Artie Lieberman tries out for Peabody's lacrosse team. He is excited to make the team. But when he is bullied by a group of bigger boy, he's not sure he wants to keep playing. Can he stand up to the bullies? Is it even worth it? Includes discussion prompts, a lacrosse quiz, and fun facts about lacrosse.
Keith Evans is a talented player on Peabody's basketball team. His father was a great player too. When Keith stops applying himself on the court, his father scolds him. Is Mr. Evans pushing Keith to achieve just to relive his glory days? Or is it something else? Includes discussion prompts, a basketball quiz, and fun facts about basketball.
Lucy Andia is an award-winning volleyball player. She tries out for the Peabody team sure she'll be the star. But when other girls have greater talent, Lucy has to change positions. Can Lucy embrace her new role on the team? Includes discussion prompts, a volleyball quiz, and fun facts about volleyball.
Katie Flanagan was a star striker on her old school's soccer team. But at Peabody, there is no girls' soccer team. The school district allows Katie to try out for the boys' team. Having a girl play on the boys' team causes some conflict. Can Katie overcome these barriers? Includes discussion prompts, a soccer quiz, and fun facts about soccer.
Isabella Clemente is a champion all-around gymnast. After a summer at gymnastics camp, she is looking forward to winning a national championship. But then the current national champion transfers to Peabody! Isabella sees Morgan as a rival. Can she get past this when Morgan offers Isabella help? Includes discussion prompts, a gymnastics quiz, and fun facts about gymnastics.
Tío sends Elena, Jorge, and Marcus to a small town in Iowa in 1983. This sounds like a boring adventure, until they learn that they're going to one of the first video game competitions--and they're there to identify and hide a flock of zombies from the public! Will they be able to find and save the zombies in time? And will Marcus ever get to play an original PacMan arcade game? Join the Secret Society of Monster Hunters to find out.
It is 1972--a cold summer in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Tío has sent the monster hunters to find a dangerous werewolf. They need to stop it from hurting others--and from getting hurt itself. But is it really that dangerous? Join Marcus, Elena, and Fiona to find out. They explore downtown Minneapolis and the Minnesota State Fair. As they search for the werewolf, they learn about 1970s history and culture, and make friends with the theater folk of Minnesota along the way.
Elena, Jorge, and Marcus must brave the Chicago winter in search of a vampire. In a bleak, post-Depression city, the children must not only find this creature of the night, but also find her lost locket. Will it be downtown at Marshall Fields? Or at a roller derby event? And will they find it in time to get home? Readers will find out, as they learn about the 1930s--and how to survive an encounter with the undead.
The kraken is the biggest monster in the sea. And in the 1950s, it seems to be headed straight for Boston! Marcus, Jorge, and Amy travel in Tío's time machine to the world of the Red Sox and Boston Harbor, racing to find the kraken and send it back to the northern seas where it belongs. Their journey takes them from Fenway Park to a high seas adventure as they learn about the culture of the 1950s, the mythology of the kraken, and even some marine biology.
Jorge, Elena, and Amy need to find a poltergeist before it reveals itself to the world. The only catch? It's in Seattle--and it's in the 1990s. Join the gang as they travel back to the rainy "Emerald City" in 1996. There, they will chase the poltergeist, racing against the clock to lay it to rest before it lays waste to historic Pioneer Square. Readers will learn about the history, culture, and fashion of the late 1990s, and meet someone very special along the way!
Is there a unicorn wandering around Woodstock? Or is it just a figment of some hippie's imagination? Marcus, Jorge, and Elena will have to find out as Tío sends them back to the Summer of Love. They will explore the world's happiest--and muddiest--rock festival along the way, learning about both the groovy and the controversial aspects of 1960s culture and history. Readers will get acquainted not only with the 1960s, but also with the beautiful, mysterious beast that is the unicorn.
