One minute Jack's in math class. The next, he's on a dark, cobblestoned, empty street. Empty, that is, except for a skinny girl wrapped in a threadbare shawl. "Matches, mister?" she asks, and just like that, Jack's life collides with one of Hans Christian Andersen's grimmest tales. And just when he has almost convinced himself it was just a weird dream, it happens again. Suddenly, Jack's ideas about what is "real" or "possible" no longer apply. While he and his new girlfriend, Lucy, struggle to understand who or what the Match Girl is, they come to realize they must also find a way to keep Jack away from her. The Match Girl is not just a sad, lonely soul; she's dangerous. And each time Jack is drawn into her gray, solitary world, she becomes stronger, more alive...and more attached to Jack. She wants to keep Jack for her very own, even if that means he will die.
Even if Kenzie's dog had somehow managed to escape from the family's fenced backyard, Kenzie knows the big, lovable chocolate Lab wouldn't have gone far. As they search for Clancy, Kenzie and his dad keep hearing stories about other dogs that have gone missing too. When Kenzie finds Clancy's ID tag and spots a van loaded up with dog food, he knows he has to investigate further. With the help of a schoolmate whose dog has also disappeared, Kenzie uncovers an illegal operation that grabs dogs off the street and turns them into bloodthirsty killers.
When Alicia, a talented violinist at Riley Donovan's high school, is found bludgeoned to death in a field on the outskirts of town, suspicion immediately falls on Carrie, the teen's musical rival. But Riley isn't convinced of Carrie's guilt, and even though her police-officer aunt tells her to stay out of it, Riley goes searching for the truth. Did Carrie really kill Alicia in a fit of jealous rage, or is there another explanation for Alicia's death?
In this sequel to Exposed, Raven is once again fighting for the underdog. When a desperate wave of teen suicides threatens to overwhelm her school, Raven does some digging and learns that all of the victims have one thing in common: issues with anxiety. With help from Team Retribution, Raven links the deaths to an unauthorized drug trial at a shady medical center. To find out more, she goes undercover, but things quickly get out of her control. Soon she's not sure what is real and what is a drug-induced fantasy.
It's almost summer in small town Port Ainslie. Or is it? Temperatures are so far below normal that Police Chief Maxine Benson and her team are wearing sweaters. But is it cold enough to freeze the body of the man found in a ditch on the outskirts of town one morning? Maxine starts to investigate, but she is elbowed aside by the mostly-male provincial police force so she takes charge on her own. Soon she's visiting the victim's cold-hearted widow, tracking the widow's mysterious brother, and confronting the killer alone in a tract of forest. Will Maxine's skills solve this twisting tale of a case?
When paramedic Ashley Grant finds her boyfriend in bed with another woman, she moves out of her house (okay, his house), quits her job and takes a new one in a tiny Caribbean country, the Victoria and Albert Islands. Ashley is thrown into the deep end when she arrives. Her new colleague picks her up at the airport in the island's only ambulance, which is called to the discovery of a body floating off the beach at the exclusive Club Louisa. The body is that of a man vacationing with his daughter and glamorous new wife. Coincidentally, Sally, the daughter of the dead man, recognizes Ashley from high school. She is convinced that her stepmother killed her father and begs Ashley to help her prove it. Before she can even unpack her bags or enjoy the view from her ocean-side apartment, Ashley is unwittingly dragged into a murder investigation. First in a new series from award-winning author Vicki Delany.
At first, Zach is excited to be moving into a new home with his sister and parents— even if it is old and creepy. However, he soon begins to suffer terrible nightmares in which he’s trapped in a narrow metal box. When Zach and his sister uncover a secret door in the basement, they discover it leads to an old morgue—complete with a wall of metal drawers for storing dead bodies! As Zach explores the morgue, he suddenly finds himself trapped in a real-life nightmare. Will he be able to escape the clutches of a ghostly mortician? Follow Zach as he investigates the abandoned morgue beneath his home and learns its terrible secrets. Nightmare in the Hidden Morgue is part of Bearport’s Cold Whispers II series. This bone-chilling book is the fiction companion to Monstrous Morgues of the Past from Bearport’s best-selling nonfiction series Scary Places.
“It’s nearly midnight. They are coming for me,” whispered the shadowy creature in the corner of the old prison cell. When Daniel and Joe went to a Halloween sleepover at an abandoned, historic jail, they never expected to meet a prisoner on death row—especially not one who was executed more than 75 years ago! Why was the doomed man sent to death row? And how can the boys put right a terrible mistake that was made many years before? The answers can be found behind the rusting bars of the old prison cells. Join Daniel and Joe as they explore the deserted jail and uncover its most horrifying secret. Doomed on Death Row is part of Bearport’s Cold Whispers II series. This bone-chilling book is the fiction companion to Haunted Prisons from Bearport’s best-selling nonfiction series Scary Places.
Jane is excited to be visiting the historic library where her aunt works. As she explores the old building, however, she begins to experience strange things. Books fly off the shelves. She is chilled to the bone by icy cold spots in the aisles. And an invisible presence seems to be desperately tapping out a horrifying message to her on an antique typewriter. Who is trying to contact Jane? What terrible event took place in the library’s past? And how can Jane communicate with a tortured spirit that has a shocking story to tell? The answers can be found in the library’s towering shelves and spooky rooms. Follow Jane as she dares to spend the night alone in the old library to discover its awful secret. Fright at the Freemont Library is part of Bearport’s Cold Whispers II series. This bone-chilling book is the fiction companion to Creepy Libraries from Bearport’s best-selling nonfiction series Scary Places.
