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Whoever You Are
Whoosh! Lonnie Johnson's Super-Soaking Stream of Inventions
A cool idea with a big splash
You know the Super Soaker. It’s one of top twenty toys of all time. And it was invented entirely by accident. Trying to create a new cooling system for refrigerators and air conditioners, impressive inventor Lonnie Johnson instead created the mechanics for the iconic toy.
A love for rockets, robots, inventions, and a mind for creativity began early in Lonnie Johnson’s life. Growing up in a house full of brothers and sisters, persistence and a passion for problem solving became the cornerstone for a career as an engineer and his work with NASA. But it is his invention of the Super Soaker water gun that has made his most memorable splash with kids and adults.
Wild Animal Babies!
A Step 2 Step into Reading Science Reader about baby animals. PBS’s hit animated show Wild Kratts follows the adventures of zoologists Chris and Martin Kratt as the duo visits animal habitats around the globe. Along the way, they encounter incredible creatures while combining science education with fun. Boys and girls ages 4 to 6 will dive into this deluxe Step 2 Step into Reading leveled reader with the Kratt brothers as they activate their Creature Power suits to creep, crawl, and cuddle with amazing animal babies of all kinds! This deluxe Step into Reading leveled reader features animal trading cards and eye-catching foil on the cover. Step 2 Readers use basic vocabulary and short sentences to tell simple stories. For children who recognize familiar words and can sound out new words with help.
From the award-winning author of The Running Dream and Flipped comes a remarkable portrait of a girl who has hit rock bottom but begins a climb back to herself at a wilderness survival camp.
3:47 a.m. That’s when they come for Wren Clemmens. She’s hustled out of her house and into a waiting car, then a plane, and then taken on a forced march into the desert. This is what happens to kids who’ve gone so far off the rails, their parents don’t know what to do with them anymore. This is wilderness therapy camp. Eight weeks of survivalist camping in the desert. Eight weeks to turn your life around. Yeah, right.
The Wren who arrives in the Utah desert is angry and bitter, and blaming everyone but herself. But angry can’t put up a tent. And bitter won’t start a fire. Wren’s going to have to admit she needs help if she’s going to survive.
“I read Wild Bird in one long, mesmerized gulp. Wren will break your heart—and then mend it.” —Nancy Werlin, National Book Award finalist for The Rules of Survival
“Van Draanen’s Wren is real and relatable, and readers will root for her.” —VOYA, starred review
“Readers will be entranced by this exceptional offering.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“By turns a mystery, a thriller, and an adventure, this richly woven story will provide much for readers to tease apart long after it’s finished.” —Booklist (starred review)
“Thought-provoking and intense.” —Kirkus Reviews
“A survival story in its truest sense.” —BCCB
The threat of two escaped convicts and a missing friend lead Lizzie on a harrowing journey through the wilds of the Adirondacks in this captivating mystery from National Book Award finalist Beth Kephart.
Thirteen-year-old Lizzie’s favorite place in the world is her uncle’s cabin. Uncle Davy’s renovated schoolhouse cabin, filled with antiques and on the edge of the Adirondacks, disconnected from the rest of the world, is like something out of a fairy tale. And an escape from reality is exactly what Lizzie needs. Life hasn’t been easy for Lizzie lately. Her father abandoned their family, leaving Lizzie with her oftentimes irresponsible mother. Now, her mom has cancer and being unable to care for Lizzie during her chemotherapy, asks Lizzie where she’d like to spend the summer. The answer is simple: Uncle Davy’s cabin.
Lizzie loves her uncle’s home for many reasons, but the main one is Matias, Uncle Davy’s neighbor and Lizzie’s best friend. Matias has proportionate dwarfism, but that doesn’t stop him and Lizzie from wandering in the woods. Every day they go to their special spot where Matias paints with watercolors and Lizzie writes. Until one day when Matias never arrives.
When news breaks about two escaped convicts from the nearby prison, Lizzie fears the worst. And when Uncle Davy goes missing, too, Lizzie knows she’s the only one who knows this area of woods well enough to save them. Armed with her trusted Keppy survival book, Lizzie sets out into the wilds of the Adirondacks, proving just how far she’ll go to save the people she loves.
Wild Insects and Spiders!
PBS’s successful animated show Wild Kratts joins the adventures of zoologists Chris and Martin Kratt as they travel to animal habitats around the globe. Along the way, they encounter incredible creatures while combining science education with fun. Boys and girls ages 4 to 6 will love this Step 2 Step into Reading leveled reader, in which they activate their Creature Power Suits to buzz the insect kingdom!
Wild Kratts Lion Pride!
The Wild Kratts roar in this Step into Reading story about lions!
The Wild Kratts have a rumble with the king of the jungle when they try to take care of three lion cubs on the African savannah. Will the brothers’ Creature Power be enough to keep the playful cubs out of trouble? Boys and girls 4 to 6 will love learning about lions in this Wild Kratts leveled reader featuring removable creature cards!
Step 2 readers use basic vocabulary and short sentences to tell simple stories for beginning readers who recognize familiar words and can sound out new words with help.
Wild Kratts: Wild Dogs and Canines!
The Wild Kratts go in search of wolves, coyotes, and wild dogs of all sizes in this Step into Reading leveled reader with stickers!
TARGET AUDIENCE: Nature, science, and animal fans ages four to six and their parents.
PBS’s successful animated show Wild Kratts joins the adventures of zoologists Chris and Martin Kratt as they travel to animal habitats around the globe. Along the way, they encounter incredible creatures while combining science education with fun. Children ages four to six can learn all about the wild cousins of man’s best friend–from robust canines like wolves to sneaky foxes and more. Stickers add to the fun and learning in this Step 2 Step into Reading leveled reader.