These traditional reads are brimming with spirited characters and positive values--but with a little extra excitement and bite, so hold on to your hats! Written expressly for the middle grade struggling reader, the series does not contain strong language, edgy themes, or dysfunctional families. In fact, family is the main theme of these titles. And one particular Latino family is the focus with their uncanny knack for finding humor, hope, and colorful personalities--even in unusual circumstances. Written at the lowest reading levels, the 50-page story structure is straightforward and moves the reader through the text quickly and efficiently.
Charles Dickens presents the classic tale of David Copperfield to readers young and old. From the loss of Copperfield's father before his birth, through his mother's remarriage, to finding the love of his life, Dickens reveals the heartbreak, hope, and friendship found along an ordinary life. Young readers can follow the tale of love in the Calico Illustrated Classics adaptation of Dickens's David Copperfield.
Carmen Ibarra's larger-than-life father is running for city council against Monte Esposito, the corrupt incumbent- and Naomi's cousin. Ernesto is a little nervous. Deep in his heart he knows that Esposito is not good for the barrio. But he isn't about to upset Naomi's family. So he keeps his mouth shut.
In graphic novel format, this is a tale of a Danish prince who seeks vengeance for his father's murder after being visited by his ghost.
Dan has worked hard for three years to earn the quarterback slot on the football team, but Clay, a new boy who has moved to the area, is better and threatens to take the slot from him. Coach asks Dan to help Clay learn plays. Dan faces the dilemma of doing what is best for him and doing what is best for the team.
Deb has reading problems and is self-conscious about it. She doesn't think smart boys will like her. But she's hardworking, helpful, and a girl of her word. Deb turns down a date to rake her sick neighbor's leaves. Ed, smart and handsome, comes by to give her a hand and- perhaps- ask her out.
During the perilous French Revolution, the lives of two men who look alike are entwined: One is in danger of being beheaded by the guillotine, and the other, a hero who sacrifices his own life for his friend.
This unforgettable story takes place in nineteenth-century England, through the eyes of Black Beauty. The reader will feel the love and cruelty that this great stallion experiences. Beginning with Black Beauty's wonderful life with his master, Squire Gordon, and the kindness of Jerry Barker to the terrible times as a "cab" horse having to tolerate the torture of the "proper" English bearing reins, Black Beauty's story speaks for all animals that can't speak for themselves.
Race in America has been avoided in children's education for too long. How Can I Be an Ally? explores the idea of how people can use their privilege to advance the culture of inclusion in a comprehensive, honest, and age-appropriate way. Developed in conjunction with educator, advocate, and author Kelisa Wing to reach children of all races and encourage them to approach race issues with open eyes and minds. Includes 21st Century Skills and content, as well as a PBL activity across the Racial Justice in America series. Also includes a table of contents, glossary, index, author biography, sidebars, educational matter, and activities.
John Peerybingle and Dot are a happy couple despite their age difference. Their harmony however is disrupted when they meet toymaker Mr. Tackleton and his soon-to-be wife, young May. Tackleton tells Peerybingle his wife Dot is actually cheating on him. But what does all of this have to do with the cricket on the hearth and his chirps?
The story is set in the Yukon during the 1890s Klondike Gold Rush—a period when strong sled dogs were in high demand. The novel's central character is a dog named Buck, a domesticated dog living at a ranch in the Santa Clara Valley of California as the story opens. Stolen from his home and sold into service as sled dog in Alaska, he reverts to a wild state. Buck is forced to fight in order to dominate other dogs in a harsh climate. Eventually he sheds the veneer of civilization, relying on primordial instincts and learned experience to emerge as a leader in the wild.
Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm is a delightful children's novel in the vein of Anne of Green Gables. Written by Kate Douglas Wiggin, it tells the story of a young girl (Rebecca) who goes to live with her two dour aunts. Rebecca injects joy into their lives and finds a way to keep her impoverished family afloat.
In this classic adventure story beloved by children and adults for generations, David Balfor is kidnapped when his greedy uncle wants his inheritance. This is a tale of loyalty, courage and friendship.
Will the search lost diamond mine in the heart of Africa cost more than they bargained for? King Solomon's Mine's by H. Rider Haggard was the first British adventure novel set in Africa. In the story, three English adventures set off to find the legendary King Solomon Mine, and hopefully, a brother of one of the men who was lost in his search. When they encounter hostile natives and strenuous situations, they must use all of their wit, ingenuity and luck to survive.
Heidi is a classic novel for reading aloud or for independent readers. This novel by Johanna Spyri is about a girl named Heidi and her life with her grandfather in the mountains. Celebrating the way a child's love can transform a life, Heidi is a classic novel that should be a part of every childhood.
Gulliver's Travels might have once been thought of as a children's story, but there is much more going on beneath the surface tale of Gulliver's journeys to undiscovered islands. Written by Irish writer, Jonathan Swift, this story is both a satire and a parody that has become a classic of English literature.
The story is about a widow named Ms. Pepper and her loving five children. They are very poor but have a wonderful time together. The book shows that you don't have to have a lot of money to have love.
Fifty Famous People isn’t a biographical book. It’s in fact a guide about life and how certain ‘famous’ people influenced the world we live in. Easy to read? Yes! Effective and transforming? No doubt!
When Rose Campbell is orphaned, she is forced to live with her wealthy great-aunts. Her legal guardian returns from living abroad, and she goes to live with her Uncle Alec finding health and joy in a family of 7 boy cousins and numerous aunts and uncles.
This compilation of stories about children from Charles Dickens' classic books have been modified to be easier to read. These stories will make the readers fall in love with the charming children and are a great introduction to classic novels like Great Expectations, Oliver Twist and more.
Anne of the Island is the third book in the Anne of Green Gables series In this volume, Anne attends Redmond college in Nova Scotia. In this book, the growing relationship between Anne and Gilbert is almost thwarted but despite herself, Anne finds true love.
A Modern Cinderella is a collection of four short stories by Louisa May Alcott, author of Little Women. Like her more famous novels, Alcott tells stories of young women interacting with people and events from the late 1800s.
One of the top 100 chapter books of all time! A Little Princess is the heartwarming story of a young girl who defies the odds to live a life of joy despite great tragedy. The story opens with 7-year old Sara Crewe arriving at Miss Minchin's boarding school for girls in London. During her stay at the school, Sara's fortunes are reversed but all turns out right in the end.
Tony Andia is the Peabody football team's starting quarterback. After he hits the ground hard during a game he just isn't himself. His friend Artie thinks Tony might have a concussion. Artie thinks he should tell Coach Joh. But should he get involved? Includes discussion prompts, a football quiz, and fun facts about football. Aligned to Common Core standards and correlated to state standards. Graphic Planet is an imprint of Magic Wagon, a division of ABDO.
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. Aligned to Common Core standards and correlated to state standards. Graphic Planet is an imprint of Magic Wagon, a division of ABDO.