Enter for a chance to win a Branches starter pack, and grow a reader!

It’s been a great year for Branches! This line of Scholastic fully-illustrated early chapter books is designed to grow newly independent readers, and with 19 different series (and counting!), there is truly a book to appeal to every child and reader. To further add to our 12 million Branches books already in print, we recently launched two more series alongside some of our most popular Branches books, including Owl Diaries, Dragon Masters, Notebook of Doom, and Eerie Elementary. Hilde Cracks the Case (based on the stories of real-life 11-year-old reporter, Hilde Lysiak—you can read more about her in this article from The New York Times), and The Last Firehawk (a great introduction to fantasy and quest stories for newly independent readers).


To celebrate the success of the Branches line, we are offering a sweepstakes for a Branches starter pack! Out of the six books listed here, which would your child be most excited to read? Tell us in the comments below and you'll be entered for a chance to win one of five Branches starter packs, which include each of the 6 books below from the Branches line. 

  • Hilde Cracks the Case: Hero Dog! 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. Nine-year-old 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? 
  • The Last Firehawk: The Ember Stone: A terrible darkness is spreading across Perodia. Thorn, a powerful vulture, is using dark magic (and his dark army of spies!) to destroy the magical land. A young owl named Tag may be the only one who can save it! Tag dreams of one day becoming a brave warrior, but he is small . . . In this first book, Tag and his best friend -- a squirrel named Skyla -- meet the last firehawk. Together, the three friends learn about a magical stone. Could this stone be powerful enough to defeat Thorn? This action-packed series makes a great introduction to fantasy and quest stories for newly independent readers. 
  • Notebook of Doom: Rise of the Balloon Goons: Alexander has just moved to a new town where he is about to uncover all sorts of monsters! He finds an old notebook with the word "DOOM" on the front cover. The Notebook of Doom, which Alexander now holds, contains top secret information about monsters! In this first book, Alexander goes up against spooky balloon goons--unique and twisted arm-waving balloon guys! This book is full of humor, engaging black-and-white illustrations, and of course . . . monsters!
  • Eerie Elementary: The School is Alive! In this first book in the series, Sam Graves discovers that his elementary school is ALIVE! Sam finds this out on his first day as the school hall monitor. Sam must defend himself and his fellow students against the evil school! Is Sam up to the challenge? He'll find out soon enough: the class play is just around the corner. Sam teams up with friends Lucy and Antonio to stop this scary school before it's too late!
  • Owl Diaries: Eva’s Treetop Festival: Eva Wingdale gets in over her head when she offers to organize a spring festival at school. Even with her best friend Lucy's help, there is NO way she will get everything done in time. Will Eva have to ask Sue (a.k.a. Meanie McMeanerson) for help? Or will the festival have to be canceled? This book is written as Eva's diary -- with Rebecca Elliott's owl-dorable full-color illustrations throughout!
  • Dragon Masters: Rise of the Earth Dragon: Dragon Masters has it all! Dragons, a Dragon Stone, a king, a wizard, and magic! In the first book, 8-year old Drake is snatched up by King Roland's soldier and taken to the castle. He is to be trained as a Dragon Master. At the castle, he is joined by three other young Dragon Masters-in-training: Ana, Rori, and Bo. The Dragon Masters must learn how to connect with and train their dragons--and they must also uncover their dragons' special powers. Does Drake have what it takes to be a Dragon Master? What is his dragon's special power?

Sweepstakes ends Friday, January 5, 2018. No purchase necessary, must be 18+ to enter. Sweepstakes is open to US residents only. See the full rules here!


My son would love the Dragon Masters series! He loves dragons and fun adventures!

My students LOVE the Notebook of Doom series!!

Dragon Masters: Rise of the Earth Dragon looks like it would be a great edition to our library.

My child loved Dragon Masters, so he would love to read The Last Firehawk next!

Eerie Elementary: The School is Alive!


As a literacy specialist, I can say with certainty that most, if not all, of the students I work with would like the series Hilde Cracks the Case: Hero Dog!.

Several of my students love the Owl Diaries already, but I have one the Dragon Masters sounds perfect for! I can’t wait to introduce her to that series!

My students love the Noteeboook of Doom Series.

Owl Diaries!

Owl Diaries

Eerie Elementary: the School is Alive!! What a great celebration!

The Last Firehawk: The Ember Stone is what my child is looking forward to reading! She cannot wait for this series!

My daughter loves the Owl Diaries books. She is not as interested in doom and gloom books.

Eerie Elementary: The School is Alive!

While my daughter enjoys the Owl Diaries series I actually think after reading the synopsis for these books that she would love to read The Last Firehawk: The Ember Stone. The adventure sounds intriguing and I think my 8 year old would like the sidekick Skyla. My husband is a huge fantasy genre reader and he would love it if our daughter found a fantasy series she loved too.

Owl Diaries, my daughter loves these!

People have been loving Dragon Masters and Owl Diaries.

My students are really interested in reading Owl Diaries! I think that this is series going to be our new read aloud for the end of the day! I know they would love Owl Diaries: Eva's Treetop Festival.

I know a few hundred kids at my school library who would love to read and review these! Teacher's too!

My students love Owl Diaries & Notebook of Doom . Owl Diaries is not on the shelf for as long.

Owl Diaries: Eva’s Treetop Festival

Notebook of Doom: Rise of the Balloon Goons ... humor and monsters -- a winning combination for my son.

Owl Diaries: Eva’s Treetop Festival

Owl Diaries: Eva’s Treetop Festival

Notebook of Doom!

Dragon masters Riss of the Earth Dragon. Hope to win it would be a blessing for me and my kids we need more books and stories time in our 2018 NewYear!

Dragon Master or Notebook of Doom

Notebook of Doom- my kids love good mysteries!

Hilde Cracks the Case: Hero Dog!

My son would love Eerie Elementary: The School is Alive!

Owl Diaries: Eva’s Treetop Festival

Eerie Elementary: The School is Alilve!

Notebook of Doom

The Last Firehawk: The Ember Stone

Hilde because her second grade teacher has been bookmtalking them and she can’t wait to read them!

Dragon Masters: Rise of the Earth Dragon

Eerie Elementary books are a huge hit with the kids!

Would love to add the Hilde set to our collection!

Dragon Masters: Rise of the Earth Dragon