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The Roller Coaster | 500L | J,K | WC 866

It’s Maria’s big day! She is finally tall enough to go on the roller coaster. But now that she can, does she really want to? Readers will connect with that thrilling feeling the first time they experienced a ride on a roller coaster in this engaging story.

Nikko's Adventure

Nikko’s Adventure | 530L | J,K | WC 880

Nikko is bored and wants an adventure. Readers will learn the power of imagination as Nikko transforms the park playground into a medieval castle with a brave knight, a maiden in distress, and of course, a fire-breathing dragon!

Perfect Tree

The Perfect Tree | 530L | J,K | WC 1116

Samson is on a mission. Bring home the perfect tree and surprise his beaver family. But where can he find the perfect beaver-size tree? Readers will enjoy this engaging story with a hint of Christmas.

Addy Bug

Addy Bug | 540L | J,K | WC 918

Addy Bug was a peculiar little bug who lived on the jungle floor in a plant called “Paradise.” Though she was smaller than all the other bugs, her courage and determination took her to great heights! Readers will connect with the theme of overcoming obstacles in this inspiring story.

FuFu and the Earthquake

FuFu and the Earthquake | 540L | J,K | WC 787

Fu Fu is a panda that lives in a mountain forest preserve in China. On this particular day, he does what pandas do everyday…until a great rumble sounded and the earth shook mightily. What will happen to Fu Fu, the forest, and all of the visitors at the preserve? Readers will learn about the effects of earthquakes as told in this story of Fu Fu. In the accompanying nonfiction article, readers will that facts about earthquakes.

Making a Quilt

Making a Quilt | 540L | J,K | WC 839

Grandma makes beautiful quilts. What will it take for her granddaughter to make one? Readers will learn the process of making a quilt in this personal narrative.

The Life of a Butterfly

Life of a Butterfly | 550L | J,K  | WC 519

Living things grow and change from birth to adult life. Many look the same as they grow, but other don’t – such as the butterfly. Readers will learn all about the life cycle of a butterfly in this nonfiction text.

Three Billy Goats Gruff

Three Billy Goats Gruff | 550L| J,K | WC 746

Readers will enjoy this classic tale of how the Three Billy Goats Gruff cleverly tricked the angry and fearsome troll in order to cross the bridge to graze on the beautiful green hillside.

The Rain Forest

The Rain Forest | 560L | L,M | WC 819

The earth has six major biomes. The tropical rainforest is one of them. Readers will explore the flora and fauna of the four layers of the rainforest, and learn about the people of the rain forest in these series nonfiction passages.

Jasmeen the Adventurer | 580L | L,M | WC 864

Jasmeen is an adventurer like no other! Today, she is preparing for her adventure to the African savanna. Join her as she prepares for this adventure. Readers will learn about the savanna and what it takes for an adventurer to live and learn in the savanna.

Beaver Builders

Beaver Builders | 600L| M | WC 1105

The dam has broken and water is rushing out of the pond! What is a beaver to do? Find out how Chip helped his father race against time to fix the badly damaged dam. Readers will learn about beavers and the importance of a beaver dam in this engaging story. Readers will also take a look inside a beaver dam in a short nonfiction passage.

Flying is for the Birds

Flying is for the Birds | 600L | M | WC 955

“Flying is for the birds,” Goose laughed as he watched the birdlike frame being rolled out of the Wright brothers’ workshop. Readers will learn about the first flight at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina from the perspective of an observing gosling in this fun story. Readers will also learn about Wilbur and Orville in Dayton Flyers, a nonfiction article.

Solid, Liquid, Gas

Solid, Liquid, Gas | 610L | M | WC 722

“Look around. Matter is everywhere!” So begins Solid, Liquid, Gas. Readers will learn about the basic composition of matter, the states of matter, and changes in matter in this informative nonfiction article. Voices offers readers a first person fictional email message about a daughter’s observations of the changing states of matter in her science class.

Tale of Two Tails

Tale of Two Tails | 610L | M | WC 1182

Most students know the tale of Little Red Riding Hood, but how many know that a similar tale was written in China called Grandmother Tiger? This is the Tale of Two Tails. Readers will enjoy comparing and contrasting these two folktales.