Tío has an urgent mission for Jorge, Elena, and Amy. They must voyage to Harlem in the late 1920s. A fairy with a beautiful voice has been imprisoned. They must rescue her from her gangster captors before history learns of her and her fairy kind! Readers will learn about the Jazz Age and the Harlem Renaissance as they embark with the monster hunters on a thrilling adventure through jazz clubs, the streets of Harlem, and Central Park.
Elena, Amy, and Fiona are going on a wartime mission! They must join Rosie the Riveter and other women workers at the Bath Iron Works, a huge shipyard in Bath, Maine. But they're not there to build ships--they're looking for a huge red dragon! They have to be careful not to blow their cover, and to stay on this dangerous dragon's good side. Join the girls as they search for the dragon, outwit evildoers, and learn about the history of the 1940s.
The painting of the orange man is Tabitha’s favorite birthday present. Soon, though, she realizes it’s not a normal painting. Can Tabitha solve the mystery of the orange man before he ruins her life--and the entire world of art?
New seventh-grade student Carson Roberts learns the hard way not to cross the school bully, and it's only her first day. Book #1 in the series.
Ryan is helping Tenley clean the basement of her parents’ antique shop when a mysterious phone rings. There’s a strange man on the other end. To figure out what he wants, the friends go on a journey unlike any they have taken before. In the fictional town of Scarecrow, California, tweens keep discovering mysterious and sometimes magical objects at the Vintage Rose Antique Shop. When they take these objects home, strange things begin to happen. Does the family who inherited the store have an active imagination? Or is the store really haunted? Each story is a tale about a specific relic found at the store. Stories will appeal to the most reluctant reader who enjoys the mysterious and somewhat creepy.
Jim Webb’s pursuit of the truth about his grandfather’s role in the Vietnam War puts him squarely in the sights of someone high up in the US military—someone who wants certain events from that war left in the past. Webb goes on the run in the American Deep South with Lee, a Vietnam vet, trying to smoke out the man they call the Bogeyman by using Webb as bait. The Bogeyman may be powerful and smart, but Webb and Lee, with the help of a few of Lee’s old army buddies (and one motorcycle-riding girl), are ready to take him down. Tin Soldier is the sequel to both Barracuda, part of The Seven Prequels and Devil's Pass, part of Seven (The Series).
Katie and Rusty are heading East. Fresh from their thrilling adventures in Alberta, facing down devious developers, the cousins have made their way to Aunt Margaret's farm in Saskatchewan. After rescuing her aunt when she is trapped under a piece of farm equipment and learning of other acts of possible sabotage, Katie decides that she has found another mystery to solve. Puzzled by the changes they notice in their cousin Megan, and alarmed by a series of threatening phone calls, Katie and Rusty embark on another adventure. With no shortage of suspects—from Cousin Megan to the jilted boyfriend and the controlling farmhand—the two detectives find themselves in deeper than they thought and are soon in real danger.
It's all aboard! for mystery when Dinah Galloway takes the cross-country train from Vancouver to Toronto, to appear on a TV talent show. But will she make it-or be permanently derailed? Along with her sister Madge, and her fellow junior musicians, tree fanatic Pantelli Audia and history buff Talbot St. John, Dinah is shadowed by someone who wants to get hold of an $80,000 treasure left by her late dad. But what is the treasure? The redheaded, singing sleuth realizes that the secret dwells somewhere in her dad's murky past, and involves a funny, if less than respectable, ex-con named Ardle McBean, and a mysterious man with a bowl cut. The mystery accelerates when Dinah's sweet, elderly piano teacher, also on the train, disappears and the danger to Dinah increases. She struggles to keep on the tracks of the mystery before the shadows, past and present, overwhelm her. This is the fifth installment in the best-selling Dinah Galloway Mystery series.
Dylan is back, and this time he is making a movie, The Rise of the Zombie Scarecrows, with his best friend, Cory, and his girlfriend, Monica. The film is for school credit, and their plan is to film on Halloween. Everything is falling into place until Dylan and Monica encounter a zombie scarecrow that causes Mr. Dalton, a friend of Dylan’s grandmother, to have a heart attack. Dylan and Monica learn that a couple of zombie scarecrows are pranking a local neighborhood. The police shut down Dylan’s project until the pranksters are caught. But Dylan is determined to see his film through to completion, no matter what the cost.
Steve thinks a trip to Europe is out of the question—until he hears his grandfather's will. Suddenly he's off to Spain, armed with only a letter from his grandfather that sends him to a specific address in Barcelona. There he meets a girl named Laia and finds a trunk containing some of his grandfather's possessions, including a journal he kept during the time he fought with the International Brigades in the Spanish Civil War. Steve decides to trace his grandfather's footsteps through Spain, and with Laia's help, he visits the battlefields and ruined towns that shaped his grandfather's young life, and begins to understand the power of history and the transformative nature of passion for a righteous cause. Steve's adventures start in The Missing Skull, part of The Seven Prequels and continue in Broken Arrow, part of The Seven Sequels.
Darren Dirkowitz thought his life was over when his tippity-top-secret alter ego, Dirk Daring, Secret Agent, was outed to the entire Preston Middle School student body. If only he’d been so lucky. Now the Wolf Lords—a gang of teen thugs bent on wringing every last penny out of Preston students—are breathing down his neck. There’s only one solution: Dirk Daring must embark on his most daring mission yet. A mission so audacious, so cunning, so doggone crazy, that if it succeeds, the Wolf Lords will wind up begging for mercy. But first, Darren must bring his own disobedient “associates” to heel. Let Sleeping Dogs Lie is the sequel to the runaway bestseller Dirk Daring, Secret Agent.
When Adam Murphy learns that his late, revered grandfather, David McLean, hid a huge stash of foreign cash and fake passports in the family’s cottage, he is stunned. Was Grandpa really a traitor, as some of the evidence suggests? And why was a loaded Walther PPK pistol hidden at the cottage? Determined to prove his grandfather’s innocence, Adam takes the famous James Bond gun and follows the clues to Bermuda, where he encounters danger, evidence of espionage, and an unusual girl named Angel Dahl. Desperate and on the run with Angel, pursued by a deadly operative, Adam races to other exotic locations, unsure if Angel is friend or foe, or if his grandfather was a hero or a villain. Three clues hold the dark secret of David McLean’s past—the letter W, a glass eye with a golden iris, and the haunting words of someone named Mr. Know. Double You is the sequel to both Separated, part of The Seven Prequels and Last Message, part of Seven (The Series).
When his brother Bunny vanishes from the Toronto City Hall skating rink, Spencer, a budding filmmaker, finds himself plunged into the stuff of movie thrillers: kidnapping, terrorists, intrigue, a missing document, a world-famous pop star, disguises, romance and a rogue alligator. As he races the clock to save his brother, he must sort the real from the make-believe and unravel a murder mystery involving his grandfather. The last time Spencer got tangled up in an adventure from his grandfather’s past, he didn’t believe it was for real. Now he can’t get anyone to believe him when he says that Bunny has been kidnapped and that someone is going to die. Coda is the sequel to both Speed, part of The Seven Prequels and Jump Cut, part of Seven (The Series).
DJ is David McLean's eldest grandson, so it stands to reason that he be the one to scatter his beloved grandfather's ashes. At least that's how DJ sees it. He's always been the best at everything—sports, school, looking after his fatherless family—so climbing Kilimanjaro is just another thing he'll accomplish almost effortlessly. Or so he thinks, until he arrives in Tanzania and everything starts to go wrong. He's detained at immigration, he gets robbed, his climbing group includes an old lady and he gets stuck with the first ever female porter. Forced to go polepole (slowly), DJ finds out the hard way that youth, fitness level and drive have nothing to do with success on the mountain—or in life. DJ's adventures start in Jungle Land, part of The Seven Prequels and continue in Sleeper, part of The Seven Sequels.