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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 Grow & Read early reader book series 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.
Praise for The Nocturnals Grow & Read Early Readers"This banter-filled early reader describes the initial meeting between shy Tobin the pangolin, brash Bismark the sugar glider, and kindhearted Dawn the fox...the pared-down narration and dialogue quickly establish their personalities...Hecht successfully set the stage for more adventurous outings down the road."--Publishers Weekly "Vivid illustrations pop off crisp white pages. Brief sentences in an oversize font, separated by plenty of white space, won't overwhelm nascent readers. This successful endeavor manages to maintain the spirit of the original series while showing respect for new devotees."--Booklist "Beginning readers will enjoy this tale and will cheer on the threesome who defeat a bully by using their words."--School Library Journal "Especially and unreservedly recommended for family, elementary school, and community library collections."--Midwest Book Review "The series addresses bullying and empathy in an easy, accessible way, and the books are meant to be read aloud."--New York Post "Young readers will enjoy this spectacular story that is perfect for reading aloud in the classroom, library, or at home. The adorable artwork is engaging with a touch of silliness that is sure to bring a smile to the reader's face... Children can gain the concept of teamwork, the virtue of courage, and the love of reading just by flipping through the pages of this exciting book."--Children's Book and Media Review "A quirky, humorous book great for beginner readers, with fun illustrations...a great bonus at the end of the book is the fun facts about nocturnal animals." --Story Monsters