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Dropping In On San Francisco

Brittany Canasi (author)

Publisher: Rourke Publishing ISBN: 9781683422396

San Francisco, California, was first visited by Spanish settlers in 1769. The Spanish officially settled the area in 1776, and the city began growing into the major city it is today. Learn all about the cities landmarks, sport's teams and other facts that make this city one of the most popular U.S. cities.

Let's Hear It For Australian Shepherds

Precious McKenzie (author)

Publisher: Rourke Publishing ISBN: 9781683422365

The modern Australian Shepherd is a versatile, joyful dog that loves to be around people. Nothing makes this dog more content than being with its people and doing work for them. Ranchers love Aussies because Aussies are athletes. They can run all day, herding sheep. They never seem to slow down or get tired. In fact, the more exercise they get, the happier they look.

Dropping In On St. Louis

Judy Greenspan (author)

Publisher: Rourke Publishing ISBN: 9781683422426

Located in the middle of the country, St. Louis is on the eastern side of the state of Missouri and alongside the mighty Mississippi River. People here are called “Saint Louisans” and the city is called the “Gateway to the West.” Learn all about this city's landmarks, sports teams, and other fascinating facts.

Gumshoe Gang Cracks the Case

Kyla Steinkraus (author)

Publisher: Rourke Publishing ISBN: 9781634305761

Alex is part of the Gumshoe Gang at Watson Elementary and is a science fanatic. He and his friends help solve cases that happen in their school. This time Alex is the one affected by a crime and the case revolves around him. Someone has destroyed his Science Fair project! Can the Gumshoe Gang find the culprit before the Science Fair tonight? Will Alex still be able to participate in the Science Fair he was so excited about? 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 Waiting.

Mystery of the Pink Owl Flu

Jessica Anderson (author)

Publisher: Rourke Publishing ISBN: 9781634305808

Romy was having a bad morning. To top it off he didn’t get to be Nurse Strongman’s assistant because he was late to school. He felt really bad for letting Nurse Strongman down but maybe he could make it up to him! A new case just FLEW into his lap: who turned the owl mascot pink? Romy, hoping to solve the case alone, quickly accuses many of his friends without having all his facts. Can Romy solve the case and keep his friends? Will he make his parents and Nurse Strongman proud? 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 Skills for School Success.

Mystery of the Turtle Snatcher

Kyla Steinkraus (author)

Publisher: Rourke Publishing ISBN: 9781634305754

Missing tooth, a hunk of cheese, and white fur are the clues Tully has to solve the latest mystery at Watson Elementary. With the help of the Gumshoe Gang, she sets off to find out who stole CoCo the turtle. But more importantly, why? This latest case comes just when she’s planning her birthday party and trying to find out who she really is. Talk about a full plate. 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 Freshwater Pond Biome.

Secret of the School Suitor

Jessica Anderson (author)

Publisher: Rourke Publishing ISBN: 9781634305785

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.

Shaky, Breaky School Sleuth

Jessica Anderson (author)

Publisher: Rourke Publishing ISBN: 9781634305822

Queeneka and Klaude are not very happy about their roles in the school play, Candy Dreams. They were both trying for the lead role and shy, quiet Javier beat them both! Things get even stickier at rehearsals when Klaude tries to remember his lines and Javier’s and when Queeneka adds more lines and solos to hers. No one is working as a team to make the play successful. That is, not until Javier goes missing on opening night! Can everyone work together to find Javier? Will Mrs. Holmes cancel the play? And who is that man hiding and lurking around the school? 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 Group Projects.

From Pizza to Pisa

Alicia Klepeis (author)

Publisher: Rourke Publishing ISBN: 9781634305938

The Nylund kids are experienced world travelers thanks to their mom. Having a mom who works for the UNESCO, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, means they get to tag along for amazing world adventures. They each record their trips in their travel journals so that can always have the memories… and because they have to share what they learned with their teachers and classmates! The family is packing up and shipping out to Italy! Excited and desperate to leave Chicago’s winter weather, the Nylund family meets one obstacle after another. A huge ice storm in New York before their flight, losing Ollie in the Roman Catacombs, a crab taking a chunk out of Samal’s foot, and an encounter with a viper threaten to terminate this trip. Will their luck ever turn around so they can enjoy their time in Italy? Adventure books with longer, complex sentences, rich vocabulary, and minimal illustrations are perfect for fluent readers. Paired to the nonfiction title STEM Guides to Maps.

Grand Theft Safari

Precious McKenzie (author)

Publisher: Rourke Publishing ISBN: 9781634305853

Having parents who travel the world for work has its benefits. Twins, Tomas and Marisol, are able to tag along on many or their parents’ trips exploring new cultures, making new friends, and maybe a few adventures. Tomas and Marisol never thought such a beautiful place would be so dangerous. The twins are eager to see all the animals they can but they never considered poachers invading their camp, stampedes, or the hot savannah sun. Are Tomas and Marisol cut out for Kenya? What did the poachers want from a bunch of researchers? Will the Perez family make it out of the African savannah safely? Adventure books with longer, complex sentences, rich vocabulary, and minimal illustrations are perfect for fluent readers. Paired to the nonfiction title STEM Guides to Travel.

