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Ace Lacewing: Bug Detective

David Biedrzycki (author)

Publisher: Charlesbridge ISBN: 9781607341628

When Queenie Bee goes missing, Ace Lacewing is hot on the honey trail. With his trusty sidekick, Sergeant Zito the Mosquito, Ace combs Motham City for clues. But the suspects are piling up, including Motham enemy number one, Al the Drone. Will Ace find Queenie Bee before it's too late? Moody illustrations capture the feel of film noir.

Lola at the Library

Anna McQuinn (author) Rosalind Beardshaw (illustrator)

Publisher: Charlesbridge ISBN: 9781607344391

Lola has a big smile on her face. Why? Because it's Tuesday--and on Tuesdays, Lola and her mommy go to the library. Join Lola in this cozy celebration of books and the people who love them.

Breaking News: Bears to the Rescue

David Biedrzycki (author)

Publisher: Charlesbridge ISBN: 9781607348245

A missing cub, a carnival, and a gang of cat burglars…hold on to your hats! Best-selling author David Biedrzycki brings back the hilarious bears from Breaking News: Bear Alert, but now they have sleepy bear cub in tow. When the cub goes missing Mama and Papa Bear go on the hunt. Their search takes them to the town carnival where the whole family rides the Ferris wheel, rocks the rollercoaster, and inadvertently foils another dastardly plot by the persistent cat burglars from Bear Alert. Covering the story is intrepid — but bumbling — reporter Chad Newsworthy and the rest of the crew at Channel 3 News.

Breaking News: Alien Alert

David Biedrzycki (author)

Publisher: Charlesbridge ISBN: 9781580898041

Bears in space! The bears from Breaking News: Bear Alert and Bears to the Rescue are back, and this time they're extraterrestrial. When a UFO beams up Baby Bear and abducts the family, the human world goes crazy. Hilarity and chaos ensue as scouts, scientists, street vendors, and the mayor try to put their own spin on the story. Intrepid but bumbling reporter Chad Newsworthy covers it all, searching for the truth: Why did aliens snatch up these animals? (Hint: It's someone special's birthday!)

Honey Bear's Blue Bathing Suit

Todd H. Doodler (author)

Publisher: Blue Apple Books ISBN: 9781609052034

Honey Bear is having a summertime birthday party at the beach. After her friends choose the perfect birthday presents - a blue swimsuit and beach-y accessories - they head to the shore for volleyball, a scavenger hunt, and, of course, birthday cake! Young readers will enjoy best-selling author/illustrator Todd Goldman's signature style and familiar characters, this time in a summer setting. Bear in Blue Bathing Suit is a perfect addition to Bear in Underwear, Bear in Pink Underwear, and Bear in Long Underwear.

Phantom at the Funhouse

Brittany Canasi (author) Katie Wood (illustrator)

Publisher: Rourke Publishing ISBN: 9781683425090

Girls hunting oddities and supernatural things, or GHOST squad. A spook in the school carnival is scaring all the kids away. Features fast-paced action, diverse characters, and excellent nonfiction back matter resources.

Do Robots Get Space Sick?

Theo Baker (author) Alex Lopez (illustrator)

Publisher: Rourke Publishing ISBN: 9781683425045

Earth kids meet alien kids in this action-packed series that follows young athletes throughout the universe competing in the Galaxy Games. Can they compete against a robot though?

Moon of Deception

Theo Baker (author) Alex Lopez (illustrator)

Publisher: Rourke Publishing ISBN: 9781683425038

Earth kids meet alien kids in this action-packed series that follows young athletes throughout the universe competing in the Galaxy Games. When Team Earth must compete against the biggest cheaters in the galaxy, will they be able to play fair?

Spook in the Stacks

K.A. Robertson (author) Katie Wood (illustrator)

Publisher: Rourke Publishing ISBN: 9781683425069

Girls hunting oddities and supernatural things, or GHOST squad. Paranormal adventure erupts at the local library. Features fast-paced action, diverse characters, and excellent nonfiction back matter resources.

Gas Giant Jump

Theo Baker (author) Alex Lopez (illustrator)

Publisher: Rourke Publishing ISBN: 9781683425021

Earth kids meet alien kids in this action-packed series that follows young athletes throughout the universe competing in the Galaxy Games. Who will prevail in the next out-of-this-world event?

The Creepy Cathedral

Brittany Canasi (author) Katie Wood (illustrator)

Publisher: Rourke Publishing ISBN: 9781683425083

Girls hunting oddities and supernatural things, or GHOST squad. A haunting at a cathedral threatens a bride-to-be's perfect day. Features fast-paced action, diverse characters, and excellent nonfiction back matter resources.

