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Drake Makes a Splash!

Book #8 of Galaxy Zack
Illustrated by Colin Jack



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About The Book

Zack tries to help Drake learn to swim in this chapter book adventure—but is he in over his head?

Zack is surprised when he discovers that his best friend Drake doesn’t know how to swim! With a little patience and some help, Zack has Drake splashing around in the water in no time. But swimming is another matter. Will Drake overcome his fear and learn how to swim in time for another galactic adventure?

With easy-to-read language and illustrations on almost every page, the Galaxy Zack chapter books are perfect for beginning readers.


Drake Makes a Splash Chapter 1 Heat Wave
Nebulon’s two suns shone down brightly. Summer had come to the planet, and the temperature was close to 110 degrees.

And today was the coolest day in more than a week.

Zack Nelson walked down the main street of Creston City with his friend Drake Taylor. Figuring out how to stay cool was getting harder and harder.

“We could go back to the indoor snow-slide and ride the slippo-discs down the mondo-hill again,” Drake suggested.

“Nah, we did that yesterday,” Zack pointed out. “What about going swimming in the Nebu-Dome?”

The Nebu-Dome was a recreation center. It had a running track, ball courts, and a big pool.

“I do not think so,” replied Drake.

“Well, we have to do something,” said Zack. “I can’t take much more of this heat. Even the stripe-o-dils are wilting!”

Zack pointed to a patch of flowers. Each flower was shaped like a rose, but was covered in black and white stripes like a zebra. The stripe-o-dils usually loved the heat, but now they were bent over, leaning toward the ground. They looked as if they were searching for a cool drink of water.

Then Zack spied something up ahead that made his eyes open wide.

“Look!” he said, pointing to a sign in front of the Creston Vivi-Theater. “There’s a new vivi-vid playing. We’re saved!”

Vivi-vids were special movies made on Nebulon. Zack had seen 3-D movies back on Earth, but vivi-vids took the 3-D experience to a whole new level. They made those watching them feel like they were part of the movie.

“White-Water Wonders!” said Zack, reading the sign. The image showed two Nebulites in a thin metal raft zooming through a raging river.

“Perfect!” cried Zack. “Putting ourselves into a white-water adventure on a river should cool us right off!”

Zack hurried toward the theater entrance. A few seconds later he realized that Drake was trailing behind him. Zack waited for Drake to catch up.

“What’s wrong, Drake?” he asked. “Don’t you think this is a good idea?”

“Well . . .” Drake paused. “Maybe.”

“Of course it is!” said Zack. “Come on!”

“Okay, I guess,” said Drake.

I wonder what’s up with Drake, Zack thought. Then the two friends walked into the vivi-theater.

About The Author

Ray O’Ryan has loved space stories ever since he watched the very first episode of Star Trek. He loves to imagine what traveling across the galaxy might be like and is a bit jealous of Galaxy Zack in this regard. 

About The Illustrator

Colin Jack is originally from Vancouver, Canada, and has illustrated several children’s books. He currently works at DreamWorks Animation as a story artist and character designer and lives in the Bay Area with his wife and two sons.

Product Details

  • Publisher: Little Simon (May 6, 2014)
  • Length: 128 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781442493612
  • Grades: K - 4
  • Ages: 5 - 9
  • Lexile ® 620L The Lexile reading levels have been certified by the Lexile developer, MetaMetrics®

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