Knit-Knotters: A Branches Book (Stella and the Night Sprites #1) : A Branches Book

Series: Stella and the Night Sprites

by Sam Hay, Illustrated By Turine Tran

Scholastic Inc.
February 2016

Ages 6 – 8 . Grades 1 – 3

Lexile measure: 400L

DRA: 30

Guided Reading: N

This series is part of Scholastic's early chapter book line called Branches, which is 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!

Stella is upset when she finds out she needs glasses. But then it turns out her new glasses are magic! When she wears them, Stella can see the sparkly night sprites. In this first book, Stella meets Trixie, a knit-knotter sprite. Trixie seems nice, but she ties knots in kids' hair to make it all tingly-tangly. If Trixie doesn't stop tying knots, Stella will have to get a haircut! Can Stella stop her magical new friend from turning her hair into a tangled mess?
Sam Hay

Sam Hay has always wanted to be a writer, and growing up in Scotland, she filled endless notebooks with stories and poems. She trained as a journalist and worked in newspapers and for BBC Television before writing her first children's book. Since then she's had more than twenty books published. Sam lives in Wales with her family and pets.
Turine Tran

Turine Tran was born and raised in Saigon, Vietnam. She traveled all over the world learning about art-from Singapore to Paris to Scotland, where she earned a Masters of Art degree in Illustration from Edinburgh College of Art. She loves exploring new art techniques that help her create her whimsical art! She lives in England.


  • Praise for Branches books:
    "These books should be considered for larger libraries wanting to enhance their easy-reader collections." -- School Library Journal

    "Plenty of drawings assist readers with plot development." -- School Library Journal

    "A nice stepping stone to more advanced chapter books." -- Booklist

    "We are absolutely desperate for these books. Thank you for recognizing and addressing [this] monumental gap in the market." -- Andrew Medlar, Youth Materials Specialist, Chicago Public Library