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Goes to Maths World

(Part I of the Maths World series)

By Maria Pereira

Copyright 2018 Maria Pereira

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Cover & Illustrations by Rebecca Reynolds

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Gina Goes To Maths World

Once upon a time, a little girl was doing homework in her bedroom.

‘Blurgh! This is boring.’

Her eyes glazed over.

‘Gina?’ a voice called. ‘Are you doing your homework?’

‘Yeah, Mam!’ she shouted.

She finished her spellings.

‘Okay, Bruce, what’s next?’ she said to the dog curled up in the corner.


She picked up her maths book.

‘Fractions— double blurgh!’

She threw the book: It hit the curtain and landed on the windowsill.

‘Time for bed,’ said Gina

Her duvet was cosy and warm and snug and safe. It was a bright starry night outside.

‘Wow, Bruce, look at that full moon.’

Bruce yawned. Gina’s mother came in and kissed her goodnight.

‘Night, Gina.’

‘Night, Mam.’

Gina was just nodding off when suddenly a gust of wind blew through the open window. Her maths book opened, flickered, then shot across the windowsill and—FLOP—disappeared.

‘Oh no,’ said Gina.

Gina jumped out of bed and looked out the window.

‘Where is it? Nasty wind!’

She pulled on her sneakers and her denim jacket over her pyjamas, opened her bedroom door and ran down the stairs and out the front door.


The maths book was on the front lawn flapping in the wind.

‘There you are.’

Gina bent down to pick it up. Suddenly, a bright light flashed through the sky and—WHOOSH—landed on the lawn in front of her. Gina dropped the book and stepped backwards. It was a giant triangle, twinkling with red and blue lights.

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