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Mills, Claudia.
7 X 9 = TROUBLE!
New York : Farrar, Straus Giroux, 2002.
IL 3-6, RL 4.3
ISBN 0374367469

(3 booktalks)

Booktalk #1

7X 9 = Trouble, by Claudia Mills,. illustrated by G. Brian Karas.
This book describes the BIG challenge in third grade, memorizing your multiplication tables up to the 12's. This is not an easy task for Wilson Williams who finds passing the timed multiplication tests impossible. When the family begins to help, Wilson runs into a second problem, his kindergarten brother finds number facts fun and easier for him to memorize than Wilson. By March 16th , Wilson has to pass all of his timed times table tests in order to earn an ice cream cone. How will he ever memorize them before the dreaded deadline? Read 7X9 = Trouble! to find out if Wilson can conquer this task.  (Jean B. Bellavance for Pennsylvania Young Reader's Choice Awards, 2003-2004)

Booktalk #2

Wilson has passed the 0 times tables.  He has passed the 1 times tables and the 2 times tables.  But he is stuck on the 3s.  Just about every other student in the class has passed this test and are working their way up to the 12 times table.  Wilson doesn't think he will ever get there.  But with the help of his parents, his younger brother and a hamster, there just might be some hope.  Can you remember all your times tables?

Booktalk #3

Timed multiplication tests are a challenge for Wilson Williams, but he studies hard and bravely struggles to learn his multiplication facts up through the 12s. Wilson is sure that he could learn anything if he only had his own pet to help him study. Unfortunately, his mom does not agree. All of Wilsonís problems are finally resolved at the conclusion of this humorous and sensitively written story.  (Sunshine State Young Readerís Award Program, 2004-2005)

SUBJECTS:     Multiplication -- Tables -- Fiction.
                        Schools -- Fiction.
                        Brothers -- Fiction.

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