Ava works hard at maintaining a certain image online and at school. As far as anyone else knows, life is great. But when she inherits an African gray parrot from her great-uncle Bernie (whom she barely remembers), Ava’s carefully crafted world starts to crumble. The parrot, Mervin, is loud and messy and obnoxious. Ava’s brother thinks it’s hilarious to post videos of Ava trying to deal with the crazy bird. He even creates a profile for the two of them. Everyone wants to see more of Ava and Mervin. Suddenly, Ava is internet famous—in the worst possible way. Her friends think the parrot is gross and start acting weird. But then a new girl at school helps Ava see that this parrot might not be the worst gift in the world and that just being yourself is the best way to be.
A young girl and an old tree learn from each other how to find their purpose and foster healing in the world.
Houston, Texas, 1962. In the midst of the Space Race, a young girl and her family listen to President John F. Kennedy give a speech at Rice University. Aligned with curriculum standards, these narrative-nonfiction books also highlight key 21st Century content: Global Awareness, Media Literacy, and Civic Literacy. Thought-provoking content and hands-on activities encourage critical thinking. Book includes a table of contents, glossary of key words, index, author biography, sidebars, and timeline.
With more than 250 million players around the world, Fortnite is one of the most popular video games in history. In this book, readers will learn how this amazing game was created and find out how its developers are continuing to make changes and improvements today. Includes table of contents, author biography, sidebars, glossary, index, and informative backmatter.
Roblox is more than just a video game. It is a platform where millions of players create and share games with each other. With more than 40 million games available now and thousands more being added every day, it offers players a never ending source of fun and adventure. In this book, readers will discover which kinds of games they can play in Roblox and learn about some of today's most popular examples. Includes table of contents, author biography, sidebars, glossary, index, and informative backmatter.
Using the AASL Standards Framework for Learners, the Create and Share: Thinking Digitally series provides younger readers with the necessary tools to successfully and safely navigate the digital world. In Collaborating with Shared Docs, readers learn how to collaborate and work with others using file sharing apps and services. Activities throughout the book prompt students to think more deeply, be creative, share information and resources, and grow their knowledge. Book includes a table of contents, glossary, index, author biography, sidebars, and educational matter.
Using the AASL Standards Framework for Learners, the Create and Share: Thinking Digitally series provides younger readers with the necessary tools to successfully and safely navigate the digital world. In Building a Blog, readers learn how to start their own blog. Activities throughout the book prompt students to think more deeply, be creative, share information and resources, and grow their knowledge. Book includes a table of contents, glossary, index, author biography, sidebars, and educational matter.
Captain Space Cat and her trusty Robo-Dog face galactic trouble when Mars uses its Mega Magnet to try and steal Earth. Find out how they save the day . . . and Earth’s tuna!
Being a fairy isn’t as easy as you might think. We are not born with good fairy skills or fairy magic—we have to go to school to learn and practice them. I go to Rowan Tree School for Fairies (etc.)—it is the best school in Riverfalls Forest. It is where fairies, elves, pixies, sprites, goblins, and gnomes can learn about the magical powers of our forest plants, hone our skills in elf-shot, and win prizes for the tangliest, messiest fairy-locks. It is also where I have my best—and scariest—adventures!
What can you serve but never eat? A volleyball! When your team is down and out, sometimes the only thing you have is humor. Using sports jokes, puns, riddles, and rhymes, this riotous book helps readers learn how to understand the culture of humor and how to use it in their own writing.
Why did the chicken cross the road? The answers are as varied and as funny as chickens themselves. Using clever animal jokes, puns, riddles, fantastic images, rhymes, and more, this book examines animal humor in everyday life. Readers will learn how humor is shaped by language and culture and be motivated to use it in their own writing.
Laughter is a universal language. Using jokes, puns, riddles, fantastic images, rhymes, and more, this book examines humor around the world. Readers will learn how humor is shaped by language and culture and how being a "cultural insider" can help you understand humor in another language or country.
Vampire jokes, insect humor…we often make fun of the things that creep us out. This cringe-worthy book examines how our funny bones are sometimes tweaked by fright. Using jokes, puns, riddles, and rhymes, readers will learn how to harness their own fears and slay them with jokes.
Designed to bolster reading comprehension and enhance writing skills, this imaginative title helps children identify and decipher the meaning of similes. Accessible text and engaging examples support a solid understanding of this figurative language form.
This appealing title helps children identify and understand the meaning of metaphors. Examples familiar to children are used to help them learn how to decode this often tricky figurative language form and distinguish it from a simile. Understanding metaphors will expand children's reading comprehension and give them skills to add creativity to their writing.
Idioms, adages, and proverbs are common expressions and sayings that have meanings beyond what can be understood by their individual words. This insightful title identifies the purpose of each figurative language form and provides strategies to help young readers decode the meanings of these nonliteral expressions.
Attributing human qualities or characteristics to an object or idea is a form of figurative language called personification. This creative resource provides readers with strategies to recognize and decode this literary device. Imaginative examples and vibrant images make the words in this book “leap off the page!“
In this delightful book, readers will learn how to write poems in a five-line poetic form called a cinquain. Examples help show budding poets how to condense text while using natural sentence structure in writing their own cinquains. Easy-to-understand text encourages concrete language, highlights imagery, and provides hints for creating effective titles.
Haiku is a form of short poem that features a set number of syllables. This engaging book describes how to create haiku focusing on setting, seasonal words, and making every word count. As they write their own haiku, readers will learn what else matters besides counting syllables.
List poetry includes a number of forms that rely on parallel structure, repetition, and line breaks. This fascinating book gives readers useful instructions for writing a variety of list poems, including acrostics, biopoems, and riddle poems.
This fun book provides a logical plan for creating concrete poems - a poetic form in which the text creates a shape that mimics its subject. Tips are included for choosing workable topics, arranging words on the page, and making the most of white space.
New seventh-grade student Carson Roberts learns the hard way not to cross the school bully, and it's only her first day. Book #1 in the series.
Dracula opens the door to the unknown. Do all superstitions have a basis in reality, or are they just folklore? Bram Stoker's Dracula is one of the most feared and most loved tales in literature. From Transylvania to London, the reader explores the dark side of mystery and intrigue riding on the coattails of Dracula's cape, changing from wolf to bat, and living on in the nighttime. Do vampires really exist? Read Dracula and decide for yourself.
Mark Twain allows the reader to live life through the eyes of the mischievous Tom Sawyer- the fear of being in the cemetary at the wrong time, the anxiety of being chased by Injun Joe, the excitement of finding buried treasure, the joy of being carefree, and the guilt of hurting Aunt Polly. Join Tom, Huck, Injun Joe, Aunt Polly, and the others on a roller coaster of emotions and excitement without ever leaving your favorite reading chair!
When young Henry Fleming joins the Union army, he dreams of becoming a great hero. But after running in terror from battle, he must face his cowardice and fight bravely to win back his self-respect. Filled with vivid battle scenese, The Red Badge of Courage is considered a masterpiece of literature about war.