Winner of the 2018 Irma Black Award for Excellence in Children’s Literature and the SCBWI Crystal Kite!



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6 has a problem.

Everyone knows that 7 is always after him. Word on the street is that 7 ate 9. If that’s true, 6’s days are numbered. Lucky for him, Private I is on the case. But the facts just don’t add up.

It’s odd.

Will Private I put two and two together and solve the problem . . . or is 6 next in line to be subtracted?




~ Winner, Irma S. Black Award for Excellence in Children’s Literature

~ Winner, SCBWI Crystal Kite, Atlantic Region

~ Junior Library Guild Selection

~ Summer 2017 Kids’ Indie Next List Selection

“An A-1 purchase for anyone who loves plays on words, mysteries, and humorous stories.”
~ Starred Review, School Library Journal

“Pun fun reigns over this fast-paced whodunit. Counting has never been so mysterious or so much fun.”
~ Kirkus Reviews

“The newly numerate [will] find the goings-on hilarious. You can count on it.”
~ The Horn Book

“The solution to the mystery is pretty clever, the pace is brisk, and the arithmetic jokes approach infinity. Lazar’s numbers game stands up to repeat readalouds.”
~ Publisher’s Weekly

“One of the wittiest picture books I’ve encountered in years and with the multiple levels of humor, 7 Ate 9 is sure to delight adults just as much as the kids they read it to!”
~ Ann Childs for the American Booksellers Association (ABA)



Tips for using 7 ATE 9 in the classroom at Jacqueline Jules’ Pencil Tips.



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