Middle Grade Books

The Chocolate Challenge

September 2018

The Chocolate Challenge

September 2018

The Chocolate Challenge is available exclusively in Scholastic Book Clubs and Book Fairs starting September 2018.  It will be on bookstore and library shelves in 2019.

Every year, Scottsbridge’s two elementary schools face off, competing to see who can sell more bars of the Fantastic Five, special chocolate bars available only once a year.  Winning’s a really big deal- and Deerfield Elementary always wins.

 

This year though, Granville Elementary is determined to level the playing field, even if it means making up some new rules of their own.  Co-captains Phoebe and Evan are sure that their creative new sales strategy- mixed with some ingenious pranks- will earn them the sweet taste of success.  But rival captains Gabe and Julie have a dangerous competitive streak, and they’re allergic to the idea of coming in second

 

Can the two teams sell more chocolate bars than ever before- or is the Chocolate Challenge headed for a total meltdown?

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*Selected for the Tennessee Volunteer State Book Award Master List 2019/2020

 

“Filled with fierce female characters and strong sibling bonds, both blood and adopted (Rosie was adopted from China at age three), this celebration of family from Benedis-Grab will speak to military and civilian readers alike.” – Publishers Weekly

“The mystery is exciting, containing just the right amount of tension and scary situations, [but] it’s the relationship among the children that gives the story life. Nonmilitary kids should enjoy seeing the challenges and fun of living on base.” – Kirkus Review

The Bailey kids’ mom has just been assigned to Fort Patrick—and it’s their first time actually living on an army base! Tom, Charlotte, and Rosie get to make new friends, explore the neighborhood, and cool off in the huge pool. Unfortunately, they also have to deal with the base bully, who seems determined to make Tom’s life completely miserable by telling everyone that he’s a wimp.

When the Baileys discover a mystery on base—an abandoned building long rumored to be haunted—they know that this is it: a way to show the world how brave Tom truly is. But when they go to investigate, they find there’s more to the house than just some old rumors. What is that weird equipment? And who is that suspicious man sneaking around inside?

It’s up to Charlotte, Tom, and Rosie to figure out the base’s secrets—and prove to everyone that no bully can keep the Bailey kids down.

Army Brats is a high spirited adventure about friendships, bravery, and being true to yourself.

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“The realistic family dynamics, focus on positive strength, and unwavering affection of a very special pup make this tale worthy of a curtain call.” – Publishers Weekly

“The heart-warming plot is solid and classic and the characters are vivid. This dog story is one with a happy, yet tearful, ending where the hero dog lives to see another day.” – Children’s Literature Review

Josie usually keeps to herself, but she comes out of her shell when she and her dog, Clementine, volunteer at the local hospital during the holiday season. Josie loves dressing up in silly costumes, singing carols, and helping to prepare for the big Christmas Festival. That is, until she learns that this year’s Festival has been canceled.

Meanwhile, Oscar’s parents are fighting more and more–and so is he. He gets into trouble at school, and his punishment? Volunteer hours at the local hospital.

Gabby’s life seems perfect. She’s stylish, smart, and everyone looks up to her. But Gabby has a secret, one that could ruin everything.

Then, Clementine disappears, Oscar’s parents separate, and Gabby’s secret is uncovered. Together, can Josie, Oscar, and Gabby find a way to save the holiday, or will this be the worst Christmas ever?

Daphne Benedis-Grab, author of The Angel Tree, has created a heartwarming story that sparkles with humor, light, and Christmas spirit.

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*Finalist for Triple Crown Children’s Book Awards

“Full of the type of warmth and good cheer found in favorite holiday movies . . . Benedis-Grab’s lively tale spotlights the time-honored tradition–and can-do citizens–that make a small town great, even in the face of financial struggle. . . . As the kids puzzle through clues, they discover things that bring them closer to their families, neighbors, and each other–all in time for a satisfying, celebratory reveal.” – Publishers Weekly

“A satisfying read on many levels–misunderstandings are resolved, lessons are learned,
friendships evolve, and positive behavior is rewarded. Be sure to have a box of tissues handy.” – School Library Journal

A heartwarming Christmas mystery and friendship story!

Every Christmas in the small town of Pine River, a tree appears in the town square–the Angel Tree. Some people tie wishes to the tree, while others make those wishes come true. Nobody’s ever known where the tree comes from, but the mystery has always been part of the tradition’s charm.

This year, however, four kids who have been helped–Lucy, Joe, Max, and Cami–are determined to solve the mystery and find out the true identity of the town’s guardian angel, so that Pine River can finally thank the person who brought the Angel Tree to their town.

This is a heartwarming Christmas mystery, full of friendship, discovery, and loads of holiday cheer!

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