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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. In addition, 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. Other books in the Nocturnals middle grade series include The Ominous Eye, The Fallen Star, and The Hidden Kingdom. Tracey currently splits her time between New York City and Oquossoc, Maine, with her husband and four children.
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