.

Lauren’s favorite non-cat animals are penguins.

Lauren wants you to know that, however you are pronouncing her last name, you are probably pronouncing it wrong.

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