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Gr 2-3-In this sequel to 7 x 9 = Trouble! (Farrar, 2002), Wilson is struggling with fractions. When his parents decide to hire a math tutor, the third grader is embarrassed to be the only kid at Hill Elementary to have this extra help. He is determined to make sure nobody finds out, especially his friend Josh. Meanwhile Wilson, his younger brother Kipper, and Josh are all working on their science-fair projects. Wilson's project involves his pet hamster, Kipper's tests camping tents, and Josh is trying to figure out at what temperature a pickle explodes. As Wilson starts his math tutoring, he is surprised to find that he is allowed to draw hamsters as a method of learning fractions. Can he pass the fractions test and finish his project? Will keeping his tutoring sessions a secret ruin his friendship with Josh? All ends well as Wilson learns that he isn't the only student struggling at school. Short chapters and several full-page illustrations make this title perfect for new chapter-book readers. In addition, students having difficulty with math will relate to this lighthearted story.-Sarah Polace, Cuyahoga County Public Library, Parma, OH (c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.