Stranger Things

By David Lubar; Matt Loveridge (Illustrator)
(Branches, Paperback, 9780545496025, 90pp.)

Publication Date: April 2013

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This wacky new series will have kids on the edge of their seats!

This series is part of Scholastic's early chapter book line, Branches. Aimed at 5- to 7-year-olds, this line of books is for children who are just starting to read independently. 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!

LOONIVERSE is an exciting new series that combines fantasy and humor. In this first book, Ed finds a coin bearing the words "strange, stranger." Once this coin comes into his life, strange things start happening all around him. One of his friends gets stuck in midair, his brother turns into a pool float, and his sister's food makes its way off her plate! Even more bizarre events all lead up to a surprise ending, leaving Ed with a new responsibility and a realization that there's more to this mysterious coin than meets the eye!

About the Author
David Lubar created a sensation with his debut novel, "Hidden Talents", an ALA Best Book for Young Adults. Thousands of kids and educators across the country have voted "Hidden Talents" onto over twenty state lists. David is also the author of "True Talents", the sequel to "Hidden Talents"; "Flip", an ALA Best Book for Young Adults and a VOYA Best Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror selection; five short story collections: "In the Land of the Lawn Weenies", "Invasion of the Road Weenies", "The Curse of the Campfire Weenies", "The Battle of the Red Hot Pepper Weenies", and "Attack of the Vampire Weenies"; and the Nathan Abercrombie, Accidental Zombie series. Lubar grew up in Morristown, New Jersey, and he has also lived in New Brunswick, Edison and Piscataway, NJ, and Sacramento, CA. Besides writing, he has also worked as a video game programmer and designer. He now lives in Nazareth, Pennsylvania.

Shared love of books brought Nick and Tara O'Riley together-they met while working at Borders Books and Music.

With "Boomish K. Sullivan and the Magic Pancake Pan", the writing duo breathes to life a story that teaches children the importance of friendship and responsibility, through a silly sense of humor and lighthearted pace. Amid a market saturated with children's literature trending toward darker themes and moods, the O'Rileys set out to go against the grain and celebrate the only time in one's life to be truly silly: childhood.

Nick has a bachelor's in print journalism. Tara has a master's in educational psychology. This is the O'Rileys' first writing collaboration, but not their first experience sharing with their children the magic that a good story can deliver.

They live in Northern California, with their three children, two dogs, and a cat.

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