Finalist, Best in Middle Grade Books, 2018 Excellence in Graphic Literature Awards
When a group of six math-themed teen superheroes takes flight in their amazing Coordinate Plane on a new mission, pure adventure awaits! Using their incredible wits and special powers to solve deadly puzzles and defeat their enemies, Jim McClain's Solution Squad helps you learn math without even trying! From the temperature-changing hothead Absolutia to the newest member of the team, Radical, each member of the Squad teaches you and reminds you of math concepts with every use of their powers and mention of their names!
Facing villains like The Poser, The Reverse-Engineer, and the Confectioneer, whose powers come from chemicals based on candy, the Solution Squad never fails to deliver excitement and heartfelt emotion as they work together to solve problems. This 144-page graphic novel was created, written and designed by award-winning middle school math teacher Jim McClain, recipient of the 2014 Lilly Endowment Teacher Creativity Fellowship and 2018 Pop Culture Educator of the Year, Middle Level.
The book features illustration by Rose McClain (Scoundrels), Serena Guerra (Mice Templar), Paul E. Schultz (Poe & the Mysteriads), Jessica Lynn (Bones), and Christopher Jones (Young Justice). Also contributing to the artwork are Eisner winners George Pérez, Gene Ha, and Janet K. Lee, as well as Inkwell Award winner Josef Rubinstein, and X-Men Evolution character designer Steven E. Gordon.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Super heroes Math-themed super heroes Devious and driven super villains (several of which are rather sympathetic) Characters as diverse as a walk down any big city street. Male, female, body types, and ethnicities abound. Strong female characters leading the team. Strong male characters actively participating in the team efforts. Clever puzzles for the team to solve to foil the super villians' plots. (Hidden lessons contained in the story, so the reader can learn to think their way through complicated problems.) More guest artists than you can shake a handful of sticks at. Beautiful page after page of characters that live in a world where their powers and purposes meld into the fine details of the setting. Have you ever met a super team that purposely can change their uniform colors to match the schools they are visiting colors? The author has poured thought and effort and planning into this book, delivering a multi-layered approach to both story-telling and teaching that is impressive and well worth owning.