# Michael Dispezio Critical Thinking Puzzles High School

Fill your house with stacks of books, in all the crannies and all the nooks. — Dr. Seuss

Picking five favorite books is like picking the five body parts you’d most like not to lose. — Neil Gaiman

Rather than alphabetizing the books as they appear under “Prior to 2014,” I’m now listing the books as I acquire them. Acquiring a book does not always mean that I have the luxury to interact with it soon enough, but I’m always up for a book chat.

(I do read non-math and non-education related books. I read almost everything Elizabeth Berg writes. Memoirs are delicious.)

- The Classroom Chef by Matt Vaudrey and John Stevens
- Sensible Mathematics by Steven Leinwand
- Envisioning Information by Edward Tufte
- Playing with Math edited by Sue VanHattum
- Good Questions: Great Ways to Differentiate Mathematics Instruction by Marian Small
- Putting Essential Understanding of Ratios and Proportions into Practice by NCTM
- Principles to Actions: Ensuring Mathematical Success for All by NCTM
- Really Big Numbersby Richard Evan Schwartz
- How Children Fail by John Holt
- How Children Learn by John Holt
- How Not to Be Wrong: The Power of Mathematical Thinking by Jordan Ellenberg
- Making Thinking Visible: How to Promote Engagement, Understanding, and Independence for All Learners by Ron Ritchhart, Mark Church, Karin Morrison
- Make Just One Change: Teaching Students to Ask Their Own Questions by Dan Rothstein, Luz Santana
- Everyday Calculus: Discovering the Hidden Math All Around Us by Oscar E. Fernandez
- This is Not a Test: A Narrative on Race, Class, and Education by Jose Luis Vilson
- Love and Math: The Heart of Hidden Reality by Edward Frenkel
- Putting It Together: Middle School Math in Transition by Gary Tsuruda
- Intentional Talk: How to Structure and Lead Productive Mathematical Discussions by Elham Kazemi, Allison Hintz
- The Smartest Kids in the World and How They Got That Way by Amanda Ripley
- King of Infinite Space: Donald Coxeter, the Man Who Saved Geometry by Siobhan Roberts

