Chestnut Publishing offers a wide variety of books, especially for reluctant
and struggling readers, featuring the national leader in the field, High
What's New at Chestnut Publishing
A Change in Direction
Rupert realizes he desperately wants to make a difference, to really change the world, but wonders how a quiet guy with a guitar could begin to do that.
Follow the Leader
Eric is a football captain who wants to be a leader, but who deep down has fears that cause him to act like a bully.
The Blue Jay's Eyes
These two novels and the accompanying workbooks are written according to the ESL levels of
the Ontario ESL Curriculum Grades 9 to 12 English as a Second Language. The Bluejay's Eyes
is written at Level 3/4. The theme focuses on overcoming the feelings of isolation and loneliness. The new students' excitement of being in a new country and experiencing a new culture is offset by the fears and insecurities of overcoming the language barrier, while adapting to being a typical teenager in high school. It's about true friendship and lifelong bonds that form despite cultural and language barriers. It's about dealing with peer pressure and exposure to new mature things (dances, first-loves, etc.) that all teenagers have to go through in their high school experience. Also, it's about maturing, becoming independent and "growing up," being in a different country and living in a new cultural environment. The ESL students struggle through discrimination and interact with Canadian students. They overcome cultural diversity and are accepted into their new surroundings. The Bluejay's Eyes Comprehension Book
contains exercises for each chapter that can be used in class. Each workbook chapter reviews comprehension, vocabulary, language skills and journal writing.
is made up of three mini-books, each one approximately 30 pages long. These are designed for Level 1/2 ESL students. The author doesn't use many adjectives or adverbs for this level. The theme for the stories deal with friendship, despite different cultures and language barriers. Although the students are from different countries, they all love adventure. In the first story, their trust and friendship goes beyond the classroom walls as they have a fun-filled adventure in Toronto. In the second, each of the students experiences peer pressure when they are at the ski resort; and then their integrity is questioned when they are exposed to breaking school rules in the final story. The students mature as they face the insecurity of being in a new country and living in a home setting where the rules and culture are different from what they are used to in their home countries. The Sang's Adventures Comprehension Book
is based on the Level 1/2 curriculum. Each unit has a comprehension section, vocabulary section and a writing section. The same format is used throughout --- ensuring that the student is comfortable with the consistency and will not become confused.
The author's goal in writing this book is to provide an easy-to-read and easy-to-absorb sensible guide to effective fathering – from the first day the reader learns his partner is pregnant, through labour, babydom, toddlerdom, the pre-school years, middle childhood, the 'tween' years, adolescence and the often frustrating teenager years. This book is the result of Chris Cowl's ten years of experience conducting heart-felt and candid discussions, chairing "Dad Classes's" with over 500 dads participating in Chris's wife's in-depth pre-natal sessions.
The intended audience is not only new dads but parents of all ages and levels of experience. This book will serve well as a companion resource to any pre-natal classes as well as to courses on family studies and parenting in high school and college programs of study.
- Pre-conception planning and preparation
- The 'joys' of pregnancy
- Pre-labour preparation
- Labour and how to support her plans towards the birth she wants
- Dealing with newborns
- Back to work
- Making memories
- Cooking with Dad 101
Creative IQ: Giving Young Learners the Creative Edge in a Competitive World
Creative IQ™ refers to the ability to think, process information, and express oneself in a creative manner. Enriching children's Creative IQ helps develop a unique and important set of competencies that help accelerate their learning process and enrich their development. Skill sets developed include creative problem solving, visualization, independent thinking, achieving distinctive project results, presenting material in an engaging manner, and relating effectively to different types of people.
The authors provide educators and parents with an easy-to-follow format for developing a child's Creative IQ through ten units of activities that are fun and of high interest and at the same time engaging and challenging.
- Choco-lotto...Hard to Resist
- Little Chili Peppers – A Journey to Mexico
- Surfing for Fun at the Beach
- Math...It All Adds Up
- Say 'KNOW' to Insects and Bugs
- It's So Easy Being Green
- Fruit-astic Fun
- You Colour My World
- A Camping We Will Go!
- Creating a Winter Wonderland
What's New at HIP- High Interest Publishing
HIP offers novels that are specifically written, edited and designed for reluctant readers from ages 8 to 18. For
some students these are the first books they will ever read from cover to cover.
Two brothers discover a "homeless guy" living in the ruin of an old hotel behind their house. They befriend the old man and protect him from a gang of local teenagers. Only years later do they find out that "Dr. J" was really a ghost
Reading level: grade 2.1, Interest level: grades 3-6+
Teacher's Guide $7.95
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Bats on Break
Sam and Simon are off for a Spring Break vacation. Of course there's a crime to solve – someone has stolen four giant turtles. Soon the Bat Gang is on the case....