Read along as three children become crime scene investigators when pieces of their favorite playground equipment begin to disappear! The children collect data and analyze their findings, eventually catching the culprit! This exciting example of data analysis and STEM themes will keep readers engaged and show them how useful data analysis can be! With vivid images, easy-to-read text, related practice problems, mathematical charts, and an exciting story, this title makes data analysis exciting and simple for readers to use in the classroom and on their own!
From Stonehenge to the Bermuda Triangle, there are many places on Earth that remain a mystery to scientists! Readers will discover these curious places--and more!--as they move through this fascinating nonfiction title. This mysterious book features detailed images, informational text, and stimulating facts and theories in conjunction with upper-level features, such as chapter format, a glossary of terms, and an index.
Braden Green, Gabriel Lopez, and Misty Everest, three teenagers bound for Mars, discover that the damage to the spaceship is the result of sabotage. With all of the crew dead the three teens must figure out who is responsible for the sabotage before something else goes wrong. Aligned to Common Core standards and correlated to state standards. Spellbound is an imprint of Magic Wagon, a division of ABDO.
Braden Green, Gabriel Lopez, and Misty Everest think that their problems are over when they finally get to Mars. But it turns out the problems are only beginning when the wants to refuse them entrance. With little fuel and food, the three teens must figure out how to convince the colony to let them in. Aligned to Common Core standards and correlated to state standards. Spellbound is an imprint of Magic Wagon, a division of ABDO.
The Pony Girls are ready for their first summer at Storm Cliff Stables! Horses, swimming, camp life, and most important, friendships. If she’s not riding a horse, Gabriela is reading a book. She has so many, she even starts a lending library at camp! But after she reads a book about Bigfoot, the Pony Girls start seeing signs of the giant creature around camp. Can they set aside their fears and solve the mystery of whether Bigfoot is real? Translated by native Spanish speakers. Aligned to Common Core standards and correlated to state standards. Calico is an imprint of Magic Wagon, a division of ABDO.
Max’s mom is still missing. When Poe flies in with a clue, Max follows him to an abandoned gas station. What lurks in the shadows? More clues? Or more demons? Aligned to Common Core standards and correlated to state standards. Spellbound is an imprint of Magic Wagon, a division of ABDO.
Old Mrs. Jenkins calls the police to report a strange creature she’s trapped. But Max is convinced she’s caught a demon. He and Poe arrive before the police, hoping to get information about Max’s missing mom. Will the demon reveal all, or just leave Max with more questions? Aligned to Common Core standards and correlated to state standards. Spellbound is an imprint of Magic Wagon, a division of ABDO.
Max’s mom is alive and recovering. But the demons are still out there. And the Scarlet Portal will open soon. Can Max stop the demons and close the portal to save humanity? What will he have to sacrifice? Aligned to Common Core standards and correlated to state standards. Spellbound is an imprint of Magic Wagon, a division of ABDO.
This title examines the genre of mystery in The Murder of Roger Ackroyd, The Westing Game, The Hound of the Baskervilles, Eye of the Crow, and A Spy in the House. It features four analysis papers that consider mystery, each using different critical lenses, writing techniques, or aspects of the genre. Critical thinking questions, sidebars highlighting and explaining each thesis and argument, and other possible approaches for analysis help students understand the mechanics of essay writing. Features include a glossary, references, websites, source notes, and an index. Aligned to Common Core Standards and correlated to state standards. Essential Library is an imprint of Abdo Publishing, a division of ABDO.
Stories of lost treasures have been told since ancient times, passed along by storytelling or on maps and scribbled notes. This exciting book describes some of the dangerous journeysand sometimes remarkable findsmade by treasure hunters throughout history. Find out about lost pirate gold, treasure protected by an Egyptian pharaohs curse, a fortune in ancient Roman coins found by a farmers son with a metal detector, and more!
Join Junior Detective Bree Cody and her cat Rico in their exciting adventures as they solve the mysteries! Each story offers an opportunity for even the most reluctant readers to sharpen their reading comprehension and critical thinking skills as they investigate each case and follow the clues to their logical conclusion.
Kat and Allie have been friends forever. But when Allie returns from a summer away, everything changes. Allie’s different. Too different. And Kat begins to wonder: who is this girl and what has she done with her best friend?
Readers of this book will investigate the facts and compare the data provided in the easy-access text and compelling diagrams and infographics and then decide for themselves if the Bermuda Triangle mystery is real.
Could half-human, half-ape creatures really roam the Himalayan Mountains and the forests of North America? If tales of Bigfoot, Yeti, and Sasquatch are just stories, why do so many people report seeing these monsters in remote areas around the world? What would it be like to come upon a footprint of the Abominable Snowman or catch sight of Mothman, and how can you tell if the creature lurking down the path is part human and part beast? In Half-Human Monsters and Other Fiends, young readers will read historical stories and modern-day accounts of encounters with half-human monsters. Kids will get all the facts they need to help them spot Bigfoot, Mothman, ghouls, and other supernatural creatures. Children will also investigate the truth behind the stories, exploring the fears and superstitions of different cultures and looking at the scientific facts that might explain the seemingly unexplainable. If you love a nerve-racking story but also want to investigate the truth behind the myths, this is the book for you!
This title takes a look into the history of haunted prisons and asylums and the unusual behaviors that have happened there throughout history.
Pirates are ready to loot Atlantis. Paisley and Ben build a submarine to travel to the hidden city to save it.