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The Nocturnals Explore Unique Adaptations of Nighttime Animals

Nonfiction Chapter Book Companion to The Mysterious Abductions

Published by Fabled Films Press
Distributed by Simon & Schuster

About The Book

Explore Unique Nocturnal Animal Adaptations & Fun Facts with The Nocturnals!
Great Middle Grade Nonfiction for Kids Ages 9–12 with 150 Full-Color Photos.
"[Book will] keep young naturalists reading well past sunset." - Kirkus Reviews

Connect kids to the science in The Nocturnals middle grade fiction series by Tracey Hecht! Discover the special adaptations that help nocturnal animals succeed in the dark and investigate conservation efforts for these incredible species. The book includes over 150 full-color photographs of animals.

Using fun facts and a narrative from the adventurous Nocturnals characters—Dawn the fox, Tobin the pangolin, and Bismark the sugar glider—this companion nonfiction book takes the reader around the world and investigates the adaptations of nighttime animals to their natural habitats. 

Inside You’ll Find: 

  • Animals from around the world: red foxes, pangolins, sugar gliders, wombats, woylies, bandicoots, owls, crocodiles, kiwis, tuataras, aye-ayes, jerboas, bats, vipers, coyotes, and more!
  • Night Notes & Fun Facts
  • Nocturnal Feature Icon Key
  • Animal Glossary with full-color photos
  • Word Glossary to build STEM vocabulary
  • At-Home Science Resources

Educational Leveling: 
Lexile: 930L
Fountas & Pinnell: S

Perfect for the school, classroom, or library! The world of The Nocturnals goes beyond the books: our website features fun printable activities for parents or caregivers and their children as well as Common Core Language Arts and Next Generation Science guides for teachers and librarians to support the book program.

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.

Product Details

  • Publisher: Fabled Films Press (November 29, 2022)
  • Length: 128 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781944020729
  • Grades: 3 - 5
  • Ages: 9 - 12

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Raves and Reviews

A fictive squad of nighttime animals shines lights on some of their real cousins... Though the language is informal and every short chapter includes mention, usually with photos, of animal babies (aww), the co-author does introduce chewy vocabulary (crepuscularcathemeral), explains the mechanisms of echolocation and how foxes use Earth’s magnetic field to zero in on prey, and tucks further detail into a listing of further information on each animal, such as diet and habitat…likely to keep young naturalists reading well past sunset.” 

– Kirkus Reviews

[The] narration is accompanied by endearing color photographs and fun animal profiles...recurring visual cues draw attention to facts and tidbits to promote further exploration...a welcoming introduction to nighttime animals that celebrates biodiversity.

– Foreword Reviews

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