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THE SHRINKING SETBACK A MATH GRAPHIC NOVEL: LEARN FRACTIONS AND DECIMALS! From the Solvers series , Vol. 2 BY JON CHAD

In the second installment of this STEM-focused series, three young superheroes find themselves facing off against their archenemy Null Void in a battle to protect the Arithmetic Meteor, the source of their superpowers. However, after accepting free cans of Micro Cola from a villainous character disguised as a friendly figure, the Solvers—consisting of Leo, Shahi, and Moe—are unexpectedly shrunk to the size of mice, leaving them in a dire situation.

To overcome their predicament, the trio must master the manipulation of fractions and decimals, as they endeavor to decipher the ingredients needed to create an Enlarging Formula and other essential concoctions. Through a series of lessons filled with examples, definitions, and problems, readers are invited to join the Solvers in their quest to understand and apply mathematical concepts. Despite facing setbacks, such as encountering the dreaded Sudden Additional Shrinking Syndrome, the Solvers persevere, with Shahi taking the lead in explaining concepts while Leo and Moe navigate their own learning journeys.

As the story unfolds, readers are not only entertained by the thrilling superhero action but also gain insight into the practical applications of numeracy in everyday life. By the end of their adventure, the Solvers emerge victorious, delivering a triumphant cheer for fractions, decimals, and math as a whole.

This engaging graphic novel seamlessly blends educational content with exciting superhero narratives, ensuring that readers aged 9-11 are both entertained and informed. With a glossary provided for reference, readers can easily grasp the mathematical concepts introduced throughout the story.

Overall, “Hooray for Fractions and Decimals!” serves as a compelling reminder of the importance of mathematical proficiency in overcoming challenges and achieving success, both in fictional superhero battles and in the real world.

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