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Down and Out

Alex Kuskowski (author)

Publisher: Saddleback Educational Publishing ISBN: 9781612472478

Finding the "right book" for struggling learners is essential to build both confidence and proficiency. Reading supports must be seamless, so that struggling readers are not stigmatized. The District 13 series does just that--written using carefully chosen vocabulary and simple sentences, the novels offer compelling teen stories about characters that interest young adult readers. Using sports as a backdrop, these edgy and mature titles confront issues that are of great importance to urban teens, especially teenaged boys: Coming of age, dating, fitting in, friendships, drugs, self-esteem, and school. Straightforward plots move readers through the 48-pages of text quickly and efficiently with satisfying resolutions. Synopsis: Terrance thought about football. He was sore from practice. That was good. Coach Fisher said his blocks were better. He'd get to play in the game! Coach was right about football. You've got to have something to work for. It makes you work at everything.

Hound of the Baskervilles

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (author)

Publisher: Saddleback Educational Publishing ISBN: 9781602918146

Something very peculiar is going on at Baskerville Hall. The local people claim that the moor is haunted. But Sir Henry isn't satisfied with that explanation. So he calls on the great detective Sherlock Holmes. For a while, Holmes and his faithful sidekick Dr. Watson are stumped. But only for a while.

Second Chances

Anne Schraff (author)

Publisher: Saddleback Educational Publishing ISBN: 9781612477022

Harriet Tubman HS - Kevin had been talking about how much he wanted some real money, and that he'd do almost anything to get it. Jaris could sympathize with Kevin wanting to help his grandparents out, but wanting--needing--money that desperately was dangerous. It led to getting mixed up with the wrong crowd. Jaris always thought Cory Yates had drug connections in Los Angeles. He was a two-bit hustler, and he spent way too much time hanging around high schools.

Just Be Yourself

Eleanor Robins (author)

Publisher: Saddleback Educational Publishing ISBN: 9781602919730

The students of Carter High return for their senior year. These books continue the stories from Carter High Chronicles and introduce new characters. Topics are involving and pertinent to young adult readers: romance, sports, friendships, exams, work, family. In just 48-pages, struggling readers can easily complete each novel. Starting your senior year at a new school is tough. Harder still when you can't hear some of what is said to you. Rick wanted the Carter High students to like him. He thought if they knew he wore a hearing aid, they wouldn't want to be his friends.

Ben Cody's Treasure

Janet Lorimer (author)

Publisher: Saddleback Educational Publishing ISBN: 9781602919112

Leo sets out to teach his sister, Toby, that there are lessons to be learned by exploring the past. Little did they know that would stumble upon the answer to an old mystery.

A Midsummer Night's Dream

William Shakespeare (author)

Publisher: Saddleback Educational Publishing ISBN: 9781602918412

Some playful fairies decide to make mischief with unsuspecting humans. Can true love overcome all obstacles? Two young Athenian couples are put to the test. Comedy reigns in this enchanting fantasy about the nature of romantic love.

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?

The Code

Jeff Gottesfeld (author)

Publisher: Saddleback Educational Publishing ISBN: 9781630780265

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. Chris always does the right thing. But when he knows who messed with Sam in the school yard, he cant speak up. His friends cant either. Theres the silent Code that every kid follows. Chris decides he cant live with himself if he doesnt say something, so he makes a stand and is shocked at the outcome. Mean bully Phil is actually cool. But then Phil asks him to do something so wrong.

The Gift

Jim Westcott (author)

Publisher: Saddleback Educational Publishing ISBN: 9781630780272

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. Zekes parents have split up. His dad is hurt and angry when Zeke sides with his mother. But Zekes emotions go on a crazy roller coaster ride when hes visited by a mysterious kid that only he can see until he finds out his grandpa can also see the ghost. Zekes world is rocked in new ways when he finds out that he can see and talk to the dead.

Zombies!

Evan Jacobs (author)

Publisher: Saddleback Educational Publishing ISBN: 9781630780289

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. Leo the Liar is in big trouble now. Hes promised the toughest kid in school a photo of a real zombie. And he has to deliver. Now Leo knows there are no such things as zombies. But he wants to prove a point. Plus, he doesnt like being called a liar. So he sneaks out late at night and finds more than he ever bargained for. Can he save himself and his family from a zombie swarm?

Sky Watchers

Vicki C. Hayes (author)

Publisher: Saddleback Educational Publishing ISBN: 9781630780302

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. Dez and Jax are both in the sixth grade. Now they can be Sky Watchers, kids who patrol the sky path to school on their sky bikes. The Sky Watchers protect their schoolmates from spinners, little flat disks that have been programmed to steal bike packs and take them to the ground below. Nobody but the gang kids go below the tree line. Its polluted down there.