Fossils

Fossils | 620L | M | WC 651

Dinosaurs have been extinct for millions of years. So, how do scientist know so much about these creatures that roamed the earth so long ago? Readers will learn what fossils are, how they formed, where they can be found, and much more in this nonfiction text.

Pablo's New Guitar

Pablo’s Guitar | 620L | M | WC 724

Tonight, Pablo and his band will be playing at the concert hall, and all his family, friends, and fans will be there. Backstage, before the concert Pablo practices his guitar a little too hard. Suddenly, all the strings went…SNAP! What is he to do? Readers will learn how Pablo overcame this problem and discovered something about pitch and tone in this engaging story.

Links to the Past

Links to the Past | 640L | M | WC 858

Animals have evolved over millions of years. Readers will discover how these creatures from long ago adapted to a changing environment to evolve into reptiles and amphibians we know today in this series of interesting nonfiction articles. Voices offers readers a first person fictional account of a professor going back in time to the day an asteroid might have wiped out the dinosaurs.

Texas Tess

Abraham Lincoln | 660L | N| WC 884

Most Americans recognize Abraham Lincoln as one of our greatest presidents. In this series of articles, readers will learn about the early years of Abraham Lincoln, his life as a lawyer, the difficult times as president, the Gettysburg Address, his wartime views, and Abe’s final days. Voices offers readers an opportunity to engage in a conversation about the passing of Lincoln via a fictional notice posted on the door of the infamous Ford Theater.

Abraham Lincoln

Abraham Lincoln | 660L | N| WC 884

Nikko is bored and wants an adventure. Readers will learn the power of imagination as Nikko transforms the park playground into a medieval castle with a brave knight, a maiden in distress, and, of course, a fire-breathing dragon!

Movement of the Earth

Movement of the Earth | 660L | N | WC 644

What are the effects of the Earth’s movement in space? In these series of nonfiction articles, readers will learn about Earth’s place in the solar system, the importance of the sun, the difference between Earth’s revolutions and rotations, how we experience day and night and the seasons, and more. Voices offers readers a first person account of a day in space as written by a fictional space resident in a diary entry.

Stored Energy

Stored Energy | 680L | N| WC 743

Cleverly illustrated, this series of nonfiction articles engage readers in learning about the various forms of stored energy. Readers will discover how energy is stored in food, fuel, batteries, and even springs! Voices offers readers a report on a fictional debate between two politicians over drilling for oil in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska.

Laws and Rules

Laws and Rules | 680L | N | WC 854

Why do we have laws and rules? Readers will learn that laws and rules protect the rights and freedoms of people, and help people act fairly in a family, in a game, or at work. Voices offers readers a fictional first person account of how students collaboratively write a set of rules to prevent future disagreements during recess.

The American Flag

American Flag | 700L | N,O | WC 946

Americans honor our great American flag. It is a symbol of freedom around the world. In these series of articles, readers will learn the history of the flag, its changes over the years, how we honor the flag when singing the “Star-Spangled Banner” and reciting the “Pledge of Allegiance,” and more. Voices offers readers a fictional excerpt from a memoir by John Ross, husband of Betsy Ross, describing the scene when she sewed the first American flag.

Martin Luther King Jr

Martin Luther King, Jr. | 710L | N,O| WC 904

Martin Luther King, Jr. is an American hero who spent his life advancing the civil rights of African-Americans. Readers will learn about his early years, life in the South, the bus boycott, preaching nonviolence, King’s famous words, the passing of civil rights, and his final days in these series of nonfiction articles. Voices offers readers a fictional diary entry from an “I Have a Dream Speech” attendee.

Finn Rapid

Finn Rapid | 710L | N,O | WC 1281

“G’Day, mate! The name’s Finn Rapid. I’m a Fly River Turtle.” So says, Finn Rapid as he begins his story of the life on the Outback rivers of Australia. Readers will learn about a this turtle and a river shark native to the area in this fun and lighthearted story. Readers will also learn about Australia in a short nonfiction article which is followed up with some factual information on the Fly River turtle and the river shark using species cards.

