People have been telling stories since the beginning of time--sharing them from one generation to the next. In Cautionary Stories, readers will read four different scary tales about characters who didn't follow the rules. Readers will recognize some of their favorite stories growing up and discover new ones from different cultures. Books include mature, complex themes at a low readability to engage struggling readers. Includes a table of contents, glossary, index, author biography, sidebars, educational matter, and activities.
A survey of the mystery fiction genre, from its detective-story origins and puzzle-solving influences to the famous authors—such as Agatha Christie—whose works have defined the genre over time.
Inspector Hopkins has called Sherlock Holmes to help solve a suspicious murder. Lady Brackenstall's account of a robbery gone wrong seems to add up--until the stolen silverware is found! Can Holmes put the clues together and solve the case? Follow the clues with Sherlock Holmes in the adventure of Abbey Grange.
Mr. Cubitt has been finding strange drawings of dancing men all around his estate. He would chalk it up to a prankster, if the drawings didn't upset his wife so much. Can Holmes solve the case before tragedy strikes? Follow the clues with Sherlock Holmes in the adventure of the dancing men!
For several years, Watson has believed his friend, Sherlock Holmes, is dead. Watson's done his best to help the police solve cases, but he doesn't have Holmes's talents and one case has him stumped. He's in for a surprise when Sherlock Holmes suddenly appears to solve the case! Follow the clues with Sherlock Holmes in the adventure of the empty house.
When Mr. McFarlane is accused of murder, he knows only Sherlock Holmes can prove his innocence. He tells Holmes, Watson, and Inspector Lestrade the story of his business with the Norwood builder in the hopes of clearing his name. Can Holmes prove that the Norwood builder isn't dead after all? Follow the clues with Sherlock Holmes in the adventure of the Norwood builder!
To Watson, Mr. Wilson's story seems to contain nothing more than an unusual position for a red-headed man. But to Holmes, there's a crime in action! Can Holmes solve the case and catch the crook before it is too late? Follow the clues with Sherlock Holmes in the adventure of the Red-Headed League!
When Ms. Stoner comes to Sherlock Holmes with a strange story that a mysterious whistle caused her sister's death, Holmes is ready to take on the case. After examining the clues, Watson is sure the gypsies are to blame. Can Holmes prove there is a more sinister plot in play? Follow the clues with Sherlock Holmes in the adventure of the speckled band!
Miss Violet Hunter has been offered a position as a governess, but the employer has some mysterious requests including cutting her beautiful hair. Miss Hunter presents the situation to Sherlock Holmes for his opinion. Follow Holmes as he solves the mystery of the adventure of the Copper Beeches.
When Mr. Victor Hatherly enters Dr. Watson's office with a missing thumb, he says the story is so unbelievable he can't go to the police. So, Watson brings Hatherly to Holmes who can solve unsolvable cases. Join Holmes and Watson on the hunt for the engineer's thumb.
Holmes must discover how the Countess of Morcar's stolen jewel came to be inside a Christmas goose! The mystery begins with a street fight and ends with a full confession. Join the wild goose chase with Sherlock Holmes in the adventure of the blue carbuncle.
All has been going well for Miss Violet Smith in her new position teaching music. But she is being followed while biking, and she has come to Holmes to find out who is following her. Holmes must make the journey to Charlington Hall in time to save the solitary cyclist from being kidnapped!
A fantastic night ends for Mr. Scott Eccles when he wakes to find his host is dead. He brings Inspector Baynes, Sherlock Holmes, and John Watson to look into the case. The inspector and Holmes have different ideas of how to proceed. The race is on to see who will solve the murder of Wisteria Lodge first!
When Professor Soames needs a discrete detective to discover who broke into his office, he immediately goes to Holmes and Watson. With only three students who could benefit from seeing the exam on the professor's desk, it is a quick study for duo. Follow the clues in the adventure of the three students.
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. Book 8 in the series.
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. Book 5 in the series
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. Book 6 in the series
Meet the Dark Man. He is a hero who lives in the shadows. A man with secret powers. The only man who can fight the evil Shadow Masters. The Dark Man touches the girl's fingers. There is a flash of light. He sees she is very ill.
Finally! Derek's Mom said he could go to summer camp. No parents allowed! But Camp Rainbow? It sounded girlie and lame. Time away from home was too awesome to turn down. And the crime he uncovered was epic.
Diego isn't scared easily. Not even when his parents buy the creepiest house in town. He's used to moving. A lot. His parents flip houses for a living. Then he finds something odd in the basement. And it's alive.
As the new kid at school, Tenley has enough to worry about. Then she discovers a secret room in her parents' antique shop. Strange things start to happen when she opens it up. Can Tenley figure out what's going on before anyone gets hurt? 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.
When Alex buys an old TV/VCR at the local antique shop, his friends tease him. But Alex sees something in it that they don’t. Then he starts acting strange. Will his friends figure out what’s happening to him before it’s too late?
On her first day at a new school, Ana finds a surprise from her mom in her backpack. The good luck charm turns her whole day around. But the lucky object has a dark side too. Can Ana get rid of it before her luck runs out?
This novel, a sequel to “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer”, told using the first-person voice of Huck Finn follows the adventures of Tom Sawyer while trying to solve a mysterious murder.
High school senior Jack Porter is a track star. During one of his last meets, he asks pretty Becky Mann to the school dance. She's flirty and fun until they get to the dance. Then she gives Jack the cold shoulder. He can't figure it out and soon gives up trying. Sometime during the evening, the police show up. There's a body in Jack's car. It's Becky! The officers question and release him only to show up at his house the following morning. Jack flees. He knows he's being framed. Who killed the pretty teen? Fugitive Jack is determined to find out.