The Lost House

M.G. Higgins (author)

Publisher: Saddleback Educational Publishing ISBN: 9781630780319

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. No way will Tiggs and Jess be able to raise $700 for soccer camp. Time is running out. Tiggs may be replaced as keeper on her team, something she does not want to happen. At the last minute, the girls are asked to clean an old and possibly haunted house. The job will pay exactly what they need. But what they find inside may keep them trapped there forever.

I Am Underdog

Anne Schraff (author)

Publisher: Saddleback Educational Publishing ISBN: 9781630780326

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. Kemba feels like the lamest kid in school. If only he could be cool like the computer game superhero Underdog. But he cant even save himself from the biggest bully in the sixth grade, let alone protect the weakest of the weak like Underdog does. He has zero friends. Or so he thinks. Kemba hasnt even had the courage to try until one act of cruelty pushes him over the edge.

The Soldier

M.G. Higgins (author)

Publisher: Saddleback Educational Publishing ISBN: 9781630780333

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. When Leyla draws, shes in another world, not in this war-ravaged country. Her school has been destroyed. There are occupying forces in her village. Americans. Each trip to the water pump must be taken with care. She wont even look at the soldiers. But then she sees a woman, a soldier. And she does something unexpected, then courageous.

Fighter

Leslie Mc Gill (author)

Publisher: Saddleback Educational Publishing ISBN: 9781612479569

Capital Central High School, or Cap Central as the students like to call it, is in the northeast quadrant of Washington, D.C. Any urban school faces broad challenges, and Cap Central is no different. But some tight-knit juniors meet the difficulties head-on with courage, friendship, determination, and hard work. Jair hated being short. Back in middle school, hed figured he hadnt hit his growth spurt. But now he was a junior at Cap Central. To compensate, hed made sure everyone knew how tough he was. And every so often, hed add to his reputation by punching someone. It had been a while since he had to school someone. But he knew that the new kid would get what was coming to him...Reading level: 3.5. Interest Level: Young Adult.

Running Scared

Leslie Mc Gill (author)

Publisher: Saddleback Educational Publishing ISBN: 9781612479576

Capital Central High School, or Cap Central as the students like to call it, is in the northeast quadrant of Washington, D.C. Any urban school faces broad challenges, and Cap Central is no different. But some tight-knit juniors meet the difficulties head-on with courage, friendship, determination, and hard work. Rainie's grades were slipping. Good grades were a lifetime ago. Back when her dad was around. Before her moms boyfriend started hanging out at their house. Commenting on her figure. Looking her up and down. Before she decided to stop eating. Become invisible. Her friends were alarmed, especially Joss. She knew times were tough for Rainie's family. But she felt like there was more going on. Something serious. And she was going to figure it out. Reading Level: 3.5. Interest Level: Young Adult

Hacker

Leslie Mc Gill (author)

Publisher: Saddleback Educational Publishing ISBN: 9781612479583

Capital Central High School, or Cap Central as the students like to call it, is in the northeast quadrant of Washington, D.C. Any urban school faces broad challenges, and Cap Central is no different. But some tight-knit juniors meet the difficulties head-on with courage, friendship, determination, and hard work. Keshawns life was about before and after. Before, Keshawn didnt have a computer. After, he helped his mom install software on their new computer. To monitor him. What a joke! It got him thinking. He could make money. So he offered his skills. Grades for cash. It was that simple. Only it wasnt. Then he realized Neecy was his way out. She needed good grades. But she wanted to earn them. Keshawn knew she would make it right. Fingers crossed. Reading Level: 3.5. Interest Level: Young Adult.

Teeny Little Grief Machines

Linda Oatman High (author)

Publisher: Saddleback Educational Publishing ISBN: 9781612479989

Just like prose, a novel in verse tells a story. But verse is unique because readers access the text through short chapters, or poems. The varying lengths of the chapters are ideal for a struggling reader, giving them breaks to collect their thoughts, to imagine the characters in their minds eye, and to set the scenelike a frame in a movie. The structure of poetry makes the books appear less intimidating, with plenty of airy white space. Moreover, the depth and substance conveyed in verse is every bit as deep and real as in a Gravel Road prose novel. Like watching a movie frame by frame, we watch Lexi is come unglued in this novel in verse. Shes alienated from school and family. Her father is in the county jail. She cannot connect with her chain-smoking stepmom. Her brother, Blaine, is trapped in his own autistic world. And her infant sisters death has sent her into a spiral of grief and rebellion. Bright, witty, and irreverent, Lexi tries to navigate the rocky transition from adolescent to young woman.