**Prior to 2014**

- 25 Real Life Math Investigations That Will Astound Teachers and Students by Edward Zaccaro
- 50 Mathematical Puzzles and Problems Green Collection by Gilles Cohen (Editor)
- 50 Mathematical Puzzles and Problems Orange Collection by Gilles Cohen (Editor)
- 50 Mathematical Puzzles and Problems Red Collection by Gilles Cohen (Editor)
- A Moscow Math Circle: Week-by-week Problem Sets by Sergey Dorichenko
- A Passion for Mathematics by Clifford A. Pickover
- A Visual Approach to Functions by Frances Van Dyke
- A Watched Cup Never Cools by Ellen Kamischke
- About Teaching Mathematics by Marilyn Burns
- Active Algebra: Strategies and Lessons for Successfully Teaching Linear Relationships by Dan Brutlag
- Activity Based Statistics by Richard L. Scheaffer, Ann Watkins, Jeffrey Witmer, Mrudulla Gnanadesikan
- Agnesi to Zeno: Over 100 Vignettes from the History of Math by Sanderson Smith
- aha! Insight by Martin Gardner
- Algebra Out Loud: Learning Mathematics Through Reading and Writing Activities by Pat Mower, Ph.D.
- An Imaginary Tale: The Story of (-1)^0.5 by Paul J. Nahin
- An Imaginative Approach to Teaching by Kieran Egan
- Becoming a Problem Solver by Edward Zaccaro
- Calculus Explorations by Paul A. Foerster
- Calculus Made Easy by Silvanus P. Thompson and Martin Gardner
- Challenge Math For the Elementary and Middle School Student by Edward Zaccaro
- Challenging Critical Thinking Puzzles by Michael A. DiSpezio
- Challenging Problems in Algebra by Alfred S. Posamentier, Charles T. Salkind
- Challenging Problems in Geometry by Alfred S. Posamentier, Charles T. Salkind
- CHAMPS by Randy Sprick, Ph.D.
- Chinese Brain Twisters by Baifang
- Classroom Management for Secondary Teachers by Edmund T. Emmer, Carolyn M. Evertson, Julie P. Sanford, Barbara S. Clements, Murray E. Worsham
- Comparisons by Diagram Group
- Competition Math for Middle School by J. Batterson
- Concepts of Modern Mathematics by Ian Stewart
- Connecting Brain Research with Effective Teaching by Mariale M. Hardiman
- Creating Lifelong Learners: Challenges for education in the 21st century by Ian Andain, Gerard Murphy
- Creative Problem Solving in School Mathematics by George Lenchner
- Designing Groupwork: Strategies for the Heterogeneous Classroom by Elizabeth G. Cohen
- Differentiated Instruction for the Middle School Math Teacher: Activities and Strategies for an Inclusive Classroom by Joan D’Amico, Kate Gallaway
- Does This Line Ever Move? by Kenneth R. Chelst and Thomas G. Edwards
- Dumbing Down Our Kids: Why American Children Feel Good About Themselves But Can’t Read, Write, or Add (Paperback) by Charles J. Sykes
- e: The Story of a Number by Eli Maor
- Embedded Formative Assessment by Dylan William
- Entertaining Mathematical Puzzles by Martin Gardner
- Family Math: The Middle School Years by Karen Mayfield-Ingram, Virginia Thompson
- Famous Problems and Their Mathematicians by Art Johnson
- Faster Isn’t Smarter by Cathy L. Seeley
- Fermat’s Last Theorem: Unlocking the Secret of an Ancient Mathematical Problem by Amir D. Aczel
- Fifty Challenging Problems in Probability by Frederick Mosteller
- Fifty Lectures for Mathcounts Competitions, Volume I by Jane Chen, Sam Chen
- Five Practices for Orchestrating Productive Mathematics Discussions by Margaret S. Smith and Mary Kay Stein
- Fostering Algebraic Thinking: A Guide for Teachers, Grades 6-10 by Mark Driscoll
- Fostering Geometric Thinking: A Guide for Teachers, Grades 5-10 by Mark Driscoll, Rachel Wing DiMatteo, Johannah Nikula, Michael Egan
- Geometry Labs: Activities for Grades 8-11 by Henri Picciotto
- Get it Together: Math Problems for Groups Grades 4-12 by Tim Erickson, Rose Craig
- Godel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid by Douglas R. Hofstadter
- Good Questions for Math Teaching, Why Ask Them and What to Ask, Grades 5-8 by Lanie Schuster, Nancy Canavan Anderson
- Ask Them and What to Ask, Grades 5-8 by Lanie Schuster, Nancy Canavan Anderson
- Great Critical Thinking Puzzles by Michael A. DiSpezio
