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Showtime Sabotage

Middle Grade Mystery

Green Valley Middle School’s theater students knew their production of Pirates and Lost Boys was cursed. After months of snow days, chicken pox, and flaring rivalries, they’ve finally made it to opening day. But when the lights go out and props and costumes get wrecked mere hours before showtime, the cast and crew suspect something even worse: sabotage.

Who would do such a thing? Was it a self-absorbed pirate worried about being upstaged by the incredible set? Or a new actor fearful of being outperformed? Or maybe it was rival students annoyed at having their talent show moved to the gym. Unless . . . the play couldn’t actually be cursed, could it?

Crack open a What Happened? book to investigate a preposterous mystery from four different perspectives. See what the witnesses get right . . . and what they get hilariously wrong. Bet you’ll never guess what really happened!

Author: Verity Weaver (pseudonym)
Illustrator: Courtney Huddleston
Publisher: Jolly Fish Press
ISBN: 1631634151
Publication Date: January 1, 2020

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Math Test Mischief

Middle Grade Mystery

It’s April Fools’ Day at Harwington Middle School. The eighth graders are on guard for mischief, waiting to see who can top last year’s classic white-toothpaste-filled-Oreos prank. But fake cockroaches are one thing. Missing math tests and the threat of having to retake the test the following day-are something else.

Who could have stolen those tests? Was it a slacker trying to force a retest? Or a lovesick boy hoping to protect a crush from a bad grade? How about a jealous teammate trying to frame the competition? Unless it was the prankster of all pranksters, trying to outdo himself in his last year of middle school. . . .

Crack open a What Happened? book to investigate a preposterous mystery from four different perspectives. See what the witnesses get right . . . and what they get hilariously wrong. Bet you’ll never guess what really happened!

Author: Verity Weaver (pseudonym)
Illustrator: Courtney Huddleston
Publisher: Jolly Fish Press
ISBN: 9781631633126
Publication Date: September 1, 2019

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Earning an Income

Nonfiction, part of the Strong, Healthy Girls series

Earning And Income's Cover has a girl standing at the counter of a deli, smiling and ready to serve customers.

Earning an Income explores ways that teens can find jobs and start making money, offering helpful suggestions on how to navigate interviewing, splurging after a first paycheck, and quitting a job. Features include an ‘ask the expert’ section, tips on keeping a healthy perspective through this stressful process, a glossary, additional resources, and an index.

Aligned to Common Core Standards and correlated to state standards.

Author: Rebecca J. Allen
Publisher: Abdo Publishing
ISBN: 9781532192166
Publication Date: December 15, 2020

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