Bear on the Loose!: A Branches Book (Hilde Cracks the Case #2) (Paperback)

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Bear on the Loose!: A Branches Book (Hilde Cracks the Case #2) By Hilde Lysiak, Matthew Lysiak, Joanne Lew-Vriethoff (Illustrator) Cover Image
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I love this series because it has all the elements of a great read for developing readers—short chapters, a table of contents, map, glossary, illustrations and a curious budding detective on a mission to solve strange happenings in her neighborhood. With the help of her older sister, Hilde gets to the bottom of what really happened when a UFO is spotted or how a fire started. The characters in this series treat each other with empathy and kindness, and it’s fun to see how Hilde Crack the Case!

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There's a bear on the loose in Selinsgrove! But don't worry -- real-life reporter and media sensation Hilde Lysiak is on the case!

Pick a book. Grow a Reader!This series is part of Scholastic's early chapter book line Branches, aimed at newly independent readers. With easy-to-read text, high-interest content, fast-paced plots, and illustrations on every page, these books will boost reading confidence and stamina. Branches books help readers grow!Nine-year-old crime reporter Hilde Lysiak is back for the second book in this early chapter book mystery series! This time, there's a bear on the loose in Selinsgrove! Hilde knows a BIG story when she hears one, and she's determined to get the scoop. So she and her sister/photographer, Izzy, set out to track the bear and find out where he came from. But how will they find the bear? And can Hilde crack this case before someone gets hurt? Joanne Lew-Vriethoff's personality-filled black-and-white illustrations appear on every page, bringing Hilde's adventures to life for young readers!

About the Author

Hilde Lysiak is the 11-year-old publisher of Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania's newspaper, the Orange Street News. The paper has 700+ paid subscribers and is read by thousands more online. Hilde's journalism efforts have been profiled by the New York Times, Columbia Journalism Review, NBC Today, and hundreds of other newspapers and television stations around the world. Hilde is cowriting the Scholastic Branches series Hilde Cracks the Case with her dad, Matthew Lysiak.
Matthew Lysiak is a nationally recognized journalist and author. He has reported for the New York Daily News, Newsweek, the New York Sun, AM New York, and the Guardian. He has also appeared as a contributor on The Today Show, MSNBC, and countless other media outlets to discuss his work. He coauthored the young adult memoir of teen scientist Jack Andraka, Breakthrough: How One Teen Innovator Is Changing the World, and was the author of Newtown: An American Tragedy. Matthew is cowriting the Branches early chapter book series Hilde Cracks the Case with his daughter, Hilde Kate Lysiak.
JOANNE LEW-VRIETHOFF is the acclaimed illustrator of many picture books, including Beautiful by Stacy McAnulty, named among School Library Journal's 2016 Books with a Message. She is a Mom's Choice Gold Award medal winner whose illustrations can be found in The Dancing Pancake by Eileen Spinelli and Peace, Baby! by Linda Ashman. Joanne also is the illustrator of the Hilde Cracks the Case series by Hilde Lysiak. She lives in Amsterdam with her husband and two children.

Praise For…

Praise for Hero Dog! (Hilde Cracks the Case #1):"This mystery series is sure to win over readers diving into beginning chapter books. Like other titles in the 'Branches' line, pictures and text work together to tell the story. Fast-paced action helps maintain budding readers' attention. Pages from Hilde's notebook introduce new vocabulary and model questioning. The right amount of support and repetition is given for students transitioning into a more independent phase of reading, and many will find themselves working to solve the mystery alongside the protagonist. Teachers will appreciate using this series to teach questioning words.... VERDICT: A solid addition to most chapter book collections, especially where there are mystery fans." -- School Library Journal"It's a light, quick-moving mystery, and the young author's backstory will undoubtedly inspire many aspiring writers, reporters, and sleuths." -- Publisher's Weekly"Entertaining and fast-paced." -- Kirkus ReviewsPraise for Branches books:"A nice stepping stone to more advanced chapter books." -- Booklist

Product Details
ISBN: 9781338141580
ISBN-10: 1338141589
Publisher: Scholastic Inc.
Publication Date: October 31st, 2017
Pages: 96
Language: English
Series: Hilde Cracks the Case