Adam's Apple

Adam’s Apple | 740L | O,P | WC 1199

Adam loves to eat apples. One day when crunching into his favorite red apple, he discovered the core and with it the seeds. What will he do now? In this fun and engaging story, readers will learn about the life cycle of an apple as told by Adam and his mother. Readers will also learn about the term “Adam’s apple” in a health article entitled Did You Know? Finally, readers can learn to read a recipe – Adam’s Favorite Cranberry Applesauce. Teachers may want to give the recipe a try with students!

Stars

Francois the Dashing Croaker| 750L | O,P | WC 831

Meet Francois, the Dashing Croaker as he tells his story of the life cycle of a frog in the only way he can tell it -fun and entertaining. According to him, it is a “story of triumph, of courage, and most importantly….of love!”. The story of Francois is contrasted with a nonfiction expository text entitled The Life Cycle of a Frog, and accompanied with a rythmic poem, Swamp Symphonies.”

François the Dashing Croaker

Adam’s Apple | 740L | O,P | WC 1199

Adam loves to eat apples. One day when crunching into his favorite red apple, he discovered the core and with it the seeds. What will he do now? In this fun and engaging story, readers will learn about the life cycle of an apple as told by Adam and his mother. Readers will also learn about the term “Adam’s apple” in a health article entitled Did You Know? Finally, readers can learn to read a recipe – Adam’s Favorite Cranberry Applesauce. Teachers may want to give the recipe a try with students!

Spaced Out

Spaced Out! | 760L | O,P | WC 1213

Whoa! Pluto is not happy. He’s learned that he has been kicked out of the Solar System. He isn’t going to take this lightly, that’s for sure! Readers will enjoy this delightful story told by Pluto in the first person as they learn about the solar system, the planet of Pluto, and the science of why Pluto was tossed out. Additionally, readers will enjoy the ode that Pluto wrote to himself, and a short article on the development of telescopes.

Everyday Hero

Everyday Hero | 770L | O,P | WC 1299

It’s Fort Washington’s Annual Career Day, and 10 year-old Sean couldn’t be happier. How could attending a career day fair help Sean become an Everyday Hero? Readers will connect to this story of a boy who wants to be a police officer, save lives, and be recognized for his swift actions. Readers will follow up the story with the Police Report and a flyer on How to be a Hero.

Marty the Ant

Marty the Ant | 790L | Q,R | WC 1153

Marty the Ant once had the ride of his life! No one knows it, but he made history that day when Neil Armstrong said those famous words that rang around the world. “That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.” That was July 21, 1969. Readers will learn about the first landing on the moon as only told by Marty to his young nephews. Readers will also learn about Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin and that historic accomplishment in a nonfiction article.

Sparkle Brightlee

Sparkle Brightlee | 800L | Q,R | WC 1002

Sparkle Brightlee is shy and doesn’t have many friends. So how can a school Bake Sale and entering the “Young Bakers Contest” in Chicago change that? Readers will find out how Sparkle’s Strawberry Coconut Cupcake Muffin helped bring out the best in her and forge new friendships. Readers will also learn to read a recipe – Sparkle’s Strawberry Coconut Cupcake Muffins!

Giant Sequoias

Giant Sequoias | 800L | Q,R | WC 867

These majestic trees, named after a Native American, are the tallest trees on earth! Some can grow to more than 300 feet tall and more than 30 feet wide and some can live to be over 3,000 years old! No wonder they are called the Giant Sequoias. In these series of articles, readers will learn about the types of sequioas, their growth, where they can be found, the history of logging these trees, and about John Muir – the famous naturalist who worked to preserve these trees of granduer.

Freedom Landmarks

Freedom Landmarks | 810L | Q,R | WC 794

What are landmarks, and what are freedom landmarks? Readers will learn about landmarks and three notorious freedom landmarks – the Liberty Bell, the Statue of Liberty, and Mt. Rushmore. Voices offers readers a first person retelling of how immigrant parents felt when seeing the Statue of Liberty for the first time as they approached New York City by ship.

