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Wendy Lichtman has written personal essays for the Washington Post, New York Times, San Francisco Chronicle, National Geographic and Good Housekeeping, among other national publications.  She holds a degree in mathematics from the University of Michigan and is the Math Intervention Specialist at MetWest High School in Oakland, California.


When she decided to write about a teen who comes to understand that some questions have more than one right answer, Wendy felt that algebra, with its unknowns and variables, was the perfect metaphor. 

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