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Piper in the Park

Cecilia Minden (author) Becky Down (illustrator)

Publisher: Cherry Lake Publishing ISBN: 9781534159778

Read about Emma and Piper, her fluffy dog. Emma and Piper visit the park and try many activities together before they discover the one they both can play. This story uses an engaging text to encourage confidence in early readers. The book uses a combination of sight words and short-vowel words in repetition to build recognition. Original illustrations help guide readers through the text. Author Cecilia Minden, PhD, a literacy consultant and former director of the Language and Literacy program at Harvard Graduate School of Education developed a specific format for this series. Books in this series include author biography, phonetics, and teaching guides.

Billy Stuart in the Minotaur's Lair

Alain M. Bergeron (author) Sampar (illustrator)

Publisher: Orca Book Publishers ISBN: 9781459818415

Billy Stuart, the young raccoon leader of the Zintrepids Scout troop, aspires to be just like his grandfather, a globe-trotting adventurer who knows no fear. After accidentally traveling through time in pursuit of Grandpa, Billy and friends find themselves on the island of Crete, snout to snout with King Minos's Minotaur. It's a formidable challenge; Billy and his buddies have to escape the Minotaur, the labyrinth and King Minos's wrath and maybe, just maybe, find their way home! Brightly illustrated and enhanced with games and puzzles, this sequel to Billy Stuart and the Zintrepids is sure to amuse readers of all ages.

Billy Stuart and the Sea of a Thousand Dangers

Alain M. Bergeron (author) Sampar (illustrator)

Publisher: Orca Book Publishers ISBN: 9781459823440

What was supposed to be a relaxing ocean crossing for Billy Stuart and his friends after their adventures on the island of Crete quickly transforms into a veritable odyssey. A violent storm throws them off their maritime course and leads to a downpour of events with potentially tragic consequences: mutiny, vicious monster attacks, siren songs and more. The dire situation doesn't get any better when they finally make it to shore. A thousand dangers make the Zintrepids' every waking moment seem like a nightmare. And is Billy Stuart still on the trail of his grandfather, the explorer Virgil Stuart who has traveled through time? Or are the Zintrepids forever lost in an unknown age and strange place? Brightly illustrated and enhanced with games and puzzles throughout, Billy Stuart and the Sea of One Thousand Dangers is the third title in the Billy Stuart Adventures series, following Billy Stuart and the Zintrepids and Billy Stuart in the Minotaur's Lair.

Cougar Frenzy

Pamela McDowell (author) Kasia Charko (illustrator)

Publisher: Orca Book Publishers ISBN: 9781459820654

When Cricket McKay and her best friend, Shilo, discover that a cougar has been seen in the town of Waterton, they are thrilled that school closes for a few days as a precaution. The townspeople are worried though. They want the cougar caught and relocated, which could be disastrous for the cougar. Cricket's dad, the national park's warden, is receiving reports of the cougar causing all kinds of trouble around town, but it's the type of trouble it doesn't make sense for a cougar to get into. Then Cricket and Shilo find evidence that another animal may be to blame. With the help of a visiting researcher who is in Waterton studying cougar behavior, Cricket and Shilo must convince the townspeople, and Cricket's dad, that they're after the the wrong animal before it’s too late. This is the fourth title featuring Cricket and her friends, following Bats in Trouble, Ospreys in Danger and Salamander Rescue.

Ruckus

Laurie Elmquist (author) David Parkins (illustrator)

Publisher: Orca Book Publishers ISBN: 9781459817968

Reece's new dog, Ruckus, tears through life like a Tyrannosaurus rex. He bites everything that moves and drives Reece's mom nuts. The puppy was Dad's idea, to make things easier for Reece after his parents' separation, but Ruckus is not easy at all and Mom is getting fed up. When her diamond earrings go missing, it sends the family into a tailspin. What happens when a dog swallows something precious? Reece is about to find out. But they can't give up on this little Jack Russell terror, can they? He's family, after all. We first met Reece and his family in the Orca Echoes title Where's Burgess? by Laurie Elmquist.

The Fire Station Monster

Lissa Rovetch (author) Amy Wummer (illustrator)

Publisher: Highlights ISBN: 9781682388983

Tex and Indi's class visit the fire station where they meet a dog that acts like a "monster."

