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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.

Me and My Puppy

Terri Diffenderfer (author) Paul Frame (illustrator)

Publisher: Twin Sisters ISBN: 9781625818744

After visiting the town’s pet shop day after day, a boy’s dream finally comes true when his mom says he can get a puppy! There are many different puppies to choose from, but this little boy knows exactly the one he wants. It wasn’t the biggest or the littlest. It wasn’t even the prettiest or the most handsome. But this puppy was the friendliest! And that’s what the puppy’s name became—Friendly! Find out what happens when Friendly decides to play with Daddy’s shoes and Mommy’s favorite sweater. This tender story of a love between a boy and his dog will have little ones asking for their own puppy. A positive ending encourages a lifelong love for reading.

The Scaredy-Cat Kitten

Roz Rosenbluth (author) Deborah Borgo (illustrator)

Publisher: Twin Sisters ISBN: 9781625817877

Mother cat has two very different kittens. Herbie is curious and brave. But his sister Sarah is afraid of everything. When the kittens go for a walk Sarah is even afraid of her own shadow. Find out what happens when Herbie gets caught in briars and Sarah needs to go get Mother for help. A positive ending adds interest to this adorable story and encourages a lifelong love for reading.

Hello, How Are You

Kim Mitzo Thompson (author), Sharon Lane Holm (illustrator)

Publisher: Twin Sisters ISBN: 9781619385245

Learn basic English phrases like, "How are you?" and "What time is it?" through this interactive book. Early learners will find the simple text, paired with reassuring illustrations, easy to understand.

Watch Out for Wolfgang

Paul Carrick (Illustrator) (author)

Publisher: Charlesbridge ISBN: 9781570916892

Paul Carrick recycles The Three Little Pigs into a humorous fractured fairy tale about being yourself. An old mother robot sends her three sons, Rod, Slick, and Dudley, out into the world to seek their fortunes. But Wolfgang the Recycler is after them for their precious parts. How will the three robots protect themselves and their factories from clever Wolfgang?

I Am a Good Citizen

Jenny Fretland VanVoorst (author)

Publisher: Bellwether Media Inc. ISBN: 9781626179257

What does it mean to be a good citizen? What can kids do to become one? In this book, beginning readers will learn how they can help out to make their community a better place!

I Am Helpful

Jenny Fretland VanVoorst (author)

Publisher: Bellwether Media Inc. ISBN: 9781626179264

Helpful people make life easier! From doing chores to carrying groceries, there are many ways to help people around you. Beginning readers can learn about being helpful, from benefits to examples for everyday life in this informative title.

I Am Honest

Jenny Fretland VanVoorst (author)

Publisher: Bellwether Media Inc. ISBN: 9781626179271

It can be tempting to tell a white lie to avoid getting in trouble. But what would that tell others about the type of person you are? This title for early readers explores the benefits and results of being honest, and how readers can show their character in everyday life!

I Am Kind

Jenny Fretland VanVoorst (author)

Publisher: Bellwether Media Inc. ISBN: 9781626179288

Kindness is one of the top traits we look for in friends. What makes this quality so important? What happens when we aren’t kind? Young readers can explore this meaning of this virtue and learn how to exhibit it themselves in this helpful title.

I Am Respectful

Jenny Fretland VanVoorst (author)

Publisher: Bellwether Media Inc. ISBN: 9781626179295

How do we show respect to one another? It might be as easy as listening carefully or having good manners. This book teaches early readers about being respectful and how important it is to our lives and relationships.

I Am Responsible

Jenny Fretland VanVoorst (author)

Publisher: Bellwether Media Inc. ISBN: 9781626179301

Sometimes doing the right thing might seem boring. Why do homework when video games are much more fun? Beginning readers will learn all about the importance of responsibility and how they can be responsible, too, in this low-level title.

Shark

Jeff Ross (author)

Publisher: Orca Book Publishers ISBN: 9781459816831

Seventeen-year-old Mark "Shark" Hewitt is good at playing pool. Really good. When he, his mom and sister move to a new town, Mark immediately seeks out the local pool hall. He loves to play, but even more than that, he just loves hanging out with the regulars. It reminds him of good times with his dad, who is no longer in the picture. When one of the patrons notices Mark's natural gift for the game, he forces Mark to use his talent for profit. Now Mark has to find a way to get out from under this sleazeball's thumb and protect his family.

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.

Slip Jig Summer

Elizabeth J. M. Walker (author)

Publisher: Orca Book Publishers ISBN: 9781459817449

Fifteen-year-old Natalie is obsessed with ballet and plans to spend the entire summer in dance class with her two best friends. But when her mom gets a job out of town, Natalie gets shipped off to stay with cousins she barely knows. Natalie is thrilled when her cousins invite her to join them at the local dance studio. But it turns out it's not a ballet class; it's Irish dance. Skeptical at first, Natalie is surprised to learn she really enjoys the new dance style and agrees to take part in an upcoming competition. But this new passion could result in Natalie having to leave her ballet dreams behind.

