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The 14 fibs of Gregory K., Greg Pincus

Label
The 14 fibs of Gregory K.
Title
The 14 fibs of Gregory K.
Statement of responsibility
Greg Pincus
Title variation
Fourteen fibs of Gregory K
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Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Gregory Korenstein-Jasperton is an eleven-year-old boy who likes to write stories and poems and is not excited by math, but he has a problem--he is the middle child in a family of math geniuses and his father expects him to participate in the City Math contest
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Review
  • Grades 4-7 Math-hater Gregory tries very hard to fit in with his math-loving family, even though what he really enjoys is writing and sharing poetry with his best friend, Kelly. His failing math scores mean that he has to spend summer at math camp, ruining his plans for the summer at author camp with Kelly. Still trying to find a way out, Gregory begins telling fibs to make those around him think that math camp is, indeed, the plan, and the ensuing mayhem caused by multiple lies creates enough action and intrigue to keep readers fully engaged. The solution to Gregory’s dilemma involves poetry designed using the Fibonacci sequence, and each chapter heading is a Fibonacci-sequence poem that forecasts Gregory’s fibs. This delightful novel introduces a resourceful and inspiring young character, and many readers will relate to Gregory’s desire for creative expression and his yearning for acceptance. -- Edmundson, Martha (Reviewed 10-15-2013) (Booklist, vol 110, number 4, p51)
  • Gr 4 – 6 — Eleven-year-old Gregory K.'s parents, older brother, and younger sister love math and talking about it, but Gregory hates it. All he wants to do is write, spend time with his friend Kelly, and eat pie. When it turns out that Kelly is moving over the summer and that she wants him to join her at Author's Camp, Gregory lurches from one misstep to another as he tries but fails to ask for permission to go to the camp. And in a desperate effort to keep from having to go to math camp instead, he volunteers for the City Math contest, which his brother has won multiple times. Along the way Gregory lies to his parents and his math teacher about loving math, and lies to Kelly about having gotten permission to go to camp, until he figures out a solution that involves poetry, Fibonacci, and telling the truth. Gregory is a reasonably sympathetic, realistic kid who keeps convincing himself that he has things under control even as they slide toward disaster. This lighthearted look at the relationship between poetry and math is fun in places, but the sometimes forced math humor and the somewhat stilted dialogue and narrative style will limit the book's audience.—Sue Giffard, Ethical Culture Fieldston School, New York City --Sue Giffard (Reviewed February 1, 2014) (School Library Journal, vol 60, issue 2, p95)
  • Everyone in Gregory's family adores math—everyone, that is, except Gregory. While his parents and siblings live for the yearly City Math contest, Gregory prefers writing, especially poetry. Gregory has promised his best friend Kelly that he will attend Author Camp with her, despite not having asked his parents. When his math teacher announces that Gregory may fail math, it might as well be the fall of Rome as far as Gregory's parents are concerned—and it results in Gregory constructing an outrageous lie that threatens to backfire. Gregory is a buoyant narrator whose extreme math phobia and obsessive love of pie (and definitely not pi) give his character an idiosyncratic shine. Hyperbolic details, like his mother's "Weird Wednesday" family dinners, are interspersed with passages from Gregory's extra credit math journal, where his ruminations on the Fibonacci sequence and "Fib poetry" give readers access to deeper reflections on mathematics, metaphor, and the places where they might overlap. Pincus's story explores struggles with friends, family, and learning while remaining exuberant and relatable, a winning equation. Ages 8–12. (Sept.) --Staff (Reviewed October 14, 2013) (Publishers Weekly, vol 260, issue 41, p)
  • The addition of math-contest pressure and the impending subtraction of a best friend equal a stressful sixth-grade year for Gregory Korenstein-Jasperton. Gregory's lifelong pretense that he loves math as much as the rest of his family—really, he prefers writing—catches up with him when long division eludes him. Worse, Kelly, his best friend and writing buddy, is moving at the end of the year. Of course, they can see each other at Author's Camp in the summer, if Gregory does well in school. Extra credit for entering the City Math contest might improve his math grade. It would certainly please his father, the first contest winner. This family and friendship story is the author's first novel. Each chapter begins with a poem in a form that will be familiar to readers of his poetry. These "fibs" have six lines with their syllable count based on the Fibonacci sequence: 1,1,2,3,5,8,13. They chronicle Gregory's state of mind and contribute to the final, satisfactory solution. Dialogue and humor carry the third-person narrative along swiftly, and the characters are appealing. It is unusual to meet a family in middle-grade fiction that enjoys playing math games at the table, and it's refreshing to be reminded of the importance of honesty with family and friends. By any reckoning, a successful debut. (Fiction. 8-12)(Kirkus Reviews, September 1, 2013)
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10222589
Cataloging source
NJQ/DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Pincus, Gregory K
Dewey number
  • [Fic]
  • 813.6
Index
no index present
LC call number
PZ7.P63228
LC item number
Aaf 2013
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • 4
  • 6
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
Series statement
Gregory K. (Greg Pincus)
Series volume
0001
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Middle-born children
  • Brothers and sisters
  • Fathers and sons
  • Truthfulness and falsehood
  • Middle schools
  • Mathematics
  • Creative writing
Target audience
juvenile
Label
The 14 fibs of Gregory K., Greg Pincus
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volume
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  • nc
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rdacarrier
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text
Content type code
  • txt
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rdacontent
Dimensions
22 cm.
Edition
First edition.
Extent
226 pages
Isbn
9780439912990
Isbn Type
(hardcover : alk. paper)
Lccn
2012044117
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
  • (OCoLC)818293541
  • (OCoLC)ocn818293541
  • 327904
Label
The 14 fibs of Gregory K., Greg Pincus
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
22 cm.
Edition
First edition.
Extent
226 pages
Isbn
9780439912990
Isbn Type
(hardcover : alk. paper)
Lccn
2012044117
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
  • (OCoLC)818293541
  • (OCoLC)ocn818293541
  • 327904

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