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The Nocturnals

The Mysterious Abductions

Book #1 of The Nocturnals
Illustrated by Kate Liebman
Published by Fabled Films Press
Distributed by Simon & Schuster



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About The Book

The Nocturnals, a Kids' Indie Next Winner, is a fun-filled chapter book adventure series about three unusual animals who solve unpredictable mysteries with friendship, teamwork, and humor. Perfect for fans of Humphrey and InvestiGators.

Animals are disappearing without a trace—and it’s up to Dawn, a serious fox, Tobin, a sweet pangolin, and Bismark, a pint-sized sugar glider, to find out why. With the help of a gentle wombat, a jittery jerboa, a band of coyotes, and some silly bats, the Nocturnals journey to the depths of the earth and play a wacky, high-stakes game that will determine their survival.

  • Blends unusual animals and science for STEAM readers!
  • Now an AR Quiz
  • Full-color illustrations at the start of each chapter
  • Bonus Book Content: Nonfiction Animal Glossary, Author Q&A, and Book Club Questions

Turnkey Activities for Librarians & Teachers
Complimentary printables on the book's website include:
Animal Mask Crafts, Bingo & Word Game Activities
Common Core Language Arts and Next Generation Science educator guides

In the second chapter book, The Ominous Eye, Dawn a serious fox, Tobin a sweet pangolin, and Bismark a pint-sized sugar glider investigate a sudden jolt that cracks the earth! They meet a mysterious reptile, a tuatara, who claims the beast who caused the crack may strike again. But can this tuatara be trusted? The Nocturnals team up with a fun array of forest animals to uncover the truth!

About The Author

Tracey Hecht is a writer and entrepreneur who created The Nocturnals, the critically acclaimed middle grade and early reader series. The American Booksellers Association chose her first book, 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. With the New York Public Library, she has also created a Read Aloud Writing Program that has since been conducted in hundreds of schools, libraries, and bookstores. Other books in the Nocturnals middle grade series include The Ominous Eye, The Fallen Star, and The Hidden Kingdom. Tracey currently splits her time between New York City and Oquossoc, Maine, with her husband and four children.

About The Illustrator

Kate Liebman is an artist who lives and works in New York City. She graduated from Yale University and has an MFA from Columbia University. Kate contributes to the Brooklyn Rail, and has shown her work at multiple galleries. She grew up in Santa Monica, California.

Product Details

  • Publisher: Fabled Films Press (April 17, 2016)
  • Length: 232 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781944020026
  • Grades: 3 - 5
  • Ages: 9 - 12
  • Lexile ® 530L The Lexile reading levels have been certified by the Lexile developer, MetaMetrics®
  • Fountas & Pinnell™ S These books have been officially leveled by using the F&P Text Level Gradient™ Leveling System

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Raves and Reviews

“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 expected—because the best stories always take place in the dark!”

– R.L. Stine, Author of Goosebumps

“With numerous sequels already in the pipeline, Tracey Hecht's whimsical animal adventure is poised to deliver a raft of silliness, sweetness, and positive messages for years to come.”

– Common Sense Media

“This is an adventure worth reading, filled with excitement, danger, suspense and surprise. Each chapter begins with a small illustration and the language is clear and easy to understand.”

– School Library Connection

“A delightful adventure about the power of uncommon traits and the joys of newfound friendship.”

– Kirkus Reviews

“The characters are humorous and well developed, and the fast-moving plot features intrigue, unexpected twists, and the innovative hybrid hockey game. Accessible to upper elementary while sufficiently sophisticated for middle school, this new animal fantasy series should prove popular.”

– Booklist

“It’s the perfect reminder that some outside-of-the-curriculum learning can be some of the best ways to expand your imagination – and your world.”

– Nate Berkus, Author of The Things That Matter

“Tracey Hecht’s first novel is an appealing page-turner for middle-school readers, combining a likable cadre of unusual animal characters with fast-paced, clever dialogue and, of course, plenty of suspense.”

– BookPage

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