Casting Lily

Holly Bennett (author)

Publisher: Orca Book Publishers ISBN: 9781459814516

Fourteen-year-old Ava is thrilled when she lands a part in a play based on the true story of orphans sent to Canada in the 1800s to work on farms. But is she good enough to hold her own in a professional production? As the rehearsal pressures crank up, Ava struggles with her character, with the vocal demands of outdoor theater and with the annoying ego of her castmate Kiefer. But as she learns more about the historical Lily on which her part is based, things begin to fall into place. Then one bad decision jeopardizes Ava's chances of being able to perform on opening night.

Kryptonite

Lesley Choyce (author)

Publisher: Orca Book Publishers ISBN: 9781459816572

Jackson knows how to get what he wants. Whether it's sweet-talking his friends into buying lunch or convincing teachers to give him extensions, he feels entitled to take whatever he wants - even a day off school or a new pair of shoes. Now he's set his sights on Abby, a troubled girl fresh out of juvie who only has eyes for Bryce, the go-to dealer of a dangerous new drug called kryptonite.

Gangs

James Bow (author)

Publisher: Crabtree Publishing Company ISBN: 9781427191229

Gangs exist in places all over the world. The United States, however, is believed to have more gangs than any other country in the world. This book provides a comprehensive overview of the issues surrounding gangs, including how and why young people are lured into gangs and the consequences of gang involvement. Firsthand accounts and current statistics provide an insightful look at this issue.

Cyber Bullying

Rachel Stuckey (author)

Publisher: Crabtree Publishing Company ISBN: 9781427191281

Recent statistics show that cyber bullying is on the rise. Cyber bullying involves using technology, like the Internet or cell phones, to bully or harass another person. It can include acts like posting rumors, threats, or other hurtful comments on social networking sites or circulating inappropriate pictures of a person on the Internet. This book provides a revealing look at cyber bullying and explains how it is different from other forms of bullying. Other topics include the potential legal issues related to electronic harassment, responsible digital citizenship, online security, and how to take a stand against cyber bullying.

The View From Camp and Other Camp Stories

Highlights for Children (author)

Publisher: Highlights ISBN: 9781684374939

Camp out! Bryan and Syd are totally different, but they were put together as camp roommates and have to learn to get along. Tara and Shelly overcome their fears to become members of the camp's canoe squad. Tex and Indi make a blanket fort to pretend they're camping in the woods! Zach, Miguel, and Dad go camping. When they go to bed, they listen for animal noises, but all they can hear is Dad snoring! Stories by Highlights for Children, Carol A. McClelland, Lissa Rovetch, and Marianne Mitchell.

The Timbertoes: Family Teamwork

Highlights for Children (author)

Publisher: Highlights ISBN: 9781684374526

Family teamwork! The Timbertoes know that teamwork makes the dream work and that when things go wrong no one has your back like family. Stories by Rich Wallace and Marileta Robinson.

Little Bunny: A Good Friend

Highlights for Children (author)

Publisher: Highlights ISBN: 9781684374533

A good friend! Little Bunny learns that apologies are important when you make a mistake. Little Bunny finds a way to help people. At the library, Little Bunny and his friends learn about poetry. Badger, Squirrel, and Little Bunny have a pool party. Stories by Eileen Spinelli and Highlights for Children.

Ask Arizona: Friendship Hurdles

Highlights for Children (author)

Publisher: Highlights ISBN: 9781684374618

Challenging friendships! Arizona understands that friendships aren't always easy. Sometimes there are communication barriers, or jealous feelings. It can be difficult when friends argue and you feel like you have to pick a side. Arizona learns how to handle these challenges. Stories by Lissa Rovetch.

Ask Arizona: Honesty is the Best Policy

Highlights for Children (author)

Publisher: Highlights ISBN: 9781684374632

Oh, honestly! Arizona learns the difference between honesty, and tact. Arizona's siblings, Tex and Indi, get into an argument about missing craft supplies. Is someone lying, or are they telling the truth? It's better to not tell a fib, and be honest in the first place. Stories by Lissa Rovetch.

Ask Arizona: Strength in Kindness

Highlights for Children (author)

Publisher: Highlights ISBN: 9781684374649

Kindness! Arizona realizes that being kind can make huge changes. Instead of gossiping and spreading rumors, she figures out that being kind makes everyone feel good. She invents a way to spread this kindness to her peers using the school newspaper.

Ask Arizona: Discovering the World Around Us

Highlights for Children (author)

Publisher: Highlights ISBN: 9781684374656

Stop and smell the roses! Arizona's cousin teaches her that she can experience the world in a whole new way if she just takes a moment to appreciate her surroundings. Arizona has to learn to relax and go with the flow when her vacation doesn't go the way she plans, and she even finds the fun in trying new food. Stories by Lissa Rovetch.