Deported (Port City High Book 3)

Shannon Freeman (author)

Publisher: Saddleback Educational Publishing ISBN: 9781612476827

Brandi is smart and outgoing, but sometimes insecure and gullible. Marisa is graceful and articulate, but often too driven. Shane is a natural leader with a lot of spirit, but rebellious and headstrong. The girls have been inseparable since middle school. But now they are playing in the big leagues, and it's time to grow up and start thinking about the future. And Port City, Texas, is not all that. High school drama has a way of solidifying or destroying friendships. Will they stay tight or get swallowed up by Port City High? Or will they go from freshman to senior year and beyond remaining the best of friends?

Scream Loud/Quiet Strength (Grovehill Giants Book 3)

Stephanie Perry Moore (author)

Publisher: Saddleback Educational Publishing ISBN: 9781612477503

Scream Loud: Vanessa House has a lot on her mind. Shes not perfect like her shy half-sister Victoria. Plus living with her father and his new wife in a cushy lifestyle makes her feel guilty about the struggles her mom and siblings have to endure. Hooking up with a wild friend, she gets out of control. Quiet Strength: After GHH loses their star kicker to the rival high school, Emerson thinks that hes the best guy to take ER Stones place. But the coach wont give him any play time because the season has already started. Emerson has another reason for wanting to make the team. Her name is Vanessa House.

All In/Stand Firm (Grovehill Giants Book 4)

Stephanie Perry Moore (author)

Publisher: Saddleback Educational Publishing ISBN: 9781612477510

All In: Gullible Victoria House worries about everything. She worries about being too fat and not being as bold as her half-sister Vanessa. Then some terrible rumors about her family cause her to rebel and take off. Only baller, Stone Bush, can draw her back and teach her how to stand up for herself. Stand Firm: Stone has vowed to never be like his using, abusing, rock star dad. But now that the coach is threatening to bench him, will he turn to performance enhancing drugs just to keep balling? What will Vanessa think about his use of steroids?

Choices (Campus Confessions Book 3)

Jeff Gottesfeld (author)

Publisher: Saddleback Educational Publishing ISBN: 9781612479545

Ronette wants to fly solo for a while. But Cornell Londona senioris interested. Ronettes not sure shes ready for another relationship. Besides, Jayson still wants her back; for now hes firmly in the friend column. Chyna, her frenemy roommate, has stolen one of her poems and rapped it, which puts them on the verge of a hip-hop deal. No lie. Now the Houseman Gammas are knocking

Crush (Campus Confessions Book 4)

Jeff Gottesfeld (author)

Publisher: Saddleback Educational Publishing ISBN: 9781612479552

Its a funny thing about time. The proverb, Time heals all wounds, is true to some extent. But Jayson still hurts. Maybe Ronette doesnt want time to heal this wound. It feels better fresh. Jayson thought shed change her mind over break. But Ronette is firm. Shes alone, finally. Except shes not. Hey, Houseman girl. This brother has the warmest, friendliest face Ronette has ever seen. The rest, as they say, is history.

Bad Blood (Urban Underground)

Anne Schraff (author)

Publisher: Saddleback Educational Publishing ISBN: 9781612479774

More than entertainment, these books can be a powerful coping tool when a struggling reader connects with the text. Paperback books look and feel like a trade edition and are complete in just under 200 pages. Naomis cousin, Carlotta Valencia, is coming to live with the Martinez family. And she is a handful--a spoiled brat with a chip on her shoulder. She is a flirt. She is brazen. She is promiscuous. But under the eye of the Martinez parents, she now has to do chores and homework. Shes jealous of Naomi. And she has her eye on Ernesto. Then Clay. But Ernesto loves Naomi. And Clay loves Mira at least he finds out he truly loves his girlfriend when he takes Carlotta out; he wants an easy score. But he is spotted by Miras friends and quickly tells Carlotta to get lost. He realizes he has too much to lose. After getting shot down again and again... embarrassed...deflated...Carlotta cleans up her act. She does her schoolwork. And she starts mentoring a freshman girl who she connects with. Carlotta learns that she has a lot going for her and a lot to offer...thanks to Naomi and Ernesto.

Frenemies (Campus Confessions Book 2)

Jeff Gottesfeld (author)

Publisher: Saddleback Educational Publishing ISBN: 9781612479538

Ronette Bradley. Good on standardized tests, a mess on her report cards. With high school over, and her boyfriend going away to college, she is stuck cleaning hotel rooms. Until one fateful telephone call changes everything