Wednesday, March 10, 2010
All of the Above by Shelley Pearsall
Mr. Collins is tired of trying to motivate the students in his math class. Frustrated, he asks them "what would make you care about this class?" One student suggests that a contest might help so Mr. Collins forms an after school club to try to break the world record in making tetrahedrons - pyramid shaped figures. The students who join the group are there for a variety of reasons. Rhondell because she hopes it might help her get into college someday; Sharice because she has to be somewhere after school until her latest foster mother gets home; James because he is failing math class and he thinks this will be an easy way to get extra credit; and Marcel because he hopes to do something with his life besides take over his father's barbeque restaurant. Although the students are not very excited to be there at first they all find themselves growing more interested in completing the project and caring about the others in the group. In fact, everything is going well until someone threatens to destroy all their hard work.