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  • Darcy Pattison

    'Doing alien voices gives narrator Josiah John Bildner a fun challenge. . . This is a worthy addition to the alien genre for kids.' Audiofile Magazine   “amusing” and “engaging and accessible.” Publisher's Weekly   “This fun chapter book series is out of this world.” School Library Journal   KELL, THE ALIEN, Book 1 Fitting in at a new school is hard! And Kell Smith has it even harder because he’s a real alien! His family has shipwrecked on Earth and they can’t escape.   The hardest thing is making friends. Kell discovers that his neighbor, Bree Hendricks, turns 9-years-old next month and she wants a party with an alien theme. Kell’s family...read more

  • Jack Erickson

    A school boy is bullied by a classmate to follow a beautiful young woman when she gets off a bus. He follows her home and becomes fascinated about her private life. Six year later when he's in college, he sees her in in an office. He returns secretly at night, finds her desk, learns her name, and sees family photos.  Years later, he meets her professionally and she shares her personal information applying for a mortgage. He knows her address and has keys to her home. His curiosity becomes an obsession and he stalks her using technology until his fascination ends in a shocking...read more

  • Jack Erickson

    Former high school football teammates meet at a wedding ten years after a violent tackle on the football field crippled one.The crippled teammate, whose promising tennis career was ruined, is a bartender at the wedding reception. His former teammate is the arrogant, drunken groom. Revenge becomes a deadly wedding...read more

  • Tabatha Raynaud

    Are you tired of working for others and want to become your own boss? Do you have a set of skills that could see you become a valued freelancer, able to command your own price? Do you have access to the internet and a will to succeed? As the world becomes a smaller place and the internet reaches into almost every home and business on the planet, so the way we work is changing too. Fast disappearing are the traditional 9-5 office jobs or factory shifts and in their place we see more and more freelancers taking on the bulk of the workload. The reasons are simple; it’s often cheapoer for the business and the flexibility is perfect for the freelancer. If you have considered becoming a...read more

  • Darcy Pattison

    It's the first day of school. Howie is worried. Will he find a friend? With high hopes, Howie goes to robotics club. But no one chooses him as a partner. Then Lincoln bounds into the room. The strange new bird is too big and fluffy. Howie hides! The teacher, however, puts the unlikely pair together. Will they be able to accept each other's wonky ideas and become friends? For STEM classes, this story emphasizes the discussion of form v. function. It encourages divergent thinking as Lincoln and Howie design a robot. For kids who are rigid and inflexible, they'll see the value of considering different options, and accepting those who are...read more

  • Darcy Pattison

    I Want a Cat: My Opinion Essay By Darcy Pattison, Illustrated by Ewa O'Neill Hurrah for Essays! All writing lessons should be this much fun. When cousins Mellie and Dennis decide to get a cat, they consider carefully what breed would be best for each family. For example, Mellie wants a cat that pounces, but Dennis wants a lazy cat, like his lazy dog, Clark Kent. Mellie wants a lap cat, but Dennis just wants a warm body BESIDE him. They consider different cat personalities, family situations, and personal preferences. Mellie writes an opinion essay for her teacher, Mr. Eagle. But will her essay convince her parents to get the cat of her dreams? This story takes a popular...read more

  • Darcy Pattison

    A hectic chase inspires Dennis's amazing narrative essay. A romp with his best friend, a Bernese Mountain Dog named Clark Kent, inspires Dennis to write a narrative essay. Recently, Mom asked Dennis to put a leash on Clark Kent so they could take the dog to the veterinarian for shots. Clark gave them all a merry chase! There's lots of action to love here. In this third installment of the The Read and Write Series, children's book author and writing teacher, Darcy Pattison, entertains kids while also teaching them how-to-write. This book packages a complete narrative essay lesson plan into an engaging story about a boy and his dog. Adding sensory details is demonstrated on each page...read more

