{Bear on the Loose!: Hilde Lysiak, Matthew Lysiak}

{Synopsis} – Pick a book. Grow a Reader!

This series is part of Scholastic’s early chapter book line Branches, aimed at newly independent readers. With easy-to-read text, high-interest content, fast-paced plots, and illustrations on every page, these books will boost reading confidence and stamina. Branches books help readers grow!

Nine-year-old crime reporter Hilde Lysiak is back for the second book in this early chapter book mystery series! This time, there’s a bear on the loose in Selinsgrove! Hilde knows a BIG story when she hears one, and she’s determined to get the scoop. So she and her sister/photographer, Izzy, set out to track the bear and find out where he came from. But how will they find the bear? And can Hilde crack this case before someone gets hurt? Joanne Lew-Vriethoff’s personality-filled black-and-white illustrations appear on every page, bringing Hilde’s adventures to life for young readers!

{My thoughts} – Hilde and her sister Izzy pick right back up where the last book had left off. The last book ended with them catching a tip about a loose bear in the neighborhood. It would appear that once they learn about a story they have no choice in their own minds but to chase after the story that they got the tips about.

The bear that is on the loose is causing a bunch of mischief in town. Hilde and her sister want to try and find it before it causes more trouble. Hilde comes up with a plan to try and lure the bear to her house. At this point they aren’t sure if it is a big bear or not. Does her plan work? Do they get any good pictures? Whats the outcome of the story? Was it a bear? So many questions and they are all answered throughout the book.

This book was incredible. I am sure that any child that likes to ask questions, gets a bit nosey, likes a good mystery will love this book and series. This is definitely on my top loved list for children’s beginner chapter books! The best part about them are they are based on a real child’s life. Who doesn’t want to read about a child their own age being a reporter. It helps to show children that they really can be anything they want to be when they grow up and even before! I actually looked up the website at the end of the book, it’s rather impressive. I think I am going to add it to sites I frequent on the right of my page!

Final Conclusion: 5 Star Rating.






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