The Transcontinental Railroad

Transcontinental Railroad | 830L | Q,R | WC 1048

The transcontinental railroad was one of many great American achievements. Readers will learn what travel was like before the railroad was completed, the contest between two powerful railroad owners and their companies, Chinese labor to build the railroad, and travel after the completion of the railroad.

CRP Tall Tales

Tall Tales | 850L | R,S | WC 1455

The man with an ax and the man with a hammer bookend these Tall Tales of American folklore. Sandwiched between both is a story from a real lumberjack of the North. Readers will discover the stories of Paul SETyon and John Henry along with learning about life as a logger.

American Immigrants

American Immigrants | 860L | R,S | WC 1382

People from all over the world want to escape oppression, famine, and poverty. Where do they look for opportunities? America, of course. Readers will learn about the lives of two families that left their homes in Ireland and Mexico to seek a better life in America. Voices offers readers an account of coming to America from the perspective a young recent Mexican immigrant.

Apple Trails | 860L | R,S | WC 1615

The story of Johnny Appleseed is a fascinating one. In this series of stories and articles, readers will learn the story of the legendary apple farmer, discover John Chapman – the real Johnny Appleseed, and learn that there have been other global figures who forged their own trails.

The Good Germs

Good Germs | 860L | R,S | WC 1028

Most young readers probably aren’t aware that there are both good germs and bad germs. Readers will learn bacteria, viruses, and fungi can be both helpful and not so helpful in these series of articles. Additionally, readers will enjoy the battle of the germs in Case Study: Good Germs vs. Bad Germs written from the perspective of a “warrior germ.”

Forces of Nature

Forces of Nature | 870L | T | WC 831

The earth is constantly changing. These changes can be slow or fast. In these series of articles, readers will learn about slow changes like weathering and erosion, and fast changes like earthquakes, landslides, and volcanoes. Voices offers readers a fictionalized news article based on a true account concerning the 2011 Japanese tsunami.

El Camino Real

El Camino Real | 8800L | T | WC 1032

Known as “The King’s Highway” in honor of King Charles III of Spain, the El Camino Real connected the Spanish missions of California long before it became a state. Readers will learn about the man behind the missions, the history of building the missions, life at the missions, Native Americans and the missions, and more in these series of nonfiction articles. Voices offers readers a fictional excerpt from FAther Serra’s diary while on the ship heading for Mexico.

Native Americans | 880L | T | WC 1077

Native Americans are the original inhabitants of North America arriving thousands of years ago and long before the Europeans learned of the new land. In these series of articles, readers will learn about the life of tribes of the Southwest, Northeast, and Southeast. Voices offers readers a boy’s perspctive of a fictional old Cherokee chief relating how his best fried died on the Trail of Tears.

How Organisms Get Energy

How Organisms Get Energy | 890L | T | WC 816

All living organisms need energy to survive. But how do they obtain the energy they need? In these series of articles, readers will learn about producers, consumers (herbivores, carnivores, and omnivores), and decomposers. Voices offers readers a bilogist short first person retelling of how he experienced each link in the food chain personally and realized the connectivity of it all.

Rocks and Minerals

Rocks and Minerals | 890L | T | WC 949

Rocks and minerals – a geologist’s passion! In these series of articles, readers will learn about the various types of rocks and minerals, how rocks are formed and change, the work of geologists, and uses of rocks and minerals throughout history. Voices offers readers a fictional post by a rock and mineral enthusiast on a rock blog.

The Pony Express

Pony Express | 890L | T | WC 905

in 1860 it could take up to three weeks to send mail west from Missouri to California. That was until the Pony Express was formed. In these series of nonfiction passages, readers will learn the challenges of sending mail across the country, how the Pony Express reduced the time to send mail, description of Pony Express riders, the many challenges the Pony Express faced, and more. Voices offers readers a fun “tongue and cheek” first person claim of how one Pony Express rider lost a bag of mail

Flossie Mae | 900L | U,W | WC 1660

It was the time of the Great Depression and the Oklahoma Dust Bowl when Americans suffered greatly. Readers will learn about the effects of both on one family traveling from Oklahoma to California in the autobiography of Flossie Mae, a young migrant girl. Readers will also learn about Dorothea Lange who chronicled those who suffered during the Great Depression through her work as a photo journalist.

