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    Supremely entertaining and reliable STEM resource

    In STRXIA: THE ODDS ARE AGAINST US, four distinctly different 10-year-olds with highly developed specialized aptitudes must work together to save a parallel world, Strxia, from a group of power-hungry scientists known as The Odds. This book is middle grade science fiction at its best: filled with action, adventure, mystery, suspense, and humor. The story is well-crafted and fast-paced, while the settings and characters are well-defined and incredibly, uproariously descriptive. There’s plenty for readers to root for and the book’s dual storyline will please fantasy fans as well as fans of sports stories. At the heart of the story is the group of 10-year-old heroes, each one interesting and relatable with entertaining backstory and discernible personalities, strengths, and flaws. Each of these characters has their own “coming-of-age” moment which allows them to become valued members of the team. What impressed me the most about this book is the depth and scope of the authors’ knowledge. Readers will learn mathematical concepts, the principles of dynamics, Newton’s Laws, the science behind baseball and car engine repair - all in an entertaining, humorous, easily digestible way. I believe this book will help put an end to the question: “Why do I have to learn this stuff?” by providing plenty of relatable and interesting uses for science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). As a middle school librarian and a parent, I know how valuable and sought after STEM education has become, so it’s a huge benefit that all the STEM principles presented in this book are backed by a professional engineer for an aerospace company. I recommend this book for boys and girls, ages 8-12, and to math and science educators and parents seeking to introduce STEM concepts in an entertaining and relatable context.
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    Clever, Nicely-Paced Middle-Grade Novel

    Strxia: The Odds Are Against Us is a well-written middle-grade novel in which the value of teamwork and sacrifice is on full display. Through strong character development, expertly-paced action, and the implementation of STEM principles, the authors tell an entertaining and enriching story culminating with a sequence of parallel actions in Strxia and on Earth sure to enthrall young readers. I’d recommend Strxia: The Odds Are Against Us for young baseball fans and future engineers and physicists.

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