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.
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?
The Road to the Majors (Home Run)
The Road to the Majors is a baseball book about Jimmy Hanks, a kid who struggles on his road to the Major Leagues. “I can take more punches than you can,” is Jimmy’s motto. The story spans a ten-year period in his life. The baseball action moves through high school disappointments, college highs, the transition into the Minor Leagues, and finally—the Majors. Jimmy narrates his exciting journey. The Road to the Majors has sold over 150,000 copies nationwide and is considered the fictional youth baseball book.
Turning Green (Touchdown)
The Earth is under attack: global warming, water and air pollution, coral reef bleaching, pesticides in the foods we eat, and toxins in the products we use every day. The good news is that each of us can help. Because of brave individuals like Jessica Assaf, the world is slowly Turning Green again. When this teenager found out that harmful chemicals were hidden in the cosmetics she put on her face every day, she decided to do something about it!
Emerald (Home Run)
Emerald Johnston is sure that she is destined to be a pop star. After years of coming up short in auditions, she finally gets her big break. But she soon finds out that recording an album, going on tour, and rising up the music charts is really hard work. Everyone in her life seems to be pulling her in opposite directions. Plus, the business is all about image—which really stinks. They tell her that her waste is too big, and her hair is too red, and that her skirts aren’t short enough. It’s as if her voice doesn’t even count! Can she become a star and still be true to herself? Can she make it to the top without losing the people she loves along the way?
The Biz (Home Run)
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.
Nonfiction and fiction titles with content on pop culture, sports teams, and current topics written as differentiated text.
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.
Take a trip to the Hoosier State as you walk On the Hardwood with the Indiana Pacers, in this officially licensed NBA team book. Basketball is special in Indiana. Drive down rural roads throughout the state and you’ll spot basketball rims hung from every post. On the Hardwood: Indiana Pacers looks at Indiana’s unique love affair with basketball and their Pacers. This book also takes us back to the glory days of Reggie Miller, examines Indiana’s own, Larry Bird, and his influence on the franchise before taking a closer look at today’s exciting team.
Lace up your shoes – it’s time to step On the Hardwood with the Brooklyn Nets, in this officially licensed NBA team book. Although the New Jersey Nets moved just 21 miles to become the Brooklyn Nets in 2012, much has changed. New uniforms, new owners, a new coach and high-profile players have the Nets under Brooklyn’s bright lights. Before reading about today’s team, On the Hardwood: Brooklyn Nets takes us back in time to relive memorable moments in Nets history.
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.
Bring some oxygen and take a journey On the Hardwood where the Denver Nuggets hold court. On the Hardwood: Denver Nuggets provides a window into the team’s past, showing how some of the game’s great scorers such as Dan Issel and Alex English left their mark on the Mile High City. This officially licensed NBA team book also offers a peek into the future of an entertaining franchise, a future in which a championship is the lone remaining goal.