John Steinbeck

John Steinbecke | 900L | U,W | WC 866

John Steinbeck was an award winning novelist. Two of his most famous works later became Hollywood movies, one earning two Academy Awards. In these series of articles, readers will learn about the early life of John Steinbeck and how it influenced him as a writer, life on the farm and Cannery Row in Monterey, CA during the Great Depression, his many travels, and his lasting legacy.

Creating the Constitution

Creating the Constitution | 910L | U,W | WC 1560

We the people…so begins the preamble to one of the greatest documents in human history – the American Constitution. In these series of passages, readers will learn about the forming of a new nation, the Articles of Confederation, writing and ratifying the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, and more. Voices offers readers a fictional version of Alexander Hamilton’s speech on ratifying the Constitution and writing the Federalist Papers.

Fool’s Gold

Fool’s Gold | 920L | U,W | WC 1814

The story of King Midas is referred to as a myth which can be based on truth or fiction. Readers will enjoy this story and its illustrations of King Midas and learn an important lesson. Readers will also learn about the “Truth Behind the Myth” in a nonfiction article that accompanies the lasting myth.

Tour de Pond

Tour de Pond | 920L | U,W | WC 1716

Francois, the Dashing Croaker is back! This time with Monsieur Lamet giving readers a tour of Le Pond and where some of its famous residents like Froggie Antoinette, Napoleon Hopaparte, and Croako Chanel reside. In this delightful and fun story, readers will learn the importance of the pond habitat for the survival of frogs.

Seashells

Seashells and the Creatures That Left Them Behind | 920L | U,W | WC 1222

Seashells have long been used by humans for a variety of reasons. In these series of articles, readers will learn about the various types and uses of mollusks, bivalves, and univalves, with some detailed descriptions of cephalopods, and more. Voices offers readers a blog post entitled “Seashells by the Seashore” written in the first person by a young girl.

War Elephants

War Elephants | 940L | U,W | WC 2920

In ancient times, elephants were often employed as an effective method of warfare. Readers will relive a battle to “protect the sands from villainous men who attack and loot vulnerable towns and wayfarers” in this poignant story entitled “Keepers of the Desert,” the story of war elephants. Readers will also learn the history of war elephants and how animals are used in modern warfare in a series of nonfiction articles.

Greek Geeks

Greek Geeks | 950L | U,W | WC 2333

in 1900, a group of sponge divers discovered one of the most important Roman shipwrecks ever off the coast of a Greek island. What was hidden in this shipwreck? In one nonfiction article, readers will learn about that hidden discovery – a Greek mechanism used for calculating the motion of planets and stars – known as the first computer! This article is accompanied by a fictional story of that Roman shipwreck sometime between 70 and 50 BC. Readers will also learn about the inventions of the famous mathematician, Archimedes.

Strange Animals Too

Strange Animals Too | 950L | U,W | WC 1327

The world is filled with many strange and unique animals. In these series of articles, readers will learn about the Kakapo native to New Zealand, the Dumbo Octopus lying deep below the ocean surface, the Gerenuk antelope of East Africa, the Sun Bear of the tropical rainforests of Southeast Asia, the creepy Japanese Spider Crab and more. Voices offers readers a fictional narrative found in a bioligists notebook describing an extremely strange animal.

Facts and Myths About George Washington

Facts and Myths About George Washington | 960L | U,W | WC 1457

Numerous stories recounted about President George Washington have been passed down by history. These tales have become part of the lore concerning the founding of the United States of America. Some of the events in these tales actually transpired, but others are simply not true. Readers will learn about several such facts and myths in these series of articles. Voices offers readers an example of how myths commonly get started.

Famine to Fame | 960L | U,W | WC 1734

It was the great potato famine of Ireland in 1849 that caused Margaret and her family to flee their home and their country. Despite having to leave, there was great hope for Margaret knowing she was coming to America. Readers will enjoy this heartwarming story of a young girl who overcame the hardships of starvation and poverty to grow up and become a successful New York actress. It truly is a story of Famine to Fame. Readers will learn about the great potato famine, travel during that time, and the challenges of being a new immigrant in America.

