Amazon Featured Book-of-the-Week

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Pathway to Pre-Algebra Proficiency

by Susan Mercer
(4.5 Stars – 6 Customer Reviews)

Price: $14.95

Susan Mercer’s “Pathway to Pre-Algebra Proficiency.” A valuable resource for educators, “Pathway to Pre-Algebra Proficiency” not only encompasses lesson on the basics of pre-algebra, but puts those lessons in a format that engages students and makes math entertaining. The book includes 30 fun learning activities with 20 pre-algebra problems to solve, designed to teach students about integers, equations, percentages, expressions, powers and and square roots.

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News Flash! Susan Mercer wins the Outskirts Press 2011 Best Book of the Year Award

Congratulations to self-publishing author Susan Mercer, author of Pathway to Math Proficiency: Mastering Equivalent Fractions, Decimals and Percents…with Ease.

 Susan Mercer has just been recognized in a public poll as the author of the 2011 Outskirts Press Best Book of the Year Award and recipient of the $1,500 Grand Prize that comes with it.

For more details about Susan and her books, click here

A more formal announcement and press release will be distributed soon, and in the coming days keep a look-out for an interview with our 2011 Best Book of the Year author, Susan Mercer! Congratulations, Susan!

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Vote now for the 2011 Outskirts Press Best Book of the Year

It all comes down to this! The official Outskirts Press EVVY Nominations for 2011 have been determined, the 18th annual EVVY Awards have been won, and the three finalists for the 2011 Outskirts Press Best Book of the Year have been selected.

Now it is in your hands.  In the public poll below, it is your turn to vote for the finalist that you feel best deserves to be awarded the 2011 Outskirts Press Best Book of the Year. These authors have already established their writing and publishing chops by being finalists. Now the Best Book of the Year Award recognizes the author with the best author platform and marketing muscle to win in a public vote. The winner of the most votes within the next week will be awarded the 2011 Outskirts Press Best Book of the Year and the $1,500 credit that comes with it. The public poll is open until Friday, June 8th at Noon Eastern Time. At that time the poll will be closed and the finalist receiving the greatest percentage of total votes will be announced the winner. Last year’s poll was neck and neck with just 110 votes separating the 2010 winner from the runner-up, so every vote counts!

NEWS FLASH! The polls are closed. See the winning announcement here.

And the three finalists are…

Susan Mercer, author of Pathway to Math Proficiency: Mastering Equivalent Fractions, Decimals and Percents…with Ease.

Susan Mercer is a math curriculum specialist in Santa Ana, California, and has spent the last eighteen years teaching, presenting, writing and developing math resources specifically to address the needs of students. Pathway to Math Proficiency is a 101 page workbook that helps students master the relationships between the part and the whole with ease. In Pathway to Math Proficiency: Mastering Equivalent Fractions, Decimals and Percents…with Ease veteran educator and successful textbook author Susan Mercer has organized a graduated sequence of visual images that help students make the needed connection between fractions, decimals and percents while creating the mental image of the part and the whole each represents. Certainly it helps to read these books first, so for more details (including purchasing options) about this book to help determine your vote, click here.

Bolko Zimmer, author of Angelic Warfare: The Stones of Fire.

Bolko Zimmer holds a Ph.D. in Educational Human Resource Development from Texas A&M University and completed his dissertation on prison ministries. He spent 21 years in the United States Army, where he reached the rank of lieutenant colonel, and 20 years as an adjunct professor. A 126-page dramatic retelling of the fall of man, Angelic Warfare: The Stones of Fire is a captivating account of the ultimate confrontation between good and evil. In this vividly imagined work, author Bolko Zimmer creates a fully realized universe populated by seraphim, cherubim, and countless angels—all with their own agendas and allegiances. Blending a biblically based foundation with extraordinary dramatic insights, Angelic Warfare: The Stones of Fire was published in April 2011 and is required reading for Christians, Bible scholars, and anyone who loves the greatest story ever told. Certainly it helps to read these books first, so for more details (including purchasing options) about this book to help determine your vote, click here.

Glenn Skinner, author of The Keya Quests: The Battle for Shivenridge.

