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Challenging Puzzles for Smart Kids

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By: Terry Stickels

Kid-smart puzzles for real smart kids!

From anagrams and frame games to lateral thinking and picture problems—even towers of Sudoku and stacked–up letter conundrums—these puzzles will give every kid an outrageously enjoyable mental workout. And for a unique twist, the selection includes Terry Stickels’s original STICKLINKS, with hidden phrases to find!

Filled with a variety of the most unusual brainteasers ever, plus cool cartoons by Steve Harpster, they’re fiendish fun!

What they’re saying about Terry:

“Terry Stickels’ puzzles are perfect brain stimulators for young and old alike. They’re fresh, varied, and well thought-out and they build problem-solving skills that are useful both academically and in everyday life.”
—Will Shortz,
Crossword Editor, The New York Times

“Terry Stickels has joined the ranks of top popularizers of mathematical problems. His puzzle collections are highly recommended for their novel approaches and fresh ideas.”
—Martin Gardner,
Past Editor of Scientific American’s “Recreational Mathematics” Column

“Terry Stickels is one of the most gifted puzzle writers, authors, and speakers it has been my pleasure to know. He has generously provided us with his time and talents in creating unique and challenging material for our MENSA projects.”
—Jim Blackmore,
National Marketing Director, MENSA

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Author & Illustrator Bios:

Terry Stickels, author

Terry Stickels is well-known for his three internationally syndicated columns. Frame Games™ and Stickdoku™, seen in USA WEEKEND magazine, are read by over 48 million people in six hundred newspapers weekly. He concurrently writes “Sticklers” for King Features, appearing in over two hundred newspapers daily, including the Washington Post, the Chicago Sun-Times, the Denver Post, and the Toronto Star. He also is the featured puzzle columnist for the Guardian, London’s largest newspaper. In addition, Terry finds time to write books for both adults and children and do motivational speaking.

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Editorial Reviews:

Portland Book Review

What do a sewing machine, a hurricane, and Mississippi have in common? They all have eyes! These days, puzzles are all the rage, and it is time that kids had a puzzle book of their own. Tackle towers of Sudoku, solve twisted anagrams, race through twisty mazes, and try master puzzle creator Terry Stickels’ original “StickLinks.” Assembled by Stickels, Challenging Puzzles for Smart Kids contains 90 mindbenders that will keep children (and adults) busy for hours. Even reluctant mathematicians will learn to enjoy working with numbers.

Crosswords and word searches introduce and reinforce new vocabulary. The book’s pages are oversized so there is plenty of room on each page for kids to work out problems and solve the puzzles without using a separate piece of paper. Teachers, try having your students solve a puzzle as you transition between subjects. Parents can use the problems to go over material learned in the classroom. Kids will work quietly in the back seat when you give this book to them as a gift on a road trip. The answer section gives thorough explanations and strategies for solving. Anagrams and logic problems promote brain cell growth and we all could use a few more of those! –Elizabeth Franklin


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ISBN: 978-1-936140-41-1

Ages: 7-11
Page count: 80
8 x 10

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