Short Mysteries You Solve With Math! • ¡Misterios Cortos que Resuelves con Matemáticas!

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One Minute Mysteries:
Short Mysteries You Solve With Math!

Misterios de un Minuto: ¡Misterios Cortos que Resuelves con Matemáticas!

Math is universal!
Why learn it just in English?

¡Las matemáticas son universales!
¿Por qué aprenderlas sólo en Inglés?

About the Book
Now you can solve mysteries in English, Spanish or both! This award-winning title, for ages 10-14, is now available as a bilingual book. Use it to expand your language and math skills at the same time. Each math mystery takes just one minute to read, and challenges a child’s knowledge in essential, age-appropriate math topics.

The need and interest in bilingual education has never been greater, and this book is a powerful tool for helping English Language Learners to see math as approachable, learnable, and solvable--while continuing to improve their English skills. As a parallel reader, this book will help both native Spanish speakers and English speakers on the road to bilingualism.

This book joins the bilingual Science Mysteries book as the second book adopted from the One Minute Mysteries series. This series of entertaining and educational literature-based math and science challenges for kids, is recognized as valuable supplemental resources for schools, extended learning programs, and home education. The bilingual editions make these powerful tools accessible to young students learning the English language.

Content aligns with Next Generation Science Standards and supports the Common Core State Standards. Articulation available.

Press release available here

Ahora tu puedes resolver misterios matemáticos en inglés, español, o ambos. Este título premiado, para edades de 10 a 14, está disponible como un libro bilingüe. Al mismo tiempo, utilízalo para ampliar tus habilidades de lenguaje y matemáticas.

What the Experts are Saying

"As a bilingual mathematics educator, it is refreshing to discover a resource that is both mathematically rich and of such good quality. I appreciate the way these short stories are displayed in both English and Spanish—it is very clear that careful attention was paid to both the language and the mathematics. This book is an excellent addition to any bilingual mathematics program!"
— Marta Civil, Ph.D. Roy F. Graesser Chair, Department of Mathematics,
University of Arizona

“A wonderful resource to introduce real-life math problems to students...provides insights into how math can be applied in the real world. Intriguing, useful, and challenging!”

Un magnifico recurso para introducir a los estudiantes problemas de matemáticas de la vida real… provee ideas sobre como las Matemáticas pueden ser aplicadas en el mundo real. Interesante, útil, y desafiante!
—Jennifer G. Martin, NCTM Mathematics Teaching in Middle School

"I wish this book had existed while I was still teaching. This is one of the few books that allows readers to grasp difficult math concepts and learn another language.
It is an enjoyable and enlightening read. I highly recommend it!"

Ojalá este libro hubiera existido mientras yo estaba enseñando. Éste es uno de los pocos libros que le permite a los lectores entender conceptos matemáticos difíciles y aprender otro idioma. Es una lectura entretenida e iluminadora.
Lo recomiendo encarecidamente.
—José N. Pecina, Ph.D., Retired Mathematics Professor, The University of Texas Pan-American

Featured on the "Excellence in Education" page.

In the News

We were recently featured on Voices of America! Check out the article and video to learn how a local Washington, D.C. school uses our mysteries in their classroom!

Curious about Bilingual Education in the U.S.?

The face of America is changing. To better understand this shift, we have created an infographic, “Why Should America Care About Bilingual Education?” With a goal of ensuring our books reach as many kids as possible, we produce materials in a variety of languages and formats. In this way, we hope to give children the tools they need to explore their world.

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Product Details
Ages 10-14
Paperback • 5.5” x 8.5”
224 Pages • $12.95
Bilingual: English and Spanish
Paperback ISBN 13: 978-1-938492-22-8
E-book: $11.99
E-Book ISBN 13: 978-1-938492-23-5

About the Authors

PhotoEric Yoder is a writer and editor who has been published in a variety of magazines, newspapers, newsletters and online publications on science, government, law, business, sports and other topics. He has contributed to or edited numerous books, mainly in the areas of employee benefits and financial planning. A reporter at The Washington Post who also does freelance writing and editing, he was a member of the Advisory Committee for Science, Naturally’s 101 Things Everyone Should Know About Science. He and his wife Patti have two daughters, Natalie and Valerie. Eric can be reached at

Natalie Yoder is a college student whose favorite subjects include psychology, science, and photography. A sports enthusiast, she participates in gymnastics, field hockey, diving, soccer, and track. She also enjoys writing, being with friends and family, and listening to music. She has been interviewed several times, along with her father, on National Public Radio to talk about their work on their One Minute Mysteries series: 65 Short Stories You Solve With Science! and 65 Short Stories You Solve With Math! She looks forward to writing more books. She is thinking about careers in oceanography or photography. She can be reached at

About the Translators
Yana Alfaro was born and lives in Costa Rica. She graduated with a B.A. in English Studies and has recently gone back to university to finish her Masters in English-Spanish Translation and major in Sustainable Development and Gender Studies. These majors perfectly fit her passion for exploring different cultures. She spends most of her time leading volunteer groups from the U.S. and Canada all over Costa Rica and Latin America.

Karen R. Geating was born and raised in a bilingual home in San Juan, Puerto Rico. She moved to the Washington, DC area to pursue a career as a U.S. government attorney. In 2005, she began living abroad, first in Southeast Asia, then in Africa, and eventually in Latin America. While overseas, she worked as a language teacher and consultant. She recently returned to Washington, DC, with her husband and two children. She is fluent in English, Spanish and French, and is currently working as a language services consultant. She can be reached at