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Bigmouth

Evan Jacobs (author)

Publisher: Saddleback Educational Publishing ISBN: 9781630785901

Marlon has said something without thinking. Again. He is such a bigmouth. But this time he's in trouble. He dissed Kevin Detroit's mother. Who does that? It doesn't matter that Kevin does it first. The guys were just kidding around like they always do. But now the new kid wants to beat Marlon up after school. What can Marlon do? 1. Reason with Kevin. 2. Hide out in the nurse's office. 3. Get sent to the principal's office. 4. Pick a fake fight and get sent home. But none of those plans work out. Marlon is terrified. He is in no shape to fight. Fighting is wrong. Kevin is a big kid! What's going to happen? Marlon is resigned. He's ready for the after school fight when something strange happens. Walden Lane is a quintessential small city. And these chapter books describe a typical American family, with busy schedules and the usual problems. The series explores suburban life in a fun way, with topics appropriate for younger readers. These gentle reads are innocent, hopeful, and sometimes funny, with no unsettling surprises or storylines. Each book is 5,000 words (approx.) and 10 chapters.

The New Kid

Evan Jacobs (author)

Publisher: Saddleback Educational Publishing ISBN: 9781630785918

Marlon Moore is part of Walden Lane Middle School’s buddy program. The popular program helps new kids adapt to the school by pairing them up with a buddy. The buddy’s job is to help new students by introducing them to friends and showing them around the campus. Marlon takes his job seriously. New kid Robert seems like a cool guy and fits in well with Marlon’s crew. But Marlon learns quickly that Robert is a thief. First he steals some food from the local 7-Eleven. The boys think it’s a fluke. But then Robert steals from WowTech, a gaming and electronics store. He puts an old PSP into Marlon’s backpack, and he steals a high-tech smartphone for himself. Marlon wants to ghost his new buddy, but his sister, Ashley, convinces him that Robert is worth saving. Walden Lane is a quintessential small city. And these chapter books describe a typical American family, with busy schedules and the usual problems. The series explores suburban life in a fun way, with topics appropriate for younger readers. These gentle reads are innocent, hopeful, and sometimes funny, with no unsettling surprises or storylines. Each book is 5,000 words (approx.) and 10 chapters.

Vandalism

Evan Jacobs (author)

Publisher: Saddleback Educational Publishing ISBN: 9781630785864

Someone has tagged the science building at Walden Lane High School. Ashley Moore is upset. School is supposed to be a safe place, and now she no longer feels safe. Students from the Key Club decide an act of community service is in order. The students organize and repaint the tagged wall during their lunch break and after school. They plan a fundraiser to pay for new glass for the painted windows. Kayla Flores agrees to paint after senior class president Alex Torres says he'll give her a signed program from Wicked. When Ashley gets the program from Alex's trunk, she finds cans of spray paint in the same color used to tag the school. Why would a star student on a full ride to USC wreck the school? Ashley is stunned and angry. After her confrontation with Alex, she questions her compassion and rigidity. Will Alex do the right thing? What, exactly, is the right thing to do? Walden Lane is a quintessential small city. And these chapter books describe a typical American family, with busy schedules and the usual problems. The series explores suburban life in a fun way, with topics appropriate for younger readers. These gentle reads are innocent, hopeful, and sometimes funny, with no unsettling surprises or storylines. Each book is 5,000 words (approx.) and 10 chapters.

