ZOEY AND SASSAFRAS d’Asia Citro & Marion Lindsay

With magical animals, science, mystery, and adventure—the ZOEY AND SASSAFRAS series has something for everyone! Easy-to-read language and illustrations on nearly every page make this series perfect for a wide range of ages. These plot-driven early chapter books boast 13 to 18 quick chapters and a glossary of scientific words.

by Asia Citro
illustrated by Marion Lindsay
‎ The Innovation Press, 2017-2021
(via Kaplan/DeFiore Rights)

Follow the adventures of Zoey and her cat Sassafras! Each of the nine stories in the Zoey and Sassafras series features a new magical animal with a problem that must be solved using science. There isn’t a set formula for each book; Zoey sometimes needs to run experiments, while other times she needs to investigate a mystery, and yet other times she needs to do research. Zoey models how to keep a science journal through her handwritten entries in each story. Each story is complete with a glossary of the kid-friendly definitions for scientific terms used.

In the first book of this series, Zoey discovers a glowing photo and learns an amazing secret. Injured magical animals come to their backyard barn for help! When a sick baby dragon appears, it’s up to Zoey and Sassafras to figure out what’s wrong. Will they be able to help little Marshmallow before it’s too late?

2018 Washington State Book Award for Young Readers Winner
• A New York Public Library Best Books for Kids 2017 Selection
• A Mighty Girl Book of the Year
• Illinois Monarch Award Nominee 2018-2019
• Florida SSYRA Book Award Nominee 2018-2019
• Washington OTTER Award Nominee 2018-2019
• **1 million books sold**

Concepts are explained concisely and clearly, and a short glossary provides valuable vocabulary building. The slightly larger font makes the text inviting for emerging readers, and the illustrations blend perfectly into the story. Sassafras and the dragon prove to be able sidekicks in the vein of Disney characters…while this book is a natural fit for STEM collections, it deserves a place in all libraries serving young readers.” School Library Journal

…the imaginative premise and the incorporation of STEM elements make this an attractive and engaging choice…” Booklist

Citro gracefully balances her story’s scientific and fantasy elements.” —Publishers Weekly

Asia Citro has an M.Ed in Science Education and was a classroom science teacher for many years before deciding to stay home full time after the birth of her daughter. She lives near Seattle with her wonderful husband, two awesome children, two destructive cats, and a terrarium of happy bugs. She is the author of 150+ Screen-Free Activities for Kids, The Curious Kid’s Science Book, A Little Bit of Dirt, Vroom Vroom Garbage Truck, and Pigeon Math. Her work has been featured on Apartment Therapy, The Chicago Tribune, Today, Disney Baby, MSN, King 5 TV, New Day Northwest, and Highlights, among others.
Marion Lindsay has always loved stories and pictures, so it made perfect sense when she decided to become a children’s book illustrator. She has been awarded the Egmont Best New Talent Award. When she’s not illustrating children’s books, Marion paints glass and makes jewelry. Find out more at marionlindsay.co.uk. Marion lives and works in Gloucestershire, England.

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