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Extra-credit Stories

Stories can spark curiousity about all sorts of things. Even if you don't think of yourself as someone who likes science or is good in math, you might be surprised to see how much fun you can have reading a book that includes clever concepts or complex calculations. And remember, it's never too early to start learning--or too late to develop new interests.

Whales on Stilts!

Whales on Stilts!

Racing against the clock, shy middle-school student Lily and her best friends, Katie and Jasper, must foil the plot of her father's conniving boss to conquer the world using an army of whales.

The Danger Box

The Danger Box

In small-town Michigan, twelve-year-old Zoomy and his new friend Lorrol investigate the journal found inside a mysterious box and find family secrets and a more valuable treasure, while a dangerous stranger watches and waits.

The Fran With Four Brains

The Fran With Four Brains

Franny needs help with her mad scientist experiments, but the only one she trusts to help her is herself--so she builds a few Franbots to lend a hand.

Phineas L. MacGuire -- Erupts! : The First Experiment

Phineas L. MacGuire -- Erupts! : The First Experiment

Fourth-grade science whiz Phineas MacGuire is forced to team up with the new boy in class on a science fair project, but the boy's quirky personality causes Phineas to wonder if they have any chance of winning.

This Tree Counts!

This Tree Counts!

Before they begin planting new trees, Mr. Tate tells his students to listen closely as the lone tree behind their school counts out ten ways it serves the needs of different animals.

Babymouse 11: Dragonslayer

Babymouse 11: Dragonslayer

An imaginative mouse who likes to read heroic fantasy novels finds herself on the school math team as it prepares to compete for the coveted Golden Slide Rule.

The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate

The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate

In central Texas in 1899, eleven-year-old Callie Vee Tate is instructed to be a lady by her mother, learns about love from the older three of her six brothers, and studies the natural world with her grandfather, the latter of which leads to an important discovery.

Judy Moody Goes to College

Judy Moody Goes to College

When her substitute teacher realizes she is struggling in math, Judy is sent to a math tutor at the local college and soon is completely into the spirit of college life.

One Blue Fish : A Colorful Counting Book

One Blue Fish : A Colorful Counting Book

Lift shaped flaps to reveal one blue fish, two white swans, and so forth, introducing readers to counting and colors with pond critters.

Superhero School

Superhero School

When Leonard starts attending Superhero School he is disappointed to find that all they learn is math, but when the ice zombies strike, Leonard and his classmates put their newly-acquired knowledge to good use.

Science Verse

Science Verse

When the teacher tells his class that they can hear the poetry of science in everything, a student is struck with a curse and begins hearing nothing but science verses that sound very much like some well-known poems.

When You Reach Me

When You Reach Me

As her mother prepares to be a contestant on the 1980s television game show, "The $20,000 Pyramid," a twelve-year-old New York City girl tries to make sense of a series of mysterious notes received from an anonymous source.

Balancing Act

Balancing Act

Two mice have fun playing on a teeter-totter, but as more and larger friends join them, it becomes increasingly difficult to stay balanced.