Growing Patterns: Fibonacci Numbers in Nature. By Sarah C. Campbell. Crisp design and clear photography introduce and depict Fibonacci patterns in nature.

Fever Crumb. By Philip Reeve. A lone girl sets out on a mission to retrieve lost technology in a bleak and irrational London of the future.

Meanwhile. By Jason Shiga. Jimmy explores the lab of a mad scientist in this "Choose Your Own Adventure" style graphic novel.

When You Reach Me. By Rebecca Stead. Shortly after sixth-grader Miranda and her best friend Sal part ways, for some inexplicable reason her once familiar world turns upside down. Maybe it's because she's caught up in reading A Wrinkle in Time and trying to understand time travel, or perhaps it's because she's been receiving mysterious notes which accurately predict the future.

The Number Devil. By Hans Magnus Enzensberger. Young Robert's dreams have taken a decided turn for the weird. Instead of falling down holes and such, he's visiting a bizarre magical land of number tricks with the number devil as his host. Starting at one and adding zero and all the rest of the numbers, Robert and the number devil use giant furry calculators, piles of coconuts, and endlessly scrolling paper to introduce basic concepts of numeracy, from interesting number sequences to exponents to matrices.

The Phantom Tollbooth. By Norton Juster and Jules Feiffer. Poor Milo sat bored in his room until he received a tollbooth, which took him on an adventure where he gets involved in a war between words (Kingdom of Dictionopolis) and numbers (Kingdom of Digitopolis).

The Adventures of Penrose the Mathematical Cat. The book consists of several vignettes, each on a different math topic. The stories have titles like "Penrose meets Fibonnacci Rabbit" and "Penrose discovers the mathematics of soap bubbles." The stories are short and end with a problem or activity based on the story's topic. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. By Mark Haddon. A murder mystery of sorts–one told by an autistic version of Adrian Mole. Fifteen-year-old Christopher John Francis Boone is mathematically gifted and socially hopeless, raised in a working-class home by parents who can barely cope with their child's quirks.

Mathematicians Are People, Too: Stories from the Lives of Great Mathematicians. By Wilbert Reimer. Volume One focuses on moments of mathematical discovery experienced by Thales, Pythagoras, Hypatia, Galileo, Pascal, and others. Volume Two dramatizes the lives of Omar Khayyam, Albert Einstein, Ada Lovelace, and others.

The Man Who Counted: A Collection of Mathematical Adventures. By Malba Tahan. A series of "Arabian nights"-style tales, with each story built around a classic mathematical puzzle, which are a necessary part of the fantasy. The hero is a Persian mathematician and mystic named Beremiz who uses his powers of calculation like a magic wand to amaze and entertain people, settle disputes, find justice and, finally, win the heart of a beautiful princess.

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