65 Short Mysteries You Solve With Math!
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Crack open this book to sharpen your logic and reasoning skills. These literature-based math mysteries take just one minute to read. The brainteasers are entertaining, but even better, their real-world connections help kids see math concepts and quandaries as approachable, learnable and solvable. A fun way to develop deductive reasoning skills and discover the joys of math!


Eric Yoder is a writer and editor who has been published in a variety of magazines, newspapers, newsletters and online publications on science, government, law, business, sports, and other topics. He has contributed to or edited numerous books, mainly in the areas of employee benefits and financial planning. A reporter at The Washington Post who also does freelance writing and editing, he was a member of the Advisory Committee for Science. He and his wife, Patti, have two daughters: Natalie and Valerie. Eric can be reached at [email protected].

When Natalie Yoder was in elementary school she loved mystery books, so when she was in middle school she wrote the One Minute Mysteries Series. Always a sports enthusiast, as she got older she participated in gymnastics, field hockey, diving, soccer, and track. In college, her favorite subjects became psychology, science, and photography. Although now she enjoys writing, being with friends and family, and listening to music, she still looks forward to writing more books. She can be reached at [email protected].


“One Minute Mysteries: 65 Short Mysteries You Solve with Math! is a fun way to get people thinking about math as something one does to find solutions to real problems not just ones given on a standardized test. These mysteries are the perfect bridge to help the math-phobic embrace the subject as a fun, human endeavor rather than a school chore. Get this book for your child and give them a chance to love math!”

Many kids equate math with drudgery. This book skillfully meshes challenging problems with humor and excitement.  While kids are having fun solving the mysteries, they are actually developing important deductive reasoning skills that will be useful throughout their lives. One Minute Mysteries: 65 Short Mysteries You Solve with Math helps kids discover and experience the joy of math!
–Rachel Connelly, Ph.D., Bion R. Cram Professor of Economics, Bowdoin College, Brunswick, ME

"Keep this book around, and take a moment a day to puzzle out a math mystery. Yoder and Yoder, a talented father-daughter team, have managed a fine variety of high-energy math stories—all the way from breakfast cereal to a pet iguana, from hula-hoops to the no-longer-planet Pluto. The mysteries are entertaining, and you’ll speed along, solving mysteries and sharpening your math skills. What could be more fun?"
—Margaret Kenda, Ph.D., author of Math Wizardry for Kids

"What a fantastic way to introduce the application of math to the real world! I’ve always loved math and, as an architect, I know how applicable it is to the constructed world. But, for my kids, math is not intuitive, and waiting for differential calculus to apply math to the real world is too late. 65 Short Mysteries You Solve With Math engagingly introduces the language of math: fractions, geometry, and algebra. Better than a DVD player for the family van...!"
- Michael E Burns, AIA, BS Math and Architecture

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