The Nocturnals: The Mysterious Abductions

Tracey Hecht (Author) Kate Liebman (Illustrator)


"The books celebrate the very meaningful idea of friendship."--Amy Poehler's Smart Girls

In the critically acclaimed middle grade chapter book series The Nocturnals, we meet three unlikely friends--Dawn, a serious fox, Tobin, a sweet pangolin, and Bismark, a pint-sized sugar glider. Discover the friendships, teamwork, and humor as the Nocturnal Brigade solves the unpredictable mysteries of the night.

Download the series's complimentary printable online activities at animal mask crafts, bingo, word games, discussion questions, and Common Core Language Arts and Next Generation Science educator guides. Now an AR Quiz!
Bonus full color illustrations at the start of each chapter (Ages 8-10)

In the first book, The Mysterious Abductions, animals are disappearing without a trace--and it's up to Dawn, Tobin and Bismark to find out why. With the help of a gentle wombat, a jittery jerboa, a band of coyotes, and some kooky bats, the Nocturnal Brigade journeys to the depths of the earth where they find themselves in a wacky, high stakes game that will determine all of their survival!

The adventure continues in The Ominous Eye, the second book of The Nocturnals series by Tracey Hecht. Dawn, Tobin, and Bismark investigate a sudden jolt in the earth and meet an unfamiliar reptile, a tuatara, who claims a beast is at hand. But can the tuatara be trusted? The Nocturnals band together with an array of forest animals to uncover the truth!

Product Details

$15.99  $14.71
Fabled Films Press
Publish Date
April 19, 2016
5.6 X 8.1 X 1.2 inches | 1.05 pounds

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About the Author

Tracey Hecht has written, directed, and produced for film. The American Booksellers Association chose the first book in her critically acclaimed middle grade series, The Nocturnals: The Mysterious Abductions, as a Kids' Indie Next List pick. This year, her Grow & Read early reader book, The Chestnut Challenge, was given a Mom's Choice Gold Award. In partnership with the New York Public Library, Tracey created a Read Aloud Writing Program that she has since conducted--both in person and virtually--in over 100 schools, libraries, and bookstores across the country. Tracey currently splits her time between New York City and Oquossoc, Maine, with her husband, four children, and dog, Penny.


Kids' Indie Next List Pick!

"Featuring spirited animal characters who deal with real-life scenarios in a relatable way...the books celebrate the very meaningful idea of friendship and what it means to forge positive relationships."--Amy Poehler's Smart Girls

"The series addresses bullying and empathy in an easy, accessible way, and the books are meant to be read aloud."--New York Post

"The Nocturnals is an enchanting story about a group of animals who band together to protect their friends and find adventure. The characters are delightful and the nighttime landscape is captivating. It was just as I expected--because the best stories always take place in the dark!"--R.L. Stine, author of Goosebumps

"With numerous sequels already in the pipeline, Tracey Hecht's whimsical animal adventure is poised to deliver a raft of silliness, sweetness, and positive messages for years to come."--Common Sense Media

"A delightful adventure about the power of uncommon traits and the joys of newfound friendship."--Kirkus Reviews

"The characters are humorous and well developed, and the fast-moving plot features intrigue, unexpected twists, and the innovative hybrid hockey game. Accessible to upper elementary while sufficiently sophisticated for middle school, this new animal fantasy series should prove popular."--Booklist

"Tracey Hecht's first novel is an appealing page-turner for middle-school readers, combining a likable cadre of unusual animal characters with fast-paced, clever dialogue and, of course, plenty of suspense."--BookPage

"This is an adventure worth reading, filled with excitement, danger, suspense and surprise. Each chapter begins with a small illustration and the language is clear and easy to understand."--School Library Connection

"This adorable animal adventure will have readers laughing over Bismark's enthusiastic confidence, quickly befriending sweet Tobin, and admiring fierce Dawn. Each character is one you won't soon forget!" --YA and Kids Book Central (YABC)

"It's the perfect reminder that some outside-of- the-curriculum learning can be some of the best ways to expand your imagination - and your world." --Nate Berkus, award-winning interior designer and New York Times Bestselling author of The Things That Matter

"With plenty of twists, turns, and humorous dialogue--not to mention a focus on anti-bullying and empathy--this legit mystery is an absolute pleasure to read."--Chicago Parent