THE ABSOLUTE VALUE OF MIKE
In a nutshell: A teen who can never impress his dad spends the summer juggling the needs of wacky relatives and townspeople -- and discovers his real value.
Mike tries so hard to please his father but the only language Dad seems to speak is calculus. And for a boy with a math learning disability, nothing could be more difficult. When his dad sends him to live with distant relatives in rural Pennsylvania for the summer to work on an engineering project, Mike figures this is his big chance to buckle down and prove himself. But when he gets there, nothing is what he thought it would be -- not the project, not the relatives, not even the town. Mike may not learn anything about engineering, but what he does learn is far more valuable.
1 teenage boy + 1 crazy town + 3 weeks - $40,000. You do the math.
"The Absolute Value of Mike is a comedy about deadly serious things."
The New York Times
"The wacky cast, rewarding character growth, and ample humor make this an effortless read."
Fun Facts About The Absolute Value of Mike
The Absolute Value of Mike is on a super teacher curated list for 5th grade readers!
This is such a fun math trick! Tell a friend to circle 20 numbers on the calendar in a 5 by 4 rectangle and you will add up all the circled numbers in your head in a couple of seconds!
The Secret: Add the smallest and largest numbers that are circled and multiply their sum by 10. And that's it!
So for this example:
6 + 31 = 37 and then,
37 x 10 = 370
The sum of all 20 numbers is 370!