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Find Your Hero Chapter Sampler

Excerpts from six of our stellar 2015 hero-themed middle-grade titles!

by Kevin Sands; James Riley; J. D. Rinehart; Jonathan Maberry; Kevin Sylvester & Robert Venditti
edition: eBook
  • age: 8 to 14
  • Grade: 3 to 9
tagged: fantasy & magic, intermediate

With six exciting reads to choose from, young readers can seek action and adventure alongside the hero of their choice.
Featuring excerpts from:
-The Blackthorn Key by Kevin Sands
-Story Thieves by James Riley
-Crown of Three by J.D. Rinehart
-The Nightsiders: The Orphan Army by Jonathan Maberry
-Miles Taylor and the Golden Cape: Attack of the Ali …

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One Wonderful Fine Day for a Sculpin Named Sam

by Al Pittman, illustrated by Shawn O’Hagan
edition: Paperback
tagged: fishes, intermediate

Sam, the colourful sculpin, is different. And on one warm summer day, he swims through an underwater community teeming with lively fish of all shapes and sizes. But Sam doesn’t look like anyone else. He feels lonely. Until he finds Sara, his perfect match, in a world where everyone is different in their own way. Al Pittman’s classic story, vibr …

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Houndsley and Catina and the Quiet Time

Candlewick Sparks

by James Howe, illustrated by Marie-Louise Gay
edition: Paperback
also available: Paperback Hardcover
  • age: 5 to 9
  • Grade: k to 4
tagged: friendship, seasons, intermediate

“Fully suits newly independent readers.” — Kirkus Reviews

The first snow of winter has fallen, and Houndsley is very happy, as he loves the quiet time. Catina does not like the quiet time, however, and she does not enjoy being snowed in. What about all her plans for the day? What if their evening concert has to be canceled? With a bit of prete …

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Christopher Changes His Name

A Scholastic Canada Reader

by Itah Sadu, illustrated by Roy Condy
edition: Paperback
also available: Paperback
  • age: 5 to 8
  • Grade: k to 3
tagged: intermediate

 

This Scholastic classic is now available in a bright, levelled reader format!

What's in a name? Plenty, according to Christopher. He is tired of his ordinary name — millions of people are called Christopher, including three in his class alone! Christopher wants to be special, so he decides to change his name.

Inventing names for himself that are i …

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Annie and Simon: The Sneeze and Other Stories

The Sneeze and Other Stories

illustrated by Catharine O'Neill
edition: Hardcover
  • age: 5 to 9
  • Grade: k to 4
tagged: siblings, short stories, intermediate

Little sister, big big brother, and (mostly) good friends — Annie and Simon are back in a second wry and warmhearted early chapter book.

Annie loves to draw and fill sheets of paper with the things she sees around her. But if Simon has trouble figuring out what her scribbles show, what’s a big brother to do? And when Annie squeezes Hazel the dog …

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Houndsley and Catina

Candlewick Sparks

by James Howe, illustrated by Marie-Louise Gay
edition: Paperback
also available: Hardcover
  • age: 5 to 9
  • Grade: k to 4
tagged: intermediate, friendship, values & virtues

This charming trio of chapters implicitly testifies to the adage that opposites attract. — Publishers Weekly

Catina wants to be a famous writer. Houndsley is an excellent cook. Catina thinks Houndsley is a wonder. Houndsley thinks Catina is a very good friend. So what should Houndsley say about Catina’s seventy-four-chapter memoir? And can Catin …

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Houndsley and Catina and the Birthday Surprise

Candlewick Sparks

by James Howe, illustrated by Marie-Louise Gay
edition: Paperback
also available: Hardcover
  • age: 5 to 9
  • Grade: k to 4
tagged: birthdays, friendship, intermediate

"Published in beginning-reader format, this gentle story will appeal to children’s compassion as well as their sense of humor." — Booklist

Houndsley is sad. Not because it’s raining or because there are holes in his sweater, but because he doesn’t know when his birthday is. And now Catina is sad, too. But friends are good at cheering each ot …

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Houndsley and Catina Plink and Plunk

Candlewick Sparks

by James Howe, illustrated by Marie-Louise Gay
edition: Paperback
also available: Hardcover
  • age: 5 to 9
  • Grade: k to 4
tagged: friendship, camping & outdoor activities, intermediate

This Candlewick Sparks title offers newly independent readers the chance to experience early fiction from one of today’s most talented author-and-illustrator teams.
Houndsley loves to canoe. Catina loves to ride bikes. But when Houndsley takes Catina out canoeing, she chatters the whole time, drowning out the sounds Houndsley loves, like the call …

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Quests for Fire

Tales from Many Lands

retold by Jon C. Stott, illustrated by Theo Dombrowski
edition: eBook
also available: Paperback
  • age: 6 to 12
  • Grade: 3
tagged: anthologies, intermediate

It is hard to imagine life without fire. Heat, light, food—where would we be without these essentials? Although we do not rely on fire as much today as in times past, nor have as much direct contact with it, fire was often crucial to survival when the stories in this collection were first told. People often told stories about it: what their lives …

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