“Life in the Seven Kingdoms is never dull . . .” 

–Jen McConnel, School Library Journal



Can twins with test issues solve a whopping multiplication problem?

ancient ruin with rickety covered stairs
Burg Rheinfels castle in Germany inspired the Saffron Kingdom. ©Laurel Decher, 2021.

About Under Pressure With a Squash: The Multiplication Problem

Under Pressure With a Squash cover image shows twins and baby dragons on a submarine

For ages 9 to 12

For fans of Jean Ferris’ ONCE UPON A MARIGOLD, Jacqueline Davies’ THE LEMONADE WARS, and E.G. Foley’s THE GRYPHON CHRONICLES.

Some problems multiply faster than others . . .

Eleven-year-old Princess Saffy hits the bullseye every time. That’s the point of a contest.

Prince Magellan’s whole heart is in his map projects. He has no time for pointless multiplication tests.

When their beloved dragon gets them in trouble with the Fairy Kingdom, the Saffron twins must face test after test! How can they beat the PRESSURE?

Get on board the Hubbard submarine and find out!


Why read Seven Kingdoms Fairy Tales?

Everyone knows the leaders of tomorrow will need lots of skills. Each Seven Kingdoms Fairy Tale takes on a BIGGIE.

In each Tale, a fairy godparent gives one lucky child the perfect leadership gift. Abracadabra!
If only they’d remember the training wheels! Yiiiiiiikes!
Whether it’s speaking up at a feast, reading a compass or taking a test in a strange kingdom, these Tales are all about finding more magic in your life.

More about Under Pressure With a Squash . . .

ruins of Burg Rheinfels, castle in the Rhine valley
Burg Rheinfels has a beautiful castle next to these rambling ruins. The perfect place for hide and seek with a dragon, don't you think? ©Laurel Decher, 2021.
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Available in paperback, hardcover, ebook and . . .

What the Saffron Kingdom looks like

The Saffron Kingdom was inspired by Rheinfels castle in Germany. It’s a castle with all the trimmings: ruins, tunnels, towers, and a spectacular view of the Rhine River valley. If you want to take a virtual tour of the twins’ home, check it out here.

What the Fairy Kingdom looks like

The location of the Fairy Kingdom is top secret. Shhhh! Magellan and Saffy have their own reasons to find out more about it. If you’d like to take a tour, visit here.

About Multiplication

This story has a few multiplication problems–the biggest one involves dragons. 🙂

Some of us have more trouble learning our times tables than others–like Magellan. He’s just too busy making maps to take time for all that memorization. He has so many other things he wants to do!

In Under Pressure With a Squash, everyone has ideas for the best way for Magellan to learn multiplication, but his idea might be the best way of all. 🙂

If you’re looking for fun and excellent ways to learn math, visit Math & Movement. This program inspired some of the action in Under Pressure With a Squash.

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