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Logic to the Rescue by [Langman, Kris]
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When Nikki Murrow lost her first High School debating match she did what anyone would do – she hid in a closet. She found comfort hiding among the mops and cleaning supplies, but she also found two imps – tiny creatures from a magical kingdom who lead her on a strange journey into the Realm of Reason.

There is Fuzz, an imp with a fondness for breaking the rules. And Athena, a model of impish manners, decorum and spotlessly clean clothes. Together they convince Nikki to join them in the battle against the king's evil advisor, Maleficious.

In her debate class, Nikki learned the value of logic and reason, but who knew her ability to formulate a hypothesis would help a mud-splattered Knight redeem his tarnished reputation? Or that her knowledge of logical fallacies would rid the Realm's Haunted Hills of ghosts?

Maleficious's hold on the king is strong, but Nikki and the imps are determined that the Realm will not fall into his clutches. Will their mastery of logic and science rid the kingdom of the ignorance Maleficious is spreading, or will the inhabitants of the Realm fall back under the sway of centuries-old superstition?

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
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  • Print Length: 216 pages
  • Publisher: Post Hoc Publishing; 3 edition (Jan. 3 2014)
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  • Language: English
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews on (beta) HASH(0x9b9d10cc) out of 5 stars 90 reviews
38 of 40 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9bde457c) out of 5 stars Left me Hanging June 15 2012
By S. West - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
So, I'll start off by saying this is a cute book and I did enjoy reading it. There were a few times that the story moved on before I felt like it had resolved and there were some things that I felt like were just left hanging. But even with those few things it was a cute book and a great way to introduce someone to some concepts of logic.

I understand the way that free kindle books work and I am very appreciative that authors often put the first book of a trilogy for free. I have completed several trilogies that got me hooked with a first free book. I feel like they attempted the same concept with this book. Usually when you know you are reading a trilogy you can finish a book and have a sense of completion and from there you can decide whether or not you want to continue. This book just stopped right in the middle of the story! I turned the page and saw that it said end of book 1. I didn't realize there was a second book, but I am pretty sure that it is actually just the last half of this book. The theme of the second book changes from logic to chemistry. I don't really want to read about chemistry, so now I'll just never have any sort of resolution for this book.

So, all in all a good read, but unless you enjoy only reading the first half of a book, I wouldn't suggest starting it.
17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9bc4f7d4) out of 5 stars Good intro to logic for teens Dec 31 2010
By BookKid - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
This is a fiction book which mixes logic in with the story, making it an entertaining read for teens in the 12 to 14 age group. Maybe a little younger if you have a smart 10 or 11 year old.

The two imps in the story reminded me a little of Dobby the elf from the second Harry Potter book. The main character, Nikki, is a good role model for teenage girls. She's very level-headed and wants to be a chemist like her Mom.

A useful and fun guide to logic and critical thinking.
19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9be9e2c4) out of 5 stars Cute story with a mix of good and bad instruction in logic Jan. 6 2013
By autodidact - Published on
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As an adult, I found _Logic to the Rescue_ a fun, quick read.

I should warn you the book isn't self-contained: It has a cliffhanger ending and an unresolved question from earlier in the story, both of these plot devices prompting you to buy the second book in the series. So be aware of that.

As for the instruction in logic, it's a mix of good and bad, mostly good. Regarding the bad, I tried to keep in mind that kids are the intended audience, which excuses much of the imprecision (e.g., with the experimental design), but I feel a small number of things still deserve a mention:

(1) On single-blind experiments: "'It means that our test subjects can't know about the test. Or at least they can't know why we're doing it.'"

This wording is apt to mislead kids into thinking a single-blind experiment is one in which the subjects don't know the purpose of the experiment, but this isn't a necessary condition of a single-blind experiment -- it's fine if the subjects know the purpose of the experiment. And although some sources would consider it perfectly OK to regard mere purpose-ignorance as a form of single-blindness, other sources reserve the term for test/control experiments in which the subjects don't know whether they're in the test group or the control group.

(2) On the straw-man fallacy: "'Straw Man. It's a logical fallacy. It means that you acknowledge only the weakest part of an argument, while ignoring much stronger points.'"

That's one form of the straw-man fallacy, but the text implies it's the only form. In reality, a straw-man fallacy involves misrepresentation of a position. It's possible to misrepresent a position without even acknowledging its weakest part.

(3) On correlation and causation: "'Correlation means that two events occur close to the same time, but that they aren't really related. Causation means that one event causes an event which follows it.'"

Correlation doesn't imply causation, but causation implies correlation. This means that "they aren't really related" should be "they aren't necessarily related" (understanding the author to use 'related' in a causal sense).

(4) On proving a negative: "'There are no such things as ghosts' . . . 'Can you prove there aren't?' . . . 'She doesn't have to,' said Nikki. 'That's basic logic. You can't prove a negative. The burden of proof is always on the person stating the positive side of the argument. If you say there are ghosts, then it's up to you to prove that they exist.'"

This one is particularly egregious, and I was surprised to discover it in a book on critical thinking and logic, for this is a very common and widely reported misconception about the burden of proof. In reality, the burden of proof is on the person making a claim, whether that claim is positive or negative. A person asserting "There are such things as ghosts" bears the burden of proof for that positive claim. A person asserting "There are no such things as ghosts" bears the burden of proof for that negative claim. Make a positive or negative claim, the burden is on you.
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9bd62234) out of 5 stars An entertaining introduction to logical fallacies Dec 27 2011
By Cincy Yankee - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
This short book is a parable designed to introduce junior high and high school students to logical fallacies--but could be used with younger students as well. The simple plot was just enough to keep me interested, and I enjoyed the situations the author created to illustrate each fallacy. This story is a good introduction to the sometimes-dry topic of logical fallacies for any age. The story ends with a bit of a cliff-hanger, announcing the story will be continued in the next book. I also appreciated the high level of editing this ebook edition reflected.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa4fbb9a4) out of 5 stars Little people are entertaining July 4 2011
By bookie - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
This book is aimed at kids around junior-high school age, and will probably be bought for them by their parents. Its goal is to teach kids a bit about logic and critical thinking, and it wraps the serious stuff in a fictional story which is quite entertaining.

The chapter where the main character, a girl called Nikki, and her two companions called imps (kind of like hobbits) create a hypothesis and then conduct an experiment to test it is a lot of fun. The king's evil advisor Maleficious has declared that all citizens should wear mismatched socks. He claims these socks will cure various diseases, including the common cold. Nikki and the imps test this by interviewing any citizen with a cold, writing down whether or not the person was wearing mismatched socks, and then creating a chart showing that their cold did not go away any faster with the socks.

Logic to the Rescue is a quick, fun read which introduces kids to various logical fallacies like post hoc, ad hominem, etc.