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Ballpark Mysteries #12: The Rangers Rustlers

By: David A. Kelly
Illustrated by: Mark Meyers

Batter up! Ballpark Mysteries® combine baseball action with exciting whodunits for early chapter book readers!   Let’s play ball, y’all! Mike and Kate are very excited to watch a...

Baseball's Greatest Hitters

By: S.A. Kramer

 This Step into Reading Step 5 Sports Reader profiles the greatest hitters in baseball: Ted Williams, Babe Ruth, Ty Cobb, Hank Aaron. Now updated to include Miguel Cabrera, who made baseball history...

Dogsledding and Extreme Sports

By: Mary Pope Osborne and Natalie Pope Boyce
illustrated by: Carlo Molinari

Track the facts about the famous sled dog race and other incredible feats—with Jack and Annie!   When Jack and Annie came back from their adventure in Magic Tree House #54, they had lots of...


Basketball's Greatest Players

By: S. A. Kramer

From Larry Bird and Michael Jordan to the hottest new legends such as LeBron James, this Step 5 Step into Reading early reader offers tons of facts about the best players in the game, what they were best...

Squish #7: Deadly Disease of Doom

By: Jennifer L. Holm and Matthew Holm

Ahhh-CHOO! From the New York Times bestselling, Eisner-winning creators of Babymouse, it’s Squish’s most contagiously fun adventure yet!   Uh-oh! A deadly disease is spreading through...

The Sixth Man (The Triple Threat, 2)

By: John Feinstein

New York Times bestselling author John Feinstein delivers a hard-hitting account of prejudice and perseverance on the basketball court.   It’s basketball season. And for once, triple threat...


Stick

By: Michael Harmon

“Stick” is the best wide receiver in the history of his high school—the football seems magnetically drawn to his hands, hence his nickname.   Preston is an outcast, and his pipsqueak...

Climbing Everest (Totally True Adventures)

By: Gail Herman
illustrated by: Michele Amatrula

Could you climb the world’s highest mountain? Thrill seekers and young explorers will love this inspiring Totally True Adventure.   The peak of Mount Everest is the highest place on Earth—and...

Ninja Bunny

By: Jennifer Gray Olson

A fresh, funny, and hip picture book about a little bunny who wants to be . . . a ninja!   How to be a SUPER AWESOME NINJA: · Rule #1. You must always work alone. · Rule #2. You must...


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A Passion for Victory (with CCSS tie-ins)

By: Benson Bobrick
Guide Prepared by: Colleen Carroll, children’s book author, curriculum writer-developer, and education consultant

From the barefoot races of 8th century BC to the underwater obstacle courses in the early 20th century to the high-tension Berlin Games preceding World War II, the Olympics have always been exciting dramas...

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Muckers Educator Guide (with CCSS tie-ins)

By: Sandra Neil Wallace

Former ESPN sportscaster Sandra Neil Wallace makes her young adult debut with a historical fiction novel that School Library Journal recommends to fans of Friday Night Lights in a starred review.
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Muckers Book Talk

By: Sandra Neil Wallace

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Hatley, Arizona is a mining town and the copper has all been mined.  When the mine closes, the school will also close because people will leave Hatley.  So this is the final year of the...


The League Book Talk

By: Thatcher Heldring

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No one believes Wyatt Parker is about to start high school. He’s on the small side and getting picked on by the school bully. Girls certainly won’t give him the time of day What’s...

You Never Heard of Willie Mays?!

By: Jonah Winter
illustrated by: Terry Widener

Many believe baseball great Willie Mays to be the best player that ever lived. He hit 660 home runs (fourth best of all time), had a lifetime batting average of .302, and is second only to Babe Ruth...

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Strike Three, You’re Dead

By: Josh Berk

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Lenny loves baseball and the Philadelphia Phillies is his favorite team.  Lenny and his two best friends have a fun summer planned of riding their bikes, hanging out and watching the Phillies...


Out of Nowhere

By: Maria Padian

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Tom Bouchard occupied his time with three things: soccer, school and girls. Not necessarily in that order. Senior year was going to be sweet for Tom and his best friend Donnie. But when...

Summer at Forsaken Lake

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Have you ever dreaded going somewhere and then when you get there have a great time?  Nicholas feels like that when he and his sisters are told they will be spending their summer in Ohio...

Rush for the Gold: Mystery at the Olympics

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Teen reporter, Susan Carol, finds herself thrust into the limelight as the hottest swimming sensation leading up to the Olympics.  Stevie Thomas, her boyfriend and fellow reporter, struggles...


Mason Dixon: Basketball Disasters

By: Claudia Mills
illustrated by: Guy Francis

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My name is Mason and I do NOT want to play basketball.  But once again, I listen to my best friend Brody, and to make him happy, I let him convince me to join the team.  Yeah right! ...

You Never Heard of Sandy Koufax?!

By: Jonah Winter
illustrated by: Andre Carrilho

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Roland Wright: At the Joust

By: Tony Davis
illustrated by: Gregory Rogers

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Roland Wright has been a page at Twofold Castle for just a month and already he has impressed the King's bravest knights. Now Roland is off to his first tournament, where knights...