  • Darcy Pattison

    I Want a Dog: My Opinion Essay By Darcy Pattison, Illustrated by Ewa O'Neill Hurrah for Essays! All writing lessons should be this much fun. When cousins Dennis and Mellie decide to get a dog, they consider carefully what breed would be best for each family. For example, Dennis wants a big dog, but Mellie wants tiny. He has no other pets, but she has other pets that a dog must get along with. They consider different dog personalities, family situations, and personal preferences. Dennis writes an opinion essay for his teacher, Mrs. Shirky. But will his essay convince his parents to get the dog of his dreams? This story takes a popular subject—kids getting a pet—and...read more

  • Darcy Pattison

    When the family gathers for Grandma's birthday, they spend the day at the local K-9 Karnival. Cousins Dennis and Mellie get their faces painted, learn how to give a dog a bath, and march in a parade. At home, they write informative essays about the day. Two full mentor essays are included. With the homework done, it's time for Grandma's birthday party! This is Book 4 in The Read and Write Series, that feature these cousins, their pets and great essays. WHAT THEY ARE SAYING ABOUT THE READ AND WRITE SERIES Hurrah for Essays! All writing lessons should be this much fun. - “. . .fill(s) a niche for teachers. . .”  - School Library Journal...read more

  • Darcy Pattison

    KIRKUS REVIEW: 'Pattison takes a complicated scientific theory and makes it not just fairly understandable, but entertaining as well.' In 1915, British astronomer Arthur Stanley Eddington was fascinated with Einsteins new theory of general relativity. The theory talks about how forces push and pull objects in space. Einstein said that the sun's gravity could pull and bend light. To test this, astronomers decided to photograph a solar eclipse. The eclipse would allow them to photograph the stars before and during the solar eclipse. If the star's position moved, then it was evidence that that light had bent. Eddington and his team traveled from England to the island of...read more

  • Darcy Pattison

    2019 NSTA Outstanding Science Trade Book SLJ Review: "engaging narrative...enjoyable read...."   NSTA: "A sound representation of sound! Takes the, sometimes hard to grasp, concept of sound and sound waves and makes it fun to learn."   MIDWEST BOOK REVIEWS: "...CLANG is both witty, factual, and charmingly illustrated with humorous colored illustrations."   Elementary Science - Sound and Sound Waves What if your science experiments were so interesting that even an Emperor wanted to know more?   In 1806, scientist Ernst Chladni (KLOD-nee) left Germany for a three-year road trip, entertaining Europeans with his science.   He made wires, columns of...read more

  • Darcy Pattison

    Who holds the world record triple jump record — for bullfrogs? Rosie, the Ribeter. She set the record in May 1986 at 21 feet 5 3/4 inches. Her record has stood for over 30 years. This is her story. It all started with Mark Twain and his famous story, 'The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County.' After it was published, the Calaveras County fair started the Jumping Frog Jubilee(TM), which has run since 1928. Over the years, the frogs have jumped farther. Why? Scientists say it's because of the frog jockeys, the men and women who catch and jump the frogs. Listen to this extraordinary story of a man and a...read more

  • Darcy Pattison

    Book 1, THE KITTYTUBERS series 'Justin Beiber meets The One and Only Ivan' Quiet on the set! Come behind the scenes of your favorite cat videos in this funny adventure for chapter book and intermediate readers. On a glittering night of destiny, a cat star is born. The Majestic Kennels, home to the famous cats of KittyTube, welcomes a new kitten, Angel Persian. Angel is eager to follow in the footsteps of her famous mother and father and become a Kittytube sensation. You'll be there when - Angel aces her first screen test - She opens her eyes - what will she see? - She shivers - and charms - her way through her first...read more

  • Darcy Pattison

    'A funny, creative take on a well-known fairy tale.' Kirkus review Have you heard of Goldilocks? Of course, you have! She's the name-fame-dame. That long-strong, bold-gold hair has earned her an international reputation. And she knows it. Goldilocks thinks she can do anything she wants. Breaking and entering? No problem. Theft? No problem. Damaging property? No problem. Until the glitzy-see neighbors are tick-tock-talking. And they decide to take action. Will Goldilocks be able to use her fame-name to get out of trouble? Or will she wind up in folktale-jail? This fun spoof on Goldilocks is rollicking with word...read more

