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! 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. Realistic black-and-white artwork appears on every page!