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The Night of the Were-Boy

Enid Richemont, Gustavo Mazali (author)

Publisher: Crabtree Publishing Company ISBN: 9781427116611

There is a full moon and Frankie the cat is feeling rather strange. Then something quite incredible suddenly starts to happen!

The Pop Star Pirates

Maggie Pearson, Dan Chernett (author)

Publisher: Crabtree Publishing Company ISBN: 9781427116635

When three boys all run away from home to try and live like pirates, life is easy at first. Then they meet Bonnie-Ann who trains them like real pirates. But their real talent turns out to be more musical.

Pirate Treasure

Christophe Miraucourt, Delphine Vaufrey (author)

Publisher: Crabtree Publishing Company ISBN: 9781427116574

Melinda and her brother Ricky discover the whereabouts of some secret treasure! However, the sinister Captain Crook is after the treasure too and takes the children to Skeleton Island where they must find the treasure or await their doom!

Betty Q Investigates

Karyn Gorman, Maddy McClellan (author)

Publisher: Crabtree Publishing Company ISBN: 9781427116567

Betty Q is no ordinary girl. She is an ace detective whose special deductive powers can solve any mystery!

The Egyptian Cat Mystery

Penny Dolan, Andy Elkerton (author)

Publisher: Crabtree Publishing Company ISBN: 9781427116581

There is something very strange about the Egyptian cat that Jed and Ruby spot in the museum, hidden among the Ancient Egyptian artifacts. Later on they come across a real cat, who follows them home. But this is no ordinary cat, as they are about to find out.

Understanding Similes

Robin Johnson (author)

Publisher: Crabtree Publishing Company ISBN: 9781427116123

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.

Understanding Metaphors

Robin Johnson (author)

Publisher: Crabtree Publishing Company ISBN: 9781427116130

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.

Understanding Sayings

Robin Johnson (author)

Publisher: Crabtree Publishing Company ISBN: 9781427116154

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.

Understanding Personification

Robin Johnson (author)

Publisher: Crabtree Publishing Company ISBN: 9781427116147

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!“

Read, Recite, and Write Cinquains

JoAnn Early Macken (author)

Publisher: Crabtree Publishing Company ISBN: 9781427175960

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.

Read, Recite, and Write Haiku

JoAnn Early Macken (author)

Publisher: Crabtree Publishing Company ISBN: 9781427175984

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.

Read, Recite, and Write List Poems

JoAnn Early Macken (author)

Publisher: Crabtree Publishing Company ISBN: 9781427175991

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.

Read, Recite, and Write Concrete Poems

JoAnn Early Macken (author)

Publisher: Crabtree Publishing Company ISBN: 9781427175977

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.

Hansel and Gretel and the Green Witch

Laura North, Chris Jevons (author)

Publisher: Crabtree Publishing Company ISBN: 9781427176844

In this classic fairy tale, retold with a twist, Hansel and Gretel are eat a lot of junk food and aren't very active. Their father, the woodcutter, plans a trip for them to the woods for exercise. But the children get lost and discover a hungry - but health-conscious - witch!

Rapunzel and the Prince of Pop

Karyn Gorman, Laura Anderson (author)

Publisher: Crabtree Publishing Company ISBN: 9781427176851

In this classic fairy tale, retold with a twist, the Prince of Pop is driving through the forest when he hears a stunning voice singing. It's Rapunzel! The only problem is she is locked in a tower by a witch. Can he free her and make Rapunzel into his next big pop star?

Rumpled Stilton Skin

Daniel Postgate (author)

Publisher: Crabtree Publishing Company ISBN: 9781427176868

In this classic fairy tale, retold with a twist, a funny little man with an unusual name appears when the poor cheesemaker's daughter needs his help. He makes her beautiful for a ball, but what will he ask for in return?

Letters from My Tooth Fairy

Brooke Hecker (author) Deborah Melmon (illustrator)

Publisher: Sleeping Bear Press ISBN: 9781534167391

Natalie and her devoted tooth fairy exchange letters, asking and answering questions about some of childhood's most important moments. From the loss of her first tooth as a first grader to losing her last two baby teeth as a confident eleven-year-old, Natalie's early milestones, including bad school pictures and best friend troubles, are lovingly told through this epistolary relationship. Readers of all ages--those with baby teeth and those years beyond--will cheer for Natalie as she experiences the highs and lows of this time of life. Energetic, colorful artwork perfectly captures the magic of this toothsome tale, making us all wish for our very own tooth fairy.

A Very Good Year Teacher's Resource Guide

Saddleback (author)

Publisher: Saddleback Educational Publishing ISBN: 9781602919907

Teacher's resource guide with suggested activities for students reading this book. Clay is starting quarterback for the Carter High football team. He works hard to get what he wants. Clay wants to date Kim, but she turned him down last year. When Clay helps Hank with his passes, he finds out that Kim studies with Hank's sister. It could be the start of a very good year.

