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.
The Biz (Touchdown)
Mark Mayfield is chasing his dream of becoming the next great director. In The Biz, his journey serves as a behind-the-scenes look at the entertainment industry. Beyond the red-carpet events, glamorous movie stars, and slick Hollywood agents, there are casting directors, cinematographers, set designers … and hundreds of other exciting careers. We can’t all be stars— but with great passion, big dreams really can come true.
Urban entrepreneurs are the driving force of pop culture. The Urban Entrepreneur series showcases a diverse group of successful men and women who grew up in the city. Discover how shoe companies use sports stars to target city kids and create billion-dollar marketing plans. Learn how fashion trends migrate through mainstream culture. Uncover how some unlikely circumstances led to the creation of foods that we enjoy today. Learn how innovators like Jerry Lawson and Lonnie Johnson made their great ideas a profitable reality. What’s your name? Make us remember you.
Fighting El Fuego (Home Run)
Francisco “Paco” Diaz is an angry kid who gets into fights at school all the time. Ever since his brother got locked up, Paco hasn’t been the same. To avoid being sent to military school, he takes the advice of a psychologist and searches for a punching bag to hit. That’s where he meets El Buho, and that’s where his entire life changes. The Owl, a tough-as-nails fellow Puerto Rican who runs the local boxing gym, sees something special in Paco. After reluctantly agreeing to work with El Buho, Paco falls in love with the sport of boxing. Although he is a skilled boxer, in order to be the best, Paco must keep his emotions in check. In the ring, losing control means losing the bout. As he tries to become an Olympic athlete, Paco must first fight his inner demons. Fighting El Fuego is the inspirational story of a young man’s passion for the sport of boxing and how the fire in his belly nearly burns him to the ground.
Unique Soul Weird World (Touchdown)
For skateboarders, artists, musicians, and X-Game fans—or any young person who is a little bit different—along comes Unique Soul Weird World. Darren “Jerry” Schaeffer has too many interests to list, but one thing is certain: he’s a unique soul living in a weird world.
Safe at Home (Home Run)
Safe at Home is the story of Selena Garcia, a young Latina girl growing up in southern Arizona. Listening to the advice of her mother, Selena quits playing baseball with the boys in favor of softball with the girls. As a pitcher, rather than a first baseman, she is a dominant force, finding her comfort zone and making friends in the process. But her world is rocked when she wakes up one morning to find that her mother has suddenly passed away. She stops hanging out with her friends. She no longer wears ribbons and bows in her hair—the details that Mom used to help her with. She gives up on softball, too. A year later, with help from her brother Carlos, something amazing happens that turns Selena’s life around. She finds herself back on the softball diamond, and she is better than ever. Does she have what it takes to get a softball scholarship and be the first Garcia to attend college?
Nonfiction and fiction titles with content on pop culture, sports teams, and current topics written as differentiated text.
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.
San Antonio Spurs
Head down the Alamo and join the San Antonio Spurs On the Hardwood, in this officially licensed NBA team book. To find the most underappreciated franchise in professional sports, look no farther than San Antonio. The Spurs have remained in the shadows. But that doesn’t mean that the team hasn’t been busy. Four championships since 1999 prove otherwise. In On the Hardwood: San Antonio Spurs, we examine the Spurs’ rise, how this championship team was built, and the intensity in which it was coached.
Stash some attitude with you as you get set to step On the Hardwood with the Memphis Grizzlies. In Memphis, it is fair to expect good barbeque and a historical music community. Now, you can also anticipate excellent, hard-nosed basketball. The team responsible for that is the Memphis Grizzlies, who have proved that you don’t have to be around for a long time to have a good time. This officially licensed NBA team book, On the Hardwood: Memphis Grizzlies, details the players who have turned Memphis into a thriving basketball community.
Los Angeles Lakers
If you’re into hoops, then get ready to step On the Hardwood with the Los Angeles Lakers. This officially licensed NBA team book focuses on one of the most dominant franchises in sports history. Come along for the ride as the Lakers, led by Kobe, Shaq, Gasol, and Phil Jackson, win five thrilling championships in the 2000s. On the Hardwood also takes you back to a time when legendary figures like Jerry West and Magic Johnson were helping the Lakers build a legacy of greatness.
Before you step On the Hardwood with the Boston Celtics, look toward the rafters and count the 17 championship banners. If you’re into hoops, then you know the names, both past and present: Russell, Cousy, Havlicek, Auerbach, Bird, Pierce, Garnett and Rondo. Now, know their stories. On the Hardwood: Boston Celtics details the NBA’s most successful franchise, the great players and coaches that have spent time in Boston and the passionate fans that cheer them on.