New Release Books by Gwendolyn Hooks

Gwendolyn Hooks is the author of History Smashers: The Underground Railroad (2022), Ona Judge Outwits the Washingtons (2019), Bobby's Big Bear Hunt (2017), Planting Peace (2021) and other 50 books.

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History Smashers: The Underground Railroad

release date: May 17, 2022
History Smashers: The Underground Railroad
Myths! Lies! Secrets! Uncover the hidden truth about the Underground Railroad and Black Americans' struggle for freedom. Perfect for fans of I Survived! and Nathan Hale's Hazardous Tales. Before the Civil War, there was a crack team of abolitionists who used quilts and signal lanterns to guide enslaved people to freedom. RIGHT? WRONG! The truth is, the Underground Railroad wasn't very organized, and most freedom seekers were on their own. With a mix of sidebars, illustrations, photos, and graphic panels, acclaimed author Kate Messner and coauthor and Brown Bookshelf contributor Gwendolyn Hooks deliver the whole truth about the Underground Railroad. Discover the nonfiction series that smashes everything you thought you knew about history!

Ona Judge Outwits the Washingtons

release date: Oct 01, 2019
Ona Judge Outwits the Washingtons
Soon after American colonists had won independence from Great Britain, Ona Judge was fighting for her own freedom from one of America's most famous founding fathers, George Washington. George and Martha Washington valued Ona as one of their most skilled and trustworthy slaves, but she would risk everything to achieve complete freedom. Born into slavery at Mount Vernon, Ona seized the opportunity to escape when she was brought to live in the President's Mansion in Philadelphia. Ona fled to New Hampshire and started a new life. But the Washingtons wouldn't give up easily. After her escape, Ona became the focus of a years-long manhunt, led by America's first president. Gwendolyn Hooks' vivid and detailed prose captures the danger, uncertainty, and persistence Ona Judge experienced during and after her heroic escape. The Capstone Interactive edition comes with simultaneous access for every student in your school and includes read aloud audio recorded by professional voice over artists.

Bobby's Big Bear Hunt

release date: Dec 13, 2017
Bobby's Big Bear Hunt
Read Along or Enhanced eBook: When Bobby goes off on his own, his sister decides to teach him a lesson. Safety: Buddy Systems.

Planting Peace

release date: Jun 29, 2021
Planting Peace
This is the inspiring story of Wangari Maathai, women's rights activist and one of the first environmental warriors. Overcoming great obstacles, Wangari began the Green Belt Movement in Kenya in the 1960s, which focused on planting trees, environmental conservation and women's rights. She inspired thousands across Africa to plant 30 million trees in 30 years, saving many from hunger and poverty. Her remarkable story of courage and determination shows how just one person can change the world.

Block Party

release date: Mar 15, 2017
Block Party
The neighborhood is having a block party and everyone is expected to bring food to share. Padma's mother decides to bring a pot of homemade soup, and Padma worries that her friends will not like it.

The Garden

release date: Jan 01, 2018
The Garden
In this new book in the popular Confetti Kids series, Lily and her friends volunteer to help at the public garden, where they learn that plants need water, sun, and--just like them--time to grow.

Pet Wash

release date: Sep 03, 2020
Pet Wash
Jake wants to buy a gift for his teacher, but he doesn't have any money. Jake calls the Pet Club into action, and they wash people's pets to earn some money. Will they raise enough money to buy Mr Carter a present?

Pets at the Party

release date: Aug 06, 2020

Music Time

release date: Jan 01, 2017
Music Time
In this early chapter book, part of the Confetti Kids series, Henry tries to find a place where he can practice his drums without disturbing his mom.

Pet Club Pack A of 4

release date: Feb 06, 2020

The Noisy Night

release date: Feb 06, 2020
The Noisy Night
The Pet Club is going camping! From bonfires and tasty treats to scary stories and strange noises, this will be one fun adventure!

The Cat Food Mystery

release date: Feb 06, 2020
The Cat Food Mystery
When Kayla discovers that something is eating Daisy's cat food, she immediately calls the Pet Club to action. They grab their pets and start to gather clues. Will they solve the case of the cat food thief?

Pet Fancy Dress Party

release date: Jan 23, 2020
Pet Fancy Dress Party
Andy is having a Halloween party for the Pet Club. All of his friends and their pets are going to dress up. However, Andy doesn't have a costume for his pet fish, Nibbles. What kind of costume will work for a fish?

The Best Trick

release date: Aug 01, 2010
The Best Trick
Jake brings his dog Buddy to school on Pet Day and can't wait to show his classmates all the tricks Buddy can perform.

Pet Costume Party

release date: Jan 01, 2011
Pet Costume Party
Andy invites his friends and their pets to a Halloween costume party, but he has trouble deciding on the right costume for his fish, Nibbles.

If You Were a Kid During the Civil Rights Movement

release date: Feb 01, 2017
If You Were a Kid During the Civil Rights Movement
Joyce Jenkins has recently moved to a new town with her family, and she will soon be attending a segregated school for the first time. Meanwhile, Connie Underwood is trying to figure out what her twin brothers are planning in secret. Follow along wit

Bug Club Grey a Porpoises in Peril

release date: Jan 17, 2017
Bug Club Grey a Porpoises in Peril
This title is part of Pearson's Bug Club - the first whole-school reading programme that joins books and an online reading world to teach today's children to read. In this Grey A (KS2) level book: When the islanders notice that the porpoises are getting sick, Professor Q immediately calls in the Science Squad! Can Jada, Kate, Cam, and Reggie use their scientific and observation skills to find out what.......or who.......is making the porpoises unwell?

Find the Cat!

release date: Aug 01, 2010
Find the Cat!
When her cat, Daisy, goes missing, Kayla calls her friends for help and soon the entire Pet Club is on the case.

Tiny Stitches

release date: May 15, 2016
Tiny Stitches
A biography of Vivien Thomas, an African American surgical technician who developed the first procedure used to perform open-heart surgery on children.
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