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About the Author
Tracey Hecht is a writer and entrepreneur. 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 150 schools, libraries, and bookstores across the country. Other books in the Nocturnals Grow & Read early reader collection include The Tasty Treat, The Moonlight Meeting, The Peculiar Possum, The Slithery Shakedown, The Kooky Kinkajou, The Best Burp and The Weeping Wombat. Tracey currently splits her time between New York City and Oquossoc, Maine, with her husband and four children.
Reviews for The Slithery Shakedown"A pangolin, a red fox, and a sugar glider are together again in their second nighttime adventure in the series... Short sentences and much repetition throughout assist early readers as they gain a sense of accomplishment on completing this six-chapter book... The vocabulary words likely to be new to readers are introduced, including squatted, haunches, shimmery, slithered, and summoned... Beginning readers will enjoy this tale and will cheer on the threesome who defeat a bully by using their words." --School Library Journal "[The Slithery Shakedown] does not disappoint... This tale uses plenty of important vocabulary words, easily decipherable within context, while showing how friends who stick together can facedown even the meanest bully... Vivid illustrations pop off crisp white pages... This successful endeavor manages to maintain the spirit of the original series while showing respect for new devotees." --Booklist Praise for The Nocturnals Grow & Read Early Reader Series "Hecht successfully set the stage for more adventurous outings down the road..." --Publishers Weekly "The series addresses bullying and empathy in an easy, accessible way, and the books are meant to be read aloud."--New York Post