Hike

Evan Jacobs (author)

Publisher: Saddleback Educational Publishing ISBN: 9781630785871

Marlon and Steve are going camping with their dads in the rural mountain town of Dry Oak. To Marlon's disappointment, there is no cell service at the campsite. What will he do without his phone? Marlon and Steve are playing a new video game from the creator of Clan Castles, and it's rad. Now the online players will be ahead of him. Whatever! The trip is only for three days. Marlon helps with the tent. He goes fishing. The camp food is actually good. But he wants more adventure and excitement, so he convinces Steve to go on a night hike. There are no lights on their trail, and it's darn cold. The boys get more than they expect when they get lost. When they spy a house in the woods, all Marlon can think of is a horror movie. And he takes off when he hears a terrifying sound, thinking his buddy is right behind him. But Steve has gone into the house! Walden Lane is a quintessential small city. And these chapter books describe a typical American family, with busy schedules and the usual problems. The series explores suburban life in a fun way, with topics appropriate for younger readers. These gentle reads are innocent, hopeful, and sometimes funny, with no unsettling surprises or storylines. Each book is 5,000 words (approx.) and 10 chapters.

Outdoor Ed Invasion

Evan Jacobs (author)

Publisher: Saddleback Educational Publishing ISBN: 9781630785895

The eighth graders at Walden Lange Middle School are super excited. They are going to outdoor education camp. Five days in the mountains with their friends. No siblings. No parents. No homework. Sure, it's school. But the kids will be studying nature. Marlon and his friends can't wait. On the way to camp, Marlon streams the news on his phone. He learns that there has been a prison break in a nearby town. But who cares? Arrow Pines is large. The chance of anything happening in the middle of nowhere is remote. Once they arrive at camp, everyone stows their gear and preps for a hike. But Marlon is a slowpoke. He and Steve miss the hike. While searching for their group, they come across an old cabin. It's a wreck. And who are those two bearded and dirty men hiding out inside? Oh no! The escaped prisoners! Walden Lane is a quintessential small city. And these chapter books describe a typical American family, with busy schedules and the usual problems. The series explores suburban life in a fun way, with topics appropriate for younger readers. These gentle reads are innocent, hopeful, and sometimes funny, with no unsettling surprises or storylines. Each book is 5,000 words (approx.) and 10 chapters.

Racer

M.G. Higgins (author)

Publisher: Saddleback Educational Publishing ISBN: 9781630780258

Hi-Lo Chapter Books for Children. This series of short novels was designed to engage a broad spectrum of struggling readers. No longer will upper-elementary students have to read material junior to their maturity and interests. Characters are age appropriate and come from diverse cultures and backgrounds. Science fiction, sports, paranormal, realistic life, historical fiction, and fantasy are just a few of the many genres. Books are no higher than a 1.5 reading level, with illustrations on every spread that support visual literacy and draw kids into the text. Austin has taken up rock hunting ever since a terrible spill on his mountain bike put him in the hospital. No way will he ride again. Ever. He still has nightmares. Worse, Austin knows the accident was deliberate. His rival, Slice, wanted to win. Slice made sure Austin would lose. But now its Slice whos badly hurt. Will Austin get on a bike to save his enemy?

Chopped!

Jeff Gottesfeld (author)

Publisher: Saddleback Educational Publishing ISBN: 9781612476865

High school freshman Robinson "Robin" Paige lives with his grandmother, Miz Paige, on the meanest street in the city. Miz Paige is his rock. Sly and Kaykay have been his buddies since forever. Smart, stoic, and loyal, Robin's life has been defined by loss. And he doesn't want another tragedy, so he lives afraid to stand or speak out. But then he gets pushed to the edge. Somehow, someway, he will get back at the Ninth Street Rangers...Stealing from the rich and giving to the poor takes on a whole new meaning--At the new auto repair business, Robin noticed a Lamborghini. He thought there'd be other cool cars in the alley behind the shop, but there was nothing, not even a garage door. Cars were going in. None were coming out.

Timberwolf Chase

Sigmund Brouwer (author), Dean Griffiths (illustrator)

Publisher: Orca Book Publishers ISBN: 9781551435480

Lots of hockey action and hijinks. Johnny Maverick and his friends play for the Timberwolves peewee hockey team in the small town of Howling. Tom Morgan has just moved from Toronto and is a talented player. Tom is also very competitive and seems determined to pick on Stu Duncan, who is slightly overweight. Johnny suggests a race between Tom and Stu. Tom eagerly accepts; Stu is reluctant but Johnny convinces him to trust his best friend's advice. On race day Tom is surprised by both the race and its outcome and learns that teamwork pays off. The Howling Timberwolves series of Orca Echoes early chapter books offer lots of sports action and humour that will appeal to young boys.

