Inspired by the idea of producing relevant and engaging young adult books that would have appealed to themselves as readers, Scobre has created a successful line of educational books designed to truly interest young people. Includes the Home Run/Touchdown designation (same book, different Lexile levels, to help make the content accessible for all levels of readers).
Nonfiction and fiction titles include relevant information and positive messages on current topics.
T-Lloyd: In the Trenches (Home Run)
Playing football in the trenches is all about heart. After nearly losing his father in one of the worst natural disasters in U.S. history, Thomas Lloyd III, AKA T-Lloyd, persevered. His story encompasses the fierce competitiveness of Texas high school football, the devastation of Hurricane Katrina, and the dangers of steroids. T-Lloyd: In the Trenches is a must-read for any football fan.
Bold Moves: A Dancer's Journey (Home Run)
The presence of dance in modern culture—along with a brief history dance—is explored through the life of Carolyn Lamour, in Bold Moves: A Dancer’s Journey. Life is never easy for this teenage member of the United States Dance team. Join Carolyn as she fights an uphill battle against her scoliosis, while trying to stay connected to her Haitian roots.
Chasing the King (Home Run)
Jason “Skids” Skidder is a fourteen-year-old with a dream to play professional soccer. When he finds out that his father is moving his family from San Francisco to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, his entire world turns upside down. Leaving his friends and his old life behind him is only the beginning of his troubles. When “Skids” makes it to Rio, he finds out that soccer is really “futebol” and that he is not as good as he was in America. After meeting some new Brazilian friends, and the girl of his dreams, he starts to improve. Chasing the King is the story of his journey to the World Cup. As his soccer improves, he also grows to love his new home. If his soccer dreams come true, will he play for Brazil or for America?
Who's Got Next? Future Leaders of America (Touchdown)
Who’s Got Next: Future Leaders of America is a nonfiction book about young people chasing down dreams beyond sports. From future firefighters to future doctors, this book explores the career dreams of eight young people from California to Massachusetts.
All the Right Moves: The Najee McGreen Story (Touchdown)
With New York City as the backdrop, All the Right Moves: The Najee McGreen Story chronicles the emergence of chess champion and Brooklyn-born business prodigy, Najee McGreen. After winning numerous awards for teen entrepreneurship, this first year pre-med student was asked to serve on a panel at the 2006 Black State of the Union Conference.
Nonfiction and fiction titles with content on pop culture, sports teams, and current topics written as differentiated text.
Lace up your high-tops and get ready to run the fast break On the Hardwood with the Cleveland Cavaliers. The goal of an NBA championship starts with Cavs’ superstar Kyrie Irving and trickles down to the young and promising players in the organization. You may know the names: Dion Waters, Tyler Zeller, Tristan Thompson, and Anthony Bennett. Soon, everyone will know their game. This officially licensed NBA team book, On the Hardwood: Cleveland Cavaliers, profiles a proud city and a rising franchise connected by an unwavering focus on winning an NBA title.
Lace up your sneakers—it’s time to step On the Hardwood with the Miami Heat, in this officially licensed NBA team book. In today’s game, no conversation is complete without mention of the ‘Big Three’ (LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh) in South Beach. Though the future in Miami is as bright as the Florida sun, their past is quite interesting as well. On the Hardwood: The Miami Heat takes us to the beginning of the franchise, into their rivalry with the New York Knicks and through their championship season in 2011-12.
Blast off with the Houston Rockets On the Hardwood, in this officially licensed NBA team book. Everything is bigger in Texas, including Rockets superstars - centers such as Ralph Sampson, Hakeem Olajuwon and Yao Ming once headlined for Houston. More recently, a talented duo of guards, Jeremy Lin and James Harden, has captured the imagination of the Rockets’ fans. On the Hardwood: Houston Rockets explores the history of this championship franchise—and looks forward to their promising future.
Pack your shades and your sunscreen, and shield yourself from the glare of the Phoenix Suns in this officially licensed NBA team book. It was once thought that basketball and the desert didn’t mesh. That all changed when the Suns touched down in Phoenix. Soon, MVPs like Charles Barkley and Steve Nash were flourishing On the Hardwood, and this proud organization found itself within a few plays of winning multiple championships. On the Hardwood: Phoenix Suns details a franchise that almost never was, and their many great teams, players, and games.
Oklahoma City Thunder
Before Kevin Durant hits another three-pointer, join the Oklahoma City Thunder On the Hardwood, in this officially licensed NBA team book. Durant, Westbrook, Harden and Ibaka: NBA fans across the country know their names. Yet, this book is about more than basketball—it’s about a bond between a city and their team. In On the Hardwood: Oklahoma City Thunder, we’ll detail how the Thunder ended up in Oklahoma City, and why they are there to stay.