Monster Island

M.M. Eboch (author)

Publisher: Rourke Publishing ISBN: 9781634305884

Having a dad who writes articles for travel journals in pretty cool. Grace and Jaden get to tag along on many business trips. They get to see beautiful countries and experience amazing trips, hikes, food, and friends. Grace and Jaden’s dad is on assignment in Greece and they get to tag along! Greece is filled with so much beauty and mythology. Grace is excited to explore the country but becomes a little nervous once she learns they will spend a few days on a boat to explore the islands. Things get a little scary as they travel through caves, ruined cities, and experience a storm at sea. What trouble will Jaden get in to here? Can Grace get over her fear of the ocean in order to enjoy the trip? Paired to the nonfiction title Paleontologists.

Walking the Dragon's Back

M.M. Eboch (author)

Publisher: Rourke Publishing ISBN: 9781634305907

Grace and her brother, Jaden, were adopted by two wonderful people. Grace was adopted from China and Jaden from America. Their parents are history buffs and share their love of history through teaching and writing. Grace loves tagging along as their dad writes for travel magazines. She gets to explore amazing places and experience things that most kids her age don’t. Grace is from China but she doesn’t remember it. She was adopted at a young age and now her and her family are going back to adopt her younger sister! Before the new edition comes to the family, Grace, Jaden, and her dad adventure to the Great Wall of China. But a series of mishaps makes this adventure take a turn for the worst. Will Grace and her family survive the Great Wall of China? These adventure books are perfect for your fluent reader. They develop independent reading through longer, complex sentences, rich vocabulary, and minimal illustrations. Paired to the nonfiction title Great Wall of China.

A Vacation in Ruins

Precious McKenzie (author)

Publisher: Rourke Publishing ISBN: 9781634305877

Tomi and Marisol are always up for an adventure, which is a good thing when your parents are traveling scholars. And this time, the twins are taking on Mexico! Marisol and Tomas always seem to stumble into some trouble. This time, Aunt Bernadette is coming along to keep an eye on them while their dad researches the Mayan ruins – and she’s bringing a whole new set of rules along with her. No junk food. Schoolwork gets done. Yoga in the morning. Groan. The twins aren’t sure at first they will survive this trip with their strict, health-food loving aunt. But there’s a chance they may not survive it without her. Adventure books with longer, complex sentences, rich vocabulary, and minimal illustrations are perfect for fluent readers. Paired to the nonfiction title Reading Maps.

An Artful Escape

M.M. Eboch (author)

Publisher: Rourke Publishing ISBN: 9781634305891

Grace, Jaden, and Joy get to visit historical places around the world. Having a mom who is a history professor and a dad who writes for travel magazines has its benefits. Grace and Jaden love exploring their new surroundings and going on adventures with new friends. France is filled with wonderful museums, delicious restaurants, and, of course, history. Grace, Jaden, and their newest sister, Joy are spending the summer in Paris with their parents! While their parents are busy working, Sophie, the babysitter, has them explore the attic. The kids find a mysterious painting and decide to track down the artist. But did they get in too deep? Could this painting actually be worthy millions? Who is the guy that keeps following them? Can Grace, Jaden, and Sophie find the answers and help they need before it’s too late? Adventure books with longer, complex sentences, rich vocabulary, and minimal illustrations are perfect for fluent readers. Paired to the nonfiction title A Look at Renaissance Art.

Cairo, Camels, and Chaos

Alicia Klepeis (author)

Publisher: Rourke Publishing ISBN: 9781634305914

Twins, Samal and Anara, live in New York City with their mom and little brother, Oliver. Living in New York City is an adventure alright but sometimes the kids travel with their mom who works for the United Nations. A family vacation is very different for the Nylund family! Samal and Anara are excited to start their adventure in Cairo with their mom and younger brother. Everything is so different from their home in New York City. The girls learn the importance of understanding the culture of other parts of the world. Can the girls blend in and not draw negative attention their American clothes? Will Samal survive her snorkeling adventure? Will the kids make it out of the protest safely? Adventure books with longer, complex sentences, rich vocabulary, and minimal illustrations are perfect for fluent readers. Paired to the nonfiction title Pyramids of Egypt.

