Wendy Lichtman holds a degree in mathematics, and when she decided to write the story behind Secrets, Lies and Algebra – about a teen realizing that some questions have more than one right answer – algebra, with its unknowns and variables, seemed a perfect metaphor. Lichtman is the author of six novels for young adults and her personal essays have appeared in many national newspapers and magazine, including the Washington Post, New York Times, San Francisco Chronicle, and Good Housekeeping. In addition to writing, she is a consultant and “Math Therapist” at MetWest High School in Oakland, California. Secrets, Lies, and Algebra is a Mathical Book Prize Honor Book (Grades 6-8).
Secrets, Lies and Algebra: Join author Wendy Lichtman as she reads in the voice of Tess, an 8th grader who uses mathematical thinking to solve the real problems in her life. All those unknowns and variables in Tess’s friendships? Sounds like navigating junior high, doesn’t it?