Labor Day weekend means  cheese curds, everything-on-a-stick and Sweet Martha’s chocolate chip cookies at the Minnesota State Fair for Gus Roberts. Join Gus on the fifth adventure in the Fish On Kids books series as we celebrate Gus’ birthday only a few days away. Turning 12 brings a chance to compete in a professional fishing tournament with his dad. Finally! Gus has been saving and planning for this big event all summer. Will it be everything he’s dreamed about, or will untimely adventures get in his way? Come along on the wild ride that unveils big surprises for this birthday boy, including a few trips and presents he won’t soon forget.

Mom and Dad spring some news on the family and Gus' older brother Jake isn't thrilled with the surprise in the driveway on the last day of school. But summer vacation is here and Gus couldn't be happier. June means fun trips and lots of fishing and camping in addition to a break from school. A cousin's high-school graduation party in Wisconsin brings highs and lows with plenty of adventure. Gus shares a little windshield time with Dad where surprises lurk around every corner.

Book #1

Book #5

Duck, Duck Deuce by K.J. Houtman
Spare the Rod by K.J. Houtman
Born to be Wild by K.J. Houtman

Gus discovers the bully, Matt Driver, is causing trouble for more than just him, and it's worse than a little teasing. A Memorial Day weekend getaway camping is just the ticket, and gives Gus a chance to think through a solution for reigning in Matt's antics. Gus enjoys time fishing, swimming, biking and hiking around the headwaters of the Mississippi River and Lake Itasca with his new friend, Drew. But even that gets a little rocky and Drew and Gus share an adventure of their own.

Finally the time for Gus to compete in a professional fishing tournament has arrived. Hooray. Will it be everything he's hoped for? Or did he underestimate the work and the level of competition. What could go wrong? Enjoy the twists and turns in the sixth book of the Fish On Kids adventures in A SECOND CHANCE.

Book #3

ISBN-10: 0982876084
ISBN-13: 978-0982876084


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Meet Gus Roberts, a fifth grader who can't wait for his family's big plans for the fishing opener. Gus needs some time on the water but also a break from Matt Driver, a bully who's got everyone anxious for the end of the school year. With his new fishing rod and tackle box always nearby, Gus joins his grandfather to meet the rest of the family at the cabin up north. Life has a few surprises in store and everyone adjusts to a different weekend than planned.

Mom and Dad spring some news on the family and Gus' older brother Jake isn't thrilled with the surprise in the driveway on the last day of school. But summer vacation is here and Gus couldn't be happier. June means fun trips and lots of fishing and camping in addition to a break from school. A cousin's high-school graduation party in Wisconsin brings highs and lows with plenty of adventure. Gus shares a little windshield time with Dad where surprises lurk around every corner.

Book #6

Book #2

ISBN-10: 0982876033
ISBN-13: 978-0982876039


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A Second Chance by K.J. Houtman
Driving Me Crazy by K.J. Houtman
A Whirlwind Opener by K.j. Houtman
ISBN-10: 0982876025
ISBN-13: 978-0982876022


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ISBN-10: 0982876009
ISBN-13: 978-0982876008


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ISBN-10: 0991111621
ISBN-13: 978-0991111626


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ISBN-10: 0982876017
ISBN-13: 978-0982876015


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Chapter books for kids ages 8 to 12 who love the great outdoors.

Book #4