Max, a third-grader, always liked math until his teacher started using a timer for testing the class on multiplication facts. Max clutches when he tries to hurry. When his missing math folder reveals that Max has been working problems from his older brother’s algebra book “for fun,” he is invited to join the school math team as well as a program for accelerated math students. It reassures children that understanding is more important than memorization and that a strength in one area of learning can offset a weakness in another. For ages 5-10.