Magical Math Books

“As far as the laws of mathematics refer to reality, they are not certain, and as far as they are certain, they do not refer to reality.”        -Albert Einstein




Mathematics is the universal language! Here are some great books to keep you thinking throughout the summer, whether you are a math wizard or not.


The Master Algorithm: A great read for future computer scientists and roboticists—can we really develop an algorithm that can learn from us and our data?


How Not to be Wrong: Want to impress your friends? This book “shows readers how ‘knowing mathematics is like wearing a pair of X-ray specs’ that reveal the hidden structure of the world” (Publisher’s Weekly Review). A good read if you liked Freakonomics


Things to make and do in the fourth dimension : a mathematician’s journey through narcissistic numbers, optimal dating algorithms, at least two kinds of infinity, and more: The title speaks for itself, I think.


Mathematics 1001 : absolutely everything that matters in mathematics in 1001 bite-sized explanations: Stay sharp over the summer while you lounge by the pool. We know you miss your 8am math classes terribly!





Click here for a list of all the magical-math-related titles on display : MagicalMath

Travel Writing



Summer is the best time for traveling! You don’t have to miss class. You don’t have to miss work. You don’t have to sit inside your stuffy house while the sun is shining. Maybe you’ve never been overseas. Maybe you have a whole list of places you want to visit again! Here are some great books—fiction and non-fiction—to get you thinking about your next big trip!


The Naked Mountaineer: a collection of stories about the eccentric people who climb mountains all over the world, including one guy who takes selfies at the summit….naked…


Fearless: one Woman, one Kayak, one Continent: Freya Hoffmeister made a 9,420 mile trip around Australia in a kayak! Being named after a powerful Norse goddess must have influenced this woman’s serious super powers…


Rick Steve’s Europe through the Back Door: An essential to check out if you are headed to Europe this summer—get the scoop on local favorites that are off the beaten path


Let’s Get Lost: A novel told from the perspective of five different teens in different parts of the country. “Seventeen-year-old Leila, on a road trip to Alaska, gives each person she encounters a different reason for traveling to see the Northern Lights” (School Library Journal Review). Wouldn’t YOU love to see the Northern Lights?!


The High Mountains of Portugal: A treasure hunt. A mystery. A span of several generations and countries. And there’s a pet chimpanzee?


Click here to see the books on display right now: TravelWriteBib



Summer Borrowing is HERE!


And, you could also be here:


The Upper School Summer Borrowing program encourages you to borrow books for the WHOLE summer! All returning Upper School students and faculty are invited to participate.

Your due date will be alllllll theee waaaaayyyy innnnn September. Enjoy your time off from school by reading the things YOU want to read!

Let Sue or Shirleanne know if you have ANY questions, or you’re not sure what you want to read! We can help you find a stack to bring home 🙂



Turn up the volume– classic Alice Cooper!







Ready, Set, Sports!

Feeling the need to get up and move over spring break? We all know there is no shortage of sports to participate in.


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But maybe you still want to read, too. What to do?  No worry! Try some of these books for  captivating stories, cultural context, high-stakes games, and how-to’s.

Run! 26.2 Stories of Blisters and Bliss recounts the experiences of an extreme marathoner who has run in some of the most inhospitable places on earth.

Boxing : a cultural history gives a fantastic insight into the age-old sport of boxing. When did it start? How has it changed over the years? Why does it hold such fascination in so many cultures?

If you’d rather try a sport from a specific person’s point of view, you could try Open: an autobiography by tennis great Andre Agassi or Misty: digging deep in volleyball and life by two-time Olympic volleyball gold medalist Misty May-Treanor.

I don’t recommend this, but if you really want a feel for a more extreme sport, check this video of base jumping.


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