Isle of Enchantment

Precious McKenzie (author)

Publisher: Rourke Publishing ISBN: 9781634305846

Tomi and Marisol’s lives aren’t like most 12 year olds. Having parents who are traveling researchers can make having a regular life tricky. The cool part is that they have friends all over the world and get to have amazing adventures! Puerto Rico does sound tempting especially when battling a cold, Chicago winter. Who wouldn’t enjoy swimming in the ocean and lounging on the beach? Except that’s not exactly how things work when you have a scientist and a historian for parents. The twins are packing their bags and traveling so their mom can study the Antillean crusted hummingbird in the rainforest. Tomi and Marisol like a good adventure, but sometimes end up where they shouldn’t!These adventure books are perfect for your fluent reader. They develop independent reading through longer, complex sentences, rich vocabulary, and minimal illustrations. Paired to the nonfiction title STEM Jobs with the Environment.

Mountains, Monsoons, and Mules

Alicia Klepeis (author)

Publisher: Rourke Publishing ISBN: 9781634305921

Twins, Anara and Samal, love to travel with their mom and little brother, Oliver. Having a mom that works for UNESCO, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, means the family gets to travel to the coolest places. Sometimes their dad or their grandma from Finland, Vovo, are able to tag along and visit the most amazing places. India is totally better than spending all summer at camp. Traveling through busy citifies and India’s countryside, the Nylund’s experience rickshaws, spicy foods, and, Ollie’s favorite, history. Things get complicated when the kids encounter the many homeless children, mistreatment of Anara’s beloved elephants, and 13 hour “surprise” trip. Can the Nylunds survive India’s hot, humid weather? Will they make it through the mountains to the Valley of Flowers? Can they help all the homeless children wandering in India? These adventure books are perfect for your fluent reader. They develop independent reading through longer, complex sentences, rich vocabulary, and minimal illustrations. Paired to the nonfiction title A Listen to World Music.

Peace, Love, and K-Pop

Precious McKenzie (author)

Publisher: Rourke Publishing ISBN: 9781634305860

Country hopping is what these twins do best! Tomi and Marisol are homeschooled by their history professor dad and well-known biologist mom. Their classroom is the world as they travel deep into rainforest or out to remote islands. The twins are having adventures and making new friends along the way as they learn about new cultures and countries. The Perez family is out and about in South Korea! Tomi and Marisol are spending their summer vacation away from Chicago while their dad teaches at the local university. These expert travelers are ready to explore the palaces, temples, and volcanic park that South Korea offers. Along the way they rekindle an old flame of Aunt Bernadette’s, get on TV with a Korean K-Pop star, and find themselves in a river without a paddle! The twins and their aunt accidentally end up crossing the border into North Korea and are detained. Will they ever get out? Adventure books with longer, complex sentences, rich vocabulary, and minimal illustrations are perfect for fluent readers. Paired to the nonfiction title STEM Jobs in Music.

A Tricky Sleepover

Meg Greve (author)

Publisher: Rourke Publishing ISBN: 9781634305648

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.

Birthday Gone Wrong

Meg Greve (author)

Publisher: Rourke Publishing ISBN: 9781634305655

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.

Charlie's Big Break

Reese Everett (author)

Publisher: Rourke Publishing ISBN: 9781634305723

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.

Evan in the Middle

Kelli Hicks (author)

Publisher: Rourke Publishing ISBN: 9781634305693

Being in the middle can be hard. Evan is in the middle of his family and he doesn’t know where he fits in. He’s too small to play with his older brothers but too big to play with his younger brother and sister. He just wants to be big. Being big will make everything better – right? Paired to the nonfiction title Your Family Tree.

Field Trip Fiasco

Kelli Hicks (author)

Publisher: Rourke Publishing ISBN: 9781634305679

Barrett is going to have the best day ever. He gets to go on a field trip to the farm and his best friend is his field trip buddy. Nothing can go wrong today. Or can it? Barrett comes out of the bathroom to find everyone has disappeared. Has Barrett been left behind? After checking every inch of the farm, Barrett must venture into the corn maze. Will he find his class in there? Can Barrett make it through the maze that he is so scared of? Paired to the nonfiction title School Uniforms Yes or No.

Jaylah's Jitters

Reese Everett (author)

Publisher: Rourke Publishing ISBN: 9781634305709

Jaylah’s family is thrilled that everyone will be together soon in Florida. Except Jaylah. Thinking about what will happen when she gets there is making her tummy feels like it’s full of buzzing bees. That’s why she decides to make a plan that will get her out of the whole scary affair. But will her plan ruin everything for the people she loves? Paired to the nonfiction title Everyone Visits Family.

Kickin' It

Meg Greve (author)

Publisher: Rourke Publishing ISBN: 9781634305662

Luis knows he is the best soccer player at his school because he always scores the most goals. Now he gets to play on a really team! He can’t wait to show his teammates and coach how good he is. The problem is, no one seems impressed. In fact, they seem like they don’t want him on the field. Can Luis show his team that he’s a team player before the big game? Paired to the nonfiction title Winning By Teamwork.