Glenn Skinner brings his lifelong love of fantasy, science fiction, and medieval history into everything he writes.  His true calling would be that of a bard, spinning a rich tapestry of tales by firelight, infusing magic into the grey sameness of everyday life. A 425-page epic, The Keya Quests: The Battle for Shivenridge continues the fabled tales of Keya, a young and brave warrior. With destiny on her side and supernatural forces unleashed that she never could have imagined, Keya has triumphantly emerged from her first adventure in Three Souls Destiny-Bound and has found the warrior of legend who will save her people from the evil Lord Randar. But she finds that her epic quest has only begun — now they must free the people of Shivenridge. But is Shivenridge ready to accept what Keya brings, or will the price of freedom prove to be too high? Certainly it helps to read these books first, so for more details (including purchasing options) about this book to help determine your vote, click here.

Vote below from among these three finalists for the 2011 Outskirts Press Best Book of the Year Award.

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Finalist #1 for the 2011 Outskirts Press Best Book of the Year

Congratulations to Susan Mercer, author of Pathway to Math Proficiency: Mastering Equivalent Fractions, Decimals and Percents…with Ease, who is one of three finalists for the Outskirts Press 2011 Best Book of the Year Award. The next two finalists will be introduced over the next two days on this blog. Public voting will determine which of the three finalists should be awarded the Outskirts Press 2011 Best Book of the Year award and its $1,500 Grand Prize. Voting is open to everyone and begins on this blog on Friday, June 1.

Susan Mercer is a math curriculum specialist in Santa Ana, California, and has spent the last eighteen years teaching, presenting, writing and developing math resources specifically to address the needs of English Language Learners, special education and low math skill students in grades five through eight. She has presented at national, state and regional math conferences and has conducted numerous professional developmen seminars for elementary and intermediate teachers.

Born and raised in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Mercer received her B.S. from the University of Buenos Aires and then moved to California to gain her Masters in Education and teaching credentials from Chapman University. She has been an author with Outskirts Press since October 2007 and published her first book, Pathway to Pre-Algebra Proficiency: 30 Puzzles and Mini-Lessons Designed with the Preteen in Mind in January of 2008. It went on to win a 2009 EVVY Award in the Workbooks category and has received nothing but accolades and five star Amazon reviews and has been cited as a work “ready to motivate the most reluctant learner” and for “keeping students engaged in a fun way.”

Susan followed up the success of her first book with Pathway to Math Proficiency, one of 2011’s finalists for Outskirts Press Best Book of the Year. It was published in March 2011 and also won an EVVY Award just a couple of weeks ago. Pathway to Math Proficiency is a 101 page workbook that helps students master the relationships between the part and the whole with ease. In Pathway to Math Proficiency: Mastering Equivalent Fractions, Decimals and Percents…with Ease veteran educator and successful textbook author Susan Mercer has organized a graduated sequence of visual images that help students make the needed connection between fractions, decimals and percents while creating the mental image of the part and the whole each represents.

As students complete these captivating exercises, comprehension of what otherwise have been troublesome equivalency concepts now occurs easily and is immediately reinforced. Whether used as a classroom or home schooling resource, Pathway to Math Proficiency: Mastering Equivalent Fractions, Decimals and Percents…with Ease allows students to connect the visual and verbal representation of parts to the whole with forty ready-to-use, printable activities and over fourteen hundred math problems that incrementally build a student’s skills in equivalencies. All students in grades four through eight will find Mercer’s activities engaging, but English Language Learners and Special Education Students, in particular,
will be rewarded by the visual aides to learning and the gradient sequence of the exercises.

Every year, Outskirts Press recognizes the best book they publish with their annual Outskirts Press Best Book of the Year award, which must not only win an EVVY Award from the Colorado Independent Publishers Association but must be recognized as the best book among three finalists in a public opinion poll. As one of three finalists, Susan Mercer and her book Pathway to Math Proficiency will be competing head-to-head-to-head with the other finalists in a public poll on this blog starting on Friday. Stay tuned for information for the other two finalists announced tomorrow and the day after and then come back on Friday to vote for the book you believe to be the best among the three. The author of the winner will receive a $1,500 credit to his or her Publishing Center, courtesy of Outskirts Press, and an exclusive 2011 Best Book of the Year award seal to apply to the cover of the book.

Are you ready to publish your own award-winning book and
perhaps find yourself in the running for next year’s Best Book of the Year award? Get started today.