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Teen SRC 2019- This Story Is A Lie by Tom Pollock

This Story Is A Lie - Pollock, Tom

This Story Is A Lie by Tom Pollock

Fast-paced, captivating, and complex. This Story Is A Lie by Tom Pollock is a unique and compelling take on your average mystery novel.

Seventeen-year-old math prodigy Peter Blankman has suffered from panic attacks ever since he could remember. He’s always afraid and nervous, but when his mother wins a prestigious award for her work, Peter is determined to be there beside her like a normal kid would be. And that is when, for the first time in Peter’s life, his worst fears are realized. His mother is stabbed and nearly killed, while Bel, his twin sister and the only person who ever understood him disappears, presumably kidnapped by his mother’s attacker.

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Teen SRC 2018- Alan Turing: The Enigma: The Book That Inspired the Film The Imitation Game by Andrew Hodges

The official book behind the film, The Imitation Game, this is a dramatic portrayal of the life and work of Alan Turing, one of Britain’s most extraordinary unsung heroes, and one of the world’s greatest innovators.
This is the official story that has inspired the British film, The Imitation Game, a nail-biting race against time following Alan Turing, the pioneer of modern-day computing and credited with cracking the German Enigma code, and his brilliant team at Britain’s top-secret code-breaking centre, Bletchley Park, during the darkest days of World War II. Turing, whose contributions and genius significantly shortened the war, saving thousands of lives, was the eventual victim of an unenlightened British establishment, but his work and legacy live on.
Prime Minister Gordon Brown released a statement of apology in 2009 on behalf of the British government for the “appalling” treatment of Turing for being part of the LGBTQ+ community.

This book may seem boring to many teenagers (there is a lot of pages), and I know it is not the usual fictional love/fantasy stories most girls/guys seem to gravitate towards during summer, but I promise you that this is the most hard-hitting, and beautiful book I have ever picked up. Alan Turing is a historical icon, and this book just made me know the man behind the machine.  This book is completely non-fiction but written in a way a character would be. I actually grew really close to Alan’s personality and felt his pain. This book is totally underrated, and I hope more people get the honour of reading his biography and see him in a different light.

Teen SRC 2017 – Jayden’s Rescue by Vladmir Tumanov

Before this summer, my class has been working on some math problems using the book, Jayden’s Rescue.

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The book is about 3 kids with a magic pencil and a strange mystery math-solving book. They have to free the queen, Jayden, who is being held captive by the evil king.

I recommend this book to teachers who want to encourage kids to understand that math can be fun, using this great book, Jayden’s Rescue.

Teen SRC 2017 – Jayden’s Rescue by Vladimir Tumanov

I love Jayden’s Rescue because a boy named Alex HATED math but after practicing, he improved his math skills and he also learned extra math. This book motivated me not just about practicing and improving but also believing in yourself that you can do anything.

This book is about Alex who wanted to go to Camp Waconda but his parents told him that he had to improve his math grades to be able to go to Camp Waconda. One day, Alex found a pencil, but it wasn’t an ordinary pencil, it was a magical pencil that can solve any type of math equations. He used the pencil on his Monday math test and the pencil started writing all the answers. His teacher handed back the math tests and Alex received an A+. After solving many answers, the pencil gotten smaller. Soon Alex lost the pencil. Alex found a fantasy book on his shelf but there was a twist. The book was about about a princess that was being forced to marry a king but she didn’t want to so she was locked in a dungeon. To escape, Princess Jayden must go through 400 rooms, each guarded by a monster with a mathematical problem. Alex has to write the solution on a paper and than put the paper in the book and close it. The solution will pop up in the book. Once Jayden was free, she disappeared in to thin air. After solving the math questions in Jayden’s Rescue, Alex improved a lot in his math and earned his rights to go to Camp Waconda.

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