  • Darcy Pattison

    The stage was set for a showdown: Man v. Machine. On March 9, 2016, the AlphaGo artificial intelligence computer program played the board game, GO, against the world champion, Lee Sedol. The Game: Go is the oldest board game in the world. Games are perfect tests for A.I because they keep score. It's easy to see when the A.I. is improving. The Man: Korean Lee Sedol was the world’s top Go player. He expected to win all five games of the match. Could the A.I. teach him anything? The Machine: Developed in 2014, AlphaGo was a computer artificial intelligence program designed to play Go by using deep learning to recognize patterns in the game. It had already...read more

  • Darcy Pattison

    '...Pattison's characters delight...' Kirkus Review of Book 1 Kittywood is all abuzz trying to guess which of the 27 kittens will be cut. Angel and Jazz hope to make the final twenty, but to do that, they need views. That means, more pressure on every video. They need stronger ideas and better acting. To make it even harder, Director Stanley gives them all a new challenge. Ex-Marine Captain Piper Crouch will teach the kittens acrobatics. Angel is shocked! From a height of ten feet, they expect her to do a double flip and land safely. Landing isn’t the problem for cats, of course. It’s the double-flip. It becomes Angel’s new passion. In this continuing chapter...read more

  • Darcy Pattison

    '...Pattison's characters delight...' Kirkus Review of Book 1 Angel Persian, a kitten born into a famous KittyTube family, faces her biggest acting challenge yet. The clock is ticking! By the month's end, only ten kittens will be offered acting contracts. Stardom! Will she be chosen? Angel must visit the different kennels, work with each director, and rack up views on KittyTube. Will she find a kennel to call home? The five kennels are so different! Some aim for slow and steady growth, but some love fast and flashy. One kennel is known for its encouragement while another is competitive. Which would suit her better: a laid-back or a work-hard attitude?...read more

  • Darcy Pattison

    2021 Eureka! Nonfiction Honor Book 2021 Arkansiana Award Did you know that you have a little bit of dinosaur in you? And it's your mother's fault. She fed you that cheese sandwich, which had a calcium atom that used to be in the bones of a T-rex. This humorous story follows a calcium atom as it journeys from dry bones to your jawbone! Inspired by U.S. environmentalist Aldo Leopoldo, this story follows a little bit of dinosaur, calcium atom‚ it travels over time from a dinosaur to a child. In his 1949 classic, A Sand County Almanac, Leopoldo beautifully discussed how man and nature are interconnected. This amazing circle of life is illustrated with humor...read more

  • Darcy Pattison

    “Pattison’s text begs to be read aloud and Joven’s spreads offer dynamic visuals…” —Kirkus Reviews Come one, come all! The Gingerbread Fair opens soon! Teams of kids are baking, building, and decorating. The project guidelines are clear: the winning house must stand upright on its own and a gingerbread boy and girl must fit inside. Sounds easy? It would be except…cookies burn, the icing is too thin, the house caves-in, someone is eating the candy decorations, and—oh!—they forgot about the gingerbread boy and girl. Follow the team as they struggle to create the perfect gingerbread house. Young engineers will learn to overcome problems and press...read more

  • Darcy Pattison

    "...provides clear, understandable, but not oversimplified explanations in an attractively presented format. The notebook entries make for compelling study..." Kirkus Reviews Put scientists out in the field-where they observe and learn from their subjects-and exciting things happen. Join fourteen American scientists as they watch sleeping hippos, avoid cactus thorns, hide snakes under their skirts, make jokes, and draw elephants, termites, or squids. Drawing from the original field notebooks of scientists, kids will learn about descriptive, informative, humorous, and expository writing. Scientists use notebooks to summarize data, draw maps, or draw specimen. Represented...read more