The Kung Fu Puzzle

A Mystery with Time and Temperature

The Kung Fu Puzzle

By:  Thielbar, Melinda
Helmer, Der-shing

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Lerner Publishing Group

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5.8 X 8.5 in
48 pg

JUVENILE FICTION / Comics & Graphic Novels / Manga
JUVENILE FICTION / Concepts / Counting & Numbers
JUVENILE FICTION / Concepts / Counting & Numbers

Is what Adam and Tom overhear true? Is Sifu Faiza selling the kung fu school? And can they find a way to change her mind in time? All the kids get together to help, but they'll have to figure out a mysterious puzzle about hours, minutes, and temperature to find the unexpected solution in . . . The Kung Fu Puzzle.

"Puzzles and basic mathematical concepts are integrated more or less seamlessly into these entertaining graphic novels. Joy, Amy, Sam, and Adam, all members of Sifu Faiza's kung fu class, demonstrate honesty, intelligence, teamwork, and efficient use of resources while solving minor mysteries in their hometown. The colorful manga-style artwork is energetic and well executed. Fine additions where books such as Jimmy Gownley's 'Amelia Rules' (S & S) and Jarrett J. Krosoczka's 'Lunch Lady' (Knopf) are popular."
--School Library JournalJournal

Melinda Thielbar is a writer, teacher, statistician, and student of the martial arts. Manga Math Mysteries, including The Kung Fu Puzzle and The Secret Ghost is her first children’s series.

In 2005, Melinda left SAS to finish a PhD in statistics. She was awarded a VIGRE fellowship at North Carolina State University. This fellowship is awarded to students likely to make a strong contribution to education in the mathematics and statistics field. Again, Melinda earned a fantastic reputation in the classroom. Her statistics lectures and examples were known for their ability to hold her students' interest—no easy task in a statistics for non-majors class that's held at 8:00am.

Melinda lives in Raleigh, North Carolina with her husband, writer Richard Dansky, and their three cats. She is currently working on the research portion of her PhD.


Der-shing Helmer is a high school biology teacher who originally went to college to learn about reptiles. After she graduated she decided to try teaching instead. In her spare time she likes to write and draw comics and read a variety of books!