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How to Survive Middle-School Math

Wednesday, August 1st, 2007

Back when she played middle-schooler Winnie Cooper on “The Wonder Years,” actress Danica McKellar was “terrified of math” she says. But by 8th grade, something clicked, big-time, and from then on, McKellar had a blast making up tricks to help her remember math principles.

She went on to receive a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from UCLA, to lecture on mathematics at Rutgers University and to speak to a Congressional subcommittee on the importance of women in math and science. Talk about overcoming a phobia!

Now 32 and the star of the Lifetime Movie Network’s series “Inspector Mom,” McKellar plays a young mom whose ability to put two and two together helps her solve local murders. And her passion for math continues. Check out this 20/20 interview.

McKellar’s new book for girls, Math Doesn’t Suck: How to Survive Middle-School Math Without Losing Your Mind or Breaking a Nail
(to be released today on Amazon.com) not only empathizes with girls who
may be wary of tackling math once they leave elementary school — it
takes them, step-by-step and with humor, through the world of
middle-school math, pointing out tips and tricks along the way.

Where was this book when I was in 8th grade?