7 x 9 = Trouble!

illustrated by G. Brian Karas. Ages 7-10. Farrar Straus Giroux, 2002. 0-374-36749-9

Junior Library Guild selection
Bulletin from the Center for Children's Books Blue Ribbon list
ALA (American Library Association) Notable Book
Virginia Young Readers Award
KC3 Reading Award (Kansas City)

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.

Published: 2002

7 x 9 = Trouble!


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