The Wrong Way Teacher's Resource Guide

Saddleback (author)

Publisher: Saddleback Educational Publishing ISBN: 9781602919891

Teacher's resource guide with suggested activities for students reading this book. Some girls said Marge didn't have to act to play the troublemaker in the senior play. Claire isn't so sure they are wrong, but she is lonely. First, she loses Kirk to Gwen. Then she finds out Gwen wants her part in the play. Marge is always around when she needs someone.

Be Fair Teacher's Resource Guide

Saddleback (author)

Publisher: Saddleback Educational Publishing ISBN: 9781602919815

Teacher's resource guide with suggested activities for students reading this book. Dru thinks it is her dad's fault that she can't spend her senior year at her old high school. However, she soon learns that judging people unfairly gets her nowhere. Troy could be Dru's new boyfriend, but will Dru's quick judgment get in the way of a new friendship?

Women Writers Hidden in History

Petrice Custance (author)

Publisher: Crabtree Publishing Company ISBN: 9781427124807

For thousands of years, women in many cultures were excluded from or limited in education. This meant that others told their stories for them. This fascinating book shines a light on women writers who broke that mold. These women wrote some of the most intriguing stories ever written, such as Murasaki Shikibu, who wrote the world’s first novel, and Olympe de Gouges, whose political essays helped spark the French Revolution.

The Sun is a Peach

Sara Cassidy (author) Josée Bisaillon (illustrator)

Publisher: Orca Book Publishers ISBN: 9781459818682

A young child walks along a country road into town where there’s a parade on. The experiences of the day, and the child’s eventual homecoming and bedtime, are chronicled and compared to the sun. The sun takes the form of the yolk of an egg, a spool of thread, the eye of a bird, an ice-cream cone and a dandelion. Each round, yellow item on the page hints at the big golden ball in the sky. Stunning illustrations by Josée Bisaillon capture how imagination shapes the environment around us. This simple board book shows children that the way they see the world—by heart, mind and imagination—is just right. Revelling in metaphor, The Sun is a Peach encourages that magical leap of imagination and asks the reader to look at everyday objects from a different perspective.

Princess Angelica, Junior Reporter

Monique Polak (author) Jane Heinrichs (illustrator)

Publisher: Orca Book Publishers ISBN: 9781459823594

Angelica just can’t help herself! In this third book in the series, Angelica, aka Jelly, is confused for a junior reporter and decides to make the most of her mistaken identity to learn what it’s like to be a real journalist. Jelly and her bestie, Joon, are soon busy with problems at the new library, trouble in the lap lane at the local pool and a predicament in a rare-book room. With her keen observational abilities and a knack for creative solutions, Jelly soon has more than enough material for an article. But will she be able to keep up the ruse when a new friend starts nosing around?

La lune est un étang d’argent

Sara Cassidy (author) Josée Bisaillon (illustrator)

Publisher: Orca Book Publishers ISBN: 9781459824539

Pendant qu’un enfant vaque à ses occupations quotidiennes, toutes sortes de choses lui font penser à la lune, là-haut dans le ciel. La lune est comme un étang gelé la nuit dans le bois. La lune est comme le lait dans le seau après la traite des vaches. Les merveilleuses illustrations de Josée Bisaillon expriment comment notre imagination façonne notre environnement. Ce livre cartonné démontre aux enfants que leur façon de voir le monde—par le cœur, l’esprit et l’imagination—est tout à fait valable. Grâce à ses métaphores savoureuses, La lune est un étang d’argent invite les lecteurs à faire le saut magique dans leur imagination et à voir les objets du quotidien sous un autre angle.

Billy Stuart in the Eye of the Cyclops

Alain M. Bergeron (author) Sampar (illustrator)

Publisher: Orca Book Publishers ISBN: 9781459823471

Billy Stuart, the young raccoon leader of the Zintrepids Scout troop, aspires to be just like his grandfather, a globe-trotting adventurer who knows no fear. After accidentally traveling through time in pursuit of the elder Stuart, Billy and friends find themselves lost in a land inhabited by giants: giant plants, giant animals, GIANT MONSTERS! Billy and his companions set off to explore the island, looking for fresh water and food. But a hailstorm forces them to take shelter in a grotto, where they find the trail of Billy’s grandfather, Virgil Stuart. However, following Grandpa’s footsteps turns out to be much more perilous than they expected. And stranded in the heart of this mysterious island, the Zintrepids can’t shake the feeling that they are being watched. Brightly illustrated and enhanced with games and puzzles throughout, Billy Stuart in the Eye of the Cyclops is sure to amuse readers of all ages.