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    #20600 07/19/08 09:35 AM
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    Does anyone know a resource where I could buy these books more cheaply? They run anywhere from $30 - $90 from what I've found online. I'd like to get the Algebra book first but I'd like not to have to pay a small fortune for it. Any ideas? I've checked Abe Books, Amazon, and Barnes and Noble Used books. Thanks.

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    The algebra books are $29 each from the publisher at polkadotpublishing.com with free shipping. I would imagine used ones would be much cheaper.

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    Squirt, have you researched the Life of Fred books? You probably have but some HSers are bothered by some of the social content contained in the books. I think the newer ones have had some of the more questionable content removed so I don't know if you want to keep that in consideration especially if buying used, older editions.

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    Hi Dazed&Confuzed,

    We have the life of Fred books and really like them. We have the new versions, but I am wondering what you are referring to? Maybe I am just naive, but I didn't find any questionable content.

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    I hadn't heard about questionable content either. Could you please explain, Dazey? I definitely want to know if there's something to watch for!


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    There have been several threads at WTM discussing this. I'm certain it's Life of Fred. The one I recall was an allusion to smoking *grass* and another about drinking alcohol. I think for the intended age ranges it's not a big deal unless you're very sensitive about such matters but for kids on this board who are years ahead of grade level, it might be content you don't want to address or perhaps it is. Or perhaps it will just go over the heads of the younger kids. ANyhow, I'm not sure how much of the hoopla is from the older additions or the new one. You might try searching at WTM for the threads. There was a blog that outlined many of the questionable pages but I *think* that pertained to the older, pre-santizied version.

    I'm trying to remember the grass one. I think it was something like "while you were out studying math, your buddies were out smoking grass..." It doesn't sound too bad to me, but everyone has their thing they are uptight about lol. I just wanted to you know. Some of the very religious types at WTM refuse to use it.

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    Here's a link to the opening pages of the algebra book:

    Life of Fred Algebra

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    We purchase direct from the author at www.fredgauss.com


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    Any issues for you with content, Lorel? I think you're the only person I knw who's currently using the Fred books, so I'd love to hear your take.

    Thanks for the head's up, Dazey! I appreciate it!


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    Ugh I didn't mean "religious types" in a negative way so I hope no one takes offense.

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