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The Square Root of Murder (2002)
Paul Zindel

A murder mystery written for a middle school aged audience in which a calculus professor is found pinned to a chalk board by a bolt fired from a crossbow. A formula on the board turns out to be an essential clue (though it involves only elementary arithmetic).

This novel for young readers should not be confused with the adult mystery novel with the same title by Ada Madison.

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Works Similar to The Square Root of Murder
According to my `secret formula', the following works of mathematical fiction are similar to this one:
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  2. The Square Root of Murder by Ada Madison
  3. A Calculated Demise by Robert Spiller
  4. Mattemorden by Alexander Barth / Gustav Öhman Spjuth
  5. Claudia and the Middle School Mystery (Baby-sitters Club) by Ann Martin
  6. The Wright 3 by Blue Balliet
  7. The Unknowns: A Mystery by Benedict Carey
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  9. Sophie Simon Solves them All by Lisa Graff
  10. Recess (Episode: A Genius Among Us) by Brian Hamill
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Mathematical Content:
1/5 (1 votes)
Literary Quality:
2/5 (1 votes)

GenreMystery, Children's Literature, Young Adult,
MotifEvil mathematicians, Math Education,

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