Friendship! Arizona discovers that friends can move away but still be close. Arizona and a former enemy realize that things are not always as they seem. Arizona learns the importance of making her own choices. Arizona helps her super-sensitive friend. Stories by Lissa Rovetch.
Bonita's grandmother predicts that blood will soon be shed on the soil of Texas. But little does Bonita imagine how much blood there will be--or that the war that takes her brothers might also take away her best friend. Readers are brought back to the Mexican War through Bonita's story and learn about the causes and aftermath of the war, its racial politics, and its effects on one Mexican girl living in Texas.
A chance friendship with an elderly ex-magician helps Jared come to terms with the tensions in his own family.
Searching for a way to get revenge against school bullies, overweight Jared Springer develops a truth test that ultimately teaches him the truth about friendship
Two boys harassed by a group of rowdy kids at school get their revenge when they stumble into the school custodian's cleaning closet and find something very unusual.
Cassie, who is spending the summer with her aunt while her parents go through a divorce, becomes friends with Joey, a boy in a wheelchair who lives nearby with his grandmother.
Young Sam Clemens and his friend Tom Blankenship suspect Tom's brother, Bence, has found their secret buried treasure and is involved in stealing slaves.
After her father dies at the Battle of Gettysburg, Sallie Randall and her mother move to Kansas, where Mrs. Randall takes a job as housekeeper and Sallie adjusts to life with a new family. Sallie finds a new friend and they become almost like sisters. Just like most friends, they struggle to remember what friendship really means at times.
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.
Divya’s day started out rough. She almost missed the bus and had a rough ride to school. Divya knew that her rough day was nothing compared to what Bus Driver McCool was going through. He never forgot Divya or drove like a race car driver. Something was up. Determined to find out answers and help, Divya follows Bus Driver McCool. What she finds out is not at all what she thought. These mysteries are perfect for your early fluent reader. With longer sentences and fewer illustrations, these are suited to keep readers guessing as they solve for clues. Paired to the nonfiction title Winning by Giving.
Jocelyn and Kami have been best friends ever since they could play in the mud. Even though they don’t always agree or like the same things, these two have done everything together. When Kami’s parents go out of town for business on her birthday, Jocelyn knows just how to cheer her up: a birthday party! With these best friends what could possibly go wrong as they plan a birthday together? But Jocelyn didn’t expect her friend to find a new BFF. Kami didn’t realize that Jocelyn could be so bossy. Will the birthday party still happen? Can Kami and Jocelyn still be friends even though they are so different? Paired to the nonfiction title How to Bake a Cake.
Even though Rocket is the fastest kid in third grade, his dyslexia makes him a slow reader. When he finds coded notes, Rocket knows he needs the help of his friends, the Gumshoe Gang. Together they try crack the secret messages but kind they are stuck. Can the Gumshoe gang crack this case? Is Mrs. Flores in danger? And is the new computer teacher really an alien? These mysteries are perfect for your early fluent reader. With longer sentences and fewer illustrations, these are suited to keep readers guessing as they solve for clues. Paired to the nonfiction title Wining by Working.
All the girls in class are talking about Kayla’s party. It will be Jasmine and Annie’s first sleepover and they have mixed feelings, so when Jasmine overhears a conversation about a plan to play tricks on her and Annie, things take a turn for the worse. But sometimes what you hear isn’t what you think. Will Kayla and her friends play tricks on Annie and Jasmine? What tricks do Annie and Jasmine have up their sleeves? Paired to the nonfiction title Cheerleading.
The Gumshoe Gang has their next case and it hits close to home. One of their own detectives is missing his RC race car and has to crack the ransom note! Caleb needs his car back in order to compete in the school’s RC race car race on Sunday and he has no time for these nonsense riddles. Can his friends help him crack the notes? Who would steal a RC race car anyway? And why does it smell like rotten eggs? 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 STEM Jobs with Cars.
Queeneka loves fashion, and a good mystery. So when there were missing kickball at Watson Elementary she was on the case! Who would take the kickballs? Why is Mr. Hambrick giving her the evil eye? And why are fourth graders so mean? Making a new friend along the way, Queeneka and Keely question suspects, encounter giant fourth graders, and learn that everyone is embarrassed about something. 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 Everyone Goes to School.
Charlie’s gymnastic team earned the top spot in the Blueberry Festival parade. Better yet, Charlie was picked to lead the whole parade! It’s all she can think about. That is, until Charlie breaks her leg. Now everything is ruined! At least she has her best bud Leo to keep her company for the next six weeks. Or does she? Leo is avoiding her and Charlie doesn’t understand why. Leo doesn’t stay with her at recess or take her calls. Are they still friends? Why doesn’t Leo want to hang out anymore? Paired to the nonfiction title Dealing With Defeat.
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. Paired to the nonfiction title Respecting Diversity.
A sweetly poetic tribute to the interconnectedness of creatures and the natural world as well as humans and our loving relationships with one another is delicately rendered by artist Monique Felix.
Devon visits the Metal Man at his fiery workshop every day, despite the scorching heat of the city where he lives. At the Metal Man's shop, sparks fly from his welding torch as he cuts and melts together old pieces of junk into works of art. Devon is fascinated by the Metal Man's creations. Then one day, the Metal Man lets Devon put his own imagination to work. Aaron Reynolds's urban voice and the gritty illustrations of Paul Hoppe bring an exciting beat and pulse to the story of a young boy discovering his own voice and vision in art with a kind mentor to lead the way.
When his little brother loses the class hamster, Marco Martinez comes to the rescue with a robot and some coding tricks. But will a robot rescue mission be enough to catch this speedy rodent?
After a hacker breaches the school’s grading system and gives students failing grades, Grady Hopkins wants to set the record straight. Along with coders Ava and Marco, Grady follows a trail of IP addresses as he searches for the perpetrator. Will they find the truth before everyone flunks sixth grade?
When weird noises in the school’s media center have students spooked, Marco Martinez is on the case. Marco writes up a code to alert him of any ghost-like activity. But does he have more than ghosts to be afraid of?
When a mysterious lunch thief leaves behind a card with a website address, Ava Rhodes can’t help but check it out. After the site leads her to a really boring online video game, she’s even more determined. Can GPS tracking help Ava and her friends find the thief? Or will more lunches go missing?
Boris is a musician, playing the songs he learned growing up in Russia. Stella is a baker, baking cakes and pastries like her father used to back in Italy. Boris and Stella live in the city and are best friends. They like movies, hats, and each other. At holiday time, Stella wants to give Boris the perfect present for Hanukkah. She wants him to know how special he is. Boris wants to give Stella the perfect present for Christmas: she means so much to him. But perfect presents cost money and their bank savings contain very little. To make their dreams of perfect presents come true, Boris and Stella each sacrifice something very special. In a nod to O. Henrys The Gift of the Magi comes this tender story celebrating traditions, friendships, and gifts from the heart.
Danny and his friends, Anita, Petou and Marcel, are typical prairie youngsters hockey mad. The four are always playing road hockey or involved in a game of shinny on the community rink. One day a town team, the Wolves, is formed. The friends are overjoyed, but when the time comes to choose the team, only Marcel is picked. The other three friends are not chosen; Anita is a girl, Petou is too small and Danny cannot skate. It is the biggest disappointment of Danny's life. But near the end of the season, the regular goalie is injured and Danny is asked to replace him. If the Wolves can win the game, they will make the playoffs! This is Danny's chance to prove that even though he can't wear a pair of skates, he can still play the game.