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Humor and science make perfect combo in new middle-grade series


Contact: Taylor Kohn
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SAINT PAUL, MN, October 1, 2017 – Jolly Fish Press, an imprint of North Star Editions, Inc. (NSE) is excited to announce the March 6, 2018 release of Runway Zombee: A Zombie Bee Hunter’s Journal, the lead title for Science Squad, a humorous, nature and science-focused series for middle-grade readers ages 8-12. The series is written by J. A. Watson and illustrated by Arpad Olbay.

Each book in this entertaining series introduces a different kid scientist in the Science Squad, a citizen science organization for curious kids who love nature and science! Follow along as Squad members journal their efforts to make a difference in the world around them. Black-and-white illustrations and nonfiction sidebars are included throughout each book to offer readers additional ways to engage with the story and learn more about the book’s topic.

About Runway ZomBee: A Zombie Bee Hunter’s Journal (ISBN: 9781631631658)
It’s summer vacation, but twelve-year-old Raksha isn’t doing much relaxing. There is one project left before her Science Squad team earns their last badge (and a trip to Hawai‘i on the line!), when she gets an opportunity to attend a highly competitive fashion camp that is too good to pass up. It isn’t long before her Science Squad work hunting for zombie bees is taking over her life. She hardly has time to prepare for her fashion camp runway show. Can Raksha pull it all together and prove that she can be both a fashion queen and a science geek?

All books in the series are 192 pages, 5″ x 7.5″ paperback trade originals, priced at $9.99. Additional formats include:

  • single-user e-book ($9.99) available March 6, 2018
  • reinforced library binding (list: $28.50, school/library: $19.99) available Sept. 1, 2018
  • multi-user hosted e-book ($24.99) available Sept. 1, 2018

Another title in this series will be released simultaneously on March 6, 2018. Digital review copies are available by request. Two additional titles will release September 1, 2018.

Hatchling Hero: A Sea Turtle Defender’s Journal (ISBN: 9781631631610)
Clarita Rosita Santiago Romero hasn’t made many friends since moving to North Carolina last year. But that changes when she joins her local Science Squad and simultaneously gets sucked into a quest to defend a sea turtle and her eggs from poachers. But how much impact can a group of kids have on one sea turtle’s life?


About Jolly Fish Press and North Star Editions
Jolly Fish Press, an imprint of North Star Editions, is dedicated to promoting exceptional, unique new voices in fiction. North Star Editions, Inc. publishes fiction and nonfiction for readers of all ages that inspires, informs, and entertains. For more information, visit or

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