Bert and Mert and the Missing Pie

James Rhodes (author) BB Sams (illustrator)

Publisher: Highlights ISBN: 9781682389126

Another silly mystery solved by the wacky detectives Bert and Mert. They help Mrs. Pickle find her missing pie by following footprints from the kitchen to the culprit.

Play with the Wind

Lissa Rovetch (author) Amy Wummer (illustrator)

Publisher: Highlights ISBN: 9781682388594

Tex and Indi's Frisbee gets caught in a tree.

Going to the Fair

Lissa Rovetch (author) Amy Wummer (illustrator)

Publisher: Highlights ISBN: 9781682388211

Tex is sick. So Indi goes to the fair alone. When she comes back she tells him about all the fun she had.

Little Bunny Celebrates Spring

Eileen Spinelli (author) Rose Mary Berlin (illustrator)

Publisher: Highlights ISBN: 9781682388372

Little Bunny is flexible when his first day of spring doesn't work out quite as he planned.

Let's Celebrate the First Day of Winter

Eileen Spinelli (author) Rose Mary Berlin (illustrator)

Publisher: Highlights ISBN: 9781682388327

Little Bunny and his cousin Fluffy get ready for the first day of winter, but when they wake up in the morning, there is no snow!

Helping Out in Kindergarten

Lissa Rovetch (author) Amy Wummer (illustrator)

Publisher: Highlights ISBN: 9781682388235

Each week Ms. French gives the kindergartners different jobs. This week Tex is the class-pet helper.

Picking Apples

Lissa Rovetch (author) Amy Wummer (illustrator)

Publisher: Highlights ISBN: 9781682388563

Tex, Indi and their friends visit an apple orchard.

Papa's Perfect Birthday

Eileen Spinelli (author) Rose Mary Berlin (illustrator)

Publisher: Highlights ISBN: 9781682388532

Little Bunny tries to give Papa the perfect birthday, but there are a few bumps in the road.

New Shoes

Lissa Rovetch (author) Amy Wummer (illustrator)

Publisher: Highlights ISBN: 9781682388495

Mom takes Tex and Indi to the shoe store where they try on shoes and play pretend.

Let's Have a Sleepover

Lissa Rovetch (author) Amy Wummer (illustrator)

Publisher: Highlights ISBN: 9781682388334

When Indi goes to a friend's house for a sleepover, Tex decides to have his own sleepover with Cow.

Little Bunny and the Block Party

Eileen Spinelli (author) Rose Mary Berlin (illustrator)

Publisher: Highlights ISBN: 9781682388365

Little Bunny thinks Cabbage Road's block party is ruined when a wild wind blows through the neighborhood.

Sharing a Birthday

Lissa Rovetch (author) Amy Wummer (illustrator)

Publisher: Highlights ISBN: 9781682388662

Tex and Indi are twins who are abou to turn five. They agree to have an under-the-sea-on-a-faraway-planet party.

Time for a Haircut

Lissa Rovetch (author) Amy Wummer (illustrator)

Publisher: Highlights ISBN: 9781682388808

Tex and Indi go for a haircut.

The First Day of Summer

Eileen Spinelli (author) Rose Mary Berlin (illustrator)

Publisher: Highlights ISBN: 9781682388761

Little Bunny celebrates summer by helping his family.

Tons of Fun

Lissa Rovetch (author) Amy Wummer (illustrator)

Publisher: Highlights ISBN: 9781682388839

Tex and Indi go to day camp, and play all sorts of fun animal-themed games.

Come to the Table

Lissa Rovetch (author) Amy Wummer (illustrator)

Publisher: Highlights ISBN: 9781682387641

Tex and Indi's family have dinner together, but the whole family's not there until Indi brings a sleeping Cow to the dinner table.

Baking Banana Bread

Lissa Rovetch (author) Amy Wummer (illustrator)

Publisher: Highlights ISBN: 9781682387535

Tex and Indi's class is making banana bread, but Tex drops one of the eggs on his shoe. What will happen to their recipe?

Happy Birthday, Mrs. Mole

Nancy E. Walker-Guye (author) Bridget Strevens-Marzo (illustrator)

Publisher: Highlights ISBN: 9781682387726

Felix, Max, and Harriet knit a birthday present for their friend, Mrs. Mole.

Who's Going to School

Lissa Rovetch (author) Amy Wummer (illustrator)

Publisher: Highlights ISBN: 9781682387948

It's the first day of school for Tex and Indi, and their kitten named Charlie seems to want to go to school with them.