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Rosco the Rascal: an early middle grade adventure series

★ Year-round adventures await in this complete ten-book series and two five-book audio collections!

Books 1-5 Audio | Books 6-10 Audio

★ Recommended for ages 6-10

★ Series with over 1,100 reviews on with an average 4.8 stars

"...A fine choice for newly independent and reluctant readers, featuring good-natured characters, a well-intentioned mutt, and an outdoor rescue mission." (Kirkus Reviews, on Rosco the Rascal in the Land of Snow)


★ Fans of the Magic Tree House series will love this brother and sister pair, and fans of classic, heroic dogs - from Lassie to Beethoven - will love Rosco the rascally German shepherd.

Rosco the Rascal Visits the Pumpkin Patch

Rosco The Rascal Visits the Pumpkin Patch (Book 1)

On a sunny autumn day, ten-year-old James and seven-year-old Mandy set out to choose their pumpkins for Halloween on the family's annual trip to the countryside. This time they're taking along their new German shepherd, Rosco, whose innocent mischief soon lands him back on his leash. But deep inside the corn maze on a scavenger hunt, James, Mandy, and Rosco find that two bullies in skeleton masks are scaring unsuspecting kids. Will Rosco shape up and help out? Join the kids and their lovable dog in this wholesome family adventure, a rascal-turned-hero autumn story for kids.


Renaissance Accelerated Reader (A.R.) Quiz No. 500819 EN Fiction,

Reading Level 4.1.

Rosco the Rascal in the Land of Snow

Rosco The Rascal In the Land of Snow (Book 2)

Fifth grader James and his second grade sister, Mandy, are building snowmen and sled riding down steep hills on their winter family vacation. Amid the fun, they don’t realize it’s a coyote pup, lost and frightened, that has been poking around their cabin in the snow. It’s Rosco who discovers the identity of the wild creature first, so he sets out on his own to help the pup. When the kids finally unravel the mystery, it’s almost too late to rescue the poor creature, which now finds itself in even more trouble. It’s up to brother and sister to use their wits in a sticky situation, yet trust their rascal-turned-hero dog to help.

Renaissance Accelerated Reader (A.R.) Quiz No. 500818 EN Fiction,

Reading Level 3.8.

Rosco the Rascal Goes to Camp

Rosco The Rascal Goes to Camp (Book 3)

Ten-year-old James and his seven-year-old sister, Mandy are off to summer camp with their loyal German shepherd, Rosco. While Mandy struggles with homesickness, James' week is threatened by a prank-playing bunkmate's antics. But during an unexpected thunderstorm in a game of capture-the-flag, the prankster finds himself lost and alone deep inside the forest. Rosco must play the hero and save the boy but not before he teaches him a hard-earned lesson about friendship.


Renaissance Accelerated Reader (A.R.) Quiz No. 500817 EN Fiction,

Reading Level 4.4

Rosco the Rascal at the St. Patrick's Day Parade

Rosco The Rascal at the St. Patrick's Day Parade (Book 4)


This time it's not Rosco who's making mischief, it's the leprechauns. When Rosco's buddy, Sparks the pug, goes missing, Rosco and the kids set out to find him, embarking on adventures through the St. Patrick’s Day Parade. At the same time, Mandy thinks the leprechauns have jinxed her with bad luck because she broke with tradition and didn’t build them a leprechaun trap filled with treasure this year. Will brother and sister be able to restore Mandy’s good luck, or will the leprechauns ruin her St. Patrick’s Day? And will Rosco and the kids find Sparks before it's too late? Find out in this heartwarming family adventure, full of ancient Irish lore and contemporary, big-city parade fun.


Renaissance Accelerated Reader (A.R.) Quiz No. 500816 EN Fiction,

Reading Level 4.2

Rosco the Rascal and the Holiday Lights

Rosco The Rascal and the Holiday Lights (Book 5)

James and Mandy's neighborhood has taken first place in the holiday lights Best Block contest, but will Rosco's attempts at helping wreak havoc and wreck Opening Night? And will Mandy's insistence on working independently be her downfall at the school train parade? Find out in this heartwarming Christmas adventure, the fifth installment in the Rosco the Rascal series, which follows the adventures of a fifth grade boy, his second grade sister, and their fun-loving German shepherd.


