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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.
"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 "Hecht continues to charm readers with delightfully drawn characters and consistent suspense... A welcome return of the colorful and curious trio--their next can't arrive soon enough."(Fantasy 9-12) --Kirkus Reviews "In this satisfying second installment... returning fans will be rewarded with the expected engaging plot twists, plenty of humor, Bismarck's unrequited mooning over Dawn, and reaffirmation of the trio's mutual loyalty and friendship." --Booklist "The Ominous Eye explores how friendships can change, first (and second) impressions aren't always correct, and fear shouldn't stop you from doing what's right. Fans of The Nocturnals will devour this latest adventure with new characters and a thrilling mystery." --YA and Kids Book Central (YABC) "The animal characters are unique--it was fun to learn a bit about them while also getting to know their disparate personalities....The language is descriptive and there is a lot of action to keep readers turning pages....Recommend to readers looking for something out of the ordinary."--Youth Services Book Review, Massachusetts Librarians