Scholastic Branches: HERO DOG! (Hilde Cracks the Case #1)

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Scholastic BranchesTitle: Hero Dog! (Hilde Cracks the Case #1 )| Scholastic Branches |Author: Hilde Lysiak  | Illustrator: Joanne Lew-Vriethoff | Publication Date:September 12 | Age Range:6-8 | Grade Level:1-3

Our family was first introduced to Scholastic Branches a few years ago and it quickly became a favorite in  our house.  We fell in love with fun books like Kung Pow Chicken, and mysteries like Eerie Elementary.  We have sense enjoyed many difference series from the Branches line.

While there are several things I really love about the Branches books, one thing in particular stands out. At the end of each book, you’ll find a reading guide. It’s such a great way to continue talking about the book and to see how much they can remember. With HERO DOG! (Hilde Cracks the Case #1), I’m really loving the downloadable discussion guide.Hilde Cracks the Case

What is Scholastic Branches

Branches is a unique line of books specifically designed for newly independent readers, typically kids ages 5 to 8. The Branches line is here to help you foster a love of reading in your kids and give them the tools they need to become life-long readers. Each book includes: easy-to-read text, simple plot lines, plenty of context cues, cliffhanger chapter endings, and purposeful illustrations (on every page!) that aid in reading comprehension. Feeling like a successful reader will bolster your child’s self-confidence, which will lead to an increased interest in reading.


Nine-year-old crime reporter Hilde Lysiak is starring in her very own early chapter book series inspired by news stories Hilde wrote in real life! In this first book, there’s been a break-in on Orange Street! Cupcakes have been stolen, and soon a pie goes missing, too. Hilde and her sister/photographer, Izzy, must interview witnesses and follow the clues. Can Hilde crack the case in time to post her news story online? Joanne Lew-Vriethoff’s personality-filled illustrations appear on every page, bringing Hilde’s adventures to life for young readers!

About the Author

Hilde Kate Lysiak is the reporter and publisher of the Orange Street News. Since starting her paper at the age of seven Hilde has written and published hundreds of stories in her hometown of Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania. Hilde has been recognized for her work in the New York Times, NBC Today Show, GMA, The Washington Post, and thousands of other media across the world.

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One As They Grow Up Reader will win a Hero Dog! Prize Pack that includes:
Copy of Hero Dog!
Vivitar digital camera
Reporter notepad and pens



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