Renaissance Accelerated Reader (A.R.) Quiz No. 500815 EN Fiction,

Reading Level 4.2

Rosco the Rascal's Ghost Town Adventure

Rosco The Rascal's Ghost Town Adventure (Book 6)

At times a thrilling ghost story, at times an action-packed adventure!
Will a search-and-rescue mission for a lost cat spell trouble for Rosco and the kids?
Inside the dark tunnels of an old silver mine, ghostly strangers and thunderous noises warn James and Mandy to get out-fast. But, as one mystery leads to another, the kids soon have more questions than answers. Will bravery and quick thinking be enough to rescue the missing cat and escape the eerie mine? This sixth book in the Rosco the Rascal series will keep readers guessing until the end.


*Recommended for ages 7-11. Grades 3-5
*Books do not need to be read in series order
*Realistic; slightly scarier compared to the other
Rosco the Rascal books

Rosco the Rascal's Easter Adventure

Rosco The Rascal's Easter Adventure (Book 7)


When James and Mandy’s father builds a hen house and brings home half a dozen adorable baby chicks for the kids, is Rosco just crying wolf when the coyotes howl, or are the birds truly in danger? And when a pair of bullies threatens to ruin an Easter egg hunt deep inside the forest on Easter Sunday, can Rosco be trusted to save the day? Find out in this short springtime holiday adventure with the lovable rascally dog.


*Recommended for ages 6-8. Grades K-3
*All books in the series, including this one, were designed to be read in any order

Rosco the Rascal's Fourth of July

Rosco The Rascal's Fourth of July (Book 8)

Rosco is excited to learn that a four-month-old German shepherd is going to spend a whole week with the family over the star-spangled holiday until Bruno the pup turns out to be even more of a mischief-maker than Rosco, himself. When Rosco must take the blame for the little devil’s folly one too many times and watch the newcomer receive special treatment from James and Mandy, Rosco has finally had enough. He’s washing his ‘paws’ of Bruno once and for all.

But when the first thunderous booms of the fireworks show on the Fourth of July send Bruno bolting into the forest in terror, will Rosco swallow his pride and save the little guy from the dangers lurking in the dark? Find out in this short, seasonal tale about empathy, selflessness, and responsibility, a perfect addition to your child’s summertime reading.

*Recommended for ages 6-8. Grades K-3

Rosco the Rascal's Calendar Dog Spring and Summer

Rosco The Rascal, Calendar Dog: Spring & Summer

A collection of short stories starring Rosco, James, or Mandy in each, including:

March: Rosco at the Dog Show: Sparks the pug is performing in the show, but wouldn't Rosco be good at all those hurdles and hoops, too?

April: Mandy and the Kite: When Mandy fails a spelling test and tries to hide the evidence rather than face the consequences, her lovable dog has other ideas.

May: James and the Beehive: When the new kid at school finds a beehive in the woods, trouble follows for Rosco, James, and his neighborhood pals.

June: Return to Camp Hickory Ridge: A return to summer camp that Rosco readers will remember from Rosco the Rascal Goes to Camp! Come and spend a little more time with all your favorite characters.

July: Surfing Dog: Can Rosco learn to surf, or is he built only for dry land?

August: Rosco at the County Fair: A trip through the funhouse leaves Rosco spinning, but will he finally find something he likes at the fair?

*Recommended for ages 6-8. Grades K-3

Rosco the Rascal's Calendar Dog Fall and Winter

Rosco The Rascal, Calendar Dog: Fall & Winter

A collection of short stories starring Rosco, James, or Mandy in each, including:

September: Bring Your Pet to School Day: Rosco joins Mandy at school for a show-and-tell gone wrong!

October: Rosco the Rascal Trick-or-Treats: Will the friendly neighborhood haunted house scare the wits out of Mandy? Join the whole gang in this trip around the block on Halloween!

November: A Tale for Thanksgiving: James' and Mandy's grandmother returns to tell a tale about the first Thanksgiving.

December: Christmas Magic: When Rosco hears pawing on the roof late at night on Christmas Eve, will he ever get a glimpse of Santa Clause and the reindeer, or is it all too magical?

January: New Friends in January: When the kids return to school after winter break, Rosco is suddenly very lonely. But when a new dog moves in next door, he might just find his best pal ever.

February: The Legend of Cupid: Traditions and rumors abound in this Valentine's Day story full of Rosco's typical misinterpretations.

*Recommended for ages 6-11. Grades K-5

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