Funny Man Gets Rolling

Margo Sorenson (author)

Publisher: Perfection Learning ISBN: 9781613849538

Trying to juggle his job at "Taste of Italy" along with writing papers for school and his graduation requirement to volunteer at the Golden Oaks Retirement Home, class clown Derrick uses humor to get the jobs done.

Flight From Big Tangle

Anita Daher (author)

Publisher: Orca Book Publishers ISBN: 9781551434094

Kaylee used to love to fly. With two pilots for parents, how could she not? But when her father's plane goes down and neither the wreckage nor his body is found, she develops a terror of flying. She is too afraid to convince her mother to take her back to the Caribbean to search for her father. And she is haunted by fear whenever her mother goes up to fight fires in a water bomber. Kaylee escapes her fear and her grief on treks with her dog, Sausage, through the forest, the Big Tangle, near her home. But, one day, fire follows her into the forest and events conspire against her until the only escape is resting on pontoons at the dock on Booker Bay.

Kasey & Ivy

Alison Hughes (author)

Publisher: Orca Book Publishers ISBN: 9781459815759

Through twenty-six letters to her friend Nina, twelve-year-old Kasey chronicles the often humorous observations and impressions of her unexpected, month-long stay in a geriatric ward for the treatment of a rare but treatable bone disease ("osteo-something-something-itis"). Kasey tries to make her life less dull by wearing her own nightgowns, surrounding herself with her favorite stuffies and developing an unusual exercise routine. Hospital food, insomnia and the germy communal bath are enduring sources of dread, but some new (and unexpected) friends make her life bearable.

Escalate

Sigmund Brouwer (author)

Publisher: Orca Book Publishers ISBN: 9781459814851

Team Retribution has been contacted by a teen who is being blackmailed into handing over secrets from the family business. Jace, with the help of his brother, Bentley, start to investigate and soon learn that the teen's family, like his own, is not what it appears to be. Jace, after learning he was switched at birth, then sets out to track down his birth family. The Retribution series is made up of six books, the original three, Burned, Exposed and Unleashed, and the three sequels, Terminate, Infiltrate and Escalate, by authors Natasha Deen, Judith Graves and Sigmund Brouwer.

Learning Seventeen

Brooke Carter (author)

Publisher: Orca Book Publishers ISBN: 9781459815544

New Hope Academy, or, as seventeen-year-old Jane Learning likes to call it, No Hope, is a Baptist reform school where Jane is currently being held captive. Of course, smart, sarcastic Jane has no interest in reforming, failing to see any benefit to pretending to play well with others. But then Hannah shows up, a gorgeous bad girl with fiery hair and an even stormier disposition. She shows Jane how to live a full and fulfilling life even when the world tells you you're wrong, and how to believe in a future outside the "prison" walls. Jane soon learns, though, that Hannah is quietly battling some demons of her own.

Big Water

Andrea Curtis (author)

Publisher: Orca Book Publishers ISBN: 9781459815728

Seventeen-year-old Christina McBurney has led a sheltered life. But when her twin brother, Jonathan, dies of consumption, Christina, unwilling to be farmed out as a nursemaid or teacher, runs away from home and her destiny. In Owen Sound she boards the Asia, a steamship that transports passengers and freight throughout the Great Lakes. She doesn't really have a plan other than to get to Sault Ste. Marie. She'll figure things out once she's settled. But a violent storm suddenly rises on Georgian Bay, and the overloaded and top-heavy steamship begins to sink. Christina is tossed overboard. Pulled to safety just before she loses consciousness, she finds herself on a lifeboat, surrounded by a number of bedraggled and terrified passengers and crew. One by one they succumb to their injuries, until only Christina and a brooding young man named Daniel are left alive. The usual rules of society no longer apply - Daniel and Christina must now work together as equals to survive. Big Water is a Fal account of the real-life story of the only two survivors of the sinking of the SS Asia in 1882.