- Hands-On Algebra: Ready-To-Use Games & Activities for Grades 7-12 by Frances McBroom, Ed.D. Thompson
- Hands-On Math Projects with Real-Life Applications: Ready-to-Use Lessons and Materials for Grades 6-12 by Gary Robert Muschla, Judith A. Muschla
- Hard Math for Middle School by Glenn Ellison
- How to Solve It: A New Aspect of Mathematical Method by G. Polya
- In Code – A Mathematical Journey by Sarah Flannery (16 years old when she co-authored with her father David Flannery)
- Innumeracy by John Allen Paulos
- Is Democracy Fair? The Mathematics of Voting and Apportionment by Leslie Johnson Nielsen, Michael de Villiers
- It’s All Relative: Key Ideas and Common Misconceptions About Ratios and Proportion, Grade 6-7 by Anne Collins and Linda Dacey
- Journey through Genius: The Great Theorems of Mathematics by William Dunham
- Letters to a Young Mathematician (Art of Mentoring) by Ian Stewart
- Literacy is Not Enough: 21-Century Fluencies for the Digital Age by Lee Crockett, Ian Jukes, Andrew Churches
- Making the Difference: Differentiation in International Schools by William Powell, Ochan Kusuma-Powell
- Math and Literature: Grades 6-8 by Jennifer M. Bay-Williams, Sherri L. Martinie
- Math and Nonfiction: Grades 6-8 by Jennifer M. Bay-Williams, Sherri L. Martinie
- Math for Smarty Pants (Brown Paper School Book) by Marilyn Burns
- Math-A-Day: A Book of Days for Your Mathematical Year by Theoni Pappas
- Mathematical Circles (Russian Experience) by Dmitri Fomin, Sergey Genkin, Ilia Itenberg
- Mathematics and Plausible Reasoning (Volume I) by G. Polya
- Mathercise: Classroom Warm-Up Exercises, Book C by Michael Serra
- Men of Mathematics by E.T. Bell
- Mental Math in Junior High by Jack A. Hope, Barbara J. Reys, Robert E. Reys
- Mindset: The New Psychology of Success by Carol Dweck
- My Best Mathematical and Logic Puzzles by Martin Gardner
- My Brain is Open: The Mathematical Journeys of Paul Erdos by Bruce Schechter
- Number Theory and Its History by Oystein Ore
- One Equals Zero and Other Mathematical Surprises: Paradoxes, Fallacies, and Mind Booglers (Paperback) by Nitsa Movshovitz-Hadar, John Webb
- Out of the Labyrinth: Setting Mathematics Free by Robert Kaplan and Ellen Kaplan
- Outliers: The Story of Success by Malcolm Gladwell
- Personal Learning Networks by Will Richardson, Rob Mancabelli
- Powerful Problem Solving: Activities for Sense Making with the Mathematical Practices by Max Ray of the The Math Forum @ Drexel
- Precalculus and Trigonometry Explorations by Paul A. Foerster
- Probability Activities for Problem Solving and Skills Reinforcement by Robert Lovell
- Probability Simulations by Mary Jean Winter and Ronald J. Carlson
- Problem Solving Strategies: Crossing the River with Dogs and Other Mathematical Adventures by Ted Herr and Ken Johnson
- Problem Solving Through Recreational Mathematics by Bonnie Averbach, Orin Chein
- Problems with Patterns and Numbers by The Shell Centre Team. Published by Shell Centre & Joint Matriculation Board 1984.
- Pythagoras Plugged In by Dan Bennett
- Quantam Quandaries (100 Brainteasers from Quantum, the Magazine of Math and Science) by Timothy Weber, Sergey Ivanov
- Real-Life Math: Algebra by Walter Sherwood
- Rethinking Proof with the Geometer’s Sketchpad by Michael D. De Villiers
- Sacred Mathematics: Japanese Temple Geometry by Fukagawa Hidetoshi, Tony Rothman
- Simply Great Explorations in Geometry by Bill Lombard, Brad Fulton
- Simply Great Math Activities: Fractions, Decimals, Percents by Bill Lombard, Brad Fulton
- Simply Great Math Games by Bill Lombard, Brad Fulton
- Solve This: Math Activities for Students and Clubs by James Tanton
- Teach Like a Pirate by Dave Burgess
- Teaching Today’s Mathematics in the Middle Grades by Art V. Johnson and Kit L. Norris
- The Ambitious Horse: Ancient Chinese Mathematics Problems by Lawrence W. Swienciki
- The Calculus of Friendship by Steven Strogatz
- The Colossal Book of Mathematics by Martin Gardner
- The Colossal Book of Short Puzzles and Problems by Martin Gardner