The Water Cycle

Water Cycle | 960L | U,W | WC 1294

Readers will learn the major stages of the water cycle, changes during the water cycle, practices that can harm water sources, water reclamation and conservervation, and more in these series of nonfiction articles with lively and engaging illustrations. Voices offers readers a short story “A Day in a Life of a Water Droplet” as told in the first person of a water droplet.

From Tablets to Texting

From Tablets to Texting | 970L | X,Y | WC 1895

“It took many centuries to get from tablets to texting…and back to tablets.” So states the author of From Tablets to Texting. In a series of nonfiction articles, readers will learn about the Sumerians and their use of cuneiform,the writing of Hammurabi’s Code, and the Egyptian development of hieroglyphics. The articles on early writing are juxtoposed with the diary entries of a middle school girl who over time makes the connection between early writing and our modern use of tablets and texting.

Split Asunder

Split Asunder | 970L | X,Y | WC 1964

The American Civil War divided more than a nation. In Split Asunder, readers will learn how the war impacted a family in a series of poignant Civil War letters in a nonfiction account titled “Divided Family.” It wasn’t only families divided, border states like Missouri were divided as well – citizen against citizen. In “The Battle of Kirksville,” readers will learn about the consequences of a state divided. Split Asunder ends with two poignant poems; one penned by a Confederate solder, and another by a Union soldier. Truly, more than a nation was Split Asunder!

Unstoppable | 970L | X,Y | WC 2300

Unstoppable is a story of inner strength and determination. Readers will be inspired by the story of Pete Gray, the one-armed man who overcome incredible odds to play in major league baseball; Bethany Hamilton, the young surfer who overcame the loss of an arm and won numerous surfing awards, wrote a book which later became a Hollywood movie; and Natalie du Toit, a long distance swimmer who despite losing her leg, became on of the world’s fastest distance swimmers and qualified for the Olympics.

City of Secrets

City of Secrets | 980L |X,Y | WC 2764

The ancient Maya city of Palenque is often considered the most beautiful and mysterious of the ancient May ruins. In City of Secrets, readers will learn about this ancient city, its temples, leaders, and history in a series of nonfiction articles. These articles are accompanied by “Ikan and the Secret Within,” a suspenseful story of an adolescent boy seeking adventure in Pelanque.

Renewable Energy

Renewable Energy | 980L | X,Y| WC 1897

Renewable energy is all the rage today, but perhaps world economies aren’t quite ready to make the full transition to renewable energy. In these series of nonfiction articles, readers will learn about the facts and types both energy sources, and the challenges facing the growth and acceptance of renewable energy. Accompanying these articles, are a series of fictional news articles and editorials that help explain the arguments for and against these two energy forms. A perfect discussion starter!

The Great Wall of China

Great Wall of China | 980L | X,Y| WC 2020

For many centuries, the Great Wall of China has towered over the countryside, majestic and powerful, keeping watch over a great nation. In a series of nonfiction articles, readers will learn about the history of the Great Wall, who built it and how, and more. The articles are accompanied by an intriguing email thread between two students who are assigned research paper on the Great Wall of China.

The Solar System

Solar System | 980L | X,Y | WC 1619

Our solar system, home to Earth, is filled with wonders. In these series of nonfiction articles, readers will learn what makes up a solar system, our place in the solar system, objects in the solar system, exploring the solar system, and more.

History of Navigation

History of Navigation | 990L | X,Y | WC 1414

Today, we have many tools to help us locate places precisely and navigate across the vast emptiness of oceans and space. However, in the past, navigation was a great challenge. In these series of nonfiction articles, readers will learn how early seafaring explorers used the stars, how later explorers developed new navigational tools to traverse the oceans, and how modern science has allowed us to explore space and the depths of the oceans. Voices offers readers a short traditional tale of how a Native American used the stars to find his way back to his village.