Reading level: grade 2.3, Interest level: grades 3-6+
Teacher's Guide $7.95
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When their teacher is charged with stealing jewelry, Sam and Simon know he isn't guilty. The Bat Gang sets out to catch the real thief, but soon the boys get into more trouble than they can handle.
Reading level: grade 2.4, Interest level: grades 3-6+
Teacher's Guide $7.95
The Skinwalker Novels
It is the year 1200 and the world still has some of its ancient magic. There are humans, of course, in their towns and castles. But there are also shape-shifters who are holdovers from an older time when humans could turn into animals. In the world of these stories, the towns and countryside are populated by "One-skins," very much likepeople today, and "Skinwalkers" who can shift from animal to human form. These two groups live apart from each other, in an uneasy peace that is about to be tested.
Each novel: $12.95. Teacher's guide for the series: $7.95.
Legend of the Ring
When teenage Ross rescues the beautiful Catherine from Lord Damon's soldiers, little does he realize that "Cat" is really a Skinwalker. Soon Cat has stolen a magic ring, and Ross must ride a Fire Mare into the land of the Skinwalkers to get it back. But that is only the first trial before Ross must confront the powerful Lord Damon in his most vile form.
Reading level: grade 2.8. Interest level: grades 5-10.
Wolves at the Gate
When pickpocket Ren ends up imprisoned with Skinwalker Connor, all he's cares about is an escape plan. But Connor senses that there's more to Ren than even Ren understands. He invites Ren to join him and his band of Skinwalkers in the woods. Belonging has a price, though. As Ren learns to shift his shape, he finds himself caught up in a plot to kill the King – a plan that quickly leads to disaster.
Reading level: grade 3.0. Interest level: grades 5-10.
Walking Both Sides
Claire and her brother Baynard are hunting when the teenage boy shoots a Skinwalker. Soon they are both captured by Skinwalkers seeking revenge, but Claire befriends one of the Skinwalkers and manages to save her brother's life. Soon Claire discovers that the Deer Skinwalkers are far more peaceful than any humans. When villagers attack the Skinwalkers, Claire has to make a difficult choice – to betray her human kind or protect the Skinwalkers who have saved her life. She pays dearly for the choice.
Reading level: grade 3.2. Interest level: grades 5-10.
The Skinwalker Teacher's Guide
One 24-page teacher's guide covers all three novels. It includes a general introduction to the series and its characters, plot synopses for the novels, discussion and literature circle questions, a quiz for each novel and a set of during-reading and after-reading activities.
The Dragon Speaker Series
Using the same readability controls that have made our HIP Sr., HIP Jr. and HIP Edge novels so successful, High Interest Publishing is pleased to be offering fantasy novels that reluctant readers can actually read independently.These books feature teenage characters and high-action stories involving dragons, magic spells, shape-shifting and an adventurous quest.
Each novel $12.95. A special teacher's guide for each series $7.95.
The Last Dragon
In the year 1144, dark times have fallen over the kingdom. Lord Manning rules through fear and magic, and the land's only hope seems to lie in the Prophecy. The Prophecy says that a dragon speaker will appear to save the kingdom. Yet there are no dragons, and no one who knows how to speak to them ... except, perhaps, Jacob of Malden. Ultimately it is Jacob – with his friends Orson and Lia – who rescues the egg of the world's last male dragon.
Reading level: 3.2. Interest level: grades 5-10.
A Hero's Worth
Jacob and Orson must prove their worth in the battle against Lord Manning. Just as the baby dragon begins to grow, Lia is taken prisoner by her own father and will soon be forced to marry Lord Manning. Of course Jacob and Orson vow to rescue her. Once inside the castle, Jacob and Orson take on Lord Manning and his wizard, Kain. The battle is violent, with terrible injuries to both sides, and ends with a noisy surprise.
Reading level: 3.2. Interest level: grades 5-10
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To fulfill the prophecy, Jacob must bring together the two parts of the comet stone. Jacob expects his friend Orson to help, but Orson betrays him. Soon Lord Manning has both Orson and Lia under his control. Jacob has only his own courage, and Draco the fully-grown dragon, on his side. But Halley's comet returns, and magic can sometimes work miracles in a spectacular finish to the Dragon Speaker trilogy.
Reading level: 3.2. Interest level: grades 5-10
Dragon Speaker Teacher's Guide
One 24-page teacher's guide covers all three novels. It includes a general introduction to the series and its characters, plot synopses for the novels, discussion and literature circle questions, a quiz for each novel and a set of after-reading activities.
