Finding the "right book" for struggling learners is essential to build both confidence and proficiency. Reading supports must be seamless, so that struggling readers are not stigmatized. The District 13 series does just that--written using carefully chosen vocabulary and simple sentences, the novels offer compelling teen stories about characters that interest young adult readers. Using sports as a backdrop, these edgy and mature titles confront issues that are of great importance to urban teens, especially teenaged boys: Coming of age, dating, fitting in, friendships, drugs, self-esteem, and school. Straightforward plots move readers through the 48-pages of text quickly and efficiently with satisfying resolutions. Synopsis: The pitching machine hurled the first pitch. It was just like at the cages. Carlos was comfortable. He lifted his left leg slightly. Then he turned his hips to the ball. He swung the bat. Crack!
This series of nonfiction readers will grab a student's interest from the very first page! Designed with struggling readers in mind, these riveting 64-page softcover books offer short chapters on significant disasters. Each chapter is its own mini-book, which includes a timeline, key terms, and interesting facts. Fascinating black and white photographs keep the pages turning. A bibliography encourages further topical reading. Disasters are inherently frightening, riveting, and involving. Grabbed straight from the headlines, these disasters leave tragedy, destruction, and years of anguish: The Munich Massacre, Sara Jane Olson, The Achille Lauro, The Unabomber, Oklahoma City, 9/11, The London Underground, and more.
Meet Justine McKeen. She's the Queen of Green! She talks a little too much, bosses a little too much and tells the truth, just not all at once. She's trying to save the planet, one person at a time, and when she decides to get something done, it's a lot of fun. In Justine McKeen, Walk the Talk, the second book in the Justine McKeen series, Justine decides there are too many cars idling in front of her school. So she comes up with a solution that should help keep the air cleaner. But she soon discovers not many adults trust her crazy ideas.
In this fresh take on a classic tale, a magic meat grinder helps a poor Jewish couple learn a little gratitude after the three wishes it grants them go awry. A cautionary story that questions today's consumerism and excessiveness, Kishka for Koppel, like the best folktales, can help children and adults alike to look both beyond and within.
Maxine loves her giant tree in the Walbran Valley, but as she gazes at clearcuts from the car window, she worries. What if her tree is gone? Her family and friends trek through the old growth forest, and Maxine runs on ahead to check. Yes, her tree is there. She stands at its foot and listens, but it doesn't make its special sound, "Keer, keer." She will soon learn that "Keer, keer" is the sound a marbled murrelet (a mamu) makes. The mamu is an endangered seabird that flies far from the sea to nest in the high flat branches of the Sitka spruce. When a tree-climber confirms the presence of a mamu nest, Maxine's tree will be safe forever.
The friends find a treasure that doesn't belong to them. Should they keep it? Or should they try to find the owner? Character concepts: Being responsible, being honest, working together
Will Pig learn to share or will he hog all the mud to himself? Character concept: Fairness: Take turns and share.
Will Leon get away with lying or will his friends discover the truth? Character concept: Trustworthiness: Be honest.
Helen and Ethan have a big surprise planned for Roy. Will he learn that manners matter? Character concept: Respect: Use good manners.
Old Scruff is having it rough until two sly cats teach him new tricks. Character concept: Respect: Say please and thank you.
When Dog is down on Cat's plans, will Cat give up or keep after her dream? Character concept: Responsibility: Never give up.
Will a trip to the beach be a blast or a bummer when Miss Moo brings all the wrong things? Character concept: Responsibility: Think before you act.
Ocho is the best at helping others. But who will help him when he needs it? Character concept: Caring: Be kind.
Will Turbo Turtle be able to help the bunny troop in time? Character concept: Caring: Help people in need.
Will Princess Tilly learn from Prince Willy why castle rules are cool? Character concept: Citizenship: Obey rules.
Will Neat Nick have to clean up the streets all by himself or will Sloppy Joe learn to change his ways? Character concept: Citizenship: Protect the environment.
When Fox smells yummy pies, will he use common sense or will his senses get him in trouble? Personal Health: The Five Senses.
When Bobby goes off on his own, his sister decides to teach him a lesson. Safety: Buddy Systems.
When four friends head off to the park, careful planning rules the day. Safety: Bike Safety.
He snarls and snaps at everyone in the yard! But will Bulldog back down or bark back when confronted? Bullying: Dealing with Feelings
It's the day of the big show. How will the judges decide who is top dog? Mental Health: Appreciating Differences.
The friends are happy it is Field Day! But then they learn there is no race for turtles. How can the friends help the turtles have fun too? Character concepts: Working together, empathy, being a good friend, self-esteem.
It's Ted's birthday and everyone's forgotten the important date! How do the friends save the day and come up with the perfect gift? It's a surprise you'll have to discover. Character concepts: Being responsible, empathy, being a good friend, working together.
Pip has a problem. Tab promised to make lunch for the big picnic. But when Pip arrives, nothing is ready. How do Pip and Tab work together to make the picnic a success? Character concepts: Being a good friend, working together, being responsible.
When things begin to disappear, the friends want to know who is responsible. Can they forgive the theif and turn a fiend into a friend? Character concepts: Self-esteem, being honest, being a good friend, working together.