Mariner’s Quest

Mariner’s Quest | 1000L | Z | WC 1656

Known as “the man without a country,” John Paul Jones was an American naval hero. Though he earned his fame as Father of the American Navy, trouble seemed to follow him. Of course, his temperament didn’t help! In this fictional encounter of a father and son (based on true facts), readers will learn the biography of John Paul Jones – his contributions and failings.

Patriotic Songs

Patriotic Songs | 1000L | Z | WC 1164

Most countries worldwide sing songs of patriotism. These patriotic songs celebrate the history, traditions, and struggles of that country. In these series of nonfiction articles, readers will learn about the history, songwriters, and lyrics of some of America’s great patriotic songs: “The Star-Spangled Banner,” “America, the Beautiful,” and “God Bless America.” Voices offers readers a fictional reflection of the success of “God Bless America” from the oral history of the great grandson of Irving Berlin.

Weather

Weather | 1010L | Z | WC 1818

Weather may seem random and mysterious, but there are a few basic principles that can explain most of the weather we encounter. In a series of nonfiction articles, readers will learn about the sun’s role in weather, the role pressure and humidity play in effecting weather, and how weather provides various winter activities for people to enjoy. These articles are accompanied by a weather cast written in the form of a television script, and a poem entitled “Roaring Storm.”

Explorers of Sea and Space

Explorers of Sea and Space | 1020L | Z | WC 1339

Since the dawn of time, some humans have ventured forth into unknown territories and uncharted seas. In these series of nonfiction articles, readers will learn about the explorations of fearless explores like Leif Eriksson, Christopher Columbus, Captain James Cooks, the journey of Charles Darwin, the explorations of the North and South Pole led by Robert Peary, Roald Amundsen, and the modern explorations of space.

Heroes of Hellas

Heroes of Hellas | 1020L | Z | WC 1614

Heroes of Hellas is all about myths, particularly Greek myths. Readers will learn about the origins of Greek myths, myths of past and present, and the influence these myths have had on language in a series of nonfiction articles. Accompanying these articles are a series of blog posts on the favorite Greek myths of Athena, the blog author.

Surge of Fear

Surge of Fear | 1030L | Z | WC 2692

Tsunamis are frightful disasters. In these series of nonfiction articles, readers will learn about the science behind waves and tsunamis, and the effects of these natural disasters. Adolescent readers who enjoy extreme sports will be fascinated by the accompanying interviews of surfers who ride the largest waves at some of the most famed surfing venues around the world. These interviews can only be told by the charming and entertaining Gretchen Crostser, a fictional sports writer for Xcessive Xploits.

Fifth Sun

Fifth Sun | 1040L | Z | WC 2295

Aztec culture is riddled with intrigue, excitement, and fascinating stories. Readers will encounter one of these stories in the Aztec creation myth, offering a fantastic glimpse into the minds of the early Aztec people. Following the creation myth, readers will learn about the fall of this great empire in “An Empire Falls,” a fictional account about of a young Aztec girl who witnesses the arrival of Cortés and his men in Tenochtitlán. Finally, readers will learn about the Spanish conquest of the Aztecs in “A New Empire.”

Sculpting a State

Sculpting a State | 1040L | Z | WC 1917

Various landforms in California can be attributed to both slow and abrupt changes. In a series of nonfiction articles, readers will learn how California has been shaped by these changes, whether from the movement of tectonic plates over time, or from abrupt changes like earthquakes and volcanoes. These articles are accompanied by a fictional account of a middle school class field trip, hosted by Professor Calvin Fournier, to some of the major geological sites in California effected by volcanoes, earthquakes, and the slow movement of divergent tectonic plates as in Death Valley.

The King in Queen's Clothing

The Queen in King’s Clothing: Queen Hatshepsut | 1100L | Z | WC 1722

In 2007, scientists used DNA to identify a mummy in Egypt estimated to be 3,500 years old and apparently that of a powerful Egyptian pharoah known as the “queen in king’s clothing” – the first great woman in history – Queen Hatshepsut. In a series of nonfiction articles, readers will learn about the early life of Queen Hatshepsut, life of a pharoah, her life as ruler, her successor, and the discovery of Queen Hatshepsut’s mummy remains. Readers will also enjoy a fictionalized memoir taken from the journal of Senemut found in the burial changer of Hatshepsut.