- The Complete Book of Fun Maths by Philip Carter & Ken Russell
- The Drunkard’s Walk: How Randomness Rules Our Lives by Leonard Mlodinow
- The I Hate Mathematics! Book (Brown Paper School Books) by Linda Allison, Marilyn Burns, David Weitzman
- The Joy of X by Steven Strogatz
- The Language of Functions and Graphs by Malcolm Swan and the Shell Centre Team. Published by Shell Centre & Joint Matriculation Board 1985.
- The Language of Math: Helping Students Speak, Write, and Think Mathematically by Brad Fulton and Bill Lombard
- The Man Who Knew Infinity: A Life of the Genius Ramanujan by Robert Kanigel
- The Math Explorer: Games and Activities for Middle School Youth Groups by Pat Murphy, Lori Lambertson, Pearl Tesler, Exploratorium
- The Mathematics of Oz: Mental Gymnastics from Beyond the Edge by Clifford A. Pickover
- The Moscow Puzzles: 359 Mathematical Recreations (Math & Logic Puzzles) by Boris A. Kordemsky
- The Number Devil: A Mathematical Adventure by Hans Magnus Enzensberger, Rotraut Susanne Berner, and Michael Henry Heim
- The Number Sense by Stanislas Dehaene
- The Pattern and Function Connection by Brad S. Fulton and Bill Lombard
- The Story of Mathematics by Anne Rooney
- The Ten Things All Future Mathematicians and Scientists Must Know (But are Rarely Taught) by Edward Zaccaro
- The Ultimate Book of Puzzles, Mathematical Diversions, and Brainteasers: A Definitive Collection of the Best Puzzles Ever Devised by Erwin Brecher
- The Universal Book of Mathematics: From Abracadabra to Zeno’s Paradoxes by David Darling
- The Write Tool to Teach Algebra by Virginia Gray
- Thinking Mathematically by John Mason with Leone Burton and Kaye Stacey
- Thought Provokers by D. Rohrer
- Unfolding Mathematics with Origami Boxes by Arnold Tubis and Crystal Mills
- Unfolding Mathematics with Unit Origami by Betsy Franco
- United We Solve: 116 Math Problems for Groups, Grades 5-10 by Tim Erickson
- Visual Thinking Puzzles by Michael A. DiSpezio
- What Is Calculus About? by W. W. Sawyer
- What Is Mathematics? An Elementary Approach to Ideas and Methods by Richard Courant and Herbert Robbins
- What’s Math Got to Do with It? by Jo Boaler
- What’s Next? Using Patterns to Solve Problems, Volume 1 by Wilbert Reimer
- What’s Next? Using Patterns to Solve Problems, Volume 2 by Wilbert Reimer
- What’s Next? Using Patterns to Solve Problems, Volume 3 by Wilbert Reimer
- What’s Wrong with This Picture? Critical Thinking Exercises in Geometry by Michael Serra
- When Least Is Best: How Mathematicians Discovered Many Clever Ways to Make Things as Small (or as Large) as Possible by Paul J. Nahin
- Who’s #1?: The Science of Rating and Ranking by Amy N. Langville and Carl D. Meyer
- Wonders of Numbers by Clifford A. Pickover
- Write for Mathematics by Andrew S. Rothstein, Evelyn B. Rothstein, Gerald Lauber
- Write Starts: 101 Writing Prompts for Math by Margaret E. McIntosh, Roni J. Draper
- Writing to Learn Mathematics: Strategies That Work by Joan Coungtryman
- Zero: The Biography of a Dangerous Idea by Charles Seife

Here are enough tough puzzles to test your mental powers for hours and hours. Try this never-ending array of puzzles, challenges, funky facts, things to build, weird riddles, and other conundrums. Some are old favorites that never fail to stump, others are totally new, but all promise hours of fun. Every one can be completed with a pencil, pen, or some inexpensive materialHere are enough tough puzzles to test your mental powers for hours and hours. Try this never-ending array of puzzles, challenges, funky facts, things to build, weird riddles, and other conundrums. Some are old favorites that never fail to stump, others are totally new, but all promise hours of fun. Every one can be completed with a pencil, pen, or some inexpensive materials around the house. 96 pages, 105 b/w illus., 5 3/8 x 8 1/4.

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Paperback, 96 pages

Published December 31st 1996 by Sterling (first published January 1st 1996)

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