"The books celebrate the very meaningful idea of friendship."—Amy Poehler's Smart Girls
In the third middle grade chapter book,The Fallen Star, Dawn, Tobin, and Bismark awaken to disaster! A meteor has landed, blue lights glow near the crater, and animals are strangely affected. As the Nocturnal Brigade investigates, they encounter Iris, a strange aye-aye, who claims moon monsters are to blame. The Nocturnal Brigade suspects a more earthly explanation and bands together to find the answers. In the end, the Nocturnal Brigade—Dawn, Tobin, and Bismark—solves this mystery and unites the forest.
GREAT FOR HOMESCHOOLING! Download the series'scomplimentary printable online activities at nocturnalsworld.com: animal mask crafts, bingo, word games, discussion questions, andCommon Core Language Arts and Next Generation Science educator guides.
Bonus full color illustrations at the start of each chapter (Ages 8-10)
The Nocturnals is a critically acclaimed middle grade chapter book series following three unlikely friends—Dawn, a serious fox, Tobin, a sweet pangolin, and Bismark, a pint-sized sugar glider. Discover the friendships, teamwork, and humor as the Nocturnal Brigade solves the unpredictable mysteries of the night.
The adventure continues inThe Hidden Kingdom, the fourth book of The Nocturnals series by Tracey Hecht. When Dawn, Tobin, and Bismark travel to a distant watering hole, the ground swirls, bark jumps off trees, and tumbleweeds chase after them. Is the forest suddenly alive? Only the Nocturnals can solve the mystery and unite the forest!
Tracey Hecht has written, directed, and produced for film. The American Booksellers Association chose the first book in her critically acclaimed middle grade series,The Nocturnals: The Mysterious Abductions, as a Kids’ Indie Next List pick. In addition, her Grow & Read early reader book,The Chestnut Challenge, was given a Mom’s Choice Gold Award. In partnership with the New York Public Library, Tracey created a Read Aloud Writing Program that she has since conducted—both in person and virtually—in over 100 schools, libraries, and bookstores across the country. Other books in the Nocturnals middle grade series includeThe Ominous Eye, The Fallen Star,andThe Hidden Kingdom. Tracey currently splits her time between New York City and Oquossoc, Maine, with her husband and four children.
“Featuring spirited animal characters who deal with real-life scenarios in a relatable way...the books celebrate the very meaningful idea of friendship and what it means to forge positive relationships.”—Amy Poehler's Smart Girls
“The series addresses bullying and empathy in an easy, accessible way, and the books are meant to be read aloud.”—New York Post
“The Nocturnals is an enchanting story about a group of animals who band together to protect their friends and find adventure. The characters are delightful and the nighttime landscape is captivating. It was just as I expectedâ??because the best stories always take place in the dark!”â??R.L. Stine, author of Goosebumps
“Hecht serves up both a curious adventure and interesting zoological facts in this volume. Her descriptions of flora, fauna, and natural phenomena are vivid and immediate…Fresh and fun: the brigade delights as it explores another forest mystery.” (Fantasy 9-12) —Kirkus Reviews
“Our heroes hold fast to their established personas: Dawn is the wise and mysterious fox; Bismark is the vainglorious sugar glider who manages to rise to even greater levels of lovable obnoxiousness, and sweet Tobin is the plodding pangolin, whose heroics involve a skunklike spray he emits when threatened... Once again, the trio's mutual loyalty and dependence on each other's unique talentsâ??be they what they areâ??save the day. This is a worthy addition to the franchise.”â??Booklist
“Hecht knows her audience and has written a well-paced story with short chapters that keep readers hanging on to the end... The unlikely alliance of the Brigade members, animals who come from disparate ecosystems, offers an example of unique individuals forming strong friendships.”â??Deseret News, Salt Lake City, UT
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