Underwater World

Underwater World | 1040L | Z | WC 1844

Three-fourths of the world’s surface is covered with water, and just below the surface of oceans, lakes, and rivers, are complex webs of plants and animals. In a series of nonfiction articles, readers will learn about the ocean zones of the marine biome, and the zones of the freshwater biome.These articles are accompanied by an aquarium tour led by Claire Lake, the Snap City Aquarium docent who will educate readers about various life forms residing deep in the ocean, among coral reefs, and in and around freshwater biomes while visiting the Small-Fry Pavilion, Coral Reef Exhibit, and Amphibian World.

Upheaval at Home

Upheaval at Home | 1040L | Z | WC 1703

Upheaval at Home centers on natural disasters. In a series of nonfiction articles, readers will learn about the devastations of various types of natural disasters, the three types of habitat losses, some benefits of natural disasters, the five deadliest natural disasters in human history, and more. These articles are followed by a fictional brochure entitled Home: Helping Organisms Mend Ecosystems.

Games of Honor

Games of Honor, Games of Glory | 1070L | Z | WC 2564

At first, the Olymipic Games lasted a single day, but the Games eventually were lengthened to five days. Readers of “The Olympic Games” will learn about the origins of the games, and about one of the most accomplished Greek athletes of ancient Greece, Milo of Croton. These articles are followed by a thoughtful presentation of cheating by athletes in “The Zanes of Olympia,” a fictional transcript (based on a true event) of a toast delivered by a passionate and idealistic young athlete to his teammates prior to the 1920 Summer Olympics in Antwerp, Belgium.

Flag for a Leg

Flag for a Leg | 1090L | Z | WC 2016

Will Mexico ever get back the wooden leg of Santa Ana, and will Texas ever get back the flag of Texas lost in the Alamo? In “A Flag Lost,” a fictional article based upon the memoir of William P. Huff, readers will learn how Mexico captured the flag of Texas at the Alamo. In a reading of “A Leg Lost,” an account based on an article in El Correo Nacional, a Mexico City newspaper dated October 1, 1842, readers will learn how Santa Ana lost his leg. Readers will learn the story of how America captured Santa Ana’s wooden leg in “A Leg Found,” a story based on a true account of the Battle of Cerro Godo in the Mexican/American War. Readers will find out if a trade ever happened in the article, “A Trade.”

The King in Queen's Clothing

The Queen in King’s Clothing: Queen Hatshepsut | 1100L | Z | WC 1722

In 2007, scientists used DNA to identify a mummy in Egypt estimated to be 3,500 years old and apparently that of a powerful Egyptian pharoah known as the “queen in king’s clothing” – the first great woman in history – Queen Hatshepsut. In a series of nonfiction articles, readers will learn about the early life of Queen Hatshepsut, life of a pharoah, her life as ruler, her successor, and the discovery of Queen Hatshepsut’s mummy remains. Readers will also enjoy a fictionalized memoir taken from the journal of Senemut found in the burial changer of Hatshepsut.

Assumed Identity

Assumed Identity | 1150L | Z | WC 2573

Wars are not only fought by men. Many brave and courageous women serve as well. Assumed Identity highlights such women. In “Disguised Identity,” readers will learn about three women who disguised themselves as men to fight in the Civil War. The article, “Acknowledged Identity” describes the women who have volunteered to serve in today’s armed forces. “Revealed Identity” offers readers a fictional transcript of the trial of Jennie Hodges for the crime of impersonating a man for the purpose of fighting in the Civil War.

Tarnished Sword

Tarnished Sword | 1170L | Z | WC 2384

The author writes in Tarnished Sword, “The idea of women battling for blood provoked significant interest within the Roman empire. As a result, the female gladiator was brought onto the battlefied.” In a series of intriguing articles, readers learn about the history of gladiatorial games, and the origin of gladiatrices as they were known. A poignant fictional letter penned by a gladiatrix to her sister before her final battle in the colliseum. The articles and letters are juxtoposed with an article about Lindsay Dozier, a police officer, mother, and an amateur boxer entitled “Females Who Fight” A Modern View.”