I DIDN’T DO IT,
by Paul Kropp
Tom has just moved to the big city and left all his old friends behind him. Now he's getting blamed for strange things that take place at his new school. Somebody is trying to make him look guilty. Tom has to get smart, fast, in order to clear his name.
Reading level: grade 2.3,
Interest level: grades 4-6+
1-897039-23-9 • $10.95
Teacher’s Guide • $5.95
by Paul Kropp.
A group of black teens in Toronto defend themselves against harassment from a gang, with tragic results.
Reading level: grade 4.0.
Interest level: grade 6-12
0-9731237-1-0 • $10.95
Teacher’s Guide • $5.95
Paul Kropp, the lead author and general editor of HIP Junior and HIP Senior, is the Canadian authority on writing for reluctant readers.
HIP Readers' Theatre Plays: 16 plays adapted from HIP Junior and HIP Senior novels. They can be used with the novels or on their own. They're fun to perform and easy to read.
HIP Reading Assessment: A graded set of 200-word passages which enables a teacher to determine a child's reading level and understand his/her strengths and weaknesses as a reader.
DANCING ON THE EDGE
by Sharon Jennings
When Bonnie Lee crosses Division Street to go to the arts high school, she changes her name and her life. But she has to work hard and take some risks to win respect for her dancing.
Reading level: grade 3.0
Interest level: grades 7-12
978-1-897039-27-4 • $12.95
Teacher’s Guide • $5.95
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What's New at Patnor Publishing
The New Start Suspense Series
This is a set of six short suspense novels with high interest and low vocabulary (grades 2-3). They are intended to fill the gap for young readers who are chronologically past the primary age but not yet ready to read material at the junior or intermediate levels.
Two of the characters find a locked bag beside a skeletal hand wearing a ruby ring. As they investigate, they are trapped behind falling rocks. Will they be rescued and what should they do about the locked bag, ring and hand?
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What's New at Lynx Publishing
The Impossible Adventure - A trip through the solar system
Have you ever dreamed about meeting friendly aliens, or exploring outer space in a cool spaceship? In the beginning of the story, Joe, the alien from Pluto, not only invites his new friend from Earth, Arnold, to ride in the spaceship, but also takes Arnold to an adventurous space trip!
Arnold would see numerous craters in Mercury; the thick, yellow atmosphere that surrounds Venus; the beautiful ring of Saturn; the 15 moons of Uranus and so on. The final destination is Joe's home planet – Pluto, and Arnold gets a warm welcome from Joe's family. Let's explore the solar system with Joe and Arnold!!
Reading level: Grade 4-5
Miss Pronunciation is a fun house mirror for words. In this book you can actually see how mispronounced words twist the original meaning and make fun of themselves, as Miss Pronunciation makes a thick book 'sick', shrinks a law school into a 'low school', and spins a tiger's fangs into 'fans'.
Reading level: Grade 1
Readers will be tickled by the funny twists and award-winning illustrations, while English teachers may find fresh ideas for teaching pronunciation.
Ready To Go!
Ready to Go is a course book in English as an International Language (EIL). Packed with authentic examples of workplace English, Ready to Go introduces students to a variety of workplace situations and the language used in these situations, helping students develop the tools they need to communicate successfully.
Ready to Go Book includes:
- A 150-300 words main reading text in each unit
- A variety of listening and reading samples based on authentic materials and typical of the most common workplace situations. The samples are organized systematically across 12 units to form a knowledge framework that supports student learning.
- Vocabulary building through Word Roots and Collocations
- Business Writing sections with examples of resume, cover letter, memo, email, and business letters that will remain a useful reference for students even after graduation
- Grammar Review to reinforce students' understanding of basic grammar rules, a skill that will help them communicate effectively in the workplace
- MP3 and online resources
What really makes these books different is that they put content before language. They are based on the idea that learners who are familiar with the objects, roles, and procedures of a domain can learn the language related to this domain much more easily. This knowledge framework approach allows learners to organize both content knowledge and language knowledge as they learn. When students enter the workplace, they will be familiar both with the situations they encounter and with the language that is used in these situations. Enjoy using Ready to Go Book 1 and 2!
Presentation Skills and Language
Packed with authentic examples of presentations, Presentation Skills and Language offers a framework knowledge for preparing, practicing and performing English presentations, as well as the most commonly used presentation language.
Presentation Skills and Language includes:
- Key concepts to make your presentation more effective
- Performance skills, including eye contact, voice and body language
- Preparing and practicing a presentation
- Information organization
- Design and use of slides and handouts
- Listening development tasks
- Systematic introduction of presentation language
- Analysis of frequent language errors
- Practice activities and micro-presentation tasks
The teacher's guide includes full lesson plans, with answers and transcripts, suggestions for communicative activities, as well as a guide for assessment and grading.
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