California Condor: Flying Free

Bonnie Graves (author)

Publisher: Perfection Learning ISBN: 9781613847084

Provides factual information about the natural history of the California condor through the fictional story of a young boy's discovery of a young bird in trouble.

Body Art

David Orme (author)

Publisher: Perfection Learning ISBN: 9781613845806

People have been decorating their bodies for thousands of years. Get the facts about tattoos, body piercing, and more. Then read "Death by Arsenic," a story about what happens when you start believing the ads.

The Galaxy Diner

Susan Nastasic (author)

Publisher: Perfection Learning ISBN: 9781613849545

There sat a spaceship in the middle of the scary woods! Of course, we knew what a spaceship looked like. It looked just like the Galaxy Diner. It had the same silver dome and little round windows all the way around. There was a pink glow around the base of the ship. Lights were flashing everywhere-white lights and red lights, blue lights and purple lights. There was a really high whistling sound in the air. And it was getting louder by the minute.

The Gotcha Plot

Margo Sorenson (author)

Publisher: Perfection Learning ISBN: 9781613849552

Two boys harassed by a group of rowdy kids at school get their revenge when they stumble into the school custodian's cleaning closet and find something very unusual.

The Hidden Dagger

Margo Sorenson (author)

Publisher: Perfection Learning ISBN: 9781613849576

When Walter overhears a lord's murder, he must reveal the true killer before his innocent friend is convicted.

The Jayhawk Horse Mystery

Dorothy Francis (author)

Publisher: Perfection Learning ISBN: 9781613849613

After they move to Kansas, Cody and his friend Maria try to help a local artist who was cheated when she bought a wooden carousel horse

The King Christian Club

Cynthia Mercati (author)

Publisher: Perfection Learning ISBN: 9781613849644

In a series of journal entries, a boy in Denmark recounts the role he and his friends played in the Resistance and reflects on being Jewish during World War II

The Long Journey to Freedom

Susan Grohmann (author)

Publisher: Perfection Learning ISBN: 9781613849699

Rifle barrels pointed at the family as they stepped into the open. Tilly cowered behind her father. "We're headed for St. Augustine," Kwaku explained. The men lowered their guns. "Where are you from?" one of them asked. "Are you runaways?" "Please let us go on our way," Catbird begged. "Get in the wagon," the man said. "These men are armed," Kwaku said quietly. "We must do as we are told." When everyone was aboard, the wagon rumbled on down the road. They were headed away from St. Augustine and their chance for freedom.

The Message, the Promise, and How Pigs Figure In

M.J. Cosson (author)

Publisher: Perfection Learning ISBN: 9781613849705

Fourteen-year-old Jonathan receives a message from a fish while diving in Hawaii and becomes concerned about ocean pollution.

The Rattlesnake Necklace

Linda Baxter (author)

Publisher: Perfection Learning ISBN: 9781613849781

Fern learns why the Native Americans are forcing people from their farms and does what she can to help.

The Secret Room

Cynthia Mercati (author)

Publisher: Perfection Learning ISBN: 9781613849842

I threw my arms around Leah. "Promise me you'll do everything you can so you won't have to go to one of those camps. So that after the war, we can find each other again," I whispered. "I promise, Annie," Leah said in a quiet voice. She unfastened the small, golden star of David she wore on a chain around her neck. She held it out to me. " I want you to have this. So you'll always remember me," she said. I quickly took off my tiny silver cross. I gave it to her. "And you take this," I said. "It will remind you that we're still best friends! No matter what!" "No matter what," Leah echoed.