Fright at the Museum

K.A. Robertson (author) Katie Wood (illustrator)

Publisher: Rourke Publishing ISBN: 9781683425076

Girls hunting oddities and supernatural things, or GHOST squad. The ghost of a famous writer is making mayhem at the museum. Features fast-paced action, diverse characters, and excellent nonfiction back matter resources.

Space Face Off

Theo Baker (author) Alex Lopez (illustrator)

Publisher: Rourke Publishing ISBN: 9781683425014

Earth kids meet alien kids in this action-packed series that follows young athletes throughout the universe competing in the Galaxy Games. Team Earth faces a hockey team that seems determined to play dirty because they are angry at Earthlings. But why are they so mad?

Pastel de manzana con Amelia Earhart (Apple Pie with Amelia Earhart)

Kyla Steinkraus (author) Sally Garland (illustrator)

Publisher: Rourke Publishing ISBN: 9781683422716

Fiona and Finley bake up a storm in their parent's Sweet Shop, but nothing's sweeter than the magic that happens when their parrot, Tick Tock, squawks: Look at the time! That means a special customer has arrived, and a new adventure is set to begin. Each title features a notable figure from US history, who takes the siblings along for an adventure, and tells them a bit about him or herself in the process.

Caramelo con Thomas Edison (Toffee with Thomas Edison)

Kyla Steinkraus (author) Sally Garland (illustrator)

Publisher: Rourke Publishing ISBN: 9781683422709

Fiona and Finley bake up a storm in their parent's Sweet Shop, but nothing's sweeter than the magic that happens when their parrot, Tick Tock, squawks: Look at the time! That means a special customer has arrived, and a new adventure is set to begin. Each title features a notable figure from US history, who takes the siblings along for an adventure, and tells them a bit about him or herself in the process.

Sundaes con Harriet Tubman (Sundaes with Harriet Tubman)

Kyla Steinkraus (author) Sally Garland (illustrator)

Publisher: Rourke Publishing ISBN: 9781683422686

Fiona and Finley bake up a storm in their parent's Sweet Shop, but nothing's sweeter than the magic that happens when their parrot, Tick Tock, squawks: Look at the time! That means a special customer has arrived, and a new adventure is set to begin. Each title features a notable figure from US history, who takes the siblings along for an adventure, and tells them a bit about him or herself in the process.

Un monstruo en los manglares (Monster in the Mangroves)

Reese Everett (author) Sally Garland (illustrator)

Publisher: Rourke Publishing ISBN: 9781683422648

Lawrence had big plans for Saturday. Doing nothing. It was going to be perfect but it was ruined when he had to tag along to volunteer with his sister for beach cleanup. He didn’t expect other kids his age or the adventure they were going to have. From the sandy beach to the tangled roots of the mangroves, Lawrence and his friends encounter a giant eyeball, a dinosaur, and treasure! These books are perfect for young readers! These beginning chapter books offer simple sentences, relatable characters, and illustrations in each chapter. • Addresses social and emotional concepts • Realistic fiction • Back matter

Pateándolo (Kickin It)

Meg Greve (author) Alida Ruggeri (illustrator)

Publisher: Rourke Publishing ISBN: 9781683422679

Luis knows he is the best soccer player at his school because he always scores the most goals. Now he gets to play on a really team! He can’t wait to show his teammates and coach how good he is. The problem is, no one seems impressed. In fact, they seem like they don’t want him on the field. Can Luis show his team that he’s a team player before the big game? These relatable books with simple sentences and illustrations in every chapter make them perfect first chapter books for young readers. • Realistic fiction • Back matter • Addresses social and emotional concepts

La cuadrilla “manada de lobos” está fuera de vista (Wolfpack Gang is Outta Sight)

Reese Everett (author) Sally Garland (illustrator)

Publisher: Rourke Publishing ISBN: 9781683422662

Deano was a star soccer player at her old school in Jamaica but she’s in a new school now, and things are so different. What’s this No Girls Allowed rule during recess? Jay is different from the other kids in her class. He reads with his fingers and has a cool dog he gets to bring to school! As Deano gets to know Jay, they realize they have a common interest: soccer. But how can Jay play soccer if he is blind? Will Deano ever be accepted by the soccer players even though she’s a girl? These relatable books with simple sentences and illustrations in every chapter, make them the perfect first chapter books for young readers. • Realistic fiction • Addresses social and emotional concepts • Back matter

Shaky, Breaky School Sleuth

Jessica Anderson (author)

Publisher: Rourke Publishing ISBN: 9781634305822

Queeneka and Klaude are not very happy about their roles in the school play, Candy Dreams. They were both trying for the lead role and shy, quiet Javier beat them both! Things get even stickier at rehearsals when Klaude tries to remember his lines and Javier’s and when Queeneka adds more lines and solos to hers. No one is working as a team to make the play successful. That is, not until Javier goes missing on opening night! Can everyone work together to find Javier? Will Mrs. Holmes cancel the play? And who is that man hiding and lurking around the school? These mysteries are perfectly suited to keep readers guessing as they solve for clues. With longer sentences and fewer illustrations, they are just the right fit for your early fluent reader. Paired to the nonfiction title Group Projects.

A Vacation in Ruins

Precious McKenzie (author)

Publisher: Rourke Publishing ISBN: 9781634305877

Tomi and Marisol are always up for an adventure, which is a good thing when your parents are traveling scholars. And this time, the twins are taking on Mexico! Marisol and Tomas always seem to stumble into some trouble. This time, Aunt Bernadette is coming along to keep an eye on them while their dad researches the Mayan ruins – and she’s bringing a whole new set of rules along with her. No junk food. Schoolwork gets done. Yoga in the morning. Groan. The twins aren’t sure at first they will survive this trip with their strict, health-food loving aunt. But there’s a chance they may not survive it without her. Adventure books with longer, complex sentences, rich vocabulary, and minimal illustrations are perfect for fluent readers. Paired to the nonfiction title Reading Maps.

An Artful Escape

M.M. Eboch (author)

Publisher: Rourke Publishing ISBN: 9781634305891

Grace, Jaden, and Joy get to visit historical places around the world. Having a mom who is a history professor and a dad who writes for travel magazines has its benefits. Grace and Jaden love exploring their new surroundings and going on adventures with new friends. France is filled with wonderful museums, delicious restaurants, and, of course, history. Grace, Jaden, and their newest sister, Joy are spending the summer in Paris with their parents! While their parents are busy working, Sophie, the babysitter, has them explore the attic. The kids find a mysterious painting and decide to track down the artist. But did they get in too deep? Could this painting actually be worthy millions? Who is the guy that keeps following them? Can Grace, Jaden, and Sophie find the answers and help they need before it’s too late? Adventure books with longer, complex sentences, rich vocabulary, and minimal illustrations are perfect for fluent readers. Paired to the nonfiction title A Look at Renaissance Art.

From Pizza to Pisa

Alicia Klepeis (author)

Publisher: Rourke Publishing ISBN: 9781634305938

The Nylund kids are experienced world travelers thanks to their mom. Having a mom who works for the UNESCO, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, means they get to tag along for amazing world adventures. They each record their trips in their travel journals so that can always have the memories… and because they have to share what they learned with their teachers and classmates! The family is packing up and shipping out to Italy! Excited and desperate to leave Chicago’s winter weather, the Nylund family meets one obstacle after another. A huge ice storm in New York before their flight, losing Ollie in the Roman Catacombs, a crab taking a chunk out of Samal’s foot, and an encounter with a viper threaten to terminate this trip. Will their luck ever turn around so they can enjoy their time in Italy? Adventure books with longer, complex sentences, rich vocabulary, and minimal illustrations are perfect for fluent readers. Paired to the nonfiction title STEM Guides to Maps.

Grand Theft Safari

Precious McKenzie (author)

Publisher: Rourke Publishing ISBN: 9781634305853

Having parents who travel the world for work has its benefits. Twins, Tomas and Marisol, are able to tag along on many or their parents’ trips exploring new cultures, making new friends, and maybe a few adventures. Tomas and Marisol never thought such a beautiful place would be so dangerous. The twins are eager to see all the animals they can but they never considered poachers invading their camp, stampedes, or the hot savannah sun. Are Tomas and Marisol cut out for Kenya? What did the poachers want from a bunch of researchers? Will the Perez family make it out of the African savannah safely? Adventure books with longer, complex sentences, rich vocabulary, and minimal illustrations are perfect for fluent readers. Paired to the nonfiction title STEM Guides to Travel.

Isle of Enchantment

Precious McKenzie (author)

Publisher: Rourke Publishing ISBN: 9781634305846

Tomi and Marisol’s lives aren’t like most 12 year olds. Having parents who are traveling researchers can make having a regular life tricky. The cool part is that they have friends all over the world and get to have amazing adventures! Puerto Rico does sound tempting especially when battling a cold, Chicago winter. Who wouldn’t enjoy swimming in the ocean and lounging on the beach? Except that’s not exactly how things work when you have a scientist and a historian for parents. The twins are packing their bags and traveling so their mom can study the Antillean crusted hummingbird in the rainforest. Tomi and Marisol like a good adventure, but sometimes end up where they shouldn’t!These adventure books are perfect for your fluent reader. They develop independent reading through longer, complex sentences, rich vocabulary, and minimal illustrations. Paired